Yield: 1 loaf (8 ½ x 4 ½)
1 ¼ C lukewarm milk
3 T honey
3 C King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour
1 C old fashioned rolled oats
2 T butter
1 ½ t bread salt
Bread Machine Method: Place all of the ingredients into the bucket of bread machine. Program the machine for dough or manual and press Start. Check the dough after about 15 minutes; it should be smooth looking, though fairly stiff (but not gnarly). Add additional water or flour as needed. Allow the machine to complete its cycle.
Pumpkin Cutout Cookies
Yield: 1 dozen large cookies
¾ C unsalted butter, softened
½ C brown sugar, firmly packed
½ C canned or fresh cooked pumpkin
1 t vanilla extract
2 ¼ C all-purpose flour
¼ t ground cinnamon
¼ t ground ginger
¼ t ground nutmeg
1/8 t salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In small bowl combine the flour and spices, whisk together; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl; combine butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add the pumpkin, egg, and vanilla. Gradually stir in the flour and spices. Mix by hand to create a soft dough.
Divide dough into 2 pieces; wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll out each piece to 1/4” thickness on a floured surface. Cut into ghosts (or other shapes) with cookie cutters. Place on parchment paper on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 – 15 minutes.
Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:
8 oz package cream cheese, softened
¼ C unsalted butter
1 lb powdered sugar
1 T milk
Beat cream cheese and butter together until soft and well combined. Slowly add in powdered sugar. Add enough milk to make spreadable consistency.
Decorate cooled cookies with cream cheese frosting and mini chocolate chips (for ghost eyes).
Also in Foods: Whole Kernel Corn (Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving - or any of Ball's canning books) and the Swedish Rye Bread placed third in a class for foods with molasses (recipe can be found under the 1st place winner blog).
In Horticulture: my Oregano sprig was a third place winner.
In Heritage: a very old chain linked purse took a third place prize.
In Floriculture: had two of my floral arrangements receive third place honors. Also had a number of fourth and a fifth place win in floriculture.
That completes my ribbon list! Overall a very good year. I enjoyed reading through the comment cards. Sometimes I wish the judges would be a bit more specific so I know exactly what they didn't like (some cards are rather cryptic). I know they try very hard to provide constructive critique which is appreciated.
Now just a brief update on our day. Clark woke up saying he didn't feel good this morning but then seemed to be just fine. Clark and daddy waiting for mommy to get ready. I especially love that Jack the cat was in on wait.
Beautiful fountain and the boys are much more interested in manhole covers.