The Best Bread Recipe to Make at Home (No-Knead!)

Is there anything better than homemade, fresh bread? Maybe a nice steak on the grill, or the perfectly chilled glass of bubbly, but not much. Our family has been using a new recipe of artisan bread that we just love! With a few tweaks you can turn it into more than just a loaf of bread, but let’s start with the basics of this no-knead Dutch oven bread.

I first found this recipe a year ago when stores were limiting shoppers and it was impossible to find some basics like meat, toilet paper and bread. I’ve tried making a few different bread recipes, and I was interested in a bread machine, but I didn’t like the way the crust turned out. I like a good crusty bread. Its so good for texture and for dipping into soups or getting very bit of sauce up from your plate.

This method, created by Jeff Hertzberg, a physician from Minneapolis, entails no kneading and can be prepared by the most novice of bread makers. If you have any inkling to learn to make bread or if you are a pro and desire a simpler method, buy this book: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking.

Download the PDF recipe here.

First, the tools:

You’ll need a Dutch oven, some type of container with lid (or press-and-seal wrap works) a large wooden cutting board or other clean work surface, parchment paper, and a little bit of faith.


  • 3 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 ½  Tablespoons (T) granulated yeasts (1½ packets)
  • 1 ½ Tablespoon (T) kosher or other coarse salt
  • 6½ cups (29.25 oz.) unsifted, unbleached, all-purpose white flour, measured with the scoop-and-sweep method


Mixing and Storing the Dough

  1. Add filtered water to a tea kettle and warm to approximately 100 degrees fahrenheit (just warmer than body temperature).
  2. Add yeast to the warm water inside your mixing container (I used this resealable container, but I have also used a small Lowes bucket with press-and-seal wrap). I add the yeast, then flour, then salt on top of all that.
  1. Mix in the flour. That’s right, mix all of the flour in at once. Use a wooden spoon, or a dough whisk, but you certainly do not need one! A wooden spoon works just as well!
  2. Cover (not airtight) and let rise for two hours, or until the dough doubles in size.

Allow to Rise:

Give your Dough time to rise (about two hours, or once it has doubled). You’ll want to make sure your kitchen is warm enough for the yeast, warmer than 68 degrees. After this time you can refrigerate it for use anytime. The longer it sits in the fridge, the tangier it will be. We most often use our within four or five days.

Baking Day:

For a Single Loaf of Dough

  1. Prepare your space; flour a large wooden cutting board or other clean surface.
  2. Prepare your parchment paper for baking by sprinkling cornmeal onto it.
  3. Next sprinkle flour over the top of your dough inside the bucket and take off a piece about the size of a grapefruit.
  4. Tip: Using a serrated knife may help get the dough way neater.

  1. Hold the dough in your hands, adding more flour if needed so it doesn’t sick. Gently stretch the surface of the dough around to the bottom on all four sides, rotating the ball a quarter-turn as you go. The correctly shaped final product will be smooth and cohesive. The entire process should take no more than 30 to 60 seconds.
  2. Place the shaped dough onto the cornmeal dusted parchment paper. Let rest uncovered for 40 minutes.

Time to Turn on the Oven

  1. 20 minutes before baking, turn on the oven to 450 degrees. Place your Dutch oven into cold oven on the bottom rack and the top of the Dutch oven onto the top rack.
  2. Dust the top of your loaf with flour, then using a sharp filet knife or other very sharp knife, make three slashes into the top of the loaf about ¼-inch deep.
  3. At the end of 20 minutes, carefully place parchment paper and bread into the hot Dutch oven and cover. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the outer crust is firm and has a slight brown color.
  4. Remove bread from the Dutch oven by carefully lifting it out by holding the corners of the parchment paper or holding the bread with a pair of oven mitts.
  5. Allow bread to cool completely, a wire rack works nicely for this.

If you would like a large loaf, consider baking all of the dough to make an impressively large loaf of bread!

We have also used the dough to make small rolls which the children love!

And in a pinch you can even make cinnamon rolls with this dough!

For a crispier crust, you can try using a pizza stone. But be sure to add a cup of water in a broiler pan to get a really nice brown crust. Let me know if you want this additional recipe.

