Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Bread, Glorious Bread

I've had a hankering for a Reuben sandwich lately and decided to do a bit of searching for a gluten free pumpernickel recipe. I stumbled upon a great one that I modified slightly (because I didn't have all the ingredients). I'm super happy with the results. I've already made this bread a couple times and plan to make it again soon. These directions are for a traditional mixer method. This should also work in a bread machine.

Gluten Free Pumpernickel Bread
1 1/2 C Milk
2 1/4 t Active Dry Yeast
3 T Molasses
3 T Sugar

1 C White Rice Flour
1 C GF Baking Mix
1 C Corn Starch
1 T Xantham Gum
1 T Caraway Seeds
1 1/2 t Salt
1 T Cocoa Powder

3 Eggs
3 T Vegetable Oil
3 T Vinegar
1 t Lemon Juice

Heat milk to 110°. Mix in yeast, sugar and molasses and let proof about 10 minutes (it should start to get foamy). Combine dry ingredients. Add remaining wet ingredients to yeast mixture. Combine wet and dry mixtures. Place mixture in greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Let rise up to an hour. Bake at 375° for 30-60 minutes. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Another dress?

I'm on a clothes kick lately and have been looking for more ideas (not really what I need right now).

and this dress from Vogue.

Close enough? I think so. The real obstacle would be finding/choosing a fabric. Any suggestions (that won't break the bank)?

Finding inspiration

I requested a Toast catalog recently and it arrived promptly a couple days ago. If you're not familiar with Toast, well, you need to migrate away from this post. Their catalogs are filled with lovely photography and printed on great paper. I love nice catalogs. I've been poring over the catalog and filling my head with way too many ideas. The thing that most captivated me and got my wheels turning was, oddly enough, padded hangers. Their version is particularly sweet. I've been hunting for a decent pattern online this morning, but might just try to pick up some hangers and wing it. I'm not sure if single bar hangers are readily available though (might need to raid my mom's hall closet). Anyone know of a decent pattern out there?