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Fabulous Bread- No Seriously It’s Fabulous!

As suggested by the title, this recipe is fabulous! BTW- the recipe came with the title, this is not something we are making up! We got this recipe a long time ago from a lady on the Five In A Row homeschool forums. But my Mom can’t remember her name. Once you make this bread, you will wonder how you survived without it! What’s great about it is that it’s very forgiving. I made a mistake once while making it and thought it would be ruined and I kept checking the oven every 5 minutes to see how it was doing. But despite my worries it turned out fine!

My Nana was here visiting with my cousin for a few days and she made her famous stuffed peppers that my Dad talks about all the time! The next day we got Carol Lee donuts- yum!! I introduced Nana to Pinterest and we both spent several hours oohing and ahhhhing over all the good ideas and recipes! So many good times were enjoyed last week! As a side to her delicious stuffed peppers we made this bread and it was a hit all around! So I decided now is a good time to put it on my blog so she can pin it this!

Now this recipe does call for a Kitchen-aid mixer but we made it by hand because our mixer is broken. ūüôā Oh, It is also fabulous (hehe) as French toast!

Fabulous Bread


2 1/2 cups warm water
2 Tb yeast
3 Tb sugar
1 Tb salt
1/3 cup oil
6 cups flour

Mix yeast, sugar and water. Allow to sit for a few minutes. Add remaining ingredients and let your mixer knead the dough until it is a soft dough. Let it rise in mixer. Punch down every 10 minutes by turning on the mixer for a few seconds. Do this 4-5 times.

Divide dough into 4 equal parts. Roll each quarter into a large rectangle and roll up starting from the long side.

Place on greased baking sheets sprinkled with corn meal, seam side down. With a sharp knife cut slits into the loaves. Let rise until doubled in size (about 30 minutes).

Bake at 400 for *35 minutes. Brush crust with butter as soon as it comes out of oven. Try to contain yourself as you wait for it to cool slightly! ūüėČ Slice and Enjoy!!!

* Sometimes it only takes 20 minutes


Thirst quenching lemon/ginger iced tea!

Hi guys!

So today I have another tea recipe! This is one we have been making for almost 8 years and it’s a hit every time we do! It’s a diabetic recipe that we found when my Mom was pregnant with my 7 year old sister. She had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant so we had to find something she could drink that wouldn’t mess up her blood sugar. So we found this! It’s a nice recipe to have on hand when you are tired of plain sweet tea!

Easy Lemon Ginger Iced tea
4 family sized tea bags
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 3/4 cup Splenda*
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1 lemon sliced (for garnish)

*I only use about 1 1/2 cups of Splenda- you can adjust the amount to however sweet you like your tea.

Take one quart of water and bring to a rolling boil. Once boiling remove from heat and add the tea bags and the ginger- stir and cover immediately. Let steep for ten minutes. While tea is steeping take an empty gallon pitcher and add one quart of cold water, lemon juice and Splenda, stir to combine. After the ten minutes have passed lift the tea bags out of the pot and pour the warm tea into the pitcher. Take the tea bags and dip them in fresh cold water in the same pot and gently squeeze and then discard the bags. Pour the “tea bag rinse” into the pitcher and then fill the rest of the way with cold water. Stir well. Serve over a full glass of ice with a slice of lemon. Enjoy!

Au revoir et a bientot!




The best spaghetti sauce

So this is going to be one of my more…embarrassing…posts. This recipe involves me making what one could call a big mistake! ūüėõ See the thing is, we buy the really big cans of tomato sauce from SAMs that have about 13 cups of sauce in them and we always end up using the whole can when we cook. Well, our friends were coming over for dinner that night and we had planned spaghetti but I REALLY didn’t feel like our usual homemade sauce. So I dug around on Pinterest and found one that looked simple yet yummy! Let me just say right now, that personally, I know I have trouble when it comes to taking a recipe that makes a little bit of something and multiplying the ingredients so that it can feed more than ten people. I figured 13 cups of sauce in the can meant I should just multiply all the ingredients by 13–right? Wrong! I forgot to take into account that a single batch of sauce called for 2 1/2 cups of tomato sauce!!!!. I really only should have doubled it 5 or 6 times! Mea culpa, mea culpa! Anyway, dinner time came, our friends were over and I still didn’t realize I had made a mistake. We dished out the spaghetti and the sauce and then everyone started raving about how good it was! ūüėÄ As I was talking over the ingredients with my Mom I realized what I had done!!! I couldn’t believe it!! I was in utter shock until I remembered that everyone had loved it! So, I guess it turned out all right after all! ūüôā But the drama wasn’t quite over yet! At 11 o’clock pm, just as I was drifting off to sleep, I jolted up in bed– I couldn’t believe it! I had also forgotten the salt and pepper!!!! That was a fretful night’s sleep! ūüėČ

