Friday, May 10, 2013

Mother's Day Dinner Blog Hop

Mother's Day is coming up this Sunday. We are praying you have a fun day with your family! Just in case your family (or you, if you're having your own Mom over for dinner) needs some inspiration, we've joined up with several of our blogging friends to bring you a Mother's Day Dinner Blog Hop. Hope you find something new, and tasty, to try!

Our contribution is supposed to be an appetizer. Now, I don't know how you do appetizers at your house, but here, if we make them, the purpose is to keep you out of the cook's way so she can finish making dinner! :)

Usually our appetizers involve veggies or bread. Since I know some of you are gluten free, I'll include 2 options!

First- fresh bread! You can make the bread into whatever shape or size you desire once the dough is done rising the first time. Then, if it's not time to bake it yet, just put the pans in the fridge to slow the rising process until you're ready for them.
This is a picture of a double batch (we made hamburger buns instead of rolls)

Basic Bread recipe:
1 cup room temperature water
1 Tbsp. yeast (not rapid rise!)
3 Tbsp. oil (we like olive)
3 Tbsp. sugar (white)
2 tsp. salt
3-4 cups flour (we like about 50% whole wheat & 50% unbleached white)

Mix ingredients in order given, only adding 3 cups of flour to start. Then, mix in enough of the remaining cup of flour to get a doughy consistency. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and knead it for about 2 minutes (adding extra flour as necessary.) Dough should be elastic-y, and not too sticky. If it is sticky- add more flour a Tbsp or two at a time.

Put dough back in bowl and cover with a clean towel, allow to rise for 45 minutes. Punch down dough, knead it for about 30 seconds, then shape and place in  greased (buttered) bread pans or on greased cookie sheet for rolls. Cover again with the towel and allow to rise another 45 minutes.

Bake at 375 degrees F. If you make one loaf of bread, it will take about 35 minutes to bake, if you divide it into 2 loaves, it should take 30 minutes. Rolls usually take about 15-20 minutes, check them often and remove when they are a golden brown, and slide around on the cookie sheet when you shake it sideways.

IF you're following a gluten free lifestyle, or just don't want to take the time to make bread, make some potato fries!

Potato fries:
(you will want about 2 small red potatoes per person)

Slice potatoes (we like using our crinkle cutter)
Spray your cookie sheet with olive oil, place potato slices on sheet, sprinkle with parmesan cheese, and bake at 450 degrees F for about 15-20 minutes. (Time varies depending on how thick you sliced the potatoes. You're looking for them to start turning golden, and the cheese to brown.)

Enjoy your Mother's Day!

See the links below to find other great recipes!

**Welcome to the Mango Tango Mother's Day Dinner Blog Hop. Be sure to visit each of the bloggers below for your next course. Kathys Cluttered Mind - Table Center Piece Home Sweet Life - Appetizer Ben and Me - Appetizer For Him and My Family - Main Course Through the Calm and Through the Storm - Main Course Debbies Homeschool Corner - Dessert Treasuring Life's Blessings -  Dessert Our Homeschool Studio - Beverage Following Him Home - Beverage **

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