Day 26 – 30 Day Book Challenge

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day 26 is your favourite series of books, This is a series I have read and re-read at least a dozen times I just love it !

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Day 25 – 30 Day Book Challenge

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Day 25 is your favourite non fiction book, This is definitely not my genre I prefer fiction but this was a great non fiction book I read last year…

Sunshine Cleaning – Movie Review

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Last night after realising that my brain could no longer take another episode of Hawaii Five-O I sat down to watch a movie and WOW what a brilliant movie.

Sunshine Cleaning is the story of Rose (Amy Adams), she is down on her luck and the world is giving her an almighty kick up the arse. Just when she thinks its can’t get worse her son is expelled from yet another school for being “different” and she faces the challenge of moving him to a private school. Rose is a single mum and works tirelessly as a cleaner just to make ends meet, so when she sees an opportunity to make a little more money she grabs it.

How bad can it be right ? Cleaning crime scenes will be just like cleaning houses, with a lot more blood. She takes on her little sister Nora ( Emily Blunt) who can’t seem to keep a job and together they form Sunshine Cleaning. A business devoted to cleaning up the messes no one else wants to. From suicides to grisly crime scenes they do it all and some truly hilarious moments follow.

This is a simple story of middle america, hard-working people getting paid minimum wage and barely scraping by. People will identify with Rose’s struggles and the beautiful relationship between her and her sister Nora. There have been a lot of movies like this, stories of single mothers down on their luck, but their has never been one this good.

This is a beautiful and touching story that grabs you from the opening scene right until the end. Sunshine Cleaning is a slice of life many people never consider exists and certainly would never want to be a part of. This movie is sweet and touching with dark moments that are so heartbreakingly real you may even shed a few tears.

Sunshine Cleaning is exactly the sort of subtle human drama I love. This is not a movie that jumps up and down and demands your attention but it will not disappoint. The performances from Blunt and Adams are superb and the supporting cast is brilliant !

Sunshine Cleaning gets a big thumbs up and 3.5 stars from me !

BlondiieC

xox

Song 30 – 30 Day Song Challenge (THE LAST DAY WOO HOO)

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Right so last day and to say I’m relieved would be an understatement!! Im so over having to think about this ! But its been kinda fun so here it is song 30……Song 30 is your favourite song at this time last year..

Day 24 – 30 Day Book Challenge

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Day 24 is your favourite children’s book this was easy, no contest here !

Amish Friendship Bread – Recipe For Baking

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This is the recipe for what to do with the starter of your Amish friendship bread. The starter makes a lot of extra starter once it is split, and if you don’t want to gift it or keep it you can bake all of it. On the tenth day the day you bake you can simply bake all of it.

Instructions:

Day 1: Do nothing

Day 2: Mash the bag

Day 3: Mash the bag

Day 4: Mash the bag

Day 5: Mash the bag

Day 6: ADD to the bag 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk. Mash the bag.

Day 7: Mash the bag

Day 8: Mash the bag

Day 9 : Mash the bag

Day 10: Follow the baking directions below…

1. Pour the entire bag into a non-metal bowl.

2. Add 1 1/2 cup flour, 1 1/2 cup sugar, 1 1/2 cup milk.

3. Measure out four separate batters of 1 cup each into four large ziploc bags.

4. Keep one bag for yourself and give the other bags to friends along with the recipe. (alternatively bake all the starter for yourself)

REMEMBER: If you keep a starter for yourself, you will be baking again in ten days. The Bread is very good and makes a great gift. Should you pass this starter on to a friend on a different day-to-day one make sure to tell them which day it’s on so they know where to carry on from.

Baking Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees celsius or 325 degrees fahrenheit

2. Put the remaining batter in a bowl and add the following…

3 eggs

1 cup oil

1/2 cup milk

1 cup sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 cups flour

1-2 boxes of instant pudding mix

3. Grease two large loaf pans

In a bowl, mix an additional 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon.

Dust the greased pans with the sugar and cinnamon mixture.

4. Pour the batter evenly into the pans and sprinkle remaining sugar mix over the top

5. Bake for one hour or until the bread loosens evenly from the pan and toothpick can be inserted and comes out clean.

6. ENJOY !

This is the official recipe from the book Friendship Bread by Darien Gee and its wonderful ! I highly recommend trying it, its great fun !

Amish Friendship Bread Starter – Recipe

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This is a basic recipe for Amish Friendship Bread, There are many variations but this one is from the novel Friendship Bread and has been tested and it definitely works. If you follow this recipe you will be left with a bag of starter, you can gift it or bake it its up to you how you choose to use it. If you do gift it though don’t forget to include clear instruction on what to with it.

Ingredients: 

1. package active dry yeast

2. 1/4 cup room temperature water ( it has to be warm not hot)

3. 1 cup all purpose flour

4. 1 cup white sugar

5. 1 cup milk

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand ten minutes. 

2. In a glass, ceramic or plastic container combine flour and sugar. Mix throughly (do not use metal containers, bowls or utensils) 

3. Slowly add milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Cover loosely and let stand at room temperature until bubbly. This is day one of the ten day cycle. 

4. For the next ten days care for the starter according to the directions for Amish Friendship Bread. 

(please note this is the recipe for the starter, this is to get the process started the instructions on how to bake the bread are in the recipe for baking the friendship bread) 

Photo courtesy of Skip to my Lou Blog 


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