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Transitioning to a 5th Wheel, continued thoughts...

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe visit from our kitchen to yours. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…



When I look back at some of the changes that have come about in the last few years, I begin to wonder if I was not meant to be a traveler all along. We moved each year when I was a young, so moving and starting over have never offended me. We were poor (no disrespect to my parents, whom I loved every day) and while poor is not a destination it is nothing to be ashamed of either, and for a good reason.

Often times poor is the catalyst to creativity, it was in our childhood home and it is in my life to this very day. I have always had the ability to take not much at all and turn it into more value than the sum of the parts. Re-purposing is not new, we did it every day when I was a child. And it is one of my favorite ways to be creative today.

We have streamlined our lives in many ways through the years, consuming less and gaining more in the process. Today I thought I would share of few of those ideas with you today because they too are perfect for RV living. Take a look...


We do not use fabric softener. Instead, I use woolen balls in the dryer. They are tossed around with the clean clothes absorbing static and also help in the drying process by keeping the clothes apart, so they don't clump. I never find a clump of damp clothes in the dryer anymore...You can make your own from a skein of 100% wool yarn but at up to $8.00 a skein, I wanted to find a way to save money. The next time you are at the thrift store, take a look at the adult sweaters, check the neck tag and choose one that is 100% virgin wool. Take it home and boil it! Yes, boil it, this process makes felted wool. Then cut into strips and stitch up into a ball, they will look a bit like these. Full instructions can be found here.


If the fabric content of your clothes is manmade, you may need additional help, you can get more help from a wadded up ball of foil. They can be used a number of times before being recycled at the recycling station.


Close living quarters means that there might be one project happening in succession, right about the time to make a meal. I also came up with this quick spray for my kids to use after making a snack when they were younger, and it is still used in my home today. All it takes is a drop of two ingredients that you already have, dish soap and white vinegar.  You will find Easy Clean, here.


And my best advise ever, celebrate! Stay tuned, I have more good stuff to share, until then...

Happy travels!

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Double Batch of Seeded Whole Grain Bread

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

It has been very busy here and strangely, quiet as well. Four garage sales in 5 weeks, 1 load of outdoor furniture taken to storage in Vancouver and then we caught colds.....Our winter rain has started and there is a chill in the air. Now we wait for a buyer for our house so we may move forward with our plans for a 5th Wheel and full-time RV living.

I have been continuing to trim down the kitchenwares and perfect small batch cooking. I also for fun, have started a Facebook page for small batch recipes that are cooked on the stovetop or oven. Even when boondocking, one had a propane stove. Simply titled RV Kitchen, I add 1 or 2 recipes daily from my archives here at OurSundayCafe.

And yet, the one thing that has worked the best for us is a double batch of whole grain dough in the ABM. I had concerns that the volume would be too much for the machine (it is not!) or that the dough would not be soft and stay fresh once bakes (it is soft and fresh!) or that we would tire of it, but the truth is, this dough is so adaptable it is perfect for two loaves of bread, one plain and one flavored.

To flavor, the dough, flatten out onto prepared surface, sprinkle the desired flavor over the dough. Fold into thirds, flatten and fold into thirds, repeat twice more. You can use any flavor you choose, such as raisins or other dried fruit, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, diced hard cheese. You may butter the surface if desired and sprinkle with herbs and a touch of garlic salt. The only limits are your preferred flavors! Baking times should be the same.

This is a seeded, high protein loaf of bread, perfect for sandwiches, toast or simple bread and butter to go along with soup or a salad. Like previous loaves, it starts the day before...

Double Batch of Seeded Whole Grain Bread. ABM started, oven baked.
Seeded Whole Grain Bread

Double Batch of Seeded Whole Grain Bread
by the seat of my pants
350-degree oven for baking

2 c water
2 t apple cider vinegar
7 - 8 c whole wheat flour

Combine in a large bowl, cover and let rest overnight.

The following day, place in the ABM pan in the following order:

1/4 c water
1/4 c oil
1/4 c honey
4 t instant yeast
soaked whole wheat flour
2/3 c oatmeal (not instant)
2 T chia seeds
2 T golden flax seeds
1/4 c hemp hearts (high in protein and essential fatty acids)
1/2 c gluten flour
2 t salt

additional flour, oat bran or almond flour, for shaping into loaves

Double Batch of Seeded Whole Grain Bread. ABM started, oven baked.

Use dough cycle to process. When finished, remove from ABM pan onto a prepared surface. Deflate completely, divide in half, shape into loaves. Place into prepared pans and let rise until doubled in bulk (approximately 45 minutes)

Bake 35-40 minutes or until done in your oven. Let rest in the pans a minute or two, turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.
Double Batch of Seeded Whole Grain Bread. ABM started, oven baked.

Enjoy!

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Savory Cheese and Onion Whole Grain Bread

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

Now that I have a good process in place for a single loaf of bread, the fun begins to be creative with flavor and added nutrition from seeds. This is the same process as the loaf before, set the whole grain flour to soak overnight in water and a kiss of apple cider vinegar. It is a good idea to cut the cheese into cubes and let it dry out also, that way you get cubes of cheese baked in the bread...

Savory Cheese and Onion Whole Grain Bread.
Savory Cheese and Onion Whole Grain Bread.

Savory Cheese and Onion Whole Grain Bread
by the seat of my pants!
350-degree oven

The day before:
1 c water
1 t apple cider vinegar
3-4 c whole grain flour
Combine and let sit, covered overnight. If desired, cut the cheddar cheese into cubes and set aside to dry. Remember to mix in enough flour to have a dough consistency, not a batter.

When you are ready to bake:
2 T water
2 T honey
2 T oil

1 T chia
1 T flax
2-3 t dry onion pieces
1/4 c hemp hearts
1 T hemp whole seed protein
1/3 c oats
1 t salt (try 1/2 salt and 1/2 garlic salt)

Add ingredients in order listed, starting with the soaked flour mixture. Use the dough cycle and process.

Shape by hand, and final rise:

completed dough
1 c diced sharp cheddar
oat bran or a small amount of flour

Savory Cheese and Onion Whole Grain Bread.

Sprinkle the work surface with oat bran, add completed dough, flatten and scatter cheese over the top. Knead lightly using only as much oat bran as needed to keep dough from sticking to work surface. When cheese is evenly mixed in, shape into a loaf and place in prepared loaf pan.


Let rise in a warm protected space, the oven with the oven light on is perfect!


Savory Cheese and Onion Whole Grain Bread.

When doubled, remove dough, preheat the oven, then bake 30-40 minutes or until done in your oven.

Savory Cheese and Onion Whole Grain Bread.

Let sit in the pan a few moments, turn out to cool completely.

Savory Cheese and Onion Whole Grain Bread.

Enjoy!

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Frugal Bacon Storage!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe frugal hack from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

I really was not sure how to title this post. But the truth is when I open a package of bacon, often when I need/want bacon again, it has molded!...

Now I can tell you that any bacon lover will say, molded bacon is NOT acceptable! And I can tell you that any keeper of a frugal kitchen will say, molded bacon is acceptable. What to do, what to do?

This is our new bacon keeping strategy. Freeze the bacon in layers of 6 slices (or what works best for you family) and keep it in the freezer. It is simple, but I did photo the process for you.

Keep bacon safe from molding, with storage in the freezer. Perfect for smaller families.

Layer waxed paper and sliced bacon on a flat pan.

Keep bacon safe from molding, with storage in the freezer. Perfect for smaller families.

Repeat until you are out of bacon!

Keep bacon safe from molding, with storage in the freezer. Perfect for smaller families.

Cover the top of the last layer, place in the freezer until frozen solid.

Keep bacon safe from molding, with storage in the freezer. Perfect for smaller families.

Tap out of the pan.

Keep bacon safe from molding, with storage in the freezer. Perfect for smaller families.

Label the storage bag (my worst omission in the kitchen).

Keep bacon safe from molding, with storage in the freezer. Perfect for smaller families.

Return to the freezer for storage.

It will be easy to separate the layers and only get out what will be used when it is needed.  No more moldy bacon!

Enjoy!

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