Recipe | Vegan White Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

Delicious recipe for white whole wheat sandwich bread! And it's vegan! http://www.littlecityadventures.com/2015/09/recipe-vegan-white-whole-wheat-sandwich.html

Delicious recipe for white whole wheat sandwich bread! And it's vegan! http://www.littlecityadventures.com/2015/09/recipe-vegan-white-whole-wheat-sandwich.html

I recently started making our sandwich bread from scratch, again. Around the time when William was born, I was making our sandwich bread and doing a terrible job. Poor Seth, he ate it like a champ without complaining, but it was terrible and crumbly and dry. Just bad. Flash forward to recently when I was developing recipes for my mini-course. I knew I should include sandwich bread making as one of the sections, so I did lots of research and developed a perfectly delicious, easy to make sandwich bread. Seriously guys, it's so good. 100x better than store bought bread. But, all the recipes in my course are course exclusive, meaning I can't and won't post them anywhere else. But being so excited about making sandwich bread I just had to share a sandwich bread recipe on my blog.

So I changed up my recipe to make it whole wheat and vegan.

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My Vegan White Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread is based off of the course-exclusive recipe in my mini-course, but it is very different. For one thing, there is no milk or butter, making it dairy, and I added whole wheat flour into the mix.

Whole wheat flour tends to be drier than all-purpose so to keep the bread soft, I used about 50% all-purpose and 50% whole wheat, and if your dough is too moist and you need to add more flour, I recommend adding a bit more all-purpose rather than whole wheat.

Delicious recipe for white whole wheat sandwich bread! And it's vegan! http://www.littlecityadventures.com/2015/09/recipe-vegan-white-whole-wheat-sandwich.html

Delicious recipe for white whole wheat sandwich bread! And it's vegan! http://www.littlecityadventures.com/2015/09/recipe-vegan-white-whole-wheat-sandwich.html

Vegan White Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread
Yields: (2) 9x5" loaves                                                                                                                                                  PRINTABLE RECIPE

Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose flour
2-3 cups whole wheat flour
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
2 - 2 1/2 cups water
2 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 1/2 tsp salt

Directions
1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the beater attachment, mix together half the flour with the yeast to combine.

2. Place the water, sugar, oil, and salt into a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup. Stir to dissolve the sugar a bit and heat in the microwave for one minute and thirty seconds.
Pour the warmed mixture into the mixing bowl with the flour/yeast. Beat until combined.

3. Switch to the dough hook attachment. Add in the rest of the flour and beat with the dough hook until the dough starts to come together. If the dough looks sort of shaggy, that means it is too dry, so add more water, 1 Tbsp at a time until it is smooth. On the other hand, if it sounds sloshy when you mix it or it just doesn’t seem to be coming together, add more flour, 1 Tbsp at a time, until it is smooth. Beat for another two minutes. Leave the dough in the mixing bowl. Cover the bowl with a damp kitchen towel and allow to rise for an hour and a half.

4. After your first rise is done, preheat the oven to 200°F and once it preheats, turn it off. Meanwhile, punch down the dough and turn onto a well-floured surface (floured with all-purpose flour). Divide the dough in two and form each half into a small ball (handle as little as possible). 

5. Prepare two 9x5” loaf pans by spraying with cooking spray and lining with parchment paper. 

6. Use a floured rolling pin to roll out each ball of dough. The long side of the dough should be about 9” so that it fits nicely in the pan. Jelly roll the dough, tucking the ends under, and place in prepared pan. Do the same with the other dough ball. Cover the pans with a damp kitchen towel. Place pans in warm oven and let rise for one hour to one hour and thirty minutes.

7. After the second rise, remove the pans from the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the bread sounds hollow when you tap it. Rotate pans halfway through baking and cover the tops with foil.

8. Let the bread cool in the pans for five minutes. Then, use the parchment to move it to a wire cooling rack. Let cool completely before slicing. Freezes well.

