Day 150 {beer bread}

After a few days of pulling up my pants non-stop, I had my dad add some holes to my belt. Did you know you can punch holes in leather with a crop-a-dile? Me neither. The distance between the notch I used to use and the new one I am using now? 2.75 inches. Unbelievable. I may have to celebrate by buying myself some new, smaller jeans.

Ava went to my mom and dad's house for a visit where they made some homemade binoculars.

Ava's favourite thing in my parents backyard - the statue in the corner.

Ava picking dandelions for "the lady".

Ava and I made beer bread to go with dinner. This is the easiest bread you will ever make. It doesn't need time to rise, you don't need to use any yeast and it is delicious smothered with butter straight out of the oven (which I did not do. Well a little bit. But nothing crazy.). It's called Labatt Lager Loaf but since I don't think I have ever seen a case of Labatt anything come into this house, we used Bud Light instead.

No day would be complete without the boys doing something crazy. Ava has been showing her brothers how to do things and giving them far too many ideas. Guess who put the tractor on the toy box? (That's Owen in green and Ethan in blue.)

Here is the recipe for the bread if you want to try it out:

Labatt's Lager Loaf

2-3/4 cups all purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1 cup shredded old cheddar cheese
1 bottle Labatt's Blue beer (uncap and allow to come to room temperature)
* I've used Bud Light, Molson Canadian, etc. and it always tastes exactly the same

Topping: 1/4 cup shredded old cheddar cheese

Spoon flour into a dry measuring cup. Level off and pour into a bowl. Add baking powder, sugar, salt and dry mustard and stir well to combine. Add cheese and toss evenly to distribute. Pour in Labatt's blue beer and stir just to combine.

Spread in a greased 8" x 4" loaf pan. Sprinkle top with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 F for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool a few minutes before turning onto a wire rack. Serve warm. (I also like to toast it - it's delicious.)

Thanks for looking!


tconlan said…
Congratulations on your weight loss!! That's sooo awesome! I can't wait to try the beer bread - it looks delicious! You are soo good at truly capturing everyday moments, love that you included the new belt hole punching! :)
ChrissyW said…
congrats on the belt/weightloss!! and thanks for that recipe - printing it out right now :)
Rochelle said…
Great pictures and fun stuff. There's nothing better than needing to tighten your belt. Great feeling! That beer bread looks so good. Beer bread is one of my absolute favorite things. I'll have to try that out! Thanks for sharing :-) Rochelle
~Susie~ said…
Congratulations on your weight loss! Greats shots!!

Mari said…
Good for you for losing weight and inches! I love the pictures of Ava with the statue.
I've made Tastefully Simple beer bread but never saw a recipe for it. It looks wonderful!
Amy Lightfoot said…
Thanks for the awesome recipe Jenn! Eric and I made it tonight (had to borrow a beer from a neighbour!!) and we LOVED it. We shared it with the neighbours and Eric's Father!! I can't wait to play with it a bit for some variations!
Awesome pictures this week too by the way! One day I will find time to actually update my own blog!
Awesome on the major weight loss there! I *heart* my crop a dile (I have that and numerous other craft tools because of my selling Stampin UP!) - anyway - I've used mine to do the same thing to my hubbies belts before LOL!

As for the beer bread - its way easier to make if you just buy the beer bread mix from Tastefully Simple LOL hahahahaah - just that mix dumped into a bowl and a bottle o' beer and viola LOL!
listgirl said…
Wow, I think I need a crop-o-dile! Except all my clothes are too small and not too big. I still have my size 4 clothes and I WILl fit back into them someday.
Anonymous said…
Beautiful! I will try the bread looks yummy.