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Monday, July 6, 2015

Kalache or Klobasnek

 Around 1840 there was a huge Czech population that settled in the Central to Eastern part of Texas and as with all immigrants, they brought their culture including certain dishes to their new country including the very popular Kolaches! 
 These special treats are sold in most bakeries in my part of Texas and have become one of my very favorite breakfast, snack or lunch dishes.   
  There is actually a "debate" concerning the name.   On one side of the discussion is that anything savory or with meat is not a "kolache" but a "Klobasnek" leaving only the sweet that are called Kolaches.  
 On the other side of this discussion is all these yummy treats are called "kolaches", they insist that it doesn't matter if its filled with meat or a fruit filling, its still a kolache.
  But whichever name you would like to call these meat pastries, you will all agree they are fantastic!  
They are similar to a pig-in-a-blanket with the perfect amount of cheese and some cute little sausages (wieners) baked inside a lovely yeast dough


Kolaches or Klobasneks


Ingredients
    For the Dough
    • 1 package of active dry yeast
    • 1 cup of whole milk, warmed
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 3 cups flour, divided, plus more for kneading
    • 2 eggs
    • 12 tbsp unsalted butter (1½ sticks), divided
    • 1 teaspoon of salt
    For the Filling
    • 8 Slices of American Cheese
    • 8.3 oz package of Smok-Y breakfast sausages (heat and serve) "Eckrich"
    Instructions
    1. In a large bowl, combine yeast, warm milk, sugar and 1 cup of flour
    2. Cover and let it rise until doubled in size.
    3. Melt the butter.
    4. Beat the eggs, salt, and half of the melted butter
    5. Add egg mixture to yeast mixture and blend.
    6. Stir in about two more cups of flour, 1/2 cup at a time. The dough should be soft and moist, but not sticky. Add more flour as needed.
    7. On a floured surface, knead the dough until dough is smooth and highly malleable, about 10 minutes.
    8. Put dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
    9. After dough has risen, punch it down and pull off egg size pieces.
    10. In your hands, roll pieces into balls and then flatten to about 3-4 inches in diameter.
    11. Place sausage and cheese in the center of each piece, then fold one side over and roll until sausage is enclosed, pinching to seal.
    12. Place the klobasneks on a greased baking sheet, cover and let rise for another 30-45 minutes.
    13. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    14. Brush the tops with melted butter and bake until lightly browned, about 15-18 minutes.
    15. Brush with the remaining melted butter one more time when they come out of the oven Serve warm.
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    Sunday, July 5, 2015

    Social Media Weekly #25 (Google+)



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    Thursday, July 2, 2015

    Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #87

    Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
    This party is a Rules Free Party and we welcome all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc!!
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    S'mores Parfaits from Raining Hot Coupons  ***Most Viewed*** 
    Bacon Cheddar Kale Chips from Flour on my Face
    Sweet Corn Cheddar Cheese Fritters from 4 Sons R Us 
    DIY Custom Range Hood from The Decoratoraholic
    Chocolate Eagle Spoons and Forks from Hoopla Palooza
    Easy to make Glass Sun Catchers fromSuzy's Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom
    Vintage Lighted Shop Sign from Kleinworth & Co

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    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    Homemade Sparkling Lemonade


    Lemonade is just an American classic, kinda like Apple Pie!  
     Summer picnics, especially celebrating our great Country's Independence day just screams for a cold glass of lemonade.     I like a little bubbly with my drinks so this is a classic lemonade but with the added touch sparkling water.