I hope you enjoy baking your own bread at home!

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Dutch Oven

Measuring Cups

Dutch dough whisk and dough cutter

Dough bucket

Our Winter Book Haul

One of our favorite winter activities (besides sledding!) is cuddling on the sofa in front of the fire place with a cup of hot tea, freshly popped popcorn and a few of our favorite books!

We finally popped into our local library and picked up some new books. Check out what is in our current reading basket.

You can see there is a theme to our recent haul, bears and groundhogs! Our city has a really fun groundhog event each year downtown filled with fun programs and crafts for the kids to do. We never miss it! My two year old loves bear stories, and our big girl is learning to read books. It is so heartwarming to see them sit together, and so awesome to see big sister reading stories to her younger sibling.

These are just a few of our favorite stories to read in winter, but there are so many more! What is your favorite book to read in winter? I’m starting a book club with a few other of my mom friends that kicks off soon! I’m always looking for recommendations on new books, leave a your favorites below in the comments. Maybe we’ll add them to our reading list!

Our Family Favorite: Dutch Apple Pie

We’ve been spending a lot of time in the kitchen lately, have you? I’ve tried several new recipes, and lots of family favorites. This apple pie is a huge hit at our house. I hope you’ll enjoy it and make it a family favorite at your house!


A mix of pie and apple crips topping, this is the ultimate apple pie.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 65 minutes


  • 2 pounds Fuji or Gala apples peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 mandering orange- juiced
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar , packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1/2 pound cold unsalted butter , diced
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and pre-bake pie crust according to directions.

  2. Remove pie crust from oven once slightly brown.
  3. Reset the oven to 350 degrees.
  4. In a large bowl add the apple slices, orange juice, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.

  5. To make the crisp topping, mash together the flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 3/4 cup brown sugar, salt, oats and butter.

  6. Add the apples to the pie dish and add the crisp topping on top before baking for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown.

Get the Printable Recipe here: Easy Dutch Apple Pie

Shelf Cooking: Family Friendly Shrimp and Sausage Paella (not spicy)

Things are a little different here these days. May of us are staying home, almost all of us find ourselves cooking at home more often. If you’re like me, after 30 days you’ve made all the “family favorites,” and are looking for new ideas. I’m sharing a new recipe I tried, and look forward to sharing more with you in the coming weeks!

We made this dish and it was such a huge hit! Paella is usually made with the wonderful (but expensive) spice called saffron. Have you ever tried it? Since we’re practicing shelf cooking (meaning cooking at home with what we have, instead of running to the store with a list of ingredients) I had to improvise a little. Here’s my version of this delectable dish!




1 lb kielbasa sausage, sliced into ¼inch pieces

2 medium red bell pepper, cut into thin strips (or green bell pepper) 

1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with herbs, un-drained

3 cups chicken broth (or hot water and 3 tsp better than bullion seasoning)

2 cups uncooked long-grain rice (or Mexican rice)

1 lb peeled deveined medium shrimp, thawed if frozen, tail shells removed

1 cup frozen sweet peas

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley



  1. Fill electric kettle (or 2-quart saucepan) with water (or chicken broth in saucepan) and bring to a boil.
  2. In a large paella pan or 3-inch-deep 12-inch skillet, cook sausage over medium heat, stirring occasionally until browned. Remove sausage and add chopped onions lightly salted until softened, add bell peppers stirring occasionally until crisp-tender. Reduce heat to low add garlic and tomatoes and combine.
  3. Sprinkle in rice and pour over heated broth or hot water and add 3 tsp better than bullion chicken concentrate; heat to a boiling. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer. Simmer for about 15 minutes.
  4. Add shrimp and peas. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes or until rice is tender. Sprinkle with parsley.


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Let me know if you make this recipe! And if you modify it, I’m always looking for new meal ideas at dinner time. Stay safe, stay healthy friends!



Spring Porch Refresh

Great sales continue to center on outdoor future! Our front porch could use refresh and I’ve picked out a few of my favorites to share with you. I’m in love with this outdoor pendent light and boxwood wreath!