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In The Kitchen | Fall Produce Guide

An in-depth look at some of the produce available this fall. Plus, a free printable produce storage guide! http://www.littlecityadventures.com/2015/08/in-kitchen-fall-produce-guide.html

My two favorite seasons for food are Spring and Fall, with Fall just edging out Spring with some of my most favorite foods. I mean, pumpkins. Need I say more?

I've done lots of research just for you, my lovely reader, to provide you with all of the information you need to buy what's in season and how to store it correctly. I've chosen a few of the most popular fall foods as well as a few which you may not have realized were "in season" in the Fall. To find out how to store each type of produce, download the little cheat sheet I've made for you. It's perfect for keeping on your fridge and referencing when making your grocery list. Buying "in season" produce is always best because they're always tastier than the others.

"An apple a day really could keep the doctor away." Learn more at http://www.littlecityadventures.com/2015/08/in-kitchen-fall-produce-guide.html
Pssst. Pin this image and the other fun facts so you don't forget them later!
Apples
I love enjoying apples raw with some sharp cheddar cheese or turning them into applesauce or baking with them. And who doesn't love apple pie?! "They" claim that if women eat just one apple a day they will decrease their chance of getting type 2 diabetes and that one apple could curb your risk of getting many other diseases. I guess that 'ol adage of "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" really is true.

My applelicious recipes:

An in-depth look at some of the produce available this fall. Plus, a free printable produce storage guide! http://www.littlecityadventures.com/2015/08/in-kitchen-fall-produce-guide.html

Winter Squash
Growing up, we never really ate any winter squashes, the first time I tried cooking with any was the fall/winter after we were first married. But I now have quite the affinity for butternut squash dishes (love me some butternut squash mac n cheese or just a simple butternut squash soup). I've also recently tried spaghetti squash but I definitely prefer butternut squash.

My squash recipes:
"Shallots are sweeter and less bitter than most onions." Learn more at http://www.littlecityadventures.com/2015/08/in-kitchen-fall-produce-guide.html

Shallots
Shallots are a type of onion but they grow more similarly to garlic, in clusters. Shallots also tend to be sweeter and less bitter than other onions.

I don't yet have any recipes that use shallots, but hopefully soon!

Shallot recipes:
Caramelized Shallot and Gruyere Quiche  |  Food for My Family

An in-depth look at some of the produce available this fall. Plus, a free printable produce storage guide! http://www.littlecityadventures.com/2015/08/in-kitchen-fall-produce-guide.html

Sage
Last year I really worked with sage for the first time and I love it! It's fantastic roasted alongside chicken or sweet potatoes or pork...it's just really good you guys. Don't be afraid of it! Sage is a relatively easy herb for you to grow at home and enjoy whenever you please.

Sage recipes:

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes have always been one of my favorite foods. I'll eat them any way, any time. They are also a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and iron. And no judgement if you slather button there and some cinnamon and sugar. 

Sweet Potato recipes:


Pears
I used to hate pears but maybe a few years ago I started enjoying them. Especially if you sprinkle sugar on top. Pears are high in fiber and are great for helping to "detox" your system because they are over 80% water.

I don't have any pear recipes yet, but I do have one or two planned for this fall!

Pear recipes:
Caramel Apple-Pear Crisp  |  Taste of Home
Sausage Pear Stuffing  |  Martha Stewart

An in-depth look at some of the produce available this fall. Plus, a free printable produce storage guide! http://www.littlecityadventures.com/2015/08/in-kitchen-fall-produce-guide.html

Pumpkins
Pumpkin pie is my FAVORITE food. I know I probably say that about a lot of foods, but this time it is really true! Pumpkins also make really cool decor and pumpkin scented candles are delish too. Dude, I'm smiling thinking about pumpkins. I know, weird.

Pumpkin recipes:

An in-depth look at some of the produce available this fall. Plus, a free printable produce storage guide! http://www.littlecityadventures.com/2015/08/in-kitchen-fall-produce-guide.html

Brussels Sprouts
There is a notorious story/memory from when I was growing up and my grandmother attempted to cook brussels sprouts. My grandmother is not known for her cooking skills so when she tried to cook up some walnuts and brussels sprouts, let's just say that it did not go well. The smell is still burned into my nose and it was years ago. For that reason, I was turned off of brussels sprouts for many years. But that has changed, as long as brussels sprouts are cooked well, I quite enjoy brussels sprouts.

