What's better than one chocolate cake? Two. Now, they may look the same but they are decidedly not.
Saturday, January 28, 2023
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Thursday, January 19, 2023
Third graders are back at the museum for their immersion into Lowell history. They spend two whole school days at the museum learning about Lowell through various activities. I help lead one of them. We work them hard and I'm sure when they get home at the end of the day they fall asleep in their mashed potatoes.
Saturday, January 7, 2023
Patience. I'm not known for it but I'm working on it and getting better. It's only with patience that a person can attempt to bake bread. I love bread. Good bread. My attempts at bread baking are a family joke but it does turn out, sometimes. I can do the cinnamon rolls and bunduki and small things but getting a loaf of bread to come out well and taste good, well, the success has been elusive. That doesn't mean I don't keep trying.
For Christmas I received a wonderful book called Breadsong by Al and Kitty Tate. At just 13 Kitty was suddenly consumed with anxiety and panic and couldn't seem to get out of it. Her parents tried everything. One day she watched her dad make a loaf of sourdough bread, one of those overnight in the cast iron pot things and it intrigued her and suddenly she had something to focus on. For the next couple of years her life, and that of her family was transformed by baking. It's really a wonderful read. In the back are her recipes.
As you might remember from my adventures with sour dough and the starter I named Montana which eventually went to live with my next door neighbor, I'm not looking for another pet. So, because you can't read the book and NOT want to bake bread, I started with their loaf called Biga Bread. The process was different for but I soldiered on.
I made a few for taste testing. The deal is to boil them till they float then saute them in butter. In Italy the pasta grannies pour melted butter over them instead of sauteeing them in butter. PH agreed with me, surprisingly, the King Arthur ones were better if you are going to eat them as pierogi are eaten. The others, the softer ones, I will place into the piva zupa (Polish Beer Soup) as we heat that up.
So, patience needed and applied and success.
We were looking forward to promised sunshine today. We haven't had sun since the beginning of December (yes, that's right ) and they promised today would be glorious but it was just as gloomy as the past weeks have been. It's like walking around with a pillow case over your head.
Quilting? I'm plugging away at the butterflies and last night started putting the little squares on the soon to be pillow top. Once you get the first square centered and sewn down, the rest can be lined up with that one so it goes well.
Tuesday, January 3, 2023
Christmas 2022 is in the books. We had the kids here for the 26th - 27th and had a wonderful visit. Our son is now initiated into the driveway club. I don't know how he's made it so many years without getting stuck but he's all caught up and a member in good standing now.
Friday, December 23, 2022
It's all everyone is talking about, the cold, the wind, the snow (we have just 4 inches here but other places closer to Lake Michigan have much more) and the cold. Did I mention the cold? This little blue jay is all puffed up trying to stay warm as the birds are eating me out of house and home. I want to open the door and let them all in the house. I've heard from Brian in England, Jenny in Australia, our son checked in from the other side of the state. The weather people have the maps all colored in pretty colors, and they are jabbering about nothing but telling people to go home and stay there. Of course there are plenty of people out there who are invincible.
Take care wherever you are and have a peaceful Christmas.
Monday, December 19, 2022
This is probably the last post before Christmas because things are ramping up and so am I. Baking is the name of the game around here. I ran out of room in the freezer so I put everything in coolers on the front porch because it's colder out there than in the freezer....and they are predicting (read: warning) the coldest temperatures in 40 years for this weekend, starting Thursday. With blizzard conditions thrown in for good measure. Why not? I'm sure no one has anything to do this week, right? Australia friends keep posting photos of your flowers and visits to the beaches and sleeveless arms and legs sticking out of shorts. It gives me hope.
And much, much fun we caught up on all the news in a two hour Christmas call with Brian (in England.) Here, he is in Italy in September and since then he's been to Portugal and Budapest.