I put the amount of ingredients I used in parenthesis in case any of you wanted to do it just like crazy me! ūüėČ

Easy Spaghetti Sauce (serves 4-6)
Recipe by Lou


1 tbsp olive oil (13 tbs olive oil= 3/4 cup)
2 garlic cloves, minced (26 garlic cloves=5 tablespoons)
1 tsp dried thyme (4 tbs thyme*)
1/2 tsp dried basil (2 1/2 tbs basil)
2 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes (13 cups tomato sauce)
1/2 tsp sugar (2 1/2 tbs sugar)
1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar (2 1/2 tbs balsamic vinegar)
1 tbsp butter (13 tbs butter)
salt and pepper, to taste

* I didn’t use thyme– we didn’t have any!


In a pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.

Next, add the herbs. Stirring and cooking for another minute. Add the crushed tomatoes and sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Lastly, stir in the balsamic vinegar and butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Spaghetti Sauce doesn’t get much easier than that. The flavours are rich and the balsamic vinegar gives it a little je-ne-sais-quois!

Au revoir et a bientot!



Pan Seared Honey Glazed Salmon

Hi guys! Hope you all enjoyed your weekend- it has been a beautiful couple of days here! I love cold weather but these past few days have had me wishing for spring and warmer days!
Ooh! I forgot to tell you all that my little sister just took her first steps this past weekend!!!! She is so cute to watch! ūüôā

So today’s recipe is the most unbelievably delicious salmon in the world! It is our number one go to recipe for Friday’s! My Dad who is not at all a salmon person loves this!

Yield: 4 servings


4 (6 oz) salmon fillets, rested at room temperature 20 minutes
8 tsp flour, divided
2 Tbsp honey, divided
zest of 1 – 2 limes (I like it with a generous amount so in my opinion 2)
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Browned Butter Lime Sauce
6 Tbsp salted butter, diced
3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Working in batches of two salmon fillets at a time (or using two skillets, because you don’t want to overcrowd the salmon when cooking it on the stove-top so it cooks more evenly), place salmon fillets on a cutting board or plate and sprinkle 1 tsp flour over each side of the salmon fillets and spread flour to evenly coat. Evenly drizzle 3/4 tsp honey over each side of the flour coated salmon fillets.* Drizzle 1 Tbsp olive oil into a 10 inch non-stick skillet, swirl pan to evenly coat bottom and heat over medium heat. Once oil it hot, carefully place salmon ) in pan and cook over medium heat, 3-5 minutes per side until salmon has cooked through and bottom has nicely browned. Plate salmon immediately, drizzle each fillet with 1 1/2 – 2 Tbsp Browned Butter Lime Sauce and sprinkle with lime zest. Serve warm.

* I like to coat one side with flour and honey, put it in the pan and then coat the other side right before I flip- the honey tends to slide off so that’s why I usually wait until right before flipping…
** I have never browned the butter- I just melt the butter in a pan and then add the other ingredients and then throw it in the blender. Still tastes delicious, I just don’t have to worry about burning the butter while I am cooking ten salmon fillets! ūüėČ But try browning it and let me know what you think!!

Browned Butter Lime Sauce
Place butter in a small (light colored) saucepan. Cook over medium heat, swirling pan occasionally, until butter is fragrant and has turned a tan shade Remove from heat and add browned butter along with lime juice, garlic, salt and pepper to a blender. Blend* on low speed for 30 seconds to 1 minute until well blended. Pour sauce into a small glass dish (note: whisk butter mixture with a fork before pouring onto salmon as it will separate, rewarm if needed).
* I had never put it in a blender before until just the other night– it makes a HUGE difference! It thickens and becomes creamy and just absolutely delicious!!! (The sauce is really good over rice too!)


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Hey guys! I just popped in to ask for prayers for my Dad. He is fine healthwise so don’t worry!!! Dad is writing a book and sent off a query letter and the first 2 chapters to an agent yesterday. He received a positive email back asking for the whole book. So I would like to ask for prayers for God’s Will to be done- whether it is for Dad’s book to be published or not! (I am hoping God wants Dad to be a published author!) ūüôā Thanks a bunch!!!

Au revoir et a bientot!



Okay everybody, if you need a good laugh, gather your family around and have everybody sit (so when they die laughing they don’t bang there heads on the way down!) Pick a good song that is already loud and proceed with the fun! ūüėČ



Comfort food

Hi guys!!! It feels great to be back! I have been neglecting my poor blog for the past several months! ūüė¶ I fell behind and then never caught up. But– my lovely, wonderful parents surprised me one freezing cold day, after standing and praying outside Planned Parenthood, with an iPad! That warmed me up faster than an ice chip would melt in boiling coffee! They said it was a thank you for helping out around the kitchen and the house, but also to help me keep up with my blog! It’s going to be SO much easier now! I am pretty familiar with how to work handheld devices (like smartphones and such) but not at all familiar with computers. It was such a pain each week to try to upload pictures, then find them on the computer and then try to make my blog accept it and then redo it all if the computer failed that by the time I finished, I felt like it wasn’t worth the effort! Now though, I can whip out the iPad, snap a photo and then upload it straight to my blog! I am so very grateful! I now resolve to do at least one blog post each week- more if I am capable! I don’t think my parents realize how much motivation this gives me to do my blog! :’) I love them!!!!!