Outdoor pendent light | Outdoor Rug | Outdoor Bench | Love Seat Bench

Boxwood Wreath | Open Weave Basket| Outdoor Lantern |

Outdoor Lumbar Pillow | Mid Century Modern PlanterPlanter |Belly Basket

Monogram Letter | Home Door Mat | Buffalo Check Mat

More outdoor rugs: Neutral with Blue BoarderCream with DiamondTapestry


A good rule of thumb for rugs to go opposite of your floor; for example light floors look better with a dark rug.

Target currently has a 15% of sale using code: March.

Happy hunting, I hope you create a great space to enjoy in the upcoming months!


You can find more great indoor ideas for inside your home here:




Spring Patio Refresh

Welcome rain storms, and lots of beautiful outdoor time. Target is having a great patio sale. And if you have a red card, this should all ship free to your house! We have this table and chair and bench from last year and we love them! They’ve held up so well.


This is also a great time of year to plant flowers for the early summer! I’ve linked some of my favorite I’ve added to our garden over the last few years. Here in North Carolina we have the perfect conditions for growing beautiful peonies.




Dinning patio table | Dinning chairs | Bench

Umbrella | Wicker Patio Love Seat | Side TableBasket

Navy Chair Cushions | Stripped Accent Pillow | Woven Rug

HydrangeaPeony | PeonyShirley Temple Peony

Hanging Planter


Please comment below your plans for your garden this spring. Are you a container gardener? Do you have flower beds? Or maybe you have a balcony with some succulents? Tell us your favorite way to spend more time outdoors!




Colorful Autumn Soup 🍂

Here’s a soup the whole family will love. Tested by several of my close friends and family members, this soup has been a hit for all members of the family! Moms, Dads, even picky eaters will love this! And as a bonus, its filled with lots of hearty ingredients and may even help boost milk production for nursing moms!

I first discovered this recipe when I was pregnant with my third baby. I knew I wanted to have some soups on hand when the baby arrived. When my mom came to visit we first made this together. It was such a hit! We made a double batch and froze the ingredients in the freezer to make into a crock pot meal later! (Yes it froze well, and it was so easy to dump everything into the crockpot when I needed a quick meal.) Remember to give yourself grace when you’re in the middle of a huge life change. A home cooked meal out of the crockpot will feed your family too just the same as if you made everything from scratch. Below is my version of this fabulous soup that I hope your family will love too!

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tortilla Soup

Sweet Potato Black Bean Tortilla Soup is a vegan version of classic tortilla soup that’s every bit as hearty! {GF, V}



Quick Download of the recipe here.


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 tbs cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1.5 lbs. sweet potato (about 2 medium), peeled, and cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
  • 5 cups water
  • 4 tsp vegetable broth concentrate
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 14 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes with its juice
  • Juice of 1 lime plus lime wedges for serving
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • salt and pepper, to taste



  1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.  Add the onion, a pinch of salt and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and lightly sauté (be careful not to burn). 
  2. Add in the chopped red bell pepper, can of diced tomatoes, and spices. Stir everything together and then add in the chopped sweet potatoes and cover with  water and stir in the vegetable concentrate (you could use 5 cups of veggie broth instead).
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  5. Add in the black beans and corn. Turn the heat back up to bring it to a boil, stirring occasionally. Beans should be cooked, but not mushy.
  6. Check flavors and adjust with salt and pepper to taste (we skip the pepper for the little ones.)
  7. Remove from heat.
  8. We serve it with fresh chopped cilantro and lime wedges. You could add tortilla strips, goldfish, bread, jalapenos for spice, yogurt, sour cream or anything you have on hand for dipping to make it your own. Enjoy!


Please feel free to share this with a new mom, or better make it and bring it over for her! What’s your go to recipe for new moms, or a meal to take to a friend. Leave it below, I’d love to share what works well for others too!

(The original recipe has been adapted from flavor the moments blog.)






Cozy Autumn Home

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I love when the seasons change, don’t you? The cool, crisp whisper of autumn in the evenings and all the cozy sweaters, football games, and campfires! Fall is a great time to update your home too. With a few easy changes you can create a cozy home that’s the perfect gathering space for your family!




