Everyday Life · Meryton Living · Sewing

Thanksgiving Sewing

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We went with a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner of steak and french fries…it was delicious! 

After dinner and dessert I retired to my room to do some cleaning and hand sewing for a bit before bed. I decided to work on some more yo-yos for my baby quilt for my hope chest. One of these days the baby quilt will be complete and hopefully on that day my Grandmother will be very pleased (she pesters me about finishing it as this is 5 years in the making). 

 

I didn’t realize that it looks like I poked the needle through my finger until now…don’t worry I didn’t do that!
  
Some more unfinished yo-yos
  
Do I look tired? ;)
 

I hope everyone had a very happy and a very blessed Thanksgiving! 

Everyday Life · Meryton Living · Reenacting

Civil War Weekend 2015

Civil War Weekend- Historic Washington State Park in Washington, Ar. This is an annual event for the state park. On Saturday the park buildings will open for tours at 9:00. The camps will be open to the public at the same time. There will be a variety of programs ranging from medicine to tours of the tavern life. The battle will start at 2:00 that afternoon and the tours will resume. That Sunday tours start back up at 9:00 and there will be a period service at the Methodist church in town at 9:00 as well. At 10:00 the camps open to the public and at 11:00 there will be a game of townball. The battle starts at 2:00 and at 3:30 the camps and special programs will be finished. At 4:30 the tour buildings will be over with.

This is a great local event if you are in the state of Arkansas! It is a smaller event but there is so much more one on one time between visitors and the reenactors. I highly recommend this even if you are in the area!

Baking · Everyday Life · Meryton Living

Amish White Bread Recipe

This is the recipe for the bread I made the other night. I did some modifications to it as the original wasn’t working out for me. :)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 6 cups flour (I was out of bread flour so I did a mixture of all-purpose and self rising flour)

Directions

  • In either a bowl or an electric mixing bowl dissolve the sugar into the warm water, and then stir in yeast. Let it set until the yeast is nice and foamy.
  • Mix the salt and the oil into this yeast mixture.
  • Mix in flour one cup at a time until the dough forms into a ball. (This is when I took my dough out of the electric mixer. It wasn’t getting the consistency I wanted so I took the dough out and hand kneaded for about 5 minutes.)
  • Place dough in a well oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover and let rise for about an hour, or until the dough has risen double in size.
  • Punch the dough down and form into two loaves. Put these loaves into 2 well oiled bread pans and let set for about half an hour. While the dough is rising a second time set your oven for 350 degrees.
  • After the dough has risen for half an hour put the pans into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.