Make Your Home Smell Like a Bakery

I tried 2 methods of this today, as I had 2 pinned. Both involved vanilla extract and promised to make your home smell like a bakery. I was a little disappointed with both, although it was fun to use my homemade vanilla extract! I have a few jars left over from last Christmas.

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The first method requires a coffee cup and vanilla extract. Yes, that’s a happy bunny mug! You place 2 capfuls of vanilla extract in the mug and place in your 300° oven for 1 hour. It wasn’t working very well, so I added more vanilla, still no noticeable smell. I found this trick to try here.

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Second method involves a small pan of water, vanilla extract and cinnamon. You simmer them together and the smell is supposed to spread throughout the house. The kitchen smelled pretty good with this one, but it didn’t really spread. For the life of me, I can’t remember where I found this idea, but if I find the link again, I’ll update the reference.
If you guys have any other tips, please let me know, because for right now, I’m back to my trusty candles. They make the whole house smell good, and all I have to do is light the wick!

Get the Wrinkles Out

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Notice how beautiful and wrinkle free my shirt is? I sure as heck didn’t iron it! I hate ironing. Tony, in fact, does the ironing that needs doing, mainly because I refuse.
This morning was a bit busy. Before work, both kids had dentist appointments. Normally, I don’t mind a few wrinkles, as my vest covers them up, but I wasn’t going to wear the vest to the dentist. My shirt was really bad:

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Embarrassing much? I knew I couldn’t wear this, and I knew I had a pin about getting wrinkles out fast.

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Two ice cubes, the clothing that needs un-wrinkled, and 5-10 minutes in the dryer.
Seriously, that’s it! The original pin says 5 minutes, but the minimum on my dryer is 10, so that’s what I went with. As you can tell from the first picture, it worked like a charm. Even Tony was impressed!
Enjoy your laziness, don’t iron!

1 Hour French Bread

This was an interesting pin that I found a while back, and sadly, it’s been sitting on my bread board for a long time. We were having pasta two nights ago and my kids are so much more amenable to eating pasta when there is bread. I made the decision to try this. It’s come up before on my blog, I love bread a lot!
I’ve made banana bread, rosemary bread, beer bread, and that doesn’t even begin to cover the breadsticks and biscuits I’ve made. I guess you can tell I like bread, yes? Maybe it’s the French in me…..
Your ingredients will be
•2 1/2 cups warm water (borderline hot)
•2 tbsp yeast
•2 tbsp sugar
•1 tsp salt
•3 tbsp oil
•5 1/2 – 6 cups of flour
You’re going to start by putting your water in a bowl and sprinkle the yeast and sugar on top. Let that sit for about 5 minutes until it bubbles, like so:

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Next up, stir in the salt, oil and flour. Knead it together, adding flour as kneaded (haha), until it pulls away from the edge of the bowl. It’ll look a little like this:

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Best tip from here, again taken from the original blog, was to heat a cup of water in the microwave for 2 minutes. Afterwards, cover your bowl with a damp towel and place in the microwave for about 15 minutes. It’ll rise faster, to look like this:

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From here, you form it into 2 loaves. In a moment of wisdom, I decided the dough was only enough for one loaf. 5 minutes into baking time, I split it. Trust me, make 2 loaves! Place the loaves on a greased cookie sheet for baking. Slice some cuts in the top of the bread also. Like so:

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Here’s where I cut them during bake time:

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They looked a little stupid, but oh well! Let your bread sit and breathe a bit while your oven heats up to 375°. After your oven is up to temp, bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown.

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The bread was amazing! Especially with my homemade dipping oil!

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It was crunchy on the outside, warm and soft on the inside. In essence, perfect! Happy baking all!