Bread and Peaches

I have had one week of quiet since the boys went back to school...time to catch up on some reading, cleaning, projects...and can peaches?!?  Canning peaches may not sound like a relaxing thing to do, but when I start a messy consuming project...there is nothing else I can do but finish something I started....which for any of my fellow ADHD DIY'ers you know what I mean.

If you are hungry for a one day project that will make your kitchen pantry pretty and your children's mouths water....grab a bushes of peaches and get started this weekend.  If you haven't canned peaches can co to the Fresh Preserving Ball Website for some great basic tips for canning anything!

It is soooo worth a morning given up to the smell of peaches and sugar.  Yum!  When our children get sick or have a bad day...they don't ask for cookies, they ask for peaches...Mom's canned peaches.  I found my fruit at a local fruit stand in Provo called Allred's.  Love their fruit and apple is a must to welcome in fall.

My other favorite fall treat is warm wheat bread slathered with butter....I thought I would share my favorite bread recipe.  We use this for all kinds of crusts... bread sticks...etc.

Abby's Wheat Bread

5 cups flour
5 1/2 cup wheat flour
4 cups hot water
1/2 cup honey 
1 Tbs sea salt
3 Tbs Saf Instant Yeast
3 Tbs Liquid Lecithin
2 Tbs Shirley J's Dough Enhancer (Secret ingredient see link below...)

Mix dry ingredients together.  Add liquids and mix together for one minute to see if the dough is super moist or dry.  If the dough is dry add a little more white flour until the dough pulls away from the sides of your bowl and looks moist.  Let sit for five minutes and divide into two halves.

Let sit for five minuets and form into loaves, rolls, bread sticks or whatever you would like.  Let raise for 10 - 15 minutes and then place in a hot 350 degree oven for 20 -25 minutes for a loaf.  When loaves are golden brown, remove from the oven and brush with melted butter.  Let cool slightly..pop out of pans and slice....spread with soft butter and enjoy!

Secret Ingredient - I LOVE the Shirley J Dough will take your dough to new heights!  Seriously made my loaf raise better, the texture was perfect and I could slice it when it was warm...and isn't that the best part of homemade bread?  

I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!  

All Joy,


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Come Knock On My Door

I am soooo excited that we FINALLY painted the doors on our house....(it only took two years :)  When we moved in one of the first things we said was the dull, chipped, and faded blue-green paint had to go.

Our Little Nest Before

We looked at Pinterest for door color ideas and checked out a cool page that Better Homes and Garden's has for color ideas....and choose a new fun color....

Our Little Nest After

We painted the shutters satin the clean look it gave them.  We decided to paint the trim around the doors in a bright white.  It isn't the most daring...but it made everything pop.  The door we painted using Valspar color New Avocado.

I LOVE the fresh green color that is new ...but not too bold.  It took is an hour to tape of the door...being very careful not to miss anything...and a half hour to paint.  The total cost of the project for all four doors around our home was $56.00.  What a great way to make a statement with a low output of funds.

Even the flowers look better...

I purchased a vinyl "Welcome" sign for the door from The House of Smith's.  I also purchased a set of numbers for our mother-in-law apartment...super cute and easy to install!  So ...if you are feeling a little brave and want a big change at your little nest....take a Saturday morning and get ready to spray!

Have a great Friday!

All Joy,


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