Outside, the rain sometimes comes down so hard, we have to talk louder, and it feels like a miracle that the roof holds. It makes for a coziness and a gratefulness, too, that you have the choice to not be out in it. You can sit at the table and look out the window and not have to feel what you see.
Yesterday, I did some bread baking using THIS recipe for country white bread. Instead of making the third section of dough into a loaf, like the other two below, I braided it together to make the fun bread pictured above! :)
It's a delicious bread to try! If, however, you are looking for a bread recipe that doesn't take quite as much time as that one does...I recommend Cuban Bread (that I have made and pictured in THIS post). This recipe comes from the book: The Tightwad Gazette II.
5-6 c. all purpose flour
2 T dry yeast
2 T sugar
1 T salt
2 c. hot water (120-130*)
1 T sesame or poppy seeds (I didn't have these at the time, so I just left them off!)
Mix 4 cups of the flour with the yeast, sugar, and salt. Pour in hot water and beat 100 strokes, or 3 minutes with a mixer. Stir in the remaining flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Knead 8 minutes. Place the dough in a greased bowl, and cover with a damp towel. Let rise 15 minutes. Punch down. Divide into two pieces. Shape into two round loaves and place on a baking sheet. Cut an X 1/2 in. deep on top with a sharp knife. Brush with water and sprinkle with seeds. Place on the middle shelf of a cold oven. Place a cake pan of hot water on the lowest shelf. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake 40-50 minutes until a deep golden brown.
****It is the perfect bread to have with soup, dips or pasta...or just as a snack dish! :) Plus, it only takes an hour and 15 minutes ~ from start to finish (and the largest chunk of that time is baking!).
Some warmth from inside my home...
A sweet-smelling candle, a gift from my mom! :)
A corner of the kitchen...
A little helper...
A mild-enough day to open the windows, letting the breeze blow in, gently...
Clothes, brought in, fresh from the line...
Last evening, Madelyn and Jaxson played *hookey* from our church's play practice (although they both have played their parts, each year, for such a long time that they could almost be designated professionals, anyway!) to go with Chris's parents (Ma and Pa) to watch how sap from maple trees gets boiled into maple syrup! It was a great educational experience for them and I was happy they got to go! Xavier chose to go to play practice because he "wants to make sure he does a really good job in the play, this year!". I was okay with that, as well...glad that he was taking his role seriously!
I am looking forward to receiving this lovely apron, I found on etsy, in the mail soon....
I associate aprons with *making my house a home*. Wearing them over my clothing makes me smile. :) Oh! Oh! And I must share with you, before I go, a place I found online, last evening, that I just love. Now, I truly *do* need to get my own sewing accomplished...but until then...THIS shop I found has some beautiful items that I adore. I have contacted them about possibly ordering a few things! :)
Well, I really must go. Despite the gloomy weather outside, I still have things that need to be done...including getting to see my niece (Have you seen pictures of her lately? Oh my...she is growing so quickly and is as-sweet-as-can-be! Like THIS one...or THIS one...or even THIS short video!). So...off I go! I hope you have a great weekend!!!
He must increase, but I must decrease. ~John 3:30