I don't have any recipes using brussels sprouts but there are tons around the web!

Brussels Sprouts recipes:

Did you know that cauliflower is full of great vitamins and minerals? Click through for more info on in-season fall produce (and a FREE printable!)

Cauliflower
I do enjoy cauliflower if it's roasted but I am not a huge fan of steamed cauliflower. I think it's the texture. But cauliflower is a good treat to munch on because it is full of vitamins and minerals and a lot of vegetarians cook it as a meat alternative.

We don't eat a ton of cauliflower at our house so I don't yet have any cauliflower recipes.

Cauliflower recipes:
Italian Oven Roasted Cauliflower  |  Cook the Story
Cauliflower Hummus  |  Veggie Belly

An in-depth look at some of the produce available this fall. Plus, a free printable produce storage guide! http://www.littlecityadventures.com/2015/08/in-kitchen-fall-produce-guide.html

Grapes
William recently tried grapes for the first time and they are his new favorite food. He begs for them at every. single. meal. I have to pre-cut them ahead of time so that I can grab the quickly when he's begging for them. I guess there's worst foods a toddler could love.

Grapes are best eaten on their own but there are a few grape-y recipes out there.

Grape recipes:
Best Ever Broccoli Salad  |  Mom on Time Out
Roasted Grapes with Sweet Labneh  |  My Name is Yeh

An in-depth look at some of the produce available this fall. Plus, a free printable produce storage guide! http://www.littlecityadventures.com/2015/08/in-kitchen-fall-produce-guide.html

Pomegranates
One of my best friends from elementary school, Avery, was always known for bringing the most unique foods to lunch and one of those foods was pomegranates. She was the only fourth grader who loved pomegranates. That was the first time I ever tried them and I wasn't a huge fan (but of course I pretended because I didn't want to be left out ha) but I do enjoy drinks with pomegranates and I'll eat anything with pomegranates as long as I don't have to dig out the pomegranate seeds.

What type of pomegranate recipes would you like to see on Little City Adventures?

Pomegranate recipes:
Pear, Gouda, and Hazelnut Spinach Salad  |  Sweet Peas and Saffron
Pomegranate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies  |  Two Peas and Their Pod
Pomegranate Limeade  |  Domestic Superhero


Kale
Sooooooooo I'm not a huge fan of kale. I love most lettuces but there's just something about the flavor of kale that I don't love. But I know many people do enjoy it so here it is on the list. Kale has a ridiculous amount of Vitamin A, Vitamin K, and Vitamin C. So if you like kale, go munch on it to get those vitamins in your system.

Kale recipes:
Sweet Potato and Kale Grilled Cheese  |  Two Peas and Their Pod
Chorizo Kale and Sweet Potato Frittata  |  Spoonful of Flavor
Kale and Cannelloni Bean Soup   |  May I Have That Recipe


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P.S. Do you want to grow your baking skills so that you can bake amazing foods with in-season produce? Check out my Baking Basics Mini Course!

Oakmoss Workshop

Building terrariums at the Oakmoss Workshop #oakmossworkshop

Yesterday I went on a little adventure, all by myself, to a terrarium building workshop from Oakmoss Collective. The event was about 40 minutes from my house, in a town where I have never been. And I went on my own. Introvert me, took a huge step in going to this event. And it was so worth it! I had so much fun meeting some other awesome ladies and building a cute little terrarium, I can't wait for the next Oakmoss event!

