Archive | May, 2014

Maddie | Class of 2014 | My Favorite Breadsticks

Maddie is graduating this June and jumping right into college for the summer term! On her upcoming college schedule is a foods class. I asked her what her favorite food is and she responded with pasta. Well, pasta is fairly easy (just boil it until it’s done, right??) and what goes perfectly with pasta? Breadsticks, of course! (OK, and salad…) So I asked Maddie if she knew how to make breadsticks. She replied, “no” and I told her I would share an easy breadstick recipe with her. And lucky you, readers, I’ll share it with you too. But first check out some photos of beautiful Maddie.

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Growing up, my mother made bread all the time. She would mix and knead everything by hand. I would help her sometimes and she would let me try to knead. It wasn’t until I was on my own at college that I actually tried to make my own rolls. At the time, I thought they were great, but as I think back on it… I do remember them being a little dense. My breadmaking skills have vastly improved since then.
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I went to college in a sweet small town that had a fantastic pizza hang out named Craigo’s. Funny, I don’t think I ever ate their pizza, but their calzones were literally the bomb! and their breadsticks were TO DIE FOR!!! My mouth still waters when I think of them.
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One of my roommates would sometimes make breadsticks and they were pretty good, so I asked her for the recipe. I still have the original piece of paper that I wrote the recipe on. Then I figured out if I shaped them like Craigo’s did, and topped them with cheese, it wasn’t too bad of an imitation. Especially when the real thing was nearly 700 miles away. Plus, her recipe is quite easy.
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Natalie’s Breadsticks

1 1/3 cups warm water
1 Tablespoon yeast
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 to 3 cups flour

Combine water, yeast & sugar. Let yeast rise slightly. (Natalie actually said letting it raise was not necessary, but I give it a few minutes anyway). Add 2 cups flour & salt. Knead in more flour until you have a soft, smooth dough. (I use my stand mixer, which makes the whole process even easier and fast, and I usually use all 3 cups of flour). Now you can either roll into thin ropes and twist into breadstick shapes like Craigo’s or you can roll the dough out on your baking stone and cut it into “sticks” with your pizza cutter. (As the mother of 5 children, I now do the latter. It’s quick and easy. Are you sensing a trend?….) Top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until your cheese is getting toasty.  (Oooh, just had a thought…You should probably grease your baking sheet with shortening if you are using a metal pan.  I have a baking stone, so that’s what i always use.  You don’t have to grease those.)

Or you can follow this girl’s recipe, which is a little more advanced as far as breadmaking goes. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m sure it’s delicious. Her’s probably actually tastes like Craigo’s did…

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Waterbirth at Home | Las Vegas Birth Photographer

I’ve always known Sarah to be easy-going, positive person. When she shared her exciting news of the pregnancy with me, I wished her a faster, easier delivery than last time. Of course she agreed that that would be great.  (Side note: Sarah is my FIFTH repeat birth client.  Congrats Sarah!!)
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Fast-forward a few months and I got a text in the wee hours of the night saying “today is the day!” Sarah didn’t need me for a few more hours, but once she decided it was time, IT WAS TIME! Sarah progressed quite quickly in between the time she called me and the time I got to her house, so I actually barely made it. At that point, labor was very intense for Sarah. Those last few moments reminded me vividly of my own last delivery and I truly could sympathize with Sarah in that moment.
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Yep, it was intense.
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Sarah was so ecstatic. I’ve never seen such tears of joy!
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Check out all the vernix on the baby. It was so thick and plentiful, Sarah joked about bottling it and using it as body lotion.
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12:24pm Baby and Dad
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12:32pm Midwife April Kermani doing the newborn exam
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What a sweet family!
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“Baby’s here!” it says, “She was fast. We’re just snuggling and…”
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Congrats Sarah on a quick labor & delivery!!!

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