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  • Watering the garden in my pajamas.
  • Socializing at the Sunday Farmer’s Market – who knew it was such a happen’in place?  Like I needed another reason to love going!
  • How my indoor cats are loving being outdoor cats.
  • Canning with mom this week.
  • I know I’ve said this before but I am this close to perfecting my bread recipe.  I’m really serious this time.
  • Lotion on my hands after a day in the yard.
  • Unloading my baby clothes on someone who could use them.
  • Smoothies with grapefruit, orange, lemon, apple, pear – so fresh tasting!
  • The four chrysalis’ we’ve found on the property.
  • Figuring out what we can eat that is growing wild on the property since the garden is turning out to be feeding more slugs than people.  So far:  fiddlehead ferns, huckleberries, nettles (yes!).
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“I don’t know how you get anything done.”  – my mom

“I don’t.” – me

I actually have really great kids, good kids, but what I wouldn’t give to have two more arms and hands.  I would be totally be ok with all the staring because I know everyone would be looking at me with envy.  I would have used those extra appendages to hold my unusually fussy baby while trying to make raspberry mango jam I was working on with my mom this afternoon.

Eyes in the back of my  head would also be handy for so many reasons that I know my fellow parents would recognize.  Today I would have used those eyes to watch my daughter swinging on her indoor jungle gym when she said, “Mom!  Look at meeeeee!”  while simultaneously stirring the raspberry mango jam.

What did I learn today?  That doing  all the above AND make granola at the same time may not have been the best idea.  At one point in the afternoon I asked my mom, “How did YOU get anything done with three kids?”

“You were all angels.” – mom

OK, that is a total lie.  I know, I was there, so she must be suffering from some sort of parental amnesia, whatever, it wasn’t helpful.  But things were done and now we’re all pooped and the kids went to bed pretty easily.

And so will I.

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I have made no secret about  my love of toast so this small batch will not last long at all in my house.  While very easy to do, I still find myself a little intimidated by the whole canning process. It’s that element of danger with all those bubbling, boiling fluids.  I only got splattered a couple times so I’m calling the day a success.  My goal is to continue with small batches to increase my confidence.  Luckily between my mom and my foodie sister I will be a pro in no time.

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One year already

One year already

Recipe to follow

Recipe to follow

this does not bode well for my neighbors chickens

this does not bode well for my neighbors chickens

Mud-a-rrific!

Mud-a-rrific!

"Another" pretty rock.

“Another” pretty rock.

Texture check

Texture check

My gardening partner.

My gardening partner.

The work is never-ending!

The work is never-ending!

Long days of travel

Long days of travel

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We live in the back of a ten acre lot.  It's uphill all the way back from the mailbox and I hear about it from my 4 year old the WHOLE way...

We live in the back of a ten acre lot. It’s uphill all the way back from the mailbox and I hear about it from my 4 year old the WHOLE way…

It looks like we're gardening on the edge but there's just a steep hill beyond the fence.

It looks like we’re gardening on the edge but there’s just a steep hill beyond the fence.

Life!

Life!

Today's project.

Today’s project.

My newest addiction.  Roasted Cauliflower.  Jon prefers Broccoli and there's some green beans thrown in for kicks but for me - it's about the cauliflower.

My newest addiction. Roasted Cauliflower. Jon prefers Broccoli and there’s some green beans thrown in for kicks but for me – it’s about the cauliflower.

100% whole wheat.  The reason why I'll never give up carbs.

100% whole wheat. The reason why I’ll never give up carbs.

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This new oven has a massive window which was a selling point.  I’ve never had an oven with a window on it so I went for the gusto who buying appliances for the new place.  I enjoy the art and science of food.  It’s good for the kids to see too.

This though, is torture.

Cookies I can handle – they don’t take long to bake.

Bread – whoa, I’m dying here.  The smell!

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It feels like so many things.  I have been busy but nothing post-worthy.

Yet.

I’m trimming down a chocolate peanut butter chip cookie recipe that I will claim as my own as it’s my belief that if you trim off 1/3 of the amount of butter a new cookie results…

While edible, I  made a white cake with white whole wheat flour:  hev-eee.  Plus, it took way long to bake.  It called for a chocolate filling – I don’t even like fillings in my cake.  I’m blaming PMS craziness.  Salvaged by Hershey’s chocolate frosting recipe which when put on anything take it to a whole different chocolate level.

I’m excited to say that I am this close to perfecting my bread recipe.  Sofia and I will make another batch this week:  it’s looking promising.

Lots of time in the garden, the library for storytime and visits from out of town family and impromptu dinners.  There are four wine bottles on my table right now.

Three are empty.

 

 

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With my phone back, so are the pictures I’ve been taking (and been meaning to back up on my computer, ahem).  This is good for many reasons, one of which, though I unpacked my camera, it was only to find it without a memory card – strange.  When I asked Jon if he had seen or unpacked any extra SD cards his reply was, “Yeah, I saw one somewhere around here.”

Well, now.  That was helpful.

While we still have a few remaining boxes to be unpacked we’re now in the stage of:  Do I Really Like This Here?  Is This Where I Want This Item to Live?

I’ve momentarily given up on finding the SD card…

But here’s what I have on my phone:

I love this bread recipe.  It’s a labor of love that I am continually working on perfecting.  I doubt I ever will, but I am getting braver.  This go around I didn’t realize I was out of bulghar.

There’s not much you can substitute for over a pound of bulghar, but here’s what I did – I put in an equal amount of quinoa, knowing that the soak would soften the quinoa but did not appreciate until later that it wouldn’t soak up the water like the bulghar does.  When I got to the step where I added the extras in went sunflower seeds and, new for me in bread, chia seeds.  There was a LOT of extra fluid, so I put in a few (several?) handfuls of oats which thankfully did the trick.  No exact measurements but I must say that I was proud of myself for making it up as I went along – successfully.  Yes, I should have prepped ahead of time because working in batches this large, once I start I’m kind of committed.  So it is with a sigh of relief that this worked out.  While I’ve made this bread several times over and bread can be/is very forgiving in many ways it wasn’t until the second rise that I felt like this was going to work.

I’m buying some bulghar this week but will maybe split the amount with the quinoa and keeps some of the oats – the texture was great!

Before forming...

Before forming…

Plus one more that I already cut into!  I am soooo bad about waiting until they cool completely!

Plus one more that I already cut into! I am soooo bad about waiting until they cool completely!

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