Monday, October 20, 2014

How to Create an Autumn Scent in Your Home

I think I've always had a sensitive nose, but particularly since my pregnancy 3 years ago I have a really hard time with strong odors...think migraines. :/

Our apartment doesn't have the best ventilation even with windows on 3 sides, and the kitchen is the worst! Even when I've aired out all the other rooms, I walk back in the kitchen and smell whatever it is we had for dinner. Garlic and onions are nice when you're hungry, but not several hours later when you're trying to relax.

This evening I was starting to feel yucky after a long day and I finally decided to implement an idea I'd heard of but never tried...

Stovetop "Apple Pie" Aroma

-Apple parts (could be a core or a soft one you weren't going to eat)
-Cinnamon (a whole stick is better)

Stick them in a pot or pan with a few inches of water and put on to simmer for a few minutes or as long as you like.

It might not be as appealing as an apple pie, but it smells as good and only takes a few minutes to put together.

My only problem was that the dirty dishes didn't go I had to start up the apple pie simmer again! :)

I wonder what other spice combinations would be fun to try? Maybe an orange peel one? Cranberries?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Challah 2 Ways

This is too late for Rosh Hashanah, but I was frustrated to find that my blog's "search" feature refused to yield results when I went back to look for my Challah recipe from a few years ago. The labels are much more reliable, but they require ME to be very thorough...I wish the tools would work as promised. :/

No worries though; the recipe turned up. The original post and photo are here! 4 years life has changed.

And my second recipe variation is my mom's delicious Challah recipe that she fine-tuned herself, YUM!

Sweet Challah Comfort Bread


8 C Hot water
1 C Sugar
2 Tbsp Salt
¼ C Oil
3 C Flour
3 T Yeast
8 Eggs
Poppy seeds


1. Combine water, sugar, salt, oil, and flour
2. Add yeast and beat together with fork
3. Add eggs
4. Gradually mix in flour until dough is ready to knead, then knead
5. Let dough rise
6. Cut into 6-8 pieces, form into rectangles
7. Cut into thirds and braid
8. Brush with water and sprinkle with poppy seeds
9. Place on greased cookie sheets to let rise
10. Bake at 350° (ack, for how long??). Beware of burning.

6-8 Loaves