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Mothers Day Gifts On Sale Now! 4/25 thru 4/28

Mothers Day Gifts on sale, click the link below and take advantage of it, supplies are limited on the sale items and they run out fast! I love the products they make wonderful Mothers Day Gifts, they have products Aprons to pot holders and gloves (for washing dishes and cleaning)  to keep those manicures beautiful and look beautiful while protecting the manicures!

Mothers Day Gifts Coupon Code to save 40% this is the Venetian Rose Apron a beautiful vintage inspired fabric that reminds me of victorian in apprearance.Hi all, I’ve been laid up in terrible pain here (more info soon in another post)… I found this announcement of a Mothers Day Flash Sale at my Favorite Apron place online! These Aprons are one size fits all, the apron waist and neck sashes have plenty of room to tie them, they are super duper long!

These make an easy, beautiful Mothers Day Gifts, for the women in your life that love to cook, bake, grill or just love to wear something pretty while hosting a dinner with friends and family! Enjoy (click on the link below to see more about what is on sale).

All aprons, mittens, gloves, bibs, everything on sale, 50% off and free shipping from Friday through Monday for Mothers Day.

Order now, supplies on these sales are always limited.


Mothers Day Madness – MOTHER50 = 50% Off + Free Shipping from friday through monday only on any purchase.

Valentines Day – Homemade No Knead Bread.

 

I wanted to share this with you all, I made a recipe for Homemade No Knead Bread for Valentines week. This is not a quick bread, by any means, it is made with Yeast (not baking powder or baking soda… nor is it quick, but it’s easy!) This fortunately makes 2 loaves, the first loaf is half gone and I just finished making this No Knead Bread late last night! lol I received this little booklet as a gift and I finally made a recipe from this yesterday.

Homemade No Knead Bread
Yummy yummy!

While I was thinking about the success I had with this Homemade No Knead Yeast Bread, I thought about how much my husband loves homemade bread and that it is indeed the perfect baked good for Valentines week. And the ingredients were all in my kitchen already, so I didn’t have to shop special for the recipe I used.

I wore my Flirty Apron while making my bread:
Women's Apron Very Cherry

I warn you, though it’s easy, next time I would make it a day or two before I plan to bake it, it takes a long time for this bread to “Self Knead” and It took about 11 hours before I could bake this delicious bread.

I love homemade bread, but suffering from Chronic Pain, kneading can drive you to use up all your spoons if you are a spoonie like me (follow this link, if you don’t know what a spoonie is. The link shows the Spoonie Theory, and other posts dealing with Spoonies, like adding a spoon to your profile pictures.)

Anywho… I wanted to share this recipe with you and let you know my experience & the results from this strange new way of making yeast bread.

A personal Review, the book with this recipe in it is:

“The breadbreakthrough”(yes one word) and the subtitle states: Easy Recipes. Dough Kneads Itself

Now this little paperback booklet was a gift to me, from my Mother who, along with my Dad love the no knead recipes for homemade bread.

The results are a dense, crunchy exterior crust and a super moist, dense crumb (interior of the bread). And eaten hot from the oven it is simply to die for, especially if  you use real butter on top! 🙂

Here is the Recipe I used:

What is left of one of the two loaves of bread that I made. Nummy!  Only half the loaf remains.
What is left of one of the two loaves of bread that I made. Nummy! Only half the loaf remains.

Easy Oat Bread (No Knead Bread)

Yield: 2 Medium Loaves

Ingredients:

key: C = Cup(s), tsp = teaspoon(s), T = Tablespoon(s)

5 1/2 C (27.5 Ounces) – Unbleached All Purpose White Flour or unbleached white bread flour, plus more as needed.

1 C – Old Fashioned rolled oats or quick-cooking (not instant) oats, plus 4 Tablespoons for Garnish.

3 T – Granulated Sugar

Scant 2 3/4 tsp – table salt

1 tsp – Rapid Rise Yeast

1/4 C – Clover honey or Light (mild) Molasses

1/4 C – Corn Oil or Other Flavorless Vegetable Oil, plus extra for coating dough top and baking pans. (I used Canola Oil, coated the pans with Crisco and used Canola Spray for the top of the loaves while rising)

2 1/4 C plus 2 T Ice Water (yes you read that right), plus more if needed.

In a large bowl, thoroughly stir together the,  all but 1 Cup of the flour, oats, sugar, salt and yeast. (I say all but 1 Cup of the flour because the original recipe had you use all the flour… making the dough impossible to stir, and later on it said to incorporate the flour a bit at a time.)

In a medium bowl or measuring cup, thoroughly whisk the honey (or molasses) and oil together. Add the honey/oil mixture into the ice water. (now I had made the mistake of adding the ice water to the honey and oil, without mixing the honey and oil first… big mistake, I ended up with the honey stuck in a semi solid clump to the whisk. So I changed this to read the way it worked best for me.)

