1.2..3…4…. BREAD

Enjoy Fresh Bread

Enjoy Fresh Bread

This Lady of Leisure is all about the EASY way to do ANYTHING. Lazy is the true mother of invention. So here is my Super Easy Lazy Leisurely Bread. No Kneading…at all. Really.

1 tsp salt -plain old Great Value Iodized Salt
2 tsp yeast -Fleischmann’s Instant Dry Yeast. I bought it in a 2-pack at Sam’s Club for about $4
3 TBS sugar – Crystal Sugar that I buy at Sam’s Club in the 10 pound bag
4 cups bread flour – I buy Bakers & Chef’s bread flour at Sam’s Club, too.

The flour is sifted straight into my big stainless steel bowl. Because the sifter holds 2 cups, I fill it twice and sift it into the bowl and stick the sifter right back in the bag to store it.

Add 1, 2 & 3 to the flour. Boil 1/2 cup water. Add to 1 1/2 cups cold water. Use a plastic spatula and stir the water into the flour mixture. Stir until it’s all wet and then cover with a cloth in a warm spot and wait. Meanwhile butter your loaf pans. We use Blue Bonnet sticks at room temperature.

Bread Ingredients and Tools and Equipment

Bread Ingredients and Tools and Equipment

Put a little oatmeal in the bottom of your loaf pans if you have trouble with the bread sticking. It will pop right out!
In about an hour, divide the dough into your two loaf pans. I just cut it with the plastic spatula about in the middle and roll each section into each pan. Cover again. In about another 30 minutes to an hour, put into the preheated 425 oven. Turn it down to 350 in 15 minutes. Then another 15 minutes and its done.

Everything's Better with Blue Bonnet On it

Everything’s Better with Blue Bonnet On it

Take a stick of blue bonnet and rub it all over the entire surface of your bread loaves. Turn them out onto a rack and wait as long as you can stand it.

Cut and enjoy. I dip it in honey. I eat it with butter.
I just sit and smile at it because it really IS that easy.

Humidifier- Crockpot

Tony Road Pecan Harvest

Tony Road Pecan Harvest

The cold weather sneaks up on me at the end of each October, showing up at my door and then running away, like the neighborhood children.

When it does stop by our house for an extended period, I like to put out my crockpots to keep the air warm AND moist. The moisture seems to make the heat stay in the room longer and it definitely keeps our noses from being dried out.

The crockpots are filled and left on low with the lid off. The warm setting keeps me from having to worry that they will slosh and burn a passer-by or empty too fast. Add a little lemon zest or cinnamon, depending on whether you want to wake up or sleep in.

Happy Harvest: Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. KJV

The Soda Rules

1. Never take the last one.
2. You may have one soda a day. Don’t ask.
3. You may not have more than one soda a day. Don’t ask.
4. If you share a soda, you may share another soda the same day.

Crawfish Soup Supper Tomorrow

Crawfish Soup Ingredients

1 stick margarine
2 TBS flour
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 small yellow onion, diced

Melt the margarine in a large skillet.
Add flour and whisk constantly over meidum high heat until lightly brown, for a medium roux.
Add onions and cook 2-3 minutes, until the yellow onion pieces are clear and very lightly browned.

1 quart half and half
2 15 ounce cans cream style corn
1 15 ounce can whole kernel corn
2 cans Cream of Potato soup

Add half and half, corn and potato soup.

Zatarains Concentrated Shrimp and Crab Boil (liquid)
Tony Chacheres Original Creole Seasoning
2 12 ounce bags Crawfish Tail Meats (Please use Louisiana products.)

Add crawfish tail meats, crab boil and Tony Chacheres  and simmer 30 minutes.

Serve inside nice big bread bowls, over rice, or, my favorite way, over boiled potatoes.

This is 100% better if made 24-48 hours before serving but it never lasts that long at my house unless I make it when absolutely no one is here (including me) and HIDE  it! ROFLOL

To my non-resident sons and daughters: I’d save you a bowl but… you know!

de-cluttering, books, providential giving

It is time to de-clutter our home and get out of C.H.A.O.S. Yes, that is a (FlyLady reference.) There are boxes in every room containing a variety of unused and unusable items. So I just need to dispose of this stuff so I can go on with life!

