Blatant Bread Boasting

I'm just going to come right out a say it...

Bread is delicious and I love it!

And lately, I've been in the mood to bake... Though really, it's more like a semi-permanent ME state!

I believe this particular bout was brought on by the changing of the seasons (Summer to Fall). There is something magical in the crispness of the evening air, as leaves turn and I obsess about Halloween costumes and baking.

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So that (and also because I was out of bread) got me started on a few loaves! I have used a version of this recipe a few times with good success! 

I say "a version" because I never had one of the ingredients and have always made it without that one. Also (maybe it's the altitude up here a Mile High) but I needed more flour as well. Both modifications are reflected in this recipe.  



2 1/2 cups warm water

2 tbsp instant yeast

1/2 cup honey

6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (reserve 1/2 cup to add gradually as needed during mixing)

1 tbsp salt


Sprinkle the yeast (2 tbsp instant yeast) over warm water (2 1/2 cups).

Drizzle the honey over the yeast and water.

The honey submerge the yeast and in about 5 minutes will get nice and foamy (this is proofing the yeast).


Meanwhile, combine the flour and salt in a stand mixer, or a large bowl if mixing by hand.

After proofing five minutes, add yeast/water/honey mixture, scrapping the container to get all the honey into the bowl.


Start mixer at low speed until the dough starts coming together, then increase to mid speed and let the mixer go for 5-6 minutes.

If you're mixing by hand, combine ingredients and knead on a clean, lightly floured surface for the same time (5-6 minutes).


Shape dough into a ball and place into a lightly oiled bowl (a new one, or the same one if it's not full of flour and not-quite-dough bits).

Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap sprayed with Pam or oil.


Let dough rise until doubled in size (about an hour in my Colorado kitchen in September).

Grease bread pans, then divide dough and shape into 2 loaves of bread, placing in prepared pans.


Cover with towel or plastic wrap and let rise again until the loaves have doubled in size.

During the 2nd rise, preheat oven to 365 degrees.


Once doubled in size again, uncover.

Brush with butter if desired (I kind of wish that I had).

Bake at 365 degrees for 25-27 minutes. Usually, I wait until I smell the bread and it's around 26 minutes.


Cool in the pans for 10 minutes then remove to finish cooling on a rack... If you can wait that long, I don't! Warm, slathered in butter and jelly thank you!

I am not sure how long the loaves last, the longest they survive uneaten around here is 2-3 days.


My KitchenAid Stand Mixer is my baking BFF!

We've been through it all: Bread (of course), cakes & frosting, pizza dough, mountains of meringue, cinnamon rolls & doughnuts, just to name a few of our favorite things!


Flirt's Costume Collection

It's late summer and though it's quite hot outside, my thoughts have already begun drifting to autumn.

I am NOT talking about getting that first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season (I am a peppermint mocha person myself, so I've got more waiting ahead, but I digress)...

Halloween is on my mind!

That grand masquerade where anyone can become whatever they desire, if only for the night!


COME Beasts, Mermaids, Ghouls, Sexy Sirens, Badasses, Nymphs, Wizards, Princes, Monsters, Dragon Queens, Angels, Ninjas, Heroes, Brutes, Toons and Flappers at heart...

Click the pumpkin for costume collection!

When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam,
May luck be yours on Halloween.
— Unknown

Nerdy Desires - Pink Homer hat

I came across this utterly and adorably pink Homer Simpson thinking about donuts hat while researching an upcoming piece...I could not freaking contain myself, 

It's so cute - I had to share with you!!

I am in love with this find! I can see many opportunities to don this baby. Yes, many are donut spree related!


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Caught in Your Trap

Somehow this magic ended up in my cart (my hands may have been involved) and it's being devoured... I am not sure if was the best or worst choice I've made lately, perhaps both.

I am on another planet with this sugar high right now... 

Photography by FlirtwithFlavor

Photography by FlirtwithFlavor


To join me there, here's a link to having your own RedVines nirvana experience without leaving home.

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Save on Big Bras for Big Boobs

If you’ve known me IRL at some point, you may have noticed this about me….

I’ve got big BOOBS and I cannot lie

(go ahead, sing along!) 

There’s a couple of things about being large chested:

Bras, Swimwear and Lingerie that fit well are not always readily available...

What is available can be pricey!


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I, myself, have gaped wide eyed at many a price tag… and usually given in because you truly can’t put a price on the support and comfort (not to mention the improved silhouette!) of an undergarment that actually fits.

But JEEZ, so expensive!

Something I do to help cut the extra costs (yes, of having big boobs) is to shop clearance. Constantly! Scoring 1-3 pieces on the cheap here and there can really help the bottom line. It’s a great way to find unique colors and style too...  

Figleaves US

I’ve had quite a bit of success over the years with Figleaves, doing exactly this! Especially with bras and swimwear! I love the diverse high quality brands they offer in my dimensions - Panache, Freya, Fantasie and more.


Here’s my starter list of items! 

I gathered a few Figleaves clearance items (in current my size) to demo! Next, I'd scrutinise each one for details (How many clasps in back? I want three...these babies are heavy!) to whittle the list down into budget range. 


I hope this strategy saves you money and you find just what you need!

Please tell me your secret ways to save and favorite brands for bras in cups DD+ - K in the comments!