Have you met Rosemary Focaccia?

To say this week was busy would be an understatement…I am not sure I had the time to draw a breath between days…until today. With church the only commitment in the planner today, I am spending a totally chilled afternoon AT HOME! Also, I am planning to enjoy the most wonderful comfort food…Have you ever experienced Rosemary Focaccia? I mean at home, not in your favorite fancy Italian restaurant. Super easy to make and a delight to the tastebuds. You can seriously finish reading my blog, head for the kitchen and have the deliciousness on your plate in a few wee hours!

Ingredients 

1. 1 envelope dry yeast or 2 1/4 teaspoons dry yeast

2. 1 3/4 cups lukewarm water

3. 3 cups bread flour plus 3 tablespoons 

4. 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons olive oil

5. 2 1/2 teaspoons salt

6. 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon chopped Rosemary 

7. 1 teaspoon sea salt

8. 2 tablespoons Dough enhancer ( a magical ingredient I just recently discovered. So far I have had rave reviews on my experiments with it. You can pay a fortune for it from a famous baking company or order it from Walmart. You won’t be sorry)

The Easy Peasy Steps:

1. Dissolve yeast in wam water in the bowl 

2. Add 4 cups of flour, 1/4 cup oil, and salt to the mixer.  Beat until smooth. Add teaspoon of Rosemary and dough enhancer and beat about 4 minutes. The dough will be sticky.  

3. Remove dough. Sprinkle with remaining flour and knead until smooth.  Place dough in a lightly oiled pan, turn to coat, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for an hour. Basically until this


Turns to this.

4. Coat 15×10 inch baking pan with oil. Press the dough into the pan.  Cover with a towel and let rise about an hour

5. Preheat oven to 475 degrees

6. Drizzle the top of the bread with olive oil. Make shallow indentations in the dough in rows using your finger tips.  Sprinkle the top with the remaining rosemary and salt. 


7. Bake until the top is lightly browned, 12-14 minutes.

8. Remove the bread from the pan and cool before slicing. 


9. Best enjoyed with family and friends!


One event this week was the Princess’ school fund raising Gala.  The Princess decided to model my dress for me. She looks way cuter in it than I did.  

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Alleluia 

Jesus Christ is risen today,


Alleluia!Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!


Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!


Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

Wishing you a happy and blessed Easter Sunday!

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All About The Princess

Someone had a Birthday this week!


I don’t know how it happened but our Princess is now Four and in her words, “a big girl”.  This little bit of a girl is the joy and light of our home and, apparently, quite popular with my blog readers. This week I am taking a detour from the usual decor and lifestyle subjects I normally write about and answer a few questions about our sweet little Princess. I hope you enjoy this brief journey…and a few vintage treasures that might be captured in the background!


1. When did the Princess become part of your family?

    My hero and I started the adoption process sometime in the Fall of 2013 and officially became “paperwork pregnant” (officially logged into the Chinese government data base) in early 2014.  We waited….we waited some more…it was difficult. We had no idea that a precious little girl was also in the process to become officially adopted. When God had everything in place, we received a phone call, on a random summer morning that we had a referral. Then we opened an email and fell in love.

2. Where is the Princess from?

   The Princess was born in the Northern Mountains of China. We know nothing of her birth circumstances, but she was found in a city with a rich history along the famous Silk Road. She was thankfully brought to the police station by a kind and concerned stranger and placed in the care of a small but highly regarded orphanage.  She was obviously loved and doted on by her nannies and already showing signs of her determined and creative personality.  We will always be grateful to the special women who loved our little girl so fiercely for the first twenty months of her life.

3. What Medical Challenges has the Princess faced?

We, of course, found our girl to be absolutely perfect but she did arrive home with a serious medical need.  The Princess was born with a cleft lip and palate, a common genetic defect that is usually repaired in the first few months here in the USA.  Surgical options are more limited in China.  How blessed we are to have Johns Hopkins practically in our backyard. Our brave Princess has had 2 major surgeries since she came to us and will face several more in the next few years. She has done wonders with speech therapy and continues to amaze us with her spunky attitude.


4. How has your life changed now that you have royalty living in your home?

There are no words to describe the force of nature that is our Princess.  Sassy and bright, she loves and disagrees with equal passion. She is creative and intelligent and never fails to initiate a smile wherever she goes.  Life is not always easy but it is alway a joy.  I am just so happy people have found such pleasure in watching her grow and change.  Someday my blog will feature her High School Prom…and that thought leaves me a little bittersweet.

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