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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Amish Friendship Bread

I received an Amish friendship starter for my friend, I had never had one before...

The Recipe
Following are the recipe and instructions for Amish Friendship Bread as it was given to me. You can also go to our Recipe Box for an easily printable version of the recipe by clicking here.
NOTE: Do not refrigerate starter. It is normal for the batter to rise and ferment. If air gets in the bag, let it out.
Day 1: Do nothing.
Day 2: Mash the bag.
Day 3: Mash the bag.
Day 4: Mash the bag.
Day 5: Mash the bag.
Day 6: Add to the bag: 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk. Mash the bag.
Day 7: Mash the bag.
Day 8: Mash the bag.
Day 9: Mash the bag.
Day 10: Follow the directions below:
  1. Pour the entire bag into a nonmetal bowl.
  2. Add 1 1/2 cup flour, 1 1/2 cup sugar, 1 1/2 cup milk.
  3. Measure out 4 separate batters of 1 cup each into 4 1-gallon Ziploc bags.
  4. Keep one of the bags fr yourself, and give the other bags to 3 friendship along with the recipe.
REMEMBER: If you keep a starter for yourself, you will be baking in 10 days. The bread is very good and makes a great gift. Only the Amish know how to make a starter, so if you give all the bags away, you will have to wait for someone to give you a starter back.
Should this recipe not be passed onto a friend on the first day, make sure to tell them which day it is when you present it to them.

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
2. To the remaining batter in a bowl add the following:
a. 3 eggs
b. 1 cup oil
c. 1/2 cup milk
d. 1 cup sugar
e. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
f. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
g. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
h. 1/2 teaspoon salt
i. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
j. 2 cups flour
k. 1-2 boxes instant pudding (any flavor)
i. Optional: 1 cup nuts and 1 cup raisins

 I mixed the wet together and then the dry together, then I combined the bowls

3. Grease 2 large loaf pans
a. In a bowl mix an additional 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
b. Dust the greased pans with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

4. Pour the batter evenly into the pans and sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture on the top.
5. Bake for one hour or until the bread loosens evenly from the sides and a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.  (since I used a pampered chef stone for my little loaves it took 45 minutes to cook @ 350, and 35 minutes for my other loaf, but it only filled 1/4 of the bread pan)

If you need the starter: I found the recipe at the friendship bread kitchen

“If you haven’t received a bag of Amish Friendship Bread starter but would like to make the bread, this is the recipe for starting your starter.”
Ingredients (click to print)

1 (0.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110° F/45° C)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 cup milk

  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand 10 minutes.
  2. In a 2-quart glass, plastic or ceramic container, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly with a whisk or fork.
  3. Slowly stir in 1 cup milk and dissolved yeast mixture.
  4. Cover loosely and let stand at room temperature until bubbly. Consider this day 1 of the 10 day cycle. For the next 10 days handle starter according to the instructions for Amish Friendship Bread.
Kitchen Notes
The starter should be left at room temperature. Drape loosely with dish towel or plastic wrap. Do not use metal utensils or bowls. If using a sealed Ziploc bag, be sure to let the air out if the bag gets too puffy.
Also, when you make a starter from scratch, you can sometimes end up with a much greater yield than 4 cups depending on the temperature of your kitchen and eagerness of your starter! If this happens, reserve one cup for baking and divide the remaining batter into Ziploc baggies of 1 cup each to freeze or share with friends.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Giveaway!!! Come Follow Me :)

I am trying to increase my followers...   

I have decided that since I have had over 2,000 views and 150 posts (crazy!!!) it is time to have a give away.

When I reach 25 followers I will giveaway a citrus scented rice bag, the rice bag can be used to heat in the microwave (for a minute and a half) or put in the freezer.  I used it for those tight muscles in my neck. 
Remember to comment below so you can be included in the drawing!!!
Her is an example:  (the color and the scent may change)

Once I reach 50 followers I will again giveaway scented rice bag, mentioned above. 

And once I reach 100 followers I will be giving away a book wreath

These would make fabulous gifts for yourself, but remember the holiday season is around the corner and it may be a good gift too :) 

I thank you all for the views!!

Now lets try and get my follower numbers up there with my page views...  Thanks again to everyone... 
I will be using a random drawing widget by

To be part of the drawing please press follow on the right side of the blog and don't forget to comment below that you followed :) also follow my facebook page found here

Oh and I have some really exciting news that I will be sharing on the 17th of October....  Keep an eye out

(NO I AM NOT PREGNANT for those that are wondering) :)

Great way to teach your children the Apostles

Here is a wonderful video that teaches your children (or you) the apostles of the church...


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Princess Hair

Today we had princess camp!  So now it was time to do princess hair...

I parted an inch of hair around the edge of her hair line.  Then I put in 1 1/2 to 2 inch partings and ponies.

I put them all around her head
Then I made another inch part
Making an inch square taking half of one pony and half of another and making it's own ponytail

Like this, and I did it all around her head
I put the rest of the hair in a big pony tail
I then took half of those ponies and made it's own pony

I then twisted the hair pieces into a bun and left hair out to curl

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Treats!!! Take three :)

So I'm having a joint jewelry party with my sister, and I have made yummy treats...

Oreo Brownie with Condensed Milk on top
Oreo Brownie with Marshmallow fluff on top (Note to self, remember to wait and put the fluff on the last 10 minutes)
And Yellow brownies, with white chocolate chips and graham crackers

For the fudge brownies:

Brownie mix: Oil, egg, and water
Crushed Oreos
Marshmallow Fluff
Sweetened Condensed Milk

I didn't have too many 9x13 pans, they are all in the freezer with food in them ;)

So I put them in bread pans and was able to make two different ones.

Both of them have the brownie mix and crushed Oreos, then one has marshmallow fluff on top and the other sweetened condensed milk.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 min

Then I also Made the Yellow cake brownies
I mixed Yellow cake mix with one egg and one stick of butter.  Then I divided the dough in half for the top and bottom
Then I added the white chocolate chips and crumbled graham crackers on top of that!!!
After I rolled out the other half of the dough and placed it on top and drizzled condensed milk on top (the rest from the brownies  above)
I then cooked it for 28 minutes, let cool and then enjoyed!!!