Thursday, July 31, 2008

Amish Friendship Bread

Granny gave me a starter and I made 2 loaves tonight. ....for those who don't have a starter and wish to start their own Friendship Bread here is the recipe:

**now I have made this bread for years, and ALWAYS put it in a Tupperware dish....Granny gave it to me in a ziplock was very easy this way!!

1 package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups white sugar
3 cups milk

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand 10 minutes. In a 2 quart container glass, plastic or ceramic container, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or flour will lump when milk is added. Slowly stir in 1 cup milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Cover loosely and let stand until bubbly. Consider this day 1 of the 10 day cycle. Leave loosely covered at room temperature.

On days 2 thru 4; stir starter with a spoon.
Day 5; stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk.
Days 6 thru 9; stir only.
Day 10; stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk.

Remove 1 cup to make your first bread, give 2 cups to friends along with this recipe, and your favorite Amish Bread recipe. Store the remaining 1 cup starter in a container in the refrigerator, or begin the 10 day process over again (beginning with step 2).

Once you have made the starter, you will consider it Day One, and thus ignore step 1 in this recipe and proceed with step 2. You can also freeze this starter in 1 cup measures for later use. Frozen starter will take at least 3 hours at room temperature to thaw before using.

Tater Tot Casserole

My mom always said that Wes fell in love with her cooking when he fell in love with me. When we were dating, he ate dinner at our house nearly EVERY NIGHT. His office was about 5 miles from where I lived, plus he worked with my brother, so they both came home to the farm to eat dinner each night...

...and his favorite was...


My mom loves hamburger, and casseroles. We first had this dish at a family cookout when I was 13. After trying it, this casserole became a weekly occurance at my house growing up.

Here it is:

1 pound ground beef
2 cans cream of chicken soup---you can use mushroom too... We like chicken better
few sprinkles of Mrs. Dash
1 package tater tots

Brown the ground beef and drain. Stir in soup. Pour the mixture into a medium-sized casserole dish and layer tater tots on top.

Bake 375 for 1/2 hour to 1 hour....depending on how crispy you want your tots.

Now I use a whole bag of tots and a good sized glass baking dish...9 x 13, The littlest kids like their tots without the 'gravy' on using the whole bag assures you a few extra crispy tots on top with no sauce on them!!

New week, New recipes...

It has been a fun week with all of the food we have had in our house!! Thanks to PaPa's garden, we have had some great meals!!

We have had 2 nights of what I call "Vegetarian Vegetable Night"...which consists of veggies and garden goodies. Here is what we have had:

Corn on the Cob

Green Beans





Mashed Potatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

Squash--both fried and in a casserole

Rolls/homemade Garlic Bread


Mac n Cheese

Now I did not make all of these at one was spread out between 2 meals.

Wes did eat leftover Porkchops off the grill one night, but the kids and I eat everything else. I love having so much to choose from.