Sunday, July 31, 2011

Slow stitching & baking

Finally!! The Summer installment of this sampler is done! We went on a camping vacation for 10 days and it was very hard to stitch on this. I truly did not want to get it dirty and camping by nature is very dirty :o)
Anywho, it is done now but with a pretty glaring error. The taller flower should be at the same height as the other full flower. I didn't notice this until I was stitching in the butterfly trail and by then there would have been quite a bit of pulling out. I just decided to leave it as is and make the stem longer. I'm not quite sure I like it this way and will decide at a later date if I should take it out and redo or leave it as a "design element".
Spring and Summer together. I can't wait for Fall - these are really nice patterns!
Something else I have been getting into is baking "real" bread. "Real" bread to me is bread that uses yeast and does not use a breadmaker. I have been wanting to do this for a very long time, but the thought of using yeast and getting everything the right temperature and kneading and all that was pretty daunting. A friend of mine awhile back was raving about this book so when I saw it at the library, I decided that I would give it a go. is AMAZING!! Very clear instructions and super easy to do....
Here is the dough rising. This is for four 1-pound loaves. Let it rise for a few hours, put it in the fridge for a while longer...
Pull off enough for one loaf of bread and put the rest back in the fridge for another day...shape and let rise for 40 minutes...
And PRESTO!! Bread. This is the very first loaf in the book, since then I have made many more loaves including a peasant bread recipe and olive bread. I can see that this is going to become super additive. All the kids, me and my husband love, love, love bread and this bread is super yummy! I would highly recommend this book!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Zucchini & Crookneck Sqush - what to do??

My garden runeth over with zucchini and crook neck squash. I am running out of ideas of what to do with all of them!!
I baked 10 breads two nights ago. 4 of them are from bananas that were past their prime, but the other six were from crookneck squash. Last week I made 6 loaves of zucchini bread and they have disappeared - it's MAGIC!
4 loaves of banana bread - I know boring compared with the others :o)
2 loaves of chocolate, chocolate chip crookneck squash bread
2 loaves of regular crookneck squash bread and 2 loaves with chocolate chips in them.
These are just out of the garden this morning with more on the vine. We have eaten them raw, fried, in salad, with pasta, with chicken....given gobs what??? My freezer can only hold so many loaves of bread along with the other food stuffs that we need! Any ideas.....?

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Summer fun & Romantique Sampler

WHEW!! These last 2 parts of the Romantique were finished last night. The due date is today! Why am I always cutting it so close?
Part 13
Part 12-my favorite part so far!
Romantique Sampler in all it's glory. I get the next two parts today :o)
Summer has been so much fun. We have just been hanging out and having a blast. It's been great to just follow along with what the kids want to do! Here J is having fun building with his blocks. He spent a whole day on this.
This is a fun craft I have been wanting to do with the kids for awhile. Use oil pastels (crayons work just as well, I just had these lying around) and cover a sheet of paper completely with big blocks of different colors.
Use black acrylic paint and paint over the entire thing, then before it dries, use a popsicle stick and draw your design. If you make a mistake, not a problem! Just run your paint brush over the paper to "erase" your mistake a go at it again :o) We did this for almost an entire day they loved it so much!
13 year old saying. Pretty cool huh?!
Shrinky dinks
They never got tired of watching these shrink up in the oven! We did this on and off for three days straight - all of the kids - it's nice when everyone has fun doing the same things. Other than crafts, we have had so much fun camping, going to the beach and spending oodles of time at the library. I LOVE SUMMER!!