Monday, January 20, 2014

Fresh Out of the Oven Bread and Get Well Cards

Hi there everyone. How is your day going so far? I slept in today.....till almost noon...yikes! Course I did not go to bed till almost 3:15am. I guess I am a night owl @ ♥. Was up making cards for someone that special ordered some "Get Well" cards from my Etsy store. I love when an order comes in, so I can create something new. The order is for 6 get well cards. So as I make this order up I am also making a similar order to put in my Etsy store. I will be selling the cards for $2.50 a piece so 6 cards X 2.50 = $15.00 + postage (might be around $2.50.) Tonight I will finish up the order and put the cards up in my Etsy store for the lady to buy. Then off to the Post Office tomorrow to mail them out. Those are the plans for now...(smile)!!
Here is a picture of my "Fresh out of the oven bread" Oh my is it delicious, as I sit here blogging and bite into my turkey and pepperoni sandwich!!!! I did not take a picture of the sliced bread as it was too warm at the time of this picture. As you can see I baked the bread in my dutch oven with parchment paper. Directions said to heat the oven up to 450 to 500 degrees then place the bread dough in the dutch oven. Turn down the heat to 425 degrees and bake 30 minutes with a cover. Then 15 to 20 minutes without the cover. Being very careful not to touch the dutch oven as it is VERY HOT!!
After cooling, I took the bread out of the dutch oven, lifting up with the parchment paper and let cool some more. Then I sliced a little piece for tasting purposes...(wink)!! Let me just add.....this sandwich is out of this world delicious!!!! The recipe is really easy.

Now I cut this recipe in half for one loaf of bread, but here is the recipe in full:
6 1/2 cups regular flour
3 cups warm water
1.5 tablespoons yeast
1.5 tablespoons salt

Thats it. Mix the flour, yeast and salt well in a large bowl. Add water and mix, making sure the flour at the bottom gets incorporated. It will be sticky, no worries.

The original recipe (which I got from "Biz" at ) says to let rise for two hours, (My dough was not rising, so I let it go overnight, covering with a bowl and sitting it in the oven with no drafts, by morning it had doubled in size). Preheat your dutch oven in the stove at 450 degrees (another recipe said 500) Place the parchment paper in the pot with the dough and bake, turning down the heat to 425 degrees.

So between the two recipes, I came up with this beatiful loaf of bread....I need to add, there is no kneading required for this recipe, so that makes it very easy too. In a few days I will add a picture of the sliced bread (already took a picture of it and it is already in JP's lunch bucket).
So here are the pictures of my get well cards. I found this idea in one of my many magazines, trying to get ideas for get well cards. I thought this was a pretty card and can be for Birthdays, Thank you, Thinking of you, maybe even Mother's day too! I really liked the way it turned out. Ready to make some more.
This is my House Mouse get well card....used water-color pencils for this one, the ice cube and cotton is covered with speckles. Poor little mousey must have a touch of flu.
This card is a picture of my roses. I took this picture back in 2006, I am thinking. I have used these roses for many different things, mostly as a banner for my Etsy store. Just love this picture and thought, now wouldn't they make a nice card too...need to do some more of these. I added the butterfly for a little embellishment. Turned out very pretty.
Here is another view of the roses from a different angle and focused on different flowers in the full bouquet.
This get well card is a stamped picture of a sea-scape. I colored it in with pencils then must have run it off on the copy machine to make more copies.

So there you have it, just a few cards. Tonight I will finish off the order and get them ready for mailing. So you have a great evening and keep warm, make some tea and cuddle up for a long and cold winters night. Keep looking up. cheers ~ Louise


Farm Girl said...

Wow it must be so nice to sleep in. No matter how late I stay up I am always awake at the same time. Your cards are so pretty and your lunch looks wonderful.
I like your pictures that you use for your cards. I bet they make the recipient feel so good.
Have a wonderful evening,

sweetvintageofmine said...

Oh my Louise....if my hubby saw this bread...I would be in trouble!! I must learn how to bake bread! He is a bread addict...all this hard work he is doing on the cottage, he deserves some homemade bread. Shame on me! So happy you had a nice order for your get well cards! God is good! And it's ok to be a night owl....I never was over the years but like you...I can stay up late and sleep in at times! Have a wonderful and blessed week...p.s. still praying for your roof to be fixed! Blessings~~~Roxie

Biz said...

First, I am so excited about the bread! Since I don't cook for my SIL anymore, I haven't made bread in ages - need to fix that stat!

I LOVE THE CARDS!! Thank you so much and I appreciate your talents!

Hugs, Biz

NanaDiana said...

Those are really nice cards, Louise. That was a late night session you had to make them though! lol I wish I COULD sleep in till noon sometimes. Doesn't work for me.

That bread looks wonderful-IF I ever get an oven in working order again. xo Diana

NanaDiana said...

Those are really nice cards, Louise. That was a late night session you had to make them though! lol I wish I COULD sleep in till noon sometimes. Doesn't work for me.

That bread looks wonderful-IF I ever get an oven in working order again. xo Diana

angela said...

I love the card with the mice! So cute! I am a night owl too :) I also love bread. tee hee Congratulations on the card order.


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