Add your water, oil, honey mixture to the flour mixture in a large bowl until thoroughly blended. Make sure you have all the flour mixture coated and at this point, if needed, add more water. You will have a dough that is thick and difficult to stir, but still you should be able to stir this… don’t over moisten.

Brush or spray the top of the dough with oil. Cover the bowl with oiled plastic wrap. For the best flavor, the author of this recipe recommends, refrigerating the dough for 3 to 10 hours. Then let rise at cool room temperature for 12 to 18 hours; if convenient, vigorously stir once during the rise. Since it seemed to hint at this first rise not being necessary, I only let it rise in the fridge for 3 hours, then set it out for about 30 minutes to warm up a bit and make it easier to stir (then straight out of the fridge). 

Vigorously stir the dough. If needed, stir in enough more flour to yield a hard-to-stir consistency.

Generously oil two 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch loaf pans. My loaf pans are slightly larger, it still worked but the rise of the bread was slightly lower then the recommended height for the second raising. I also used Crisco (yeah, I know, so bad for you, but it’s thicker then the oil and worked great for the oats that go over the pan coating).

Take your 1 T of Oats and coat the bottom and sides of the 2 pans (I actually used more so it coated all over nicely).

Use well oiled kitchen shears or serrated knife to cut the dough in half. Put the dough portions in the prepared pans. Press down the dough and smooth oiled spatula or hands. Sprinkle loaves with Oat and press down to imbed. Made a 1/2 inch deep slash length-wise down the center of both loaves (again using your well oiled kitchen shears or serrated knife). Tightly cover the loaf pans with well oiled plastic wrap.

Let Rise Using Any of the Methods Below:

For a 2 – 3 hr regular rise, let stand at warm room temperature, for 45 mins to 2 hrs.

Accelerated rise – let sand in a turned off microwave along with 1 cup of boiling water.

Extended Rise (what I will use next time) – refrigerate, covered for 4 to 24 hours, then set out at room temp.

With all Rise options: Continue to rise until the dough gets near the plastic wrap. Remove the plastic wrap and continue to let rise until the dough reaches 1/2 inch above rim. If you are using slightly larger loaf pans, like I did, I let it rise until it just reached the rim.

Lower Oven Rack to about the lower 1/3 of the oven, then Preheat your oven to 375.

Bake for 50 – 60 mins, until the tops are well browned. Cover the tops with foil. Then back for 10 to 15 mins more, until a skewer inserted in the thickest part comes out with just a few particles clinging to the bottom. (now I used the traditional, knock on the bread and listen for the hollow sound, that I was used to… either way, the loaves turned out great!)

Now, remove from pan and once cooled a few minutes, slice a piece off and butter it and say mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! 😉

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I hope you like the recipe, I have altered it for what I did when I made the bread (along with the original options). All in all the recipe was easy, however next time I make this, I will do a majority of the work a day ahead of time. But what a wonderful way to a mans heart, but through baking some yummy homemade bread and why not give the No Knead Yeast Bread a try?

Women's Apron Sassy Black

Oh and I found a the exact apron that I was gifted a couple of years ago, so cute! Personally I would not have chosen the black and white one, but I love love love it and the ties are soooooooo long, these aprons could fit anyone that I know, big or small!

Comments, or questions (as always) are welcome! 🙂

Disclaimer: I was gifted the book that this recipe was from, by my family. I am sharing this recipe (altered to show the way it worked for me). and I did not receive this recipe, book (or the mentioned aprons for a review,) these were gifts that I wished to share with you all.

Last Day to Save 70% on Flirty Aprons!

Here is a sale that you all may be interested in, it’s a Flash Sale and they will only be available while supplies last, and/or through the day!

I evidently missed the email about the 2 day sale yesterday, so this may be the last day to save on these beautiful aprons, I think I need one of the green ones for St. Pats Day! 🙂

After Holiday Flash Apron Sale: Save 70% on these Holiday aprons for two days only. Buy before they sell out. Use code SNOW70

Below are the Flirty Aprons that are on Sale!

Valentines Day Apron
Be cute and flirty on Valentines Day with this beautiful Apron. Hmmm, send the kids away for the night and then Clothing is Optional. *giggle*
Cute Snowman Themed Apron
Be Frosty in your hot kitchen during the Winter Holidays, with this cute snowman apron at 70% off
Irish St Pats Apron
Kiss Me I am Irish! I love this Apron!!!
Elf or St Pats Day Apron
Are you an Elf, or possibly a Leprechaun? I think you can wear this anytime! Cute cute!

 

 

Happy Mothers Day Wishes – with a must see Touching video!

 

Mom's Superhero's Not All Wear Capes
This is my Mother, a true Superhero, without a cape. 6 wonderful kids (well me, it’s debatable) and all brought up well with the Superhero, my Mother.

