Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Who Ever Said?

Housekeeping is not a job. Which idiot ever came up with the idea that women needed to join the "WORK FORCE." Whoever it was must have not had a mother, or ever eaten a home made meal. That's just pitiful really. It is the middle of the week and I have been very busy on my home front. I realized today that I had not posted, or read anyone's blogs and am behind in that.
It's a strange thing how real ya'll have become to me. I begin to feel that I am neglecting my friends and must make time to go a callin.

But it's harvest time. Even though my garden has pretty much run a muck from "benign neglect," it's still making a few items. Kayla is going to tie these together and we will hang them in the kitchen to dry. In the winter they will be good for chili and cornbread. Makes my mouth water just to think about it.

I had to do something with the wheat bread that was about to get really stale. I am baking more than my family can eat. I need to come up with a little marketing plan. In the mean time a big pan of baked french toast produced a lot of contented sighs, and those oooohhh and ahhhhhh, and yummy; that this mom loves to hear. We even indulged in a bit of real maple syrup, compliments of Rosie Kate.

This a loaf of sourdough bread. My first with the starter from King Arthur's. It's cooling right now.

Beef soup and pinto beans, bread and tea. Just some work from today.

A close up shot isn't it pretty?

This one is getting a little bit funny shaped, I really don't understand how to shape a boule. My book describes this tucking motion that I need to see demonstrated. The basket made pretty cool looking rings on the top. We will find out tonight if its good. I tried sliding the dough with the parchment paper off a cookie sheet, now that was a good trick that worked pretty well. This morning I fed starters and poured some into a little crock. Later I came back and the thing had gone crazy like the blob, my counter top was covered in starter and it was just percolating away! Pretty funny. I cleaned up, which started a clean the whole kitchen thing; and tucked that little happy camper into the refrigerator to "retard" it a little.

Meanwhile on the outside of the house, the Hunny is busy too. This will be a cabinet for the utility room. I have been cleaning that room up this week as well. You cannot clean and blog, nope. Now I know that ya'll have messes to tend too. HAH! See I knew it!! I have been busting my buns over here. You really don't want to know about it.

In my "spare" time I managed to go by the thrift store. Not too often because I will find something for sure. This little cutie was just waiting to come home with me. It's really going to get pretty with a new coat of white paint. Once painted will it be outdoors or in, that is the question. It is saying "porch me" right now.

And now dear ones I must be off to finish cooking and do more laundry! I stripped 2 beds today and am washing everything, blankets, quilts, pillows the whole shootin match! Every now and then we need to clean the linens if they "need it or not". That's what they used to say about taking a bath once a month in the old days. I think (pause scratches head) something along those lines; you do get it, I know. Your smart like that I have every confidence in you. Now go get busy and do some work.


Anonymous said...

You inspire me... and you make me HUNGRY!!!

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

You are amazing. I'm tired just looking and thinking of all you have done. The peppers will look so pretty strung. Love the rocker. Be sure to post a photo of it when it's been painted.

Flea said...

Google that tucking motion and click the video link at the top when your results appear.

I know what you mean about needing to go visit in the blog world. I miss my friends, too. :) Hi, friend!

Tricia said...

You made me smile today. Thanks. God bless.

Chris H said...

I think I would feel dreadful If I neglected to check up on what all my internet freinds were up to! They (and you) certainly become like 'family'.
Work... yep it's never ending ....

Twisted Fencepost said...

Been busy around here, too.
We are smack dab in the middle of a remodeling project and I have family stopping in this weekend. Trying to get it all done before, and more problems keep arising. Drives me nuts!!!

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Karey Swan said...

Thanks for my chuckles for the day - good for the spirit. I need to get busy tho ... back to the women's home work force! (Not forced, as there's "No Place Like Home", it's where I prefer to work.)

Farmgirl Paints said...

Hi Girlie,
Looks like you've been busy. If you make too much food for your could always ship some up here to mine;) As always looked so yummy. Thanks for all of your sweet comments this week. I love hearing from you.

Rosie_Kate said...

Go to this site:

and at the bottom of the page are some videos. One of the demonstrates shaping technique. These videos are how I learned to shape my loaves.