Building terrariums at the Oakmoss Workshop #oakmossworkshop

Building terrariums at the Oakmoss Workshop #oakmossworkshop

Building terrariums at the Oakmoss Workshop #oakmossworkshop

Building terrariums at the Oakmoss Workshop #oakmossworkshop

Building terrariums at the Oakmoss Workshop #oakmossworkshop

Building terrariums at the Oakmoss Workshop #oakmossworkshop

Building terrariums at the Oakmoss Workshop #oakmossworkshop

Building terrariums at the Oakmoss Workshop #oakmossworkshop

Building terrariums at the Oakmoss Workshop #oakmossworkshop

Building terrariums at the Oakmoss Workshop #oakmossworkshop

Building terrariums at the Oakmoss Workshop #oakmossworkshop

Building terrariums at the Oakmoss Workshop #oakmossworkshop

Building terrariums at the Oakmoss Workshop #oakmossworkshop

Building terrariums at the Oakmoss Workshop #oakmossworkshop

Building terrariums at the Oakmoss Workshop #oakmossworkshop

Prioritizing & Staying Productive | From Jess Lively


Tips from Jess Lively for prioritizing and staying productive -- these tips have changed my life and really have helped me stay better organized! 

this post from Jess Lively originally appeared on JessLively.com on July 23, 2013 and is being re-shared on Little City Adventures with permission from Jess Lively. You can find more at JessLively.com or at @JessCLively.
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Earlier today, I shared why it is important to focus our time on the important but non-urgent tasks in our lives based off of Habit 3 of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Now, I’d like to share how to do just that.

LIST YOUR LIFE ROLES

Each Sunday or Monday, I write a list of the roles in my life. Currently, I have personal, wife/pup mom, consultant, designer, friend, and blogger all listed as my present roles.
These roles can change as needed each week. The main point is to think about each major area of our lives. If we have several roles in our careers, we are welcome to sub-divide a few times, if needed.

IDENTIFY PRIORITIES, BY ROLE

Then, next to each role, I list out the main priorities that I have for that role in order to move ahead with important/urgentand important/non-urgent tasks. The main lesson here is to really think about those things which fall in the important/non-urgent category.
Exercise, for example, is one such item. It is rarely “urgent,” but if ignored for long periods of time, could negatively affect our health or wellbeing. We might also eventually have important/urgent issues result like heart attacks, anxiety, or excess weight gain.
This week, I listed private victory as a priority for my personal life since it is important, but not urgent. I also listed buying grilling foods under friends, which is important and urgent for a game night we are hosting tonight.
One of my favorite outcomes of this practice is that the attention placed on weekly personal and life priorities, not just business.

SCHEDULE PRIORITIES

Once the priorities are listed for each role, it is time to pull out a calendar and to-do list. I personally like using Google Calendar and Teux-Deux since they both sync on my phone and laptop automatically.
But you could use any apps or paper products you like. There is even an app called Week Plan inspired by this practice from The Seven Habits that you might want to check out.
Time sensitive priorities, like buying grilling supplies for our party tonight, can be scheduled directly onto a calendar at an appropriate time. And non-time sensitive priorities, like making a Morning Club calendar, can go on a to-do list for a specific day of the week.
By first listing out the main priorities for the week and then adding them to the schedule and task list by day, we effectively make time for priorities that otherwise may get bumped to the next week, or forgotten altogether.
This practice does not try to replace a daily task list, but it works to incorporate and prioritize those things which are truly most important in our lives first.

I highly recommend trying this system out for one week. If you find that it helps you to stay focused on what matters, then it will be all the encouragement needed to continue the practice. (And hey, a cute notepad can help sweeten the practice.)

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11 Tips to Save You Money on Your Wedding Day

11 Tips to Save You Money on Your Wedding Day with SunTrust Bank #mysunnyday

Today I have teamed up with SunTrust Bank to provide you with some money-saving tips for your big day! Planning a wedding can be very overwhelming, there's so many details to think of and things to make and places to visit but if you keep it slightly more low-key you will still have an amazingly memorable day and memories which you will cherish forever.

Our wedding was two years ago now and it was absolutely my dream wedding. It was outside on a perfect summer day at a small bed and breakfast on top of a hill, surrounded by trees. All of our friends and family were there and we had awesome espresso (courtesy of my former employer), sweet desserts, and most of all, everyone just had a really fun time! We were very blessed and my family was able to pay for the majority of the wedding, but we still had a budget. I don't know exactly how much was spent total, but it was way below what you see on those wedding-themed TV shows.

