Free Comic Book Day
I found out through mashupmom.com that you can go to participating Comic Book Stores and get a free comic book on May 1st. That is Bryce's 1st communion so I don't think we'll be able to take advantage of the special.
It's all rainy today, and I think that soon Tom is going to have to mow the lawn. Probably that won't happen until April 30th (ie the day before Bryce's first communion--since we will have people over.) Yes I know I am perfectly capable of mowing the lawn myself. Well mostly capable, I do tend to trip and fall a few times a year, so odds are good that I might trip in a gopher hole if there is one to be tripped upon in our back yard. However, I am not going to go ahead and mow the grass because I'm always busy washing dishes, cooking food, folding laundry, yelling at small children and running a successful business from my home. :-D
*All* Tom does is go downtown to work all day in a small cubicle doing stuff for his company, so I leave the yard work to him. LOL
A bit late but on Monday I found the time to make Easter Bread, it was actually pretty easy. :-D
Here is the recipe I used:
NOTE: I skipped the decorative eggs.
Original Recipe Yield 1 - 1 pound loaf
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
2/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
5 whole eggs, dyed if desired
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1.In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, salt and yeast; stir well. Combine milk and butter in a small saucepan; heat until milk is warm and butter is softened but not melted.
2.Gradually add the milk and butter to the flour mixture; stirring constantly. Add two eggs and 1/2 cup flour; beat well. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.
3.Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
4.Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into two equal size rounds; cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll each round into a long roll about 36 inches long and 1 1/2 inches thick. Using the two long pieces of dough, form a loosely braided ring, leaving spaces for the five colored eggs. Seal the ends of the ring together and use your fingers to slide the eggs between the braids of dough.
5.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place loaf on a buttered baking sheet and cover loosely with a damp towel. Place loaf in a warm place and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes. Brush risen loaf with melted butter.
6.Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes, or until golden.