Mama Boule and her boule de bébé I am sure that is not the correct word for these smaller boule. Even petit boule would sound cute. Tomorrow, I am having breakfast boule de bébé with hot pepper jéllé.
Enough silliness on to my review of this Cookbook. The bread pictured above was made from one of the recipes in this Cookbook. If you like making an easy bread then you may like this cookbook. I am still on the fence with it for several reasons -not that original from the No-Knead Bread Cookbook -only 8 color pictures, I mean come on - one of the best parts of a cookbook is it's pictures. If I had known there were only just the few color pictures, I would have saved some money and bought the Kindle version of this cookbook. -I am a bit miffed because there is more than 5 minutes involved. I was irritated by the justification of the title throughout the book...if you don't count the mixing time, don't count the resting time, if you don't count the baking time. How about Bread in 5 Minutes a Day plus some extra time here and there.
Still I will keep this cookbook and make a few more of the different breads.
One more thing that annoyed me was the inclusion of recipes to fill out the book that were not bread, like Portuguese Fish Stew. If I want a recipe for mixed mystery fish floating around in hot water with an orange bobbling about, I will Google that recipe and I don't need it taking up space in a bread cookbook.
Fortunately I don't have to choose, but if I had to choose just one rose to nurture and sustain which one would it be. I do love my Maggie rose but the charm of the tiny blooms of Gartendirecktor Otto Linne and I do love Duchesse de Brabant. This picture of the lady and her Maggie has had me thinking all day about choices. All kinds of choices not just limited to roses but I do think about roses quite a bit.
I worked a little more on this painting. Now I wished I had used a stretched canvas (which I didn't have) but sometimes the need to paint happens with no regard to supplies at hand. Now to figure out what to do with it. this painting took it's own spin and turned into a mermaid. See the tiny ship cresting the top of her head. That was an accident but I liked it and left it. Maybe it was all the thought of the sea, water and mermaids but we have been having day after day of rain. This summer has been all too dry and I am just glad for rain. Speaking of glad, I am so happy that I tore up my entire front yard and went with xeriscaping. I have only a small thumbprint of grass and the rocky draws are working just liked I had hoped they would. They collect run off rain and hold it, slowly releasing it back into the ground. The rocky area on the bottom has water diverted to it from the house gutters and the top rocky area collects run off from the road. AND my tiny little baby plants that were planted this past Spring are starting to get bigger.
I will be listing more of these fragment earrings, so be sure to check back. Also I am having some issues with my server and am having problems getting emails to send, so I will catch up as soon as I get this resolved. I am still able to receive emails.
The one good thing that can be said for the severe drought we have had this summer, is that the fossil hunting has been excellent. I love hunting for fossils. This one is huge at 10 inches. this one has incredible colors and is also good sized many are complex with multiple fossils and this one some are tiny and with slight impression, this fossil is only 1/2" big most I can identify but some remain a mystery yes, I am sharing one of my most nerdy hobbies but I love it I still have my first fossil that I found when I was five. Finding my first fossil is clearly etched in my mind, digging around at the fossil made me late for my second day of first grade. My teacher was not as impressed as I was with my "find" that made me late for school and I was sent home with a note from the teacher pinned to my blouse. Most of my fossils end up in the fossil bed along the path to the fig garden and some end up on the bookshelves.
This weekend, I made some progress in the fabric journal and finished all the pages that I want to include in this book. Just the cover and binding remains. this chunky fabric book is nearly three inches thick all sorts of bits and pieces have been added to the pages it is a collection of tattered treasures collected over the years a piece of a quilt top that is whisper thin more hand stitching will be added so that the fabric will not blow away in the breeze even a dish towel was thrown in for good measure all of grandma's linens and towels had hand stitched blue birds on them someone emailed me a while back saying they just "don't get it" the whole idea behind a fabric journal I was asked what can you do with it, you can't write or draw on the pages. Well you could but this journal is about texture, pattern, the feel and love of fabric. In this journal, I will: -play with some hand stitching -pins things to the fabric (like the old numbered laundry pin above) -add some milagros, maybe -sew in pieces of lace -maybe sew in more fabric -stitch words here and there -sew beads -maybe add an old costume jewelry pin and on and on
Do you like Chai Tea? If so, you are going to go insanely crazy for this Chai Tea Mix. A perfect blend of spices, easy to make and sweetly guilt free. ------------------------------------------------
Chai Tea Mix
3/4 cup instant tea 1 cup Splenda
1 cup dry milk
1/2 cup dry creamer
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
Mix all in a large zip lock bag
2 to 3 heaping teaspoons into a mug of hot water
**that small amount of cayenne pepper is what makes this whole mix come together into the perfect Chai Tea Mix. So make like a chemist brewing a special potion and measure exactly. The balance of the spices to milk, cream, sugar and tea is perfection. ***You can use sugar in place of the Splenda but for this mix, I see no need to up the calories by using sugar.