Monday, January 12, 2015

No Knead Bread



Here's a recipe for an easy no-knead bread that you need to try :). A dear friend made it for us, and then Gaigai (12 years old) decided to give it a try.  It's amazingly delicious - tastes like Italian bread fresh from the bakery!

In a medium bowl, combine 
3 c flour
1/4 tsp yeast
1 1/4 tsp salt

Add 
1 1/2 c water

Incorporating by hand or with a spatula for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Coat inside of a second bowl with olive oil, and place dough in bowl.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rest 12 -15 hours at room temperature.

Remove from bowl.  Fold once or twice. Let rest 15 minutes in bowl.  Next shape dough into ball.  Generously coat a cotton towel with flour, place dough seam side down and dust with flour.  Cover dough with another cotton towel and let rise 1-2 hours at room temperature.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  30 minutes prior to baking, place 6-8 quart cast iron pot with lid in  oven to preheat.  Place dough seam side up in pot, cover with lid and bake 30 minutes.  Remove lid and bake 15-30 minutes uncovered until loaf is nicely browned.  Buon appetito!

From www.sullivanstreetbakery.com/recipes

Monday, January 5, 2015

Midweek Motivation


You may not control all the events that happen to you,
 but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
~Maya Angelou

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tips for Winter Camping with Kids

For Thanksgiving we headed south to the Garden of the Gods in Shawnee National Forest to camp and hike.  This was our first experience winter camping with the kids.  With snow on the ground and temps below freezing, we bundled up and hunkered down for the night.  Here are some tips for making winter camping more pleasant:

winter camping with the kids
Winter camping with the kids

Have the right gear.  A 4 season tent and sleeping bags rated for less than 30 are key for keeping everyone warm at night.

Sleep with hats, gloves and socks.

Let kids put on comfy (clean) clothes to sleep in.  Unless the kiddos have favorite footed pjs, consider letting them sleep in clothes.  It is more pleasant to be dressed for the day when they wake up instead of having to change out of pjs into clothes when it's freezing cold in the morning.

Go super lux - buy a heater for the tent.  Our (only) neighbors during the last camping trip introduced us to a heater you can hook up to a propane tank to keep you toasty in your tent...

mr. heater big buddy
Portable indoor safe propane heater for camping - Kovas will try this out on his next camping trip.

Plan on one night and close to home for a first run at winter camping.

Pack plenty of easy snacks and meals - or consider a warm restaurant for a treat. :)


Have you tried winter camping?  
Any other tips?


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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Midweek Motivation - Endurance

endurance buddha
Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures
      that the final victory comes."
                --The Buddha


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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Camping and Hiking at the Garden of the Gods

Camping and hiking at the Garden of the Gods

Last week we headed south to Garden of the Gods in Shawnee National Forest.  With it being about 6 hours away, we left after breakfast and arrived with plenty of time to set up camp and take a short hike on the Observation Trail.  A perfect intro to the beautiful sandstone rock formations, the Observation Trail is a 1/4-mile interpretive flagstone loop with panoramic views of the surrounding Garden of the God Wilderness.

Garden of the Gods, Observation Trail
Garden of the Gods Observation Trail, Shawnee National Forest

After eating a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, we all bundled up and hunkered down to read in the tent.  This was our first time winter camping with the kids.  Waking up to a chilly 28 degrees, when pancakes in town were offered for breakfast, we all jumped in the car.  With our bodies warm and bellies full, we drove back to the Garden of the Gods for longer hike.  We started at the "backpackers' lot" and took a 2 hour loop through gorgeous hilly forest and incredible views of the bluffs.   After a hotdog and s'more lunch, we packed up and headed home.  Great first time hiking at the Garden of the Gods and winter camping with the kids!

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