It is difficult for me to dispose of books. They become “friends” to me and I find it hard to say good-bye. Some books are beyond use or not fit to give away (due to dirt, grime, age) so I am re-cycling them into “Book Hill”—literally burying them in the back yard in a low spot to build it up.

Some of the still useable books could be passed on to local homeschoolers*. Here is a link to a list of these books. I’ll put them in a plastic grocery sack and if you are interested, email me. Absolutely no returns! haha

Bye Bye Books List  PLEASE put Bye Bye Books in the SUBJECT or your email will probably be deleted as Spam.

Write Me 

* Local means we must be able to meet with you or leave them somewhere in the Sterlington, Farmerville, or Monroe, Louisiana region to give you the books UNLESS you are willing to pay postage. AGAIN… no returns! haha

Providential says:

Providential derives from Latin providentia , from providens , provident- , present participle of providere , literally, “to see ahead,” from pro- , “forward” + videre , “to see.”

Providence is defined by the same website as:

( often initial capital letter ) the foreseeing care and guidance of god or nature over the creatures of the earth.
2. ( initial capital letter ) God, esp. when conceived as omnisciently directing the universe and the affairs of humankind with wise benevolence.
3. a manifestation of divine care or direction.
4. provident or prudent management of resources; prudence.
5. foresight; provident care.

Verses to study and meditate:

Matthew 6:24-34 24“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

The Cure for Anxiety

25“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28“And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30“But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32“For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

A new sink and a new morning!

Thanks to my very wonderful husband for putting in my garage sale find, a stainless steel kitchen sink. He put it in as soon as we got home and you have NO IDEA how much it means to me to have a sink that works better!

Thank you, Allen Ashley, Sr.! I love you and appreciate you.

In Between Shopping

There are grocery shopping trips and In-between shopping trips. In-between shopping trips always seem to be waaaaaay more expensive and have too many splurge or impulse buying. There are alone trips and together trips. The together trips always seem to be waaaaaaay more expensive. I’m not sure of the psychology that makes this true but I know it is true.

Yesterday Allen did an alone trip and came home with exactly what I asked him to buy. This seems to point the finger of splurging and impulse directly at me. Just thought I’d record this information so that I could re-read it later to myself and hopefully improve my performance in this area.

Anyway, he bought:

(for Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwiches)

shredded lettuce
3 tomatoes

(for Broccoli Chicken Casserole)
2 cans of cream of chicken soup

(for Staples that had run out)

2 loaves of white bread
1 gallon of milk

Total Cost: $16.45

Today I am going to Re-start with FLY-Lady. Thanks to my very good friend, Sandy Schwoebel Brown, who said on Facebook: Sandy Schwoebel Brown “wants you to know that although you can’t go back and make a brand new start, you can start now and make a brand new end! To begin, PRAY.”

21 Day Menu: Stir Fried Cheesy Cabbage Casserole

Completed Cabbage Casserole

Completed Cabbage Casserole

    Shopping List
  • coleslaw mix OR cabbage
  • ground sausage
  • shredded cheese
  • creole seasoning (to taste)
  • Cook and drain the ground sausage.

    Stir fry the coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage in a skillet on top of the stove until it is clear and browned a little bit.

    Add the ground sausage to the cabbage.

    Sprinkle part of the cheese across the bottom of a foil pan.Start Casserole

    Add the cabbage-sausage mix and sprinkle the top with the rest of the cheese. You can add the creole seasoning now or wait and let each person season their dish to their own taste.
    Cook until the cheese melts and is browned and bubbly.

    Sometimes we cook a few biscuits or garlic toast to eat with this casserole and sometimes we eat it without anything else.

    * Thanks to my good friend, Deb D’Aguiar, for this fabulous recipe. I modified it somewhat because I’m a lazy cook.

    SMART TIP: We are going to try freezing one pan of this casserole to see if it will still be good. We’ll update this later and let you know how that worked out.