Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Well, my DH left today for Officer Candidate School. He will be gone for 8 weeks. So I am sad and lonely. But I am only allowing myself to wallow for tonight. Then tomorrow, I must become SuperMom/SuperHouseCleaningLady/SuperMaryKayLady/SuperYoungWomensLeader/SuperQuiltingLady/SuperTakesDinnerToHerSisterWithANewBabyLady/SuperOnADietLadyWhoWillSoonWeigh30PoundsLess
and stay so busy that I don't have time to think about how long he is gone for.
P.S. Yes, I do consider Mom and Cleaning House to be 2 separate and distinct jobs.
P.P.S. Just to put off going to bed alone, I will share with you my most fabulous breadstick recipe. Don't lie to yourselves. Breadsticks are food for the gods.
Easiest, Yummiest Cinnamon Breadsticks ever:
Easiest, Yummiest Garlic Parmesan Breadsticks ever
Dough: (this is the bread dough recipe that I have memorized. THerefore I use it for every bread-like recipe because I know it works and it saves me the time of looking up recipes.)
3 cups warm water
2 Tbsp active dry yeast
1/2 sugar or 1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup oil
1 1/2 Tbs salt
5 cups Whole Wheat Flour
3-4 cups All Purpose Flour
Dissolve the yeast in the water (if you have instant yeast instead, mix it with the flour). Add the rest of the ingredients in the order listed. I mix it in my KitchenAid. Use enough flour that the dough no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl. Knead 10 minutes. Cover with a cloth and let rise for about an hour. 40 minutes is good in the summer when the temperature is hot.
Grease 2 heavy cookie sheets with Shortening or butter. Use a lot. I prefer the shortening at this step because it won't burn as easily as butter. Don't worry, we get to the butter later.
Divide the dough into 2 balls. Roll one ball out on a cookie sheet.
Melt 1/4 cup of butter (1/2 stick)
Spread it over the dough.
Sprinkle GENEROUSLY with sugar and cinnamon
OR (decisions, decisions!!!)
Melt 1/4 cup of butter
Spread it over the dough
Sprinkle GENEROUSLY with garlic powder and parmesan cheese.
Better yet, do one pan of each.
Allow dough to rise for 40 minutes to an hour.
Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into strips (see picture)
Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes
I suggest you double the recipe. One pan of each is just not enough.