Those people be crazy, yo.

Tips for Saving You Money on Your Wedding Day
1. Ask friends to help as their gift (or for trade).
This was one of the biggest tricks to saving us money at our wedding. We have so many talented and generous friends who were more than happy to help us out. My dad was able to get the chairs from his work (at the last minute I might add, because I am a little bit indecisive), a friend ran the sound board for us, my former employer gave me a good deal on an espresso bar and let me order desserts through the cafe (so I basically got wholesale pricing), friends of ours played the song I walked down the aisle to and sang the worship song, and the list could go on and on. If you don't have a friend who is a DJ or you love the signs an artist makes, consider asking them for a trade. Maybe you design websites or bake beautiful cakes, ask them to trade services with you.

11 Tips to Save You Money on Your Wedding Day with SunTrust Bank #mysunnyday

11 Tips to Save You Money on Your Wedding Day with SunTrust Bank #mysunnyday


2. Skip the full meal.
This was probably one of our biggest money savers. Our reception did not start until 7pm (because we got married on June 21st, the longest day of the year, it was light outside forever) so it seemed unnecessary to serve our guests dinner. We did make it clear on the invitations that there would only be espresso and desserts available following the ceremony.

3. Keep decor simple.
If you're trying to save money, ditching the $50/each floral table centerpieces will certainly help. Instead, do some DIY projects, not only does it save you money but it also gives you a chance to spend more time with your bridal party.

4. Arrange bouquets yourself.
I know multiple people who have saved themselves money by ordering loose flowers from the florist and arranging their own bouquets the morning of the wedding. It's fun and probably helps you relax some of those nervous.

5. Hold the ceremony/reception at the same place.
This is pretty easy to understand. If you're only renting one venue, it will be cheaper than renting two. The bed and breakfast where we had our wedding was fairly small so our ceremony and reception spaces were maybe fifteen feet apart, we just made sure to really define each space and it worked out great!

6. Have it on a Friday night.
We held our wedding on a Friday night because we're cool like that. And because I loved the idea of having our wedding on the longest day of the year, June 21st, and it happened to fall on a Friday in 2013. A lot of venues charge you extra for Saturday or Sunday rentals but not for Fridays. Plus, then your guests can have a full weekend with their families which is kind of nice.

11 Tips to Save You Money on Your Wedding Day with SunTrust Bank #mysunnyday

7. Skip the alcohol.
This was a pretty easy one for us, considering that I was 19 and Seth was 20 when we got married. Serving alcohol bumps your wedding cost up times one hundred and there's always that awkward family member who gets a little bit tipsy. Let's just avoid that awkwardness, shall we?

8. Have an iPod DJ.
We danced for hours at our wedding...to an iPod. And it was perfect! There wasn't a ton of items to set up and tear down and I was able to stay in control of what music was played since I made the playlist.

9. Make the favors yourself.
I made cookies as our wedding favors. I'll admit, I didn't plan very well and stressed myself out trying to get enough made in time and then the cookies didn't turn out like I would have liked, but it's the thought that counts. If you plan ahead and ask your bridesmaids, aunts, uncles, etc. for help, you can save a ton of money by making something like yummy cookies or homemade jam for your guests to take home.

11 Tips to Save You Money on Your Wedding Day with SunTrust Bank #mysunnyday


10. Have it outside.
This ties in with tip #3. If you have your wedding outside (obviously this is season and weather permitting) you really can keep the decor simple and let the beautiful trees and flowers around you do all the decorating work.

11. Set up a savings plan and budget.
If you and your fiance are paying for your wedding yourselves, this is essential. To see how you can set up a savings plan, visit the Sunny Day Wedding Planning Site. I tried out their savings plan tool just for fun and it would totally have been something that I would have used, had we payed for our wedding ourselves.

Leave a comment below describing how you saved money on your wedding day! And if you try out the Sunny Day site, let me know what you think!

*this post was sponsored by SunTrust Bank. All opinions and tips are my own.
**photos by Kent Mast.





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