Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sourdough Bread

A friend passed on the starter and recipe for this sourdough bread.
It is soooo easy, and equally delicious. 

When you first read the recipe it may seem confusing,
but after making a couple times, you will realize it's not so complicated.

First Time Starter Directions:
Mix 1 c. warm water, 1/2 c. sugar, 1 pkg. (2 1/4 tsp.) dry yeast, and 3 Tbs. instant potato flakes.
Let ferment on counter for two days. Then feed with starter feeder (below).
If you get starter from someone else, you can omit this step.

Sourdough starter...must be fed after every use:
¾ c. sugar 3 Tbs. instant potato flakes 1 c. warm water
Mix all ingredients slightly. Add to starter and let stand at room temperature for 8 - 12 hours.
Let set 3 days in refrigerator.
Make bread anytime from the 3 days to 10 days after feeding. If not convenient to make bread,
take out 1 c. starter and give it to a friend or just discard. Feed your starter and repeat process.
You will eventually accumulate an extra cup.

A.M. -mix the dough                P.M. -mix the dough
P.M. -make loaves      OR     A.M. -make loaves
A.M. -bake bread                 P.M. -bake bread
Sourdough Bread Recipe
6 c. bread flour (or all purpose flour) ½ c. sugar
½ c. corn oil, 1 c. starter, 1 ½ c. warm water, 1 tsp. salt

Mix all ingredients together in a large glass or plastic bowl. When it pulls away 
from the bowl as a large mass, it is just right. Now cover the dough w/ 3 Tbs. oil, smoothing over top, and turning dough over once to cover all w/ oil. Cover bowl lightly and let stand 8 - 14 hours until tripled in size. Now divide into three parts and 
knead each part 6-8 times on a floured surface, then let it rest for 2-3 minutes. 
Roll each part to 1 inch thickness, then roll them up jelly-roll style and place into 3 greased loaf pans. Cover all w/ oiled waxed paper and a dish towel. Let rise 6 - 8 hrs. till appx. doubled in size.  Bake @ 350 for 30 - 40 minutes to a golden brown. 
Remove from oven and brush with melted butter. Cool on rack. 
Slice w/ a bread knife when ready to eat. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Puzzle Set

One of the advantages of cleaning out...I came across this puzzle set 
that I played with in  the early 70's. Sure glad my Mom kept things like this for me.
I would have had more, but we had a garage sale one time, and I remember begging her
to let me sell my toys. She told me I would regret it one day, and yes...I sure do!
Probably made less than $20! Didn't realize the value of things then.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Sew Ready!

Finally have space to organize my fabric where I can see what I have.
It has been in tubs, and closets, and boxes, and bags...
Now it's time to make good use of it! 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Upcycled Newspaper

A bit of time and effort, and you can transform the common newspaper into these lovely blooms! I used a craft punch / die cutter to cut 4 sheets of newspaper at a time, and used 8-10 layers per flower. Insert a craft brad through the center to hold layers together. Then take the top layer, and gathering it up, pinch together with your fingers. Gather the next layer up around the first layer, and pinch tight. Repeat with all the layers till it looks like a flower. You'll get the feel of it soon enough. I took my flowers outside, and layed them on a sheet of plastic and spray painted them. Let flowers air out a bit as the paint fumes are very strong. Now you can use these blooms however you'd like...put a hair clip on the back, or a pin closure, or whatever you can imagine to do!


For the past week I've been quite preoccupied with cooking for our church daycare and academy Monday -Friday, and babysitting a precious 16-month baby around-the-clock. Her parents will return from their cruise on Saturday, and the regular cook will return in a few weeks, so I will have more time to work on my sewing and blogging.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Less Complicated

Remembering those days when things were less complicated...
when, as a child, I sat in the floor choosing which outfit my paper doll should wear.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

My Valentine

Thankful for my sweet husband.
He made my day very special
with so many thoughtful things
throughout the day.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sweet Find

Where never shone a flashlight...

I found this lamp hanging on a tree in the woods.
It had been there so long the bark had grown over it.
I recruited help to carve out the wood 
and retrieve the rusted relic.

My Dad helped me sand the frame,
and then we painted it with a flat black paint.
I remember the exact spot where we worked.
He finally found the red chimney to fit it
high on a shelf at an old general store.

I have cherished it ever since.
Not because it's priceless,
But because of the memories.
The memories of the find and the save,
and those dear ones involved in the process.  

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Burst of Bloom

  Another credit to the Creator! 
Blooms bursting forth
with their individual patterns in the center...
always a welcome treat!

Monday, February 11, 2013


creative  (kriːˈeɪtɪv)

having the ability to create

characterized by originality of thought; having or showing imagination
I never tire of discovering variety in God's creation!   

Saturday, February 9, 2013


Remembering the labor-intensive task of cutting out individual pieces by hand, stitching each seam, even picking cotton and preparing it for batting, sewing the lining into a large, bulky frame, and spending many more hours to quilt it with neat, even stitches... such is the way my mother and her mother and grandmother made quilts. Though this one doesn't compare to their beautiful masterpieces, nevertheless I am thrilled to have started and finished this project with no major complications. Now for the next challenge!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


Surely any day
would be brightened
by these lovely tulips...

but even better
than their beauty
is the fact that
a friend surprised me
with such thoughtfulness!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Slowly But Surely

Still working on the baby quilt that I started last week, but the top is finally pieced together, and that's the most time-consuming part. Hope to post a picture of the finished product soon, and move on to my next project!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Vintage Valentines

Remember making cardboard mailboxes to collect Valentines from your classmates?

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Familiar Feathers

The Waxbills who fill our home with lovely little twitters from sunrise to sunset.  

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Fresh Lemons

Last season's lemons
just picked yesterday
and squeezed
into lemonade.

Barely any pucker-power...
Simply juicy fruit!  

Friday, February 1, 2013

Amaryllis Valentine

It was a nice day today, and I've been noticing little bits of green popping out here and there. Spring is coming!  So my son and I worked at cutting some of the dried canna stalks, pulling up spent zinnia plants, trimming the lavendar, and just clearing out here and there. In doing so, I found this broken stalk of Amaryllis, and when I brought it inside I was reminded of a Valentine.  Actually, there will be four nice blooms, as there are already two large buds showing (left & right) and two smaller buds (front & back). I sat it on the kitchen window sill in anticipation of the grand opening :-)