Such a crazy week. Next week will be too! This last week(end) was the big end of the year dance performance for my step-daughter. It’s a week full of last minute dress rehearsals and perfecting dances and then the big performance is always on Saturday, and you are there ALL DAY. Whew! But, it’s worth all of the work. She loves to do it and they are always so pretty!
For the cast party I actually made a delicious looking fruit salad with lemon poppy seed dressing. I used mandarins, bananas, pomegranate seeds, kiwis, blackberries, apples, and the dressing! It was a big hit, nothing left over!
I also did a tad bit more decorating, got our stocking up (finally):
Yes, we have a few. To be fair, some are actually for the dogs. Don’t judge me.
Moving on to cookies and bread…I know that this theme is all about cookies, but I love doing Amish Friendship Bread this time of year. So delicious, and you get to share the delicious with others! I actually didn’t share any this time because my bag ended up with a leak in it (I had too much help mushing the bag) so I ended up with not very much in the end! So, what you typically do is you start with the “starter bag” and you mush it every day (gently) then on the sixth day you add milk, sugar, and flour. Mush for a few more days, then you take one cup and put into four separate gallon size bags and hand out with the recipe to friends! You get to keep one cup for yourself to make your bread! And it’s GOOD.
So here it is:
Amish Friendship Bread:
Day 1: Do nothing. (Let the air build up in the bag)
Day 2: Mush the bag. (Let the air build up in the bag)
Day 3: Mush the bag. (Let the air build up in the bag)
Day 4: Mush the bag. (Let the air build up in the bag)
Day 5: Mush the bag. (Let the air build up in the bag)
Day 6: Add one cup of flour, sugar, and milk. Mush bag.
Day 7: Let air out and mush the bag. (May take longer for air to build up in the bag.)
Day 8: Let air out and mush the bag.
Day 9: Let air out and mush the bag.
To make your bread:
1 starter cup
1 package of instant vanilla pudding (the large one, about 6 oz.)
2 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar
¾ cup of oil
¾ of milk
3 teaspoons of cinnamon
½ teaspoon of baking powder
½ teaspoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon of salt
1 cup of chopped nuts (optional, I usually do half with and half without [so ½ cup of nuts])
(Pecans, walnuts, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, raisins, etc. all work well!)
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F and generously spray two loaf pans and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, or with your hand mixer, mix all ingredients together.
- Pour batter into your loaf pans and sprinkle with more cinnamon and sugar.
- Bake in oven for about 60 minutes.
I just realized I didn’t take any pictures of the cookies once I plopped them down, probably because my dad was standing over me waiting for me to get out of the way so he could devour them…They are his favorites, haha!
One Minute Cookies (No Bake Cookies):
Yields about 15 cookies. Prep time: 10 minutes
2 cups of sugar
½ cup of milk
2 Tablespoons of butter
1 Tablespoon of cocoa
Boil for one minute and remove from heat.
2 cups of oats
½ cup of peanut butter
½ cup of coconut
Mix together thoroughly and then plop some of the “dough” out onto wax paper in the shape of cookies, how many cookies you get depends on how big you make them. Cool for about 10 minutes.
I hope you enjoy, these are two special recipes in our household!