Well, everyone has left and my family get together to meet our daughter in law (and sister in law) to be was truly a great success. A great time was had by all, and we were in complete agreement that Stacy was a perfect fit for our family, as well as for Rich. We all loved her a lot and it was so nice that we could get so well acquainted in such a short time. It was lots better than if we had just met her cold at the wedding. We are all looking forward to the August 13th wedding date in Lake Tahoe!
Of course we all managed to gain a few pounds, some of us more than others. The food was plentiful, tasty and very fattening, I'm afraid. Still, it was memorable and I reassured everyone that Dick and I don't eat this way all the time.
I did mention some of the things we were going to be eating and a lot of you expressed interest in having some of the recipes for things such as bread and carmel corn. The recipe I had called it Karmel Korn for some reason. I think I will change it just so you don't all think I don't know how to spell. I also think I will just do one a day, since that will make it easier for me and I am sure you won't be making bread every day for three days as I did anyway. So here goes:
Honey Oatmeal Bread---Two loaves
2 packages of yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
2 1/2 cups warn water--one cup for yeast, 1 1/2 cups for dry ingredients
1 cup honey (I usually only use 3/4 cup because I personally don't like it as sweet)
4 Tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups quick cooking oatmeal
2 teaspoons salt
6 cups flour
Dissolve yeast in one cup of warm water with l teaspoon sugar.
In large bowl put flour, salt, and oatmeal. Add 1 1/2 cup water, honey, oil and yeast mixture.
Stir until blended, then flour hands and knead until dough really comes together, about five minutes. (Those of you who have dough hooks can use it to stir liquids into dry ingredients and as soon as it is mixed, set the mixer to kneading position (with Kitchen Aid's it is number 2) and knead for five minutes) grease hands with a bit of oil and knead a couple of times and turn the dough over so that top has a bit of oil on it and won't dry out) Cover, put in warm place and let it rise until double, usually 45 to 60 minutes.
Punch dough down and let it rise for another 45 to 60 minutes until doubled. Remove dough to a lightly floured board and knead for a minute of two. Cut into two pieces and form into loaves. Place in greased pans that have a little oil in the bottom so that you can put the top of the loaf in pan, turn over so that oil is on top, then pat loaves to form a smooth loaf. Cover (I usually use a dish towel for this) and let rise for about 45 minutes or so until double. I turn on the oven about 15 minutes before putting it in so it will be at the right temperature when it's time to go in the oven. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.
FOR CHEESE ONION BREAD:
Instead of honey, add 4 tablespoons of white onion grated fine and add 1 cup grated cheddar cheese. Proceed as above.
For those of you who make it (Honestly, it is really easy--just takes a little time with all the rising etc. but it is worth it) I would really like to know how it turned out and if you liked it, so be sure to let me know!!