Copycat Olive Garden Bread Sticks

My son is 4 years old and always asks if we can eat at Olive Garden.  He loves their chicken alfredo and breadsticks. I found this recipe and thought it would be a good idea to surprise him with Olive Garden copycat breadstick!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups water warm
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/8 teaspoon yeast or one package of active yeast
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 1/2 cups flour plus extra for the board
  • 4 tablespoons melted
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon oregano

Instructions

  1. Combine warm water, sugar, oil, and yeast in a large bowl of a mixer or a food processor. Add 4 1/2 cups of flour and salt and process until the dough forms a nice uniform ball. Place dough in a bowl that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.

  2. Cover the bowl with a towel and allow to rise in a warm place. When the dough has doubled in size (this should take about an hour) place dough on a well-floured board and roll out the dough. Roll out dough into a large rectangle. Cut in half horizontally, and then cut vertical strips of dough about 1 1/2 inches thick.

  3. Roll the strips of dough into sticks. Place dough on a greased baking sheet, and allow them to rise until they have doubled in size (this should take about 45 minutes). You should get between 20 and 24 breadsticks from this recipe. Melt butter, and stir in Parmesan cheese and oregano.

  4. For best results rub the oregano between your fingers as you place it into the butter. This will help release the oils of the oregano and make it taste even better. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Just before baking breadsticks brush them with butter. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Brush any leftover butter topping on these just before serving.

 Prep Time 2 hours
 Cook Time 15 minutes
 Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes

5 Housework Shortcuts

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When it comes to housework, there aren’t really shortcuts as such, for, unfortunately, such physical tasks involve time and effort.  Whilst there are some things you can do automate certain tasks, for instance, getting a dishwasher rather than washing the dishes yourself, when it comes to the majority of tasks it’s more about optimizing your efficiency by using the best products and techniques rather than taking shortcuts.

 

Indeed, some shortcuts might seem like they are saving you time but often result in you having to do something twice.  Of course, the best housework shortcut is to hire someone to do your housework for you.

 

Whilst this might seem like an expensive option, it depends how you look at it, for if you were to pay $10 per hour for a cleaner to come and clean your house – but you have a business where you earn $20 an hour, for your time, it would make financial sense for you to outsource your cleaning – meaning it’s not such an extravagant expense as some people think; indeed, it can be quite a frugal step to take.

 

In the alternative, akin to how a dishwasher takes care of your dirty washing up, and a washing machine takes care of your dirty clothes, a robotic vacuum such as the ones you can find on this site here can reduce one of the most time intensive and physically arduous aspects of cleaning.

 

Rather than provide “housework shortcuts” in the sense of tips on how to clean your fridge and oven quicker, this article looks at a process of getting your house in order, so that when it comes to cleaning it’s more of a maintenance task that takes just a few minutes a day.  

 

After all, the majority of “untidy” houses tend to be cluttered and full of junk, rather than dirty, as cleaning the oven tends to be a pretty simple process compared to sorting out your house from the perspective of making it less messy and chaotic.

 

Once you have given it a really deep clean, from there, you can feel much less overwhelmed when it comes to keeping on top of your housework.

 

  1. DECLUTTER

If you are always searching through clutter to find items such as your car keys, or perhaps when it comes to packing for your holiday you are left frantically going through drawers in a hurried attempt to find your passport… there’s a good chance your home is too cluttered and disorganized; causing practical and emotional chaos in your life.

 

The first step, therefore, is that of decluttering which naturally leads onto the next phase of ‘getting organized ’… as it’s very challenging to get organized if your home is full of clutter everywhere.

 

  1. GET ORGANIZED

From an emotional perspective, most people have a psychological need for order within their home in order to feel calm and grounded.  This feeling of emotional stability, rather than instability is closely tied in with how organized your life feels, particularly within your home.

 

When you have decluttered your home and become more organized, the next step is to get rid of the junk in your home – as the process of getting organized usually means shedding a lot of paperwork and items you no longer need.

 

  1. GET RID OF JUNK

Whether it’s removing the clutter from your house in terms of old clothes and paperwork or removing garden waste or even heavy rubble, this process can be time consuming and arduous – meaning you might want to outsource this aspect, or perhaps, hire a van for a weekend and use this van to cart your trash to a local refuse site.  

 

This should be an emotionally cleansing and cathartic experience which links in with the next step of cleansing your home.

 

  1. CLEANSE

The act of cleaning your home isn’t a purely physical experience; whilst cleaning is a practical activity it is also an activity that can benefit you emotionally and spiritually.  It can be cathartic to go through your home and clean every corner of it as this process will cleanse the energy and emotion stored within your home, and can be a very soothing experience.

5. RENEW

Now that your home is fresher, you can focus more on the interior design of your property And inject some new vibrancy into your home with a lick of paint, upgrade of the carpet, or purchase of a few new items.   In the alternative, if you’re on a budget, then consider upcycling some of your old furniture and revamping it to freshen up the feel of your home.

Wedding Planning Tips that will Help you to Have the Perfect Day

Getting married can be an exciting experience, but it does involve a lot of planning. You may also find that along the way, some things get forgotten about or just overlooked, and this is the last thing you need. If you want to have the perfect wedding day, then take a look below to see some top tips that will really help to reduce stress.

 

Plan Early

If you have set a date for your wedding and it is two or even three years away then you need to start planning right now. If you don’t then you risk rushing around at the last minute and this can cause you even more stress. You may find that your florist is not available, that your DJ is double-booked or anything else of the sort, but all of this can be avoided if you just book as far-in-advance as you can. Things that you need to plan out right now include your insurance, rough guest numbers and the budget that you have for your wedding. Once you have your guest list sorted, don’t forget about wedding invites as well.

 

Budget

It’s so important that you don’t spend anything unless you have a realistic budget. After all, it is very easy to overspend when you are planning something as important as a wedding and you may even overlook some of the finer details as well. For this reason, it’s a good idea to go through absolutely everything so you can work out how much you can spend on each item. You never know, you may have some money left over at the end and this could mean that you end up getting the dress you’ve always wanted!

Bride and Groom Walking Down the Aisle

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Helping Hands

Sure, it’s your big day but your friends and family are always going to be there to support you. It’s important that you accept their help and that you really involve them in the planning. When you do this, you can take some of the stress off yourself and you can also feel more confident knowing that everything is being taken care of.

 

Midsection of Woman Making Heart Shape With Hands

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Plan B

It doesn’t matter how much you don’t want to think about it, because something can, and probably will go wrong on the day. It’s so important that you have a Plan B in place in case something like this happens. After all, rain can strike at any time and you may even find that your venue falls through. If this is the case then you have to make sure that you have a backup in place so that you are not left too stressed out if something does happen.

 

Pick Carefully

It’s your big day, so you do need to make sure that you have a maid of honour or even a best man who can help you to get everything sorted out. It’s important that you don’t choose anyone who you have recently met for this role or even people who you barely see. The main reason for this is because it could cause drama that you just don’t need.