    Homemade Sparkling Lemonade
    Ingredients
    Instructions
    1. In a glass pitcher, add fresh-squeezed lemon juice from 5-6 lemons, simple syrup and sparkling water.
    2. Pour over ice into glasses
    3. Garnish with lemon slices, (optional) and mint springs, (optional).
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    Monday, June 29, 2015

    Simple Syrup


    Simple Syrup is a must have in our kitchen on The Ranch this summer.   We use it to sweeten ice tea, lemonade and so many other bar drinks.   My hubby loves his tea without sweetener so I am able to make a pitcher of tea and just add simple syrup to my glass and it's perfect.   No worries about the sugar not dissolving nor the ice melting due to over stirring.  He has the perfect glass of tea and so do I!    
    But don't limit yourself on just tea, there are so many other uses for this easy mixture! 
    Flavor it with vanilla or cinnamon and brush it on layer cakes to keep them moist and to infuse flavor. Flavor it with citrus, peppers to give your cocktails a added boost. 
    Infuse it with mint, liqueur or extracts for added flavor to your summer beverages.   Or how about a lavender infusion!
    See, the sky's the limit with this very easy mixture and it is necessity in our kitchen all summer! 

    Simple Syrup


    Ingredients
    • 1 cup of sugar
    • 1 cup of water
    Instructions
    1. In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to boil
    2. Boil for 3 minutes
    3. Remove from heat and let cool
    4. Cover and store in refrigerator
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    Sunday, June 28, 2015

    Social Media Weekly # 24 (Instagram)



    New Year!     New Goals!
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    Thursday, June 25, 2015

    Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #85

    Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
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    This Week's Features!
    Taco Pasta from Everyday Made Fresh***Most Viewed*** 
    DIY Wooden Crate Lemonade Stand from Divine Lifestyle
     Pineapple Delight Dessert from Sugar Apron
    DIY Old Cabinet Door Upcycle to Wall Art from A Vision to Remember
    Jello "Ocean" Sailboat Shark Dessert from Simplee Thrifty  
    DIY Washi Tape Party Silverware from Premeditated Leftovers
     Butter Basted Pork Chops with Thyme from Cooking on a Budget



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    Monday, June 22, 2015

    Ratatouille Tian



    Zucchini and yellow squash are abundant right now in my garden and I was just recently given some beautiful eggplant.   I searched my cookbooks and notes and decided the best way to use these beautiful and healthy veggies is in a ratatouille. But even though regular ratatouille has some amazing flavors but it doesn't always look pretty or appetizing.   I have seen so many ideas for different tians and they are actually easier to prepare and of course they are just gorgeous. 
    This dish has the flavors of ratatouille and the beauty of a tiana rainbow of sliced squashes, peppers and eggplant on a bed of tomato paste, saute onions and garlic.


    Ratatouille Tiran
    Ingredients
    • 1 six-ounce can tomato paste
    • 1/2 onion, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
    • 4 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • 1 small eggplant, thinly sliced
    • 1 zucchini, thinly sliced
    • 1 yellow squash, thinly sliced
    • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
    • 1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
    • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
    2. Heat a small skillet over medium heat, add the chopped onion and sauté until tender and translucent.
    3. Add the minced garlic and sauté for another minute. Remove from heat and set aside.
    4. Spray a round pan (deep dish pie plate works great) with cooking spray.
    5. Mix the tomato paste, onion and garlic, water, and one tablespoon of olive oil in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    6. Spread the tomato paste mixture along the bottom of the dish.
    7. Toss sliced vegetables in a bit of olive oil, just enough to very lightly coat them.
    8. Arrange the veggies around the outer edge of the dish alternating the colors.
    9. Drizzle the top of the vegetables with two tablespoons of olive oil and adding salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle the top with thyme leaves.
    10. Cut a round piece of parchment paper to cover the dish and bake for about 45 minutes until the veggies are tender and roasted
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    Sunday, June 21, 2015

    Social Media Weekly #23 (Twitter)



    New Year!     New Goals!
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    Thursday, June 18, 2015

    Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #85

    Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
    This party is a Rules Free Party and we welcome all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc!!
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    Lemon Blueberry Pudding Cake from Bunny's Warm Oven ***Most Viewed*** 
    Double Decker Berry Pie Bowls from Little Miss Celebration
    Alcohol Ink Votives from Bitz n' Giggles
     Spinach and Ricotta Tart with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes from Treat Yourself Sweeter
    My Picnic Party on the Deck Cart from Crafts a la Mode

    Red Velvet Berry Pancakes from The Gracious Wife 
    USA Map String Art fromDomestically Speaking


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