Sunday, September 5, 2010


Thank you all for praying for my daughter-- she had her little boy early on September 5. I was at the hospital. He was very early-- 6 weeks, and weighed 5 pounds and was 16.5 inches long. A little one, but he's doing well.
Here we are! Now we have two granddaughters and two grandsons--life is wonderful and blessed!
When foster moms are busy with Pekes, what do the foster dads do? Well, in my house, my husband is a GREAT bread maker. We do not have a machine-- HE is the bread making machine. Jeanne sent us a recipe for focaccia bread. So, Matt decided to try it. Above is the bread, all ready to go in the oven.
It's in the oven! It has olive oil, crushed garlic (I buy the big jaws at Sam's Club), and tomatoes on it. YUM. If you could only smell it baking! Is your mouth watering yet?
And here it is. It was delicious! I had the bottom quarter to begin with. It went great with the spinach/bean pasta dish I made. I'll include the Focaccia recipe below in case you want to try it.
And on to "whose puppy/puppies" are the cutest!?
This is Cubbie Woo. He was with me until he stabilized and now he's with Paige. We think he's beautiful, and will be even more so once his chopped off hair grows back, (No, we did not do that!)
This is one of Jeanne's puppies. She thinks they are beautiful-- and they are, I must admit!
Look at those little Peke bottoms!
And what a face-- see the little tongue.
The colors of Colby and Carter are dark and soft and fluffy.
And then, here is Cubbie Woo again. In the pink bed-- doesn't he look comfortable.
No, he isn't in jail-- he's in the xpen. (exercise pen) He's pleading to be released. :-)
You saw this yesterday-- but it had to go on again. So, who do you think is the cutest puppy-- the smartest puppy? Be kind, we foster moms are sensitive. We wants our to be the best. So, how can you answer without hurting our feelings? What do you think of our puppies?? :-)
- 1 1/4 cup Warm Water
- 1 tbsp Yeast- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 3 1/4 cup Bread Flour (may not need all)
- 2 tsp Kosher Salt- Pinch Sugar
- Additional Kosher Salt (for sprinkling on top)
- Additional Olive Oil for baking
- Toppings you desire (i.e., fresh herbs, sliced tomatoes, olives, roasted garlic, cheeses, prosciutto, etc)
- Whisk 1/4 cup of water and yeast together in a large bowl to dissolve. Add a pinch sugar. Set aside for at least 5 minutes until the mixture becomes creamy/frothy.
- Add remaining 1 cup warm water and whisk in one cup of flour until smooth.
- Add olive oil and salt. It's important that you do not add these ingredients until this step. If you add them too early, it will kill the yeast.- Add flour, handfuls at a time, until a smooth dough is formed. It's ok if it's still sticky and you can hold it covered in flour.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured table and knead for at least 10 minutes (yes, 10 minutes! really makes a difference). When kneading the dough, keep folding over the dough and push away from you with your palms. Your goal is to force the yeast into horizontal and vertical strings which is accomplished by the constant folding/pushing. Do not tear the dough. The dough should push evenly and feel elastic.
- Turn dough into a ball by tucking under the sides constantly while rotating. The dough is ready when it bounces back when indented with your finger. If it doesn't bounce back, continue the kneading process.- Place dough in a large greased bowl.
- Let rise at least 45 minutes in a warm, draft free place (room temp is fine, but I like to preheat my oven to 175 or so, turn it off, and place the dough in there to rise).
- After the dough has risen, you can use it at this point. If you do not wish to use until the next day, you can refrigerate it overnight at this point.
- Prepare baking sheet (or whatever you plan to bake in) for the focaccia by coating liberally with olive oil.
- Punch down the dough and transfer to the baking sheet. Stretch the dough so it covers the bottom. It's ok to be rough and poke holes/dimples. Make a lot of dimples.
- Top with your desired toppings and brush liberally with olive oil. Sprinkle with kosher salt as well.
- Let the dough rise an additional 10 minutes (longer if a thick focaccia is desired).
- Back in a 425 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.


lady jicky said...

First --- Congrats to your daughter and to all of you - that little boy is sure cute!!

Ooooo, I had this feeling come over me that Matt was going to sprinkle peke puppies over his focaccia bread!
I shall have nightmares tonight Linda as its 10.30 in the evening and I am bushed! It was Fathers Day here in Australia and we went over to my daughters and my grandson Carlos is at the "terrible two's" - and he is VERY good at it! LOL

Essie said...

Congrats again on the new grandson! I don't mean to hurt feelings but I have always been a big fan of the Old Time Pekingese and the black ones. I think Cubbie Woo will grow up and look like a fine Old Time Peke. You had to put that picture back on the blog. LOL That is such a wonderful picture. I am going to blow that one up and frame it. I have to go with Cubbie Woo as being the cutest pup. Colby and Carter are handsome little fellows also. They will be stunning as they grow up.
This was a really tough question to ask of us.

emilyp said...

Congrats on the new grandson!! Very cute baby:)

The bread looks delicious!!! I am definitely trying that out, yum!

On to the, how could I possibly choose!!?? They are so adorable in their own cute little peke way!!!

Karin said...

Congratulations on the birth of your 4th grandbaby!
The bread looks delicious!
The puppies are ALL so adorable!

CrisL09 said...

Congratulations on your new Grandson!

I am catching up on the blog from being out of town last week.

I hope mom and baby boy are all doing well.

As for those little balls of furrrrrr....they are so cute! Cubbie Woo looks like he will own any place he walks into because he's so Cute!!!!Colby & Carter are adorable as well. I say that they are all extremely cute!!!