#FoodieFriday: Bagels! #baking #bagel

GUYS! I totally made my own bagels. Only recently--within the past year or so--I've gotten more brave and comfortable with working with yeast breads. There's something intimidating about it; you have to be so careful to make sure the yeast activates, but that you don't kill it, either. Dough balls that will become bagels!What I'm discovering is that it's much less finicky than I thought, and most of my creations have turned out okay.Now, we love a good bagel. Hubs and I grew up in New England, and appreciate them, but it's sometimes hard to find a suitable one. So, I figured I'd give it a shot. How hard could it be?Not very, actually. It just takes a little time, but once you're invested, you're good.Here's the recipe I followed. It's from Artisan Bread in Five, and wasn't hard to do at all. No kneading, even. Dough rings.I let it rise on the counter top in a giant bowl for a little less than five hours,...
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Back at it!

Just a quick check-in...So, now that things have calmed down a bit here (still checking stuff for damages, but we're doing really well on that!), I'm going to get back to writing.The problem was that for a few days, I was convinced I'd misplaced everything I had for Fate's Awakening. Whoops.But never fear! I excavated it from a plastic bin (it was hiding among other look-alike folders, the bastard) and I'm gonna be all over it like a fat kid on cake.I'm also working on what to do for the April A-Z Blogging challenge this year. Any suggestions would be appreciated!xoxo Sarah...
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#FoodieFriday: Slow-cooker Mongolian Beef #CrockPot #SlowCooker

As I've mentioned before, we recently moved and received all of our household goods.Let me tell you, going through everything you own is not as fun as it sounds, and it sounds pretty awful.In order for us to have some semblance of healthy eating (e.g. not ordering pizza because we forgot to food), I've rekindled my love-affair with my crock pot.I was so excited when I unearthed it from the boxy jungle (and to finally try some of the awesomeness on my Crock Pot Pinterest board) that I actually had trouble coming up with what I wanted to do first. I should also add that I nixed any stews or soups right off the bat--we'd just come from a week of them (I've had a nasty cold so I was eating chicken soup like it was going out of style, and hubs was eating sandwiches to avoid the soup), so I took pity on him.This time.Anyway, we get most of our...
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#FoodieFriday: Chicken and Wild Rice #Soup

Much to my poor husband's dismay, it's soup season.I can eat soup all the time--he, unfortunately, cannot. But his complaining is kept to a minimum, and I usually end up freezing a good amount for later so he's not tortured all at once. Must spread the torture out over multiple days, you see--it's how a good marriage works.But in all seriousness, I do love a good soup, and enjoy experimenting with ones I find to make them work for us.One I tried last week was Bowl of Delicious's Chicken and Wild Rice Soup--a nice twist on chicken soup, which is one of my quick go-tos. I generally prefer mine with noodles, but rice is also good, and wild rice is fun and adds a different texture, so I was game.First, I want to address that, yes, you can find just wild rice in the grocery store. Not just the Uncle Ben's mix with white rice, but regular wild rice--it will...
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#FoodieFriday: Swiss Cheese Chicken #Casserole

Whew. I'm tired.After moving, getting most of our household goods right before the holidays, then unpacking the bedroom and kitchen, then the holidays, then traveling for a ski trip, then getting the rest of our household goods, then more unpacking, I'm ready for a nap.Or long-term hibernation.But the cats would still try to wake me up from that, so here I am.I'm writing this surrounded by boxes, which are reason enough for making the following recipe: Swiss Cheese Chicken Casserole.Pic from Prepared HousewivesI'll apologize in advance--the Prepared Housewives site has a lot of annoying ads and stuff, but this recipe is sound. No, it's not the best thing for you, but there are worse things to put in your mouth when you want a quick-ish, comfort-foody meal.Like I did this evening after an unplanned trip to Lowes to get new hoses for the washing machine so it didn't turn the laundry room floor into a flood plain.Anyway...This casserole comes together quickly--there are...
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