Sunday, March 29, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
For Bread Baking Day this month is ‘Quick Breads’ hosting by: http://funnfud.blogspot.com/2009/03/announcing-bbd18-quick-breads.html
Who doesn’t enjoy Quick Breads, there are so many that you can bake! I wanted something a little different. Most of us make banana, date, orange or zucchini breads, which are all delicious! But, I am entering something different that I haven’t made in a long time, my version of Coconut-Pineapple Bread.
I use to baked this coconut bread for Easter time and decided it needed a new kick to it. I loved the bread and it bakes up nice and white, but always remembered it being a little dry. So, I decided to add pineapple and butter to the recipe to give it more moisture. As you can tell by the picture, that added the butter and pineaple and a farm fresh egg, the bread now has a bit of yellow coloring. I think it turned out great! Just needs to bake a little longer than the orginal recipe.
Coconut-Pineapple Bread (Glenda’s revised recipe)
1 can, 8 ounces – crushed pineapple, drain and reserved juice and add water to make 1 cup liquid, set aside.
Cream these two ingredients into a large mixing bowl:
¼ cup butter, cold, cut into cubes
1 cup sugar
Add in order and mix thoroughly:
3 cups flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon soda
Crushed pineapple from the 8-ounce can
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup reserved pineapple juice
1 cup shredded coconut
Pour mixture into a loaf pan and bake at 350˚ for 50-60 minutes. Test for doness with a toothpick inserted and comes out clean, not sticky. If the top starts getting too bread cover with foil and finish baking.
*Notes: I would think you could use 1 cup coconut milk, or pineapple juice for the liquid.
Coconut Bread (original recipe from a Women’s Day cookbook, 1968)
3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted twice
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 cup shredded coconut
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Sift dry ingredients and add coconut. Mix thoroughly. Combine liquid ingredients and stir into the dry ingredients. Blend carefully. Let stand for 20 minutes. Pour into well-greased loaf pan (9×5x3 inches). Bake in preheated moderate oven (350˚F). for 45 to 50 minutes.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Tomorrow Michelle, a friend and I will be looking at more patterns to see what type of dress Michelle wants. Looking at many different types of invitations, wow are there a lot online!!!
She and Alex have decided on a lighter shade of periwinkle blue, silver and a little yellow for their colors. They have found someone to help with the reception decorations, a photographer along with many friends taking pictures. So much to do!
One thing I did ask this evening was if they have talked about their own budget after this wedding. Are they ready for rent, utilities, food, etc? Who is going to pay the bills, one of them of both together? They looked at each other and said they would sit down and discuss it. Along with this they also are filling out scholarships for the fall semester. Should a parent worry or ever so slightly remind them that a budget is a good thing?????
The one thing we did accomplish – there will be bridesmaids and groomsmen!
They did get engagement pictures done. Here is one of the engagement pictures.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Well, my youngest daughter is getting married in June! We will be busy, busy for the next few months. I am hoping I will find the time to do my other hobbies as this will now take over. Find a dress, baking the cake, getting the flowers, etc., etc. We are going to try and do a budget of less than $1000. I am sure we can do it, but my daughter has doubts and is worried. I look at it as an adventure and a challenge!
First I made her a planning book, to help them know what to get when and how to budget. It turn out cute. She can add color schemes or anything she thinks needs to be added into it. There is a place for the flowers, music, program and hopefully everything one needs to have a perfect wedding. Mostly I made it so that nothing is overlooked. By the way, it didn't cost me a thing as I had scrapbooking papers and the notebook, what a good deal!
We did go out looking for a dress, oh my! First, my daughter is having a time deciding what type of dress to get. She said she thinks she can afford up to $200. I figured if we sew it ourselves she should be able to make the dress for $100, depending on how much material and the trimmings. She is also finding it hard to find a modest dress, one with sleeves and no low cuts in front or bake. We have friends who sew much better than I and have asked to help, what a blessing.
I have made a few wedding cakes and have found where the bargains are for the ingredients.
My oldest daughter is the person to do the flowers! She knows where to look and how to make beautiful bouquets.
It will be quite interesting how all this falls into place, I think it will be quite elegant. I hope they will have a great day!
Here is a picture of the happy couple.