Thursday, July 30, 2009

Do you know this one....

Do you know what Arachibutyrophobia is?

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Space Shuttle

The weather wins for today. I was all set to watch NASA launch the Space Shuttle Endeavour in to space but the launch was scrubbed due to bad weather. They will try again tomorrow July 13 at 6:51 pm eastern standard time. You can watch for yourself at http://www.nasa.gov/. Click on the link for NASA TV. You can watch and listen as all of the workers prepare the shuttle for lift off. You'll feel like you are part of the action!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Friday, July 3, 2009

Pretzel Bites


Happy 4th of July!

I made some soft pretzels today for a special 4th of July treat. Instead of twisting them like a normal pretzel I made small bite sized pretzels in the shape of stars. (I used a star shaped cookie cutter!)

Have you ever wondered how pretzels are made? The secret is they are boiled before you cook them in the oven. That's what gives them a chewy texture. You can make them yourself with the help of a grown-up.

Start with bread dough. I use a bread machine to make the dough. I don't even bother to use a pretzel dough recipe, just regular bread dough. You can buy bread dough at the grocery store if you don't have a bread machine. Then twist or cut the dough into shape. They can be any shape at all. Let them rise in a warm spot for about 30 or 40 minutes on a lightly greased baking sheet.

A grown-up should do these things: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Put 8 cups of water in a big pot and add 2 Tbs of baking soda. When the water is boiling, add the pretzels a few at a time. Leave them in about 30 seconds then put them on a wire rack to drain.

Put the pretzels back on a greased cookie sheet and top with salt. A little or a lot it's up to you.

A grown-up should put the baking sheet in the oven for 15 minutes or until the pretzels are golden brown. Let them cool and then eat with mustard!

Read Alton Brown's pretzel recipe on the Food Network site.