Hi all! A Happy Mothers Day to you all, I received the sweetest kisses today from my boys (my 2 Fur Kids) and one just keeps kissing me… either he is kissing me because he knows it’s Mothers Day or I suppose it could be because he knows that his human Mommy is having a rough day today. lol  The weather is great, but pain level is up, not only is the Lupus SLE out of remission with the worst butterfly rash I’ve ever had, but I spent too much time watching the sky yesterday and capturing pictures of the Hawks here (yup the Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Disc Disease in neck doesn’t help the pain levels). I will be posting the pictures of the hawk in my front yard tomorrow or possibly later tonight. 🙂

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend and a terrific Mothers Day! Here it’s quiet, I fortunately called my Mother before going out to surprise her with a visit (with over an hour drive I would have been so disappointed not to find her at the Life Care Center), my Mother is off to see my Niece at her dance recital and since they haven’t called back yet, I bet they are having a nice meal out tonight. I will try to call her after our late meal here is done… what are we doing? Hubby is grilling some pork chops on the grill and I am making a nice salad to go with. It’s almost done so time to get to work here and get this posted. lol

Anyway a Happy Mothers Day to you all… I HAD to take some time to post this, you really must see this video I found by Google!

Well, I best go, I have a ton of veggies to cut up, and make the salad.

Love and hugs to you all… Happy Mothers Day!

Mother’s Day Deal on Dresses – Coupon Code

 

Hi there folks, I am always drooling over all the items over at Kiyonna and here we go with another wonderful Sale with Coupon Code! The clothing at Kiyonna are for women size 10 and up and I have noticed that this place is one of the very few places online that make clothing that has a shape to them other then the rectangular or square shaped tops and dresses that I find at other places that have any plus sized clothing. Buying the clothing at Kiyonna you would find yourself showing great confidence, great style and showing those lovely feminine curves with grace.

Not only is Mother’s Day this weekend, it is the unofficial kick off of what the representative from Kiyonna likes to call “RSVP season” – graduations, award ceremonies, weddings, baby showers, etc. – all the events where a stylish new dress is called for! Not to mention the fact that this time of year as the weather gets hotter, we are all looking for ways to keep cooler and look stylish while we do it… dresses are a great way to do just that too.

Kiyonna is the perfect place to buy that RSVP worthy dress.

Click here to Take 20% off all dresses at Kiyonna.com and make sure to use the coupon code MOMDAY through May 13, 2013

A few of my favorite Kiyonna dresses are:

Blue teal Cold Shoulder Dress
Serena Cold Shoulder Dress, Tempting Teal (Women’s Plus Size)

Delectable style and effortless beauty radiates from our Serena Cold Shoulder Dress. Flirty, cutaway sleeves and a functional, adjustable tie detail front add a twist to this classic faux wrap dress. Tie the front panel tight or loose, either way you’ll love how this dress enhances your curves.

Hi-Lo Wrap Dress in Raspberry Wine
Trendy Winona Hi-Lo Wrap Dress, Raspberry Wine (Womens Plus Size)

Exude confidence in this fully functional wrap dress with a stylish hi-lo skirt. The hem of the beautifully draped skirt hits at or below your knees in front, while the back hem hits low to mid-calf. A longer sash is able to wrap fully around your body to emphasize your waist, making the smallest part of your body a flattering focal point. A cute gathered detail at the shoulders and ultra-soft jersey material top off this stunning piece.
The Winona Hi-Lo Wrap Dress works for all body types.

Casual Wrap Dress in Blue   Royal Blue like color
Causal Evening Whimsy Wrap Dress, Blue (Plus Size)

Our Whimsy Wrap Dress is a flirty piece with beautiful cascading flounces along the skirt’s front panels and bottom hem. This functional wrap dress is the perfect silhouette for all body types and the extra cinch feature at the waist will only accentuate your fabulous curves even more. The cross-over neckline is great for adjusting the wrap to your preferred coverage and you will love the fitted sleeves with a little extra gathering on the cap for added detail. The Whimsy Wrap Dress will live up to its name as you exude playfulness while maintaining your chic and feminine style.

Retro Glam Lace Dress Black Lace Red Lining
Those of you that have been following me for a while know by now that I go nuts over Sweetheart Necklines, anything retro in clothing as well as anything that Marilyn Monroe would be proud to wear and this is my newest favorite dress.

Retro Glam Lace Dress

For this lace confection of a frock, we channeled the forties for romantic inspiration of a time past. Reminiscent of an old Hollywood heroine, this dress embodies retro styling with a swingy skirt and removable satin sash. A vintage-inspired brooch adds just a hint of sparkle. Blending classic and contemporary times, this stretch scalloped lace gently skims over your curves for a delightfully comfortable fit. A surplice neckline and just-the-right-length sleeves gives it just the easy flattering touches it needs. Inspired by the past but made for our muse…the modern woman.

To Get this Fantastic Deal of 20% off these Dresses, Click here to Purchase and be sure to use the Coupon Code MOMDAY this code is good through May 13th, 2013.