Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Homemade Breadcrumbs

 Or to be more accurate, I should say homemade bread chunks :) I have never been a fan of the conventional powdery breadcrumbs, so when I make them, I leave them chunky. I love the little bits of bread in my dishes! However, if you are a fan of the normal breadcrumbs, them just put these in a food processor & process to your hearts delight! :)
 The last time I did this, I used leftover bread pieces from a fondue party I attended. You could also use the heels from your bread if you don't eat them, Hubby does eat them, the weirdo ;)
This time, I had no leftover bread, so I bought a loaf of sourdough & a loaf of pumpernickel. You can use whatever bread strikes your fancy :) I prefer bold flavored loaves to give my breadcrumbs flavor. However, if you wanted to use white bread & season it, that would also work! A little olive oil and a sprinkling of garlic, or some italian herbs, before putting in the oven would do the trick.
 Tear up your bread into large-ish chunks & spread onto baking sheets (or if you are me, your only baking sheet & a roaster pan).
In to the oven they go at 300 F for 10 minutes. Then give them a little stir & back in for 5 minutes. Continue this in 5 minute intervals until they do not give with a gentle squeeze. For me the sourdough took a lot longer to firm up than the pumpernickel.
Then I proceeded to attempt to crumble up the pieces into breadcrumbs by hand... that was a bad idea! My thumbs were very sore after a little while!! However, you can see here the size I like my breadcrumbs :)
Then I decided to ziplock baggy them & hammer at them with a spoon... the ziplock bag could not hold up to this kind of abuse!
At this point, my thumbs really hurt from tearing at almost rock hard bread & there wasn't a lot of bread pieces left. I just started hammering away with the spoon in the roaster pan! Not all the breadcrumbs stayed in the pan ;) but it was a great stress reliever! I would recommend doing this in a food processor & just processing to your desired consistency :) You live & learn!
Those 2 loaves of bread made 2 gallon size freezer bags of breadcrumbs :) These can be kept in the freezer & used anytime you need breadcrumbs! I will be using some tomorrow to top my mac & cheese! Are you making a Thanksgiving dish that requires breadcrumbs?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Books 20-23

These 4 books by H G Wells are his first 4 books published. In this volume, they were all published together, so I read them back to back to keep my "Empty" Bookshelf in order ;)
The Time Machine - I watched this movie many years ago. One scene in this movie has impacted me forever! I will not read ebooks to this day because in the future, in the movie, real books had fallen into such disuse that they crumbled into dust when touched! I was so sad as a child seeing that scene, I did not see how we could ever not need books! Beautiful, precious, useful books! Now I see this as a reality with more & more people giving up real books for the fake ones ;)
So since the movie impacted me so heavily, I knew I had to read the book. This book and movie could not be more different. I'm not saying, "oh they didn't make the movie exactly like the book" no, they didn't make the movie anything like the book! They actually added more to the movie than was in the book! I recommend both, but just know they are very different! I also recommend you buy real books! :)
The Island of Dr Moreau - This is a weird book. I did not feel as though I liked where it was headed on more than one occasion,  but for being such a short book it did keep me on my toes & guessing. Overall, I did enjoy the book.
The Invisible Man - This book took me way to long to read. Once I put it down, I just didn't have the drive to pick it back up again. The main character is an unlikable jerk. You finally are shown the full circle of his character development & gain interest in where it is going in the last two chapters. Then it abruptly ends... sadly I did not enjoy this book.
The War of the Worlds - I will say upfront that I am not into aliens, they don't tend to hold my attention in books or movies, so take this review with a grain of salt. I found this book boring :( Describing the alien landing, sighting, & fighting was not interesting & at times slightly confusing. Towards the end, they started describing human survival after the fight & that was more interesting, like reading any other post-apocalyptic story. However, overall, I did not enjoy this book either, which is why these reviews are coming so much later after book 19!
I'm ready for a lighthearted book! :)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Trick or Treat

 Look who I got to go Trick or Treating with! :)
 This year Baby Luke went Trick or Treating for the very first time!
 He had an entourage
 A couple of police officers, a couple of Minions, & his Nanny!
Both Ghost & Luke wanted that banana!
 His first house!
 Trick or Treat! She said he was her first Trick or Treater of the night :)
 Such a big boy!

 Everyone thought he was just the cutest!
 Because he is ;)

 She told him that he made her night :)

 He got lots of candy!
 Watch out Baby Luke, the guy behind you looks like he's starving!

 Hey, that door looks familiar!
 Aww, look at the cute fireman that came to our door!!
 You can have the candy you want!
Happy Halloween!!!