Archive for April, 2010

neighborhood living.

I am the new ‘un-mom’ at the morning moms club down at the bus stop. I’ll just tell you, I’m not used to this neighboor stuff. My employers have moved into a cul-de-sac. It’s been oh so very interesting.

(Apple fries? Are you serious?)


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mini Vacation.

I left town on Sunday, April 19th.
I traveled 129 miles.
I hugged my best friend.


She is amazing. I am so blessed to have her friendship. I cannot even begin to describe what a special time we had together. I spent four nights with her and her family. It was so much fun. And really, for only four days… we got a lot accomplished!
We baked scones…cinnamon oatmeal scones.
We drank tea. Boston tea. I almost forgot to pack that.
We milked goats. Well… I guess I didn’t. Grace and Mary Beth did.
We made an amazing gourmet dinner (well worth the wait, everyone agreed.). We made stuffed chicken breasts with wild rice and a tasty sauce and a balsamic salad dressing on fresh greens. It was oh so good. I don’t like mushrooms- the chicken was stuffed with a mushroom mixture- Lewis didn’t even know there were mushrooms- It was THAT good. We recieved an A++.
We weeded the strawberry beds. Oh so many weeds.
We scoured the milk room (that was invigorating!). Ah! runaway water! Bleached knees. Don’t know why we didn’t get out the squeegee earlier. I Loved that thing.
We stayed up untill 2 o’clock in the morning. I will never forget those long late night chats. I felt like we’d both grown up since I was last there. I seemed to be looking into a picture of two young women in conversation on a crisp white bed. Whispering, smiling, laughing, and enjoying each others conversation. I liked it ever so much.
We baked the most amazing cinnamon rolls. Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls. Devoured in no time and enjoyed by all!
Drank more tea…
We sewed ourselves some new summer skirts. I sewed button holes on a machine for the first time. It’s so easy! And addicting. I serged for the first time too! So professional, I know.
We listened to NewWorldSon.
We laughed. A lot.
….Yes, It was a very productive week.

Coming home and getting used to my own schedule again is kinda rough. My alarm woke me up at 6 o’clock this morning… I didn’t want to hear it.

There will be pictures of my mini vacation coming soon! Thanks to Mary Beth… the official photographer of the week. *smile*

I hope you all had a good weekend!

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I’ve been interviewed!

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Oven is hot.

I pre-heated my oven to 500° today. That is, I believe the hottest this oven has ever been.

I’ve been making Ciabatta Loaves. Two done and the last one baking. It smells like fresh artisan bread in this kitchen. Heavenly. I’m so glad I finally used a recipe from The Bread Baker’s Apprentice! It is an amazing book. (Thank you Allen for loaning me your copy!) I hadn’t baked bread in quite a while. I enjoyed going through the process of proofing, kneading, rising, shaping, and baking. I think I’ll start the next step too. Slicing and eating! Sounds good, right? If you’ve never made bread before, you should. It is a very rewarding task.

Fresh Bread is simply amazing. Who doesn’t love it? Seriously. Everybody loves it. (If you don’t, you should.)


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