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Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Rosemary Kind of Day...

Greetings dear hearts.. 
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth .. 

We have been having some Winter weather.. Snow ... Not a lot but a bit every day..Spring is in the air, though... smile.. 

I found this recipe on the web HERE.. I did not pin it as it was just so simple... 
I have had it going for two days now and I love it.. 
It is a Rosemary and Lemon stove top potpourri.. 
All you have to do is slice up one fresh lemon, a few sprigs of fresh rosemary and a bit of vanilla ... 
Fill your medium size pot two thirds full of water and add the ingredients and simmer on very low.. 
Keep adding water as needed and it smells lovely.. 
Kind of sweet citrus and herb... 
It lasts for 2 to 3 days.. 

Hope you enjoy it.. 

And....
I was trying out my new Kitchen Aid and decided to make bread.. 
This is a lovely recipe and Terry loved it.. 
Who doesn't love homemade bread, though, eh?

Here it has risen and is ready for the second rising..

I divided it into two loaves and on one I added chopped fresh rosemary and kosher salt.. 
and the other one I left plain ...



Here the bread is served with a bit of rosemary oil.. 



The recipe.. 
Homemade Bread with Rosemary... 
4 T. sugar
2 T. of butter
2 cups of warm water 
2 T. rapid rise yeast
3 tsp. salt
1 cup wholewheat flour
4 cups of unbleached white flour
chopped fresh rosemary
kosher salt

In your Kitchen Aid bowl or another bowl put 4 T. sugar and 2 T. of butter with 2 cups of quite warm water..Stir well with a spatula.. 
Add 2 T. rapid rise yeast and let stand for a few minutes.. 
Put 3 tsp. salt in with 1 cup of wholewheat flour and add to bowl and start kneading .. Keep adding until you have added 4 cups of white flour..
 Knead for 8 to 10 minutes..
Let rise until doubled in a warm place.. 
When doubled separate into two rolls.. 
Shape and place on a cookie sheet and let rise again..(doubled) 
Turn your oven to 375 degrees F ...

Put one egg white and 1 T. water and whisk.. 
Brush on your bread and sprinkle with chopped fresh rosemary and a sprinkle of kosher salt.. 
Or just brush with the egg white..
Cook for 20 to 25 minutes.. 
Enjoy...

AND....
a little something just for you.. smile.. 

Oatmeal and Rosemary Bath Bag.. 



In a piece of cheesecloth or muslin (or and old hankie)
place a handful of old fashioned oatmeal and a few sprigs of rosemary... 
Tie it up with a piece of ribbon or string which is long enough to hang from your bathtub faucet   ... 

This is a great skin softener and very frugal.. 

You could substitute the rosemary for lavender, too.. 
if you do not have a rosemary plant growing then pick some up at your grocers.. 

If you live here then you can buy a growing rosemary plant at Sobeys for $4.00..Keep it on your kitchen sill or counter and it will soon be time to plant it outside...
Just a little tip for you .. grin..

I WANTED TO THANK ALL  YOU SWEETIES FOR JOINING ME OVER AT LIKE A BUBBLING BROOK THE LAST TWO DAYS AND LEAVING SUCH LOVELY COMMENTS.. 
i appreciate it so much.. xoxo 

Don't forget about the Keepers Meeting on Saturday.. 
Welcome to all of the new followers .. 
As you can see I have installed the Linky thing... smile..  

May God bless you and protect you and keep you in the hollow of His hand.. 
Hugs.. 

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13 comments:

  1. Your bread looks delicious! Quentin picked me up some yeast and flour on his lunch break today. I am making homemade bread tomorrow.:)

    I will have to try your potpourri and bath bag.

    Have a great night.

    :)Vicki

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  2. Great ideas and that bread looks delish!!!!!
    Have a good night.
    Earlene

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  3. I am enjoying your blog. Blessings to you.
    Blondie

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    1. Wow wonderful ideas and that bread looks delish ! I take it your enjoying your new kitchen aid ? Thats great. Awesome post and photos thanks for sharing ! Have a good day !

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  4. Hello dear Faye, It looks like your wonderful new Kitchen Aid mixer is working out just great! The bread looks delicious. I will be trying the rosemary and citrus potpourri, for sure. It sounds very fresh and clean. Hope all is well with you.

    Susannah

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  5. Great ideas and Faye that bread looks yummy!Hugs,Jen

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  6. I love homemade bread and I must try that oatmeal and rosemary bath bag - need to soften up a bit!!! lol!
    Blessings
    Christine

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  7. Linky Thing?? I have no idea what it is but I signed up... I'm excited for Keepers tomorrow :) and I have some exciting news to tell you, but you'll have to wait. I like your rosemary ideas...
    -L-

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  8. Thanks for all these great ideas. The bread looks delicious. I definitely want to make it. I also like the potpourri looks great too. I will try it out soon. As of right now, we are warm enough that I have not had a fire in several days. As soon as I build a fire, though I want to try it. I was wondering if dried rosemary would work in place of the fresh. Enjoy your day and God bless.

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  9. Dear Faye,
    I have a rosmary bush growing right outside my porch! Won't be short of ideas as to using it, now..;)
    I thought your eau-de-nil/ duck egg coloured dinner table, on the Babbling Brook post, was absolutely beauftiful. And collecting odd pieces of silverware - what a brilliant thrifty idea! I shall do it.
    Faye, dear, you really have a gift for portraying a sweet and gentle way of life. The ladies in your meetings are very fortunate to have you. I wish I could be among them.
    Bye for now, and a hug
    Hazelnut/ Alex

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  10. Thanks for all the wonderful tips Faye :-)
    Think our Rosemary bush might be a bit bald over the next few days :-) I will then ask you for a tip and cure for balding Rosemary bushes :-) Keep well dear Faye
    :-) X X X

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  11. Oh my the rosemary and lemon sounds heavenly. I planted rosemary last summer.
    Wonderful post yesterday.Sadly I could not comment. Tried several times :(
    The bread looks amazing too.
    Hugs Faye Henry :)
    Trace

    www.grannytracescrapsandsquares.com

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  12. Faye, do you think that dried lemon slices would work for the potpourri recipe?

    Kendra

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