Bread Recipe

Ya know, I have used this recipe for a really long time, but haven’t made it once since I moved to Iowa.  Our kitchen doesn’t feel right to me and I try not to be in there as much as possible.  But I realized that I have not posted this information for others to use.  It is the simplest version of bread and most versatile recipe ever!!  I can add anything to this to make it sweet or savory and the boys and I have always had fun molding our portions into interesting shapes.  It makes just enough to really fill you to the gills with warmth right out of the oven.

Daily Bread recipe:

1 c. warm water (for the yeast)
1 Tbls. yeast
1 tsp. honey

Combine in glass bowl/measuring cup to proof.

2 Tbls. to 1/4 c. oil
3 c. flour

Place in mixing bowl, add yeast mixture. Mix. Knead. Let rest for 10 minutes. Shape as desired on baking sheet(s). Cover. Let rise for 20 to 30 minutes. Bake at 425 F, for 10 to 13 minutes, depending on thickness. Remove from oven to cooling rack. Enjoy.

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Waterfall scarf, by One Skien Wonders

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Well, I finally finished this really neat scarf for my dear friend in MA. I started it in December 2010. I was hoping to have it done a lot sooner but I got distracted. Go figure.  It came out beautiful and I’m so glad I trusted the pattern. I’m not so good at trusting patterns but this one made me so curious. It was simply a scarf that every stitch was knit into the back of the stitch. Easy! But it all came down to the most unique bind off. Can’t really describe that, but you end up dropping stitches on purpose and having to make sure you pull then out the entire length of the scarf. Several of them. It opens this little scarf into a wide beautiful flowing piece. I was shocked and amazed. I love it and probably do another in a different yarn in the future.
It was sent off with a card and some lovely caramels from my local candy store, Sweetopia. Nom nom nom
I do hope she enjoys it and I hope it gets there before Valentines day.
I took a couple quick photos before sending it off just for record. I really hope she gets a photo of it with it on for me.

Knitting hats

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Lately I have been creating hats. I’ve yet to follow a pattern, but I’m loving designing them. Here’s two I’ve knitted up.
The green cabled hat was knitted in the flat then seamed up. Found a design on etsy and since ordering it turned into an overseas nightmare I decided to replicate it. I still have yet to figure out how to crochet a flower to applicae to it’s side.
Then I finished my knitting at the local yarn store while hanging out with the girls one day and got restless, so I pitched new needles and three yarns I liked and balled two together and began knitting this fun child like hat. It was challenging to get the brim of the hat so it wasn’t loose but I figured it out and had lots of fun doing it. I have so much more of that yarn left I think I’ll do a couple more hats with it in various designs.

New Year!

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Today is Imbolc. We celebrate this day having a variety of dairy nom noms, creative arts projects, and planting goals.
We had cheese spread and lemon curd on toast for breakfast.
Then we made felted soap.
We then had a lunch of too many types of cheese to list and veggies and summer sausage.
Later we planted our goals, by planting a seed for each goal we are working on this year, then lighting candles for each. We will tend the growth of our seeds just as we will tend our accomplishments this year.
Dinner was part fresh baked bread and luscious fresh fluffy butter!!! Oh so good!!

Today we survived a blizzard. Snow sucks but finally road maintenance figured out how to clear roads!!!!! Still need to learn the value of salt, but pavement seen immediatly after a snow storm is unheard of!!! It was amazing!!!