I have been laying on the couch all day today because of a cold and losing my voice and I don’t know about you guys but when I am sick I always want Alfredo noodles- double the sauce! This is a copycat recipe fom Olive Garden and it is by far the best recipe for Alfredo sauce I have ever tried!! I got it from Budget Savvy Diva. Check her site out- she has great recipes!


Copy Cat Recipe ‚Äď Olive Garden Pasta Alfredo


1 stick of butter
1 clove of minced garlic
1 pint of heavy cream
1 cup of Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons cream cheese
salt and pepper
Make Pasta.
In a sauce pan over medium heat ‚Äď melt butter and add garlic and cook for two minutes.
Add cream and cream cheese and heat till bubbling ( not to the point of a boil)
Add in Parmesan Cheese and mix until the cheese melts add salt and pepper to taste. I ended up adding about 1/2 teaspoon of pepper ( but that is just me).
Mix some sauce with the pasta ( a little sauce goes a long way ).

Au revoir et a bientot!

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Bonjour¬†everyone!¬† I haven’t been blogging lately because I have just started school.¬† As you can tell I am taking French this year! Yay!¬† So far my school has been going well-¬†I have been able to work my schedule around school and cooking so now I am adding blogging in as well!¬† My little sister has been potty training herself over the last few days.¬† Seeing her wearing underwear kind of makes me sad!¬† She’s growing up too fast!¬† Yesterday I switched over all the girls to warmer clothes.¬† I’m SO happy we are getting into colder weather!¬† When it gets below 32 degrees I am going to go outside and blow bubbles- supposedly they freeze and become ice bubbles!

My latest thing I have been making is sea glass candy!  Boy, are all my siblings (and me!) really happy!  I have tried lemon, peppermint and I just made root beer today!  They all liked the lemon and the root beer and thought the peppermint was okay.  I want to make coffee flavored next for Dad and I!  When we finish all the candy I made so far, I am going to make three batches but leave them clear and put them all in a jar so that they are mystery flavored!


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 ‚Äď 1 tsp*. flavoring oil
  • Powdered sugar (to coat cooled candy)

1.  Lightly grease jelly roll pan.

2.  Pour sugar, corn syrup and water in a medium saucepan. Place over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves.

3.  Without stirring, boil the mixture until a candy thermometer reads between 300 and 310 degrees. (about 20-30 minutes.) Drop a small amount into ice water. If it separates into brittle strands its ready.

5.  Remove from heat and let boiling subside.

6.  Measure flavoring oil and pour into candy mixture. Also add food coloring if desired. Blend with a wooden spoon.  **Be very careful when adding as it will let off strong smell and steam.

7.  Pour onto greased cookie sheet or cake pan. Let cool.

8.  Cover with wax paper* and hit lightly with a hammer to break into smaller pieces.

Take the pieces and coat them lightly with some powdered sugar. Put in a pretty jar and try not to eat them too fast!

*I used 1/2 tsp for the lemon and1 tsp for the root beer and thought that was perfect!

* I didn’t cover it with waxed paper because I didn’t have any but it still worked fine!

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Gift From God

2 years ago today¬†¬†I met someone¬†who was truly a gift from God. That person¬†is my little sister, Pumpkin! Let me give you a little of the story¬†though…

We had always had relatively healthy pregnancies. With my sixth sibling, mom had gestational diabetes and so she immediately started eating a strict diet and testing her blood sugar numbers. Near the end of the pregnancy she had to take glyburide but the only life threatening problem occurred when it was time to give birth. The baby had a prolapsed cord so we had to do an emergency C/section but we had a healthy 7 lb 3 oz baby girl.

A year later, we were overjoyed to find out that we were expecting¬†a 7th child!¬†But¬†one day my¬†Mom went to the hospital to have a routine ultrasound of our baby and we found out that our little one’s heart had stopped beating. We felt as though our hearts had been stabbed with a knife. The little¬†children (the youngest was¬†1 at the time)¬† didn’t quite understand¬†what was happening, only that something terrible had¬†happened and that everyone was sad. Well,¬†a few months later we found out we were expecting again.But again for some reason that only God knows, we only had 8 short weeks with this little one.¬†Mom lost 2 more sweet babies after this. ¬†We don’t know why¬† we had 4 consecutive¬†miscarriages over a period of 4 years, but it was one of the most painful experiences ever.

