Since he likes to cook/bake, as firemen often do, he thought of something along those lines. But he wanted to make it more manly, so.....beer bread!
He decided to do it like gifts in a jar, cause some of the younger guys aren't seasoned cooks yet.
You can see I missed a few things in the list, he just wrote it in. Guys don't stress about that sort of thing.
Sometimes I think we can learn a few things from guys that way.
Uh. I mean, manly?
I'll rewrite it for you. The amount in parenthesis is the smaller recipe.
Full Recipe: Dry ingredients only
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour (1 cup)
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (1 cup)
3 teaspoons baking powder (2 teaspoons)
1/2 teaspoon salt (1/4 teaspoons - heaping)
1/3 cup packed brown sugar (1/4 cup - scant)
That's what you put in the baggies (or large jar)
Directions for mixing and baking:
Full Recipe: (amount in parenthesis is smaller recipe) (again)
1 beer - full bodied dark or irish red (1 cup)
1/4 cup melted butter or margarine - half stick (no change) (you could do a tablespoon less)
Preheat oven to 350
Lightly grease loaf pan (Pam)
Pour out dry ingredients in large bow.
Add 1 beer ( or 1 cup if using smaller recipe)
Mix well, mixture will be thick
Pour into prepared loaf pan
Pour melted butter over batter, do not stir
Bake in preheated oven for 50 min(45)
Check doneness with toothpick - if it comes out clean it's done
Drink rest of beer while loaf is baking (unless you did the larger recipe), additional beer drinking is optional, but recommended
But I drank the rest of the beer, not him.
I also wanted to share a cute little crafty thing I did.
What? I have a life outside baking?
The fireman had no stocking, never did have one. He always made one for the kids, or bought new ones each year. Young boys are destructive.
So, when we got married, I had one from when I was a kid. Then Mom made me a new one last year, cause my old one is felt and she wanted me to have a newer one.
So, we had 5 stockings, none for him.
He protested, saying he didn't need anything in his stocking. He's a giver, not a receiver. Makes him feel uncomfortable. He'd be totally fine not getting anything for Christmas.
Sooooo too bad.
So, I figured he'd like a rustic stocking. Something manly.
I made this.
I found the red plaid (totally manly) and laid my stocking down on top of it and pinned it. I then cut the plaid about a half an inch larger than my stocking. This is for the stitching.
Then, I cut another plaid piece, the same size, using the first plaid as a pattern. I matched up the plaid a bit, but that's no biggy. Also, if your plaid has a front and a back, put your first plaid piece face-to-face with the other plaid piece.
Plaid, plaid, plaid, plaid. I don't think I've ever written plaid that many times.
Then I laid the denim over the toe area to see how big I wanted it. I left the edge by the plaid about a half an inch more covered than I wanted it, and cut the toe area to match the plaid rounded edge. Make a second from this pattern face-to-face again.
For the toe I folded under the half inch hem (that faces the plaid) and stitched a line to hem it. Then I stitched that line right to the plaid, right on this front side. The rounded part will stitch together when I put the two stocking halves together.
Do the other stocking half.
Then I figured out how big to make the heel area by laying it over the denim and marking it. I wanted just a basic corner, again about a half an inch larger than I wanted it on the edges that touch the plaid only. Make a second one for the other stocking. I folded those edges down and hemmed them both (just a stitch down so it won't unravel), then laid it on the plaid and stitched it down on or near the same line. This leaves the unstitched denim edge matching your plaid edge. Again, it will stitch in when we put the two plaid pieces together.
Now take the two stockings, finished except for the edges and lay them face to face. Pin it to keep from slipping. Stitch about a half an inch away from the edge all around the stocking, EXCEPT for the top. We want it open!
Then turn it right side out. Viola!
You could use thick ribbon or cording to make a loop for hanging. I cut a rectangle of denim, folded it half lengthwise, stitched the raw edge, turned it inside out and handstitched it to the stocking, inside the stocking.
He totally loved it! And it only took me, like 30 minutes to do. So, now Santa has something to put fun presents and candy in for him.