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Warning: Picture heavy post….

My new obsession is reading craft and cooking blogs. I’m not sure how this came about, maybe it’s that I’m 32. My theory is that it’s because I’m 32, have a kitchen that I can move in, and I hear that little tick-tock in the back of my head.

So anyway, back to these food and craft blogs. My brother turned me onto That was the catalyst. Then last winter, after I moved into my first grown-up apartment with a living room and bedroom separated by a wall, I got the itch to bake bread. It’s all down hill from there. I started reading all about bread. See, I had never made bread before and I steered clear of any recipe that involved yeast. Sometimes there is this little scaredy cat living deep down inside me and that cat keeps me from doing things that look complicated by telling me that it’s too hard and I might screw it up. Stupid cat. How am I going to learn if I don’t mess up once in a while, right?

Getting back to the topic at hand… I started making bread. I bought some yeast packages and set to work. I screwed up a couple of times. Once I forgot salt. I learned the art of an egg wash. And a little bit of extra flour won’t hurt a thing.

My newest favorite bread recipe comes from Alicia Paulson. I love her site. I want her life. Everything in her kitchen is pretty. She spends her days making pretty things…and her husband helps. (I need to get me one of those.) and they live in beautiful Portland. (I’m dying to visit there.) Anywho…This honey oat bread is AWESOME! It calls for proofing the yeast. To proof the yeast, you mix it in warm sugar water until it bubbles. It’s SO neat!

It goes from this…..









To this….


















I’m not sure you can see this, but there is about a half inch foam on top. After it proofs, I add a little bit at a time to my flour mixture. I mix it with a spatula until all the liquid has been added. Then I knead with my hands right in the bowl. I’m a little paranoid about rolling and kneading on my counters. I’m having a hard time keeping the cats off the counters and I don’t feel that they ever get clean enough sooo…I knead in the bowl. If the dough is still too sticky after I’ve finished kneading and mixing, I add a tablespoon of flour. I keep one of those big soup spoons in my flour jar for just this occasion. Usually, a tablespoon is the perfect amount.

Don’t you just love my measuring cup? It use to be my grandmothers! 🙂

When everything is mixed, I spray cooking spray in a bigger bowl and transfer the dough. It looks like this….









Then cover….

With a wet towel. I set my on the stove because it’s warm. I have a gas range….Love it! The dough rises fast!








Soon it looks like THIS! 🙂









And after you bake it, it looks like this!

This is fresh out of the oven.









And it goes well with THIS! 🙂 

<—Beef stew









I just got this dutch oven this week. I was so excited to make this!










This is ginger ale and was an experiment. Turned out that the BF liked it so much and was so intrigued that yeast could carbonate that he insists that we always have it in the house. This is where the yeast farts come in. When he found out what the carbonation was, he said, “so basically, yeast farts.”

This is our dinner tonight, what’s yours?

Live Long and Prosper!

P.S. I don’t have the perfect apartment nor the perfect life, so please excuse my meager surroundings. I make due with what I have…and I love it all! 🙂


I have possibly made the most perfect loaves of bread I’ve ever seen in my family! They are beautiful! My apartment smells like grandma’s kitchen and I can’t wait for them to cool a bit so we can eat them!

I’ve also decided to start selling my knitting. I have a few things that I have designed myself and plan on putting them up for sale in the near future. I’ve been commissioned to make a couple of kid hats that resemble the Yo Gabba Gabba characters. I received the yarn yesterday and will cast on tomorrow! I’m super excited and I’m planning on making a bunch of them seeing as though I know a lot of people with kids. 🙂 Wish me luck!

Live Long and Prosper!

I completed a bunch of knitting projects yesterday. Like this….

Which is actually a lace scarf that looks like this….

Can you see the lace pattern? I’m so proud of this. This is my own design …. kinda. I took the stitch from a book but made it into the amazing cowl above. I’m thinking about making a slouch hat in a stitch from that book.

This is my own idea…

It’s actually needle felted! The cowl above and this pin will be shipped to my grandmother.

Today is bread making day! I found a bread recipe on this blog that I would like to try to make today. I’m hoping that my wheat flour will suffice when her recipe calls for wheat pastry flour. I’m not sure what the difference is. I’m still new to this bread making thing. My starter, “Carl”, is out and warming up to room temperature and should be ready to use by the time I get home. 🙂 So, by the end of the day I hope to have three loaves of bread made and my green lace scarf started…without mistakes. This is my lace….

Swift made by Dad, one of a kind Lorna's Laces lace

Please pay no attention to the cat toy mess in the background! This lace took me an HOUR to wind! My hand kept cramping and then I would drop the ball… LOL no pun intended. This is MINE! ALLLLLL MINE! 🙂 I’m excited to get started. I had a rough go of it yesterday so I frogged it and I’ll try fresh today!

Live Long and Prosper!

I fully intend on enjoying this day.

I won’t rush to