When we found out we were expecting for an 11th time we immediately started praying and looking for a good doctor who had experience with gestational diabetic pregnancies and we found one. He was such a good doctor! He knew how many miscarriages we had had and how worried we were about the baby so he scheduled us to come in every week to have an ultrasound or Doppler check of the baby. At each appointment we would hold our breath when they turned on the Doppler and searched for the heartbeat. With the grace of God the doctor found it each time even if he had to get the ultrasound machine out and look at the baby!

Even though Mom still had gestational diabetes and a scary thing called a Sub Chorionic Hemorrhage (SCH) which made her have to be on bedrest for the first half of the pregnancy, we knew if we got to 20 weeks we would be able to worry a little bit less because our chances of miscarriage from the SCH would go down. But boy, I have never felt so many weeks go by so slowly! But we rejoiced and thanked God each day that we had this precious little one.  About halfway through the pregnancy we decided to not figure out what the baby was so that we could be surprised. The baby would come by C/section because that would be the safest way

.¬†We all counted down the days until the baby was supposed to be born.¬†90, 80, 50, 30, 10 until finally it was the night before the baby was coming. I was going to go in with mom and Dad to have the baby early in the morning so I went to bed really early and surprisingly fell asleep within minutes. I was worried that my youngest sister at the time (who¬†I shared a bed with) would wake up¬†alone and be really scared but all our Guardian Angels were working hard because my two younger brothers woke up in the middle of the night as i was walking down the hall and said that they¬†woke up and couldn’t go back to sleep¬†in their own beds so they wanted to know if they could sleep in¬†my bed with our little sister.¬†It was perfect and I didn’t have to worry about them the rest of the day! We¬†left for¬†the hospital at 3:30 a.m.¬†and it took a few hours to get to the surgery prep room and get mom prepped for the surgery. As they were about to go in the kind nurses let me stay in a room right across from the¬†operating rooms so i¬† could be there when they came out.¬†There was a TV in the room so I turned it on and the Duggars were on so¬†I watched them and watched the door where they had¬†gone in. Several minutes later a nurse came out and told me everyone was fine so far and then she¬†went back in. I heard over the loud speaker that there was an emergency c/section going on and they needed all available nurses and doctors to go help. Imagine the kind of scare I had when they all rushed in the door my parents had gone in!

The minutes crept by like hours after that and I barely paid attention to the TV and just stared at the door waiting for a nurse or somebody to come out and tell me what was going on.¬†What seemed like hours later out the¬†doors came my Dad and my new little sibling!¬†I rushed over to them and was able to hold her for the first time ever!¬†We headed back to the recovery room¬†to wait for Mom and cuddle with my sweet sister¬†and then¬†when Mom was ready we all went together¬†to her room. Later that day Dad went back home¬†to get the other children and bring them to the hospital to meet her. We hadn’t had a baby in so long that we were surprised by all the little things that babies do and all the little noises she made!

I can’t believe we are already celebrating her 2nd birthday! She is so funny and really a ball of fun! She loves going to the store with Dad and I and when we are getting into the car to leave she¬†will¬†say everybody’s name’s and ask where they are.¬†If a dress is not cute she will flap her hand and say “nasty” and wont want to wear it. And then she will pick out her favorite dress¬†that is pink and has doggies all over¬†it, and say “please”!¬†Her favorite thing to do when she has a lot of energy¬†is to say ” 1,2,8″ and then run from room to room as if she were¬†running an obstacle course!¬†¬†Even when she does something naughty, like screaming at the top of her lungs,¬†taking the iPone out of somebody’s hand, eats a whole pack of¬†hubbuba bubble gum all at once¬†or spilling red juice all over¬†our white carpet, I can’t help but think “I’m just so happy she’s here do that!”

As Blessed PopeJohn Paul II said ” The greatest gift you can give your child is another sibling”.

How right he is!

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Lord of The Rings Movie Marathon


I am tired after having stayed out late last night because our homescool group had a nighttime pool party. Now we are gearing up to have a Lord of The Rings: Extended Version with a friend tonight. We made brownies, rice krispies and are breaking out the ice cream and soda right now to help keep us awake and watching the movies! We all watched a little bit and are saving the more suspenseful parts for when the little ones go to bed!

But¬†we had to eat a relatively healthy meal to¬†balance out all the sweets and desserts¬†so for dinner we had Honey Lime Chicken Skewers (¬†, Pineapple Fried Rice (¬†¬†and Easy Cheesy¬†Zucchini bake ( which was gone so fast¬†I didnt even¬†have time to get a picture!¬†Everyone liked¬†all of it¬†so much that there is nothing left! I have to go- they’re about to play the movie! Au Revoir!



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