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ARASHI: Sho and Aiba - Laugh

Even Less Fandom Than Before

Finally located the names for the Woman's Day Kid's Book contest, and surprise! wasnt on it. oh well!

although, i do have to say, i did think mine was better than at least two of the runner up's.

However, New Contest Info is up, and Ill be trying again. plus, trying to figure out who i can send Grumpy Pants (last entry) to in hopes of actually getting it published. i know that lots and lots of places dont take unsolicited manuscripts. any ideas?

Also, am looking for a decent sandwich bread dough recipe. we use the bread machine, mostly, and while i have an ok white bread recipe, i really would like a partial to all wheat sandwich bread. the recipes i have are too dense to really make a decent sandwich. something basic. anyone?

this is partially needed because i like making bread, and partially because making it will be cheaper than buying it in Alaska.


I just take regular bread recipes and substitute half of the white flour for whole wheat. But here's a couple I've liked. And check out www.thefreshloaf.com. I really really really like their website. :) Lots of good bread tips.


* 1 (.25 ounce) package rapid rise yeast
* 1 teaspoon white sugar
* 1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
* 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
* 1/4 cup water
* 1/4 cup melted shortening
* 1/4 cup honey
* 2 teaspoons salt
* 2 cups whole wheat flour
* 3 cups bread flour
* 2 tablespoons butter


1. Dissolve yeast and sugar in 1/2 cup warm water.
2. Combine milk, 1/4 cup water, shortening, honey, salt and wheat flour in food processor or bowl. Mix in yeast mixture, and let rest 15 minutes. Add white flour, and process until dough forms a ball. Knead dough by processing an additional 80 seconds in food processor, or mix and knead by hand 10 minutes. Place the dough in a buttered bowl, and turn to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rise for 45 minutes, or until almost doubled.
3. Punch down, and divide dough in half. Roll out each half, and pound out the bubbles. Form into loaves, and place in buttered 9x5 inch bread pans. Butter the tops of the dough, and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm area until doubled; second rise should take about 30 minutes.
4. Place a small pan of water on the bottom shelf of the oven. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
5. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until tops are dark golden brown. Butter crusts while warm. Slice when cool.

White Bread (can substitute at least half the flour for wheat)

2 heaped teaspoons powdered yeast
4 tsp liquid honey
1 egg
2 and 1/2 cups warm water
3 cups of white flour
Mix liquids together and beast in yeast and sifted flour.
set to rise in a warm place for between 30 - 60 minutes (I put it on the oven on very low)

2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons oil
3 cups white flour
Mix in salt and oil
Fold in sifted flour

Turn ono a floured surface, adding more flour as necessary.
Knead for at least 10 minutes, until dough feels smooth and pliable

Place dough into an oiled bowl, cover wiht a damp cloth and set in a warm place until nearly double in size (about 30 - 50 minutes)

Punch dough down and turn onto board. Cut dough into 2 equal pieces, and then each of those into 3 (6 pieces total).

Roll each piece into strips and then plait to make two loaves. Place loaves onto oiled tray, cover with a damp cloth and return to warmplace to rise for 15 - 25 minutes.

1 egg, beaten
brush tops of loaves with egg, and sprinkle with poppy seeds

Bake at 180ºC / 350ºF for 35 - 40 inutes.

Loaves will be cooked when sound hollow when lightly tapped.
Can't give you a wheat recipe off the top of my head, but I can look through my grandmas cookbooks. I bake all the time. No, really. ALL THE TIME. Right now there is a pan of fudge cooling in the fridge and homemade brownies on the wire rack.

And OMG! I watch "World's Deadliest Catch" every week and it is like 5-6 bucks a gallon for MILK and 3-4 for cheap bread.


You may wanna see if you qualify for food stamps when basic necessities like this cost that much much!
er..based on the OBSCENE AMOUNT they will be paying us to work there, no, we really really wont..

but we will be WAY out in the middle of nowhere, which means i would rather bake bread then buy it, because we can go through alot of bread very quickly. so if you could find any recipes, i would appreciate it!
Good thing it is an obscene amount, really. One of my flisters lives there and I think she mentioned that the pay to remain at the same standard of living would have to be 3 or 4 times the amount you get in normal America (California doesn't count).

They are actually POORER than they were before they moved up there, and it's heartbreaking. But they are in Kenai and so they can both work. Which is good because in a lot of those cities the wives can't find work with the unemployment being so high normally.

But it is beautiful (if cold--ick!), and much more "homey". I'd love to raise my son in a rural setting like that.
well, we are so far out that our standard of living is going to change alot. like, no resturants, no Burger King, no movie theaters..alot of the money we would spend on entertainment is going to go down a good bit.

we have to go into anchoridge to do any of that really, and i cant see us heading down there all that often, based on expense to get there and back to Kotlik.

its going to be an adventure, thats for sure!
ARASHI: Sho and Aiba - Laugh

October 2014



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