Saturday, August 27, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Oops, didn't get that other sock folded down before the picture this morning.
Jon walked her to her classroom this morning. She brought her teachers flowers from our garden as per family tradition. I can't wait to go pick her up from the bus stop and hear all about her first day.
I've missed her like crazy today. She's been such a helper this past week as I've started back with daycare (I do daycare only during the school year).
I'm excited to see what this year holds for her.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
A few weeks ago I saw that some shelving units were listed. I've really needed more shelving for our playroom but sturdy shelves are expensive. I picked up the free shelves in hopes of making them work.
There were 3 vertical shelves (I have them on their sides) and one vertical cabinet. I needed to repair the backs of a few of them but otherwise they were in good shape.
Monday, August 15, 2011
First I turned off the water shut-offs under the kitchen sink... one of which started leaking.
Thank goodness Lowes stays open until 9:00. I dash off to Lowes to get a new faucet confident that Jon and I can figure this out.
After I get home with the new faucet, Jon and I watch a youtube video on how to replace a faucet. Okay, we can do this.
I look under the sink and realize that our connections don't look like the ones in the video. Great. I try to figure out how the faucet is connected to the sink. I send a picture to Mark and Mom hoping they are familiar with this strange connection.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The loaves should be a bit higher but I let it rise too long and they deflated a bit in the oven
Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread (adapted from King Arthur's Vermont Whole Wheat Oatmeal Honey Bread)(Makes 2 loaves but I often double it to make 4 loaves. The bread freezes well.)
2 1/4 cups boiling water
1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup brown sugar (I used coarse evaporated cane juice)
1 Tbsp. honey
1/4 cup butter (I use Earth Balance)
1 Tbsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. yeast
5 1/2 cups flour* (I use a combo of white whole wheat and whole wheat but use whatever flour you like)
*2Tbsp. vital wheat gluten if using whole wheat flour (aids in rising)
In a large mixing bowl, combine water, oats, sugar, honey, butter, salt, and cinnamon. Let cool until lukewarm.
Add the yeast and flour (and wheat gluten if using), stirring to form a rough dough. Knead for about 10 minutes until the dough is smooth. Transfer the dough into a lightly greased bowl, cover the bowl with a damp towel or greased plastic wrap. Allow dough to rise for 60-90 minutes.
Divide dough in half, and shape each half into a loaf. Place the loaves in two greased standard loaf pans. Cover the pans with lightly greased plastic wrap or a damp towel and let the loaves rise until they've crowned about 1 inch over the rim of the pan, about 1 hour.
Bake the loaves in a preheated 360* oven for 33 minutes (or at 350* for 35-40 minutes). Remove them from the oven when they're golden brown and the interior registers 190* on an instant read thermometer.
Monday, August 8, 2011
I encourage everyone to check their local PBS listing to see what time Food Inc. will be shown August 9th and watch. I'd love to hear your thoughts after you watch it.
**Edited to add... Looks like some local PBS stations are showing Food Inc. on other dates. If you watch PBS on UNC-TV (my local station), Food Inc. will be shown August 12th at 2:00am. I hope you have TIVO if you're not a night owl. ***
Friday, August 5, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
This picture was taken with my old camera. A fine camera that I thought took great pictures until I got my new camera.
Since my old camera died while hiking in the Smoky Mountains. I finally decided on the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC WX9. I got it on Amazon.com for $189. It got great reviews and had features that I wanted like a setting just for food pictures!
Here are some pictures I took with my new camera this morning. I can't believe the difference in picture quality. Of course, I had better lighting in this mornings pictures but it's the other details that I noticed too. The close up focusing is amazing with this new camera.