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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Obsessed with Homemade Bread!!

This is such a simple bread recipe.  I've been making it a lot because I love the aroma of home made bread.  I got it from a friend last week. 

Here's the recipe:

Preheat the oven to 450 F
3 cups of white flour (preferably organic)
1 1/2 cups of water
2 teaspoons of salt, or 3 for more taste
1 yeast packet or 1 1/2 teaspoons of yeast

Use a fork to mix the ingredients.  This recipe calls for using a dutch oven, but I don't have one, so I let the bread rise overnight or for at least 3-4 hours in a glass bowl.

Then grease a glass bread pan with spray canola oil.  Transfer the bread from the bowl to the pan and shape it so it lays evenly.

Place in the oven for approximately 20-25 minutes or until a knife comes clean after poking.

If you have a dutch oven:

  • Line the dutch oven with parchment paper
  • For rising, cover the dutch oven with a lid
  • Remove the dough from the dutch oven and put the dutch oven in at 450 F by itself for 20 minutes
  • Remove the dutch oven and place the bread inside with the parchment paper lining and cover and put back into the oven at 450 for 20 minutes.

I have not tried this method, so I cannot attest to it.  As soon as I do, I'll let you know!!

Happy Baking!!

Caio for now!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Painting Products

Here are a few links to products that I'm selling through TeeSpring and Zazzle!!

Take a look!!!


I have posted about this before, when I first started on this spring blanket.  Yes, I still love the colors/hues, but I'm getting more frustrated with what I call the "flubs" in the yarn.

I don't need this blanket to be perfect, but I really don't want blue in the orange area.  Yes, this is done by machine and most skeins go without a quality check.  I will continue on, even with the "flubs"  I thought that I'd crochet some daisies to attach to the flubs to cover them up.

Ciao for now!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Yay for Spring!!!

Happy Spring!!!!  Well, tomorrow.....!  I love love love spring!!  The new life that comes into the trees and plants; bulbs that pop up that I had forgotten I planted and then realized they are in the wrong place!!  Ha Ha!!

I have been away too long with asthma issues and medication that makes me either feel non-productive or over-productive.  I've done a lot of paintings, but just a little crochet and knitting.

Isn't this little one cute??!!  I like painting birds and can't wait to start this one.  I got new paint brushes last week so that I can accomplish more details in my paintings.  I love them.  Also I got some liquid water colors as opposed to brick-like paints I have been using.  I am learning, though, that brand is everything.  My art teacher shared a red with me that is many notches above my paints, and wow!  It even seems shiny.  Well, soon soon.
Right now I am drawing a blank on the name of this plant.  I got it at the grocery store along with some pink tulips and a white hyacinth.
These are the tulips.  Aren't they beautiful....with that strip up the middle of each petal?!  Yes, I can't want to paint this one!!

Caio for now!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Knitting Needles Break??

This is my own design!!  I was feeling so excited about it and couldn't wait to blog it until......I leaned over to pat my dog and one needle broke into pieces.  No, my belly isn't that big!!  They are plastic, yes, but I loved them, and had just thought about how fast I could knit with them.  They have a tapered tip which made knitting with them a dream for me.

I got these needles and many others, including lots of yarn from a mom I met when my daughter was horse back riding, which helped a lot with her anxiety.  The mom brought in a huge garbage bag of many, many different types of yarn.  I was humbled.  She said she had arthritis and could no longer knit.  I felt so sad for her and I could tell that by giving me that bag, that she was ready to stop staring at her stash in sadness.

I think of her every time I use any of that yarn or a pair of cool knitting needles.  Oh, by the way, this is a beanie that I sorta made up as I went along.  I used the yarn I got in a Darn Good Yarn monthly yarn box subscription.  I think it was silk and recycled plastic.  The pattern for that month was a little knit pouch, but I didn't really want to do that, so I started this beanie.  The purple is Caron Simply Soft by Yarnspirations.  Yes, an interesting combo, but it just may work!!

Stay tuned!!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Spring Please!!!!

Oh spring, where are you?  It has been below zero for the last 3 mornings with just a few inches of snow.  The furnace isn't keeping up and the warranty company is giving me a headache.

These pictures are from Flower Patch Farmhouse.  I get their newsletter by email and I plan on ordering some seeds from them this year.  I have never been very lucky with morning glories, mostly because the Colorado soil is like mud/cement and really isn't conducive to much but drought tolerant plants.  The best thing to do is plant in raised beds with store-bought soil.

Vegetables don't do too badly in cement soil.  Peas, carrots and kale actually do quite well.  There is a lot of clean up to do in the back yard and in the gardens.  It's overwhelming.  I spent most of fall in the hospital and wasn't able to get anything done.

I am making my way with the The Harper Wool Jacket.  On big needles with thick wool, I can only do so much at a time.  I've separated the sleeves and am now working on the body.  More updates soon!

It's been a quiet morning as the kids and the dogs have slept in.  Off to botanical painting class!!

Take care, Heather