Creating layers is the perfect way to think about having a cozy home. Think horizontal, vertical and depth. Adding a new piece of art to your wall can create a lot or just a pop of drama. I adore this print by COLLEEN KARIS! It’s the inspiration to the rest of the autumn pieces I’m sharing for updating your home for Fall!

Screen Shot 2019-09-19 at 2.01.54 PMCOLLEEN KARIS Forest Wall Art


Home Sweet Home Doormat | Buffalo Check Doormat | Wheat Grass Wreath



Fall Mug | Boxwood Wreath | Buffalo Check Pillow Cases



Welcome Sign | Hello Pumpkin Mug | White Pumpkin with Gold Pumpkins



Ceramic Pumpkin Cocotte | Twinkle Lights | Wooden Coasters

The last two layers to consider are item which adds an extra layer of cozy. A fluffy throw blanket and pillow are an easy way to update a space for the season. They pull together all the colors in a space because there are so many options!



Thankful Pillow | Embroidered Pumpkins Pillow | Linen Wheat Grass Pillow



Chunky Knit Throw Blanket | Plaid Faux Mohair Throw Blanket Hamilton Trail Check Bed Blanket


You don’t have to spend a fortune to update your home for cooler months. A few key pieces of layer can make it the perfect gathering space for your family!



You can find more home goods at our amazon store front! Please visit Shop the Blog on Amazon

And if we left out anything you’d add, please comment below. And be sure to check out our other autumn themed posts including Our Autumn Book Haul and Fall Bucket List 🍂🍁





Our Autumn Book Haul

We love reading stories at our house. Reading aloud to children is so important.

“Reading builds brains, fostering early learning and creating connections in the brain that promote language, cognitive, and social and emotional development.

By reading with your child, you also help cultivate a lasting love of reading. Reading for pleasure can help prevent conditions such as stress, depression and dementia.” (University of Liverpool)

Our library is a great place to pick up all our favorite autumn themed books! Check out what is in our current reading basket:


Goodbye Summer Hello Autumn | Ten Apples Up On Top! | The Apple Pie Tree

Apples and Pumpkins | Blueberries for Sal | Apple Countdown

Leaves |The Complete Tales of Peter Rabbit | Curious George Apple Harvest


These are some of our very favorite stories to read when the weather starts to cool down. What are your favorites? Do you have a story you love to read every autumn?


Lately it feels like school pick up for carpool is the only place I need to “dress up” for, am I right? Although there is ballet class and violin lessons too, so I guess it’s not always a pair of slippers, sometimes I need my coat too. One of my outfits on repeat seems to be a light colored top, blue jeans, boots and my coat. What can I say, it’s easy!


Anyone else feel like just the basics will do, although a new pair of boots is aways fun!
Top (sold out)| Pants | Boots (similar pair, the other sold out)

Here’s a really cute short sleeve option on Jen Reed (Image owned by Jen).


I’ve had these boots for four years and they are in such great condition still!


Boots | Jacket (similar, mine is sold out)

What do you think? Are you ready for the snow, or spring time weather?

My current outfit is on major repeat!! Raise your hand if you love a good workout outfit! These shorts are my very favorite pair! They’re great for everything from downward dog pose in yoga to running after cute kiddos! The waistband is wide and sit at a very comfortable mid-rise position. They also have full pockets! How awesome is that? The top is one of my new favs as well! It’s long enough to tuck and can easily be worn with shorts or leggings! Linking my favorite sneakers too! For reference, I’m wearing a medium in the top and bottoms. Hurry only a few sizes left and marked way down!!


Shorts | Top | Shoes

Today’s top was a nursing friendly find from my favorite online store! I love how cool it is in the summer with its waffle weave, and button front! It’s a little hard to tell, but I tied the bottom into the cutest knot! These shorts are also a favorite. High rise and you’ll definitely want to size up one since they run a bit small. My slides are super comfy, and super affordable! I love how they give just a little sparkle to my outfit! My ring sling is sold out, but I’ve linked other options for you as well!



Top | Shorts | Slides | Ring Sling

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