Helping Auntie Kristi

A few weekends ago, we went to camp Patmos to help with camp. I helped Auntie Kristi in the kitchen.  I got to meet some of the girls that work there. It was a lot of fun. I enjoyed helping.

I helped make breakfast one day.  We cracked about 500 eggs!  I also helped make chicken, mashed pototoes and helped serve for other meals.

A few years ago, I got to help Auntie Kristi bake too.  She is still silly!

Bread

We found a super easy bread recipe that we have been experimenting with. You mix together 3 cups flour, 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp yeast and 1.5 cups water. Mix it well and then let set for 8-18 hours.  Heat your oven to 450 degrees.  Put a dutch oven in the oven with the lid on and warm up for 30 minutes. Place dough on parchment paper, add flour if needed!  Let rest while oven warms up.  Bake in dutch oven for 45 minutes with the lid on.  Then take off and let cook another 10 minutes or until golden brown.

We have tried this recipe with 1/4 cup sour dough starter and it turned out excellent.  Today I added 1 cup shredded cheese and it looks great also!

Candy Sale

This weekend we were vendors for Ruth and Friends tea (they were raising money for Soup for Success).  I made candy! I had caramels, toffee and mint bark.  I do not know if having samples would have helped any, there were so many other sweets there for the tea.  But next time, I will try to have some.

I had fun! I learned to interact with people better. Maybe I can do this again one day, we will see.

Fun Treats

I made some new treats. Opa and Oma are in Bonaire.  Opa put the recipe for the sugar waffles on his blog. Momma knew about Stroopwafels and we wanted to try them too.

The Stroopwafels (Dutch Syrup Waffles) were good. I did not cook the syrup long enough so the syrup ran a lot. Daddy cooked it longer and then it was like a chewy candy.

Sugar Waffles were like pizzelles. They would be very good with ice cream.

Truffles

Just for fun, I have been trying new truffle recipes.  I am out of good chocolate, so I can not make any more candy till we get some.

These truffles are peanut butter M&M, hazelnut/nutella, date/almond, and pretzel.  I mixed marshmallows and peanuts with the leftover chocolate.  My favorites were the hazelnut and the pretzel truffles.

I am still looking for fun new truffle recipes and plan to experiment creating more of my own recipes.

 

Cinnamon Sticky Roll

IMG_9533.Cinnamon RollI was experimenting with cinnamon sticky rolls.  I was trying to make a three pound one because my Uncle Dave shared about a place that makes cinnamon rolls that heavy.

IMG_9529.Cinnamon RollI like the caramel sticky roll topping better than frosting, so I tried that instead. It is not quite heavy enough, but it is close!The roll is really good, but next time, I think I will try more cinnamon and experiment a little more.

Short Bread

Today is National short bread day.shortbreadIf you like shortbread, here is a great recipe from the Joy of Cooking Cookbook!

Cream 1 cup butter.  Mix together 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and a dash salt.  Blend dry ingredients into butter.  Pat into ungreased pie pan and press edges down. Pierce with a fork every so often.  Bake 25-30 minutes.  Cut while warm.