Posts Tagged ‘Bread’

  • That my daughter met a new friend at the Farmer’s Market.  At four years of age they were, of course, instant best friends.
  • My husband is putting the baby to sleep more often.
  • Said baby isn’t hesitant to let us know her wants or not wants as the case may be.
  • Smiling faces upon waking since I am a grouch immediately upon waking.
  • Blossoms in the garden.
  • The excitement when an eagle is spotted on the property.
  • The young deer meeting up in front of our house and keeping away from the garden.
  • Finding a use for all the stinging nettles, a little late in season but I’m going to try cooking.  Apparently these area  powerhouse of nutrients and by golly I plan on making the most of this prolific weed as it’s growing more successfully than anything in my garden right now.
  • Bread baking tomorrow.
  • Canning next week when my mom visits for the week.  She was worried we wouldn’t have much to do – little does she know…!



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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.



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.


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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  • My “instant garden“.
  • Moonlight instead of streetlights.
  • That my daughter recognizes the sound of a woodpecking bird.
  • One crazy day of snow that was nearly gone within 24 hours.
  • Eating home cooked pinto beans instead of from a can – so much better and better for you (and your wallet).
  • That I do believe I’ve perfected my bread recipe.  Now, to refine the method…
  • That my daughter is OK with wearing mismatched socks.  I’m considering starting all over with only ONE color of socks for her.
  • Story time at the library.

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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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That was a close one.

I have this really old kitchen timer that’s kind of dirty and a little beat up.  You know the kind where you have to turn the dial past 30 minutes before setting the prescribed time?  It’s old school but I’ve had it forever and I love it.

But, I think for now, I need something a little more  – annoying, persistent, loud. (more…)

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