Backyard

1st Time

Hi everyone! Well I did it! Oh and it was truely fun plus scarey at the same time – bread making.

I actually did hear it sing !!!

I found a very simple recipe for Lean Bread from Peter Reinhart’s Artisan Breads Every Day, p 46. I used my stand up mixer with a dough hook.

Lean Bread

5 1/3 cups (24oz) unbleached bread flour – I used King Arthur Bread flour

2 teaspoons course kosher salt

2 teaspoons instant yeast

2 1/2 cups lukewarm water (95 degrees) yes I used a thermometer

Here are the results…I attempted to make several shapes and sizes.

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Art of Bread Making

well it’s winter here in the northeast of U.S. and the winds are strong. Snow fall has been minimal with snow storms arriving this weekend. It’s time to start to rock a new project to get me though these winter days—-

I’ve been thinking “bread” and the possibilities of making several kinds.  I’m impressed with the varieties sold at the local bakery and even my grocery store.  However, I’m concerned with all the ingredients that I cannot even pronounced and the price is a bit high for my lifestyle.  So I’ve decided to invest a bit of $’s and explore the art of making bread.

my adventure begins with a pizza propane oven that is portable and is tall/wide enough for a bread to rise.

So here is the oven! It is perfect.  So far it has heated up to 600 degrees.

I’ve tested it out by baking pretzelS.

Pretzels were tasty, soft and a crunchy outer crust.

please join me as this new winter adventure unfolds. Let’s explore the possibilities together with your comments, suggestions and bread stories.

Lets’ rock 2019 with Bread making…

Sharing Our Salvation

Our backyard has become our place of rest and excitement at the same time.  We have several different seating areas so we can never be bored.

The views include the grapes vines and back field, the zen garden with the birds taking constant baths, the pond refuge for the birds, chipmunks, dragonflies and who ever else visits, several eating and cooking areas and a perennial garden along an existing stockade fence.

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Marigolds from seeds from my BFF place.  The prayer mantis is enjoying himself.

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The milkweed pods have blossum.  Created this original natural pond environment to help the bees and butterflies.  So far the milk weeds are growing and multiplying, bees are visiting and a few moths. No butterflies yet.  However, they will come.

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Absolutely gorgeous Daylily showing off her blossoms. imageimage

These trumphet vines are shouting out to the world…hello!!!  Absolutely a beautiful growing vine.  It took a few years to get to this growth.

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Another beautiful lily given to me several years ago by a very special friend who has passed.

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Received a piece of this plant (coreopsis) several years ago by a coworker.  They are absolutely beautiful and in full blossum during the month of July.

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Proud of my baby clematis.  Planted them in a shallow pots 2016 and hoping they will grow into strong plants.  My vision includes having a wall of clematis.

Thinking about transplanting them in deep pots.

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My rose that represents love and friendship of another friend who has passed – Gail.  image

This is one of my favorite plants -mandevilla. I finally brought one this spring 2016 and I’m loving it’s beauty.  I hope I can save it though our cold winter months.

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Ah the tiger lily.  These came from my childhood homestead.  They are stunning and live to be surrounded by each other.

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My prize lily.  Planted the bulb in a container and this is what it produced!  Absolutely beautiful.  Mid June blossum.

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These are lilies I had planted in my moms flower garden.  They multiple and bloom every June.  The same month my mom went to heaven to do to her angel work.

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My hobbit greenhouse.  It’s pretty empty at this time (mid July).  I have a few kale growing in pots and some spinach seeds bursting through. I ordered 2 6ft tables to set up in their for my fall crops.

Iris waking up in the morning - giving thanks

Iris waking up in the morning – giving thanks

Well that’s my walk about at the moment. Hope you enjoyed.

Cheers