A Southern thunder shower.
My four days off are over and it's back to work tomorrow. I have been busy living life more than writing about it with a bad case of spring fever. We have already had some heat. I tried to take a picture of a thundershower but my camera isn't good enough to catch it. We have the most amazing storms. Most of the time I really enjoy them.
We have been busy in the garden. When we first moved here 9 years ago we planted 36 roses. Over time fungus and disease have decimated that collection and the scrawny sick bushes gave me so much grief that we have been digging them up to go to the curb. I used one of the empty holes for rhubarb. The rest the Hunny wants to let grass grow back in so he can quit weed whacking so many areas.
The garden is sprouting and the excitement is growing.
Something is wrong with my camera every picture is blurry.
With all this heavy rain I do believe we are going to be having a bit of fun and some happy accidents in the garden. It looks like watermelon is coming up in the lettuce patch.
Another project this weekend is working on this.
We are working on this old mission rocker. I've had it for over 39 years. It's tiger eye oak. The Hunny sanded it, took apart the loose pieces, re glued it, and fixed it up to be a sound seat again. I stained it this weekend. On the out door "dining table".With all the rain why not bake?
Lots of folks have been showing how they bake bread. I am lazy I love my Bosch.
I have shown this before but you may want to watch again. I am having a problem with my loaves. Maybe you have a solution.
The basics for bread. Water not shown.
Nice warm, freshly ground flour, Prairie Gold white wheat. Courtesy of the Hunny who has become the resident wheat miller. Men are so smart. He is using his air compressor to blow the mill clean!
Well it's a blurry picture but I am adding yeast to warm water and honey directly into the Bosch.
The proofed yeast, bubbling like mad. I add my salt after all of this.If I wait until the flour I tend to forget.
Stop adding flour when the dough pulls cleanly from the sides. It'll happen all of a sudden.
Can you see the edge of the bowl ? No dough stuck to it. Now the lid goes on and it runs for 7 minutes on low. It comes out soft as a baby's butt.
Then the dough goes into a lightly oiled bowl to rest or autolyse. I like to let my bread age before baking it. The bowel is covered with a clean tea towel. This is a loaf of my last batch, look at the sides.
These are smaller than usual to see if the splits will stop and also to make pizza for dinner.
Notice the split in the side? This is driving me crazy, oh yeah, a short walk.
I am trying to figure out why my bread rises and splits on the sides like this. I was reading in my King Arthur cookbook and it mentioned that people who bake often may need to reduce the quantity of yeast in their dough. In their bakery they use half the amount because the kitchen is cultivated with wild yeasts from frequent baking. Could it be? I made smaller loaves thinking it was too much dough in the pan but the same thing happened. It might be the yeast! My bread rises fast for being a whole grain bread dough. Any seasoned bakers out there have any thoughts on this?
It doesn't hurt it, the taste is good the texture is fine, it just bugs me. I like a perfectly shaped loaf I am neurotic like that. I read a lot of yummy sounding recipes today and will be venturing out with some new breads soon.
The wind chime is a work in progress. We bought a piece of copper pipe in the plumbing section and the Hunny is going to saw it into 4 equal lengths. He suggested un equal lengths to have a variety of sounds. I don't know if it is even going to sound like anything at all! There are six holes on the dumb bell and I got enough pipe for 4 cuts. Maybe I should get another piece of thinner pipe and have 3 thin and 3 thick in different lengths. I could stagger the heights and make a nice looking effect. As I said before this is going to be the most expensive wind chime ever. So much for home made being less! You know we just can't compete with "made in China."
So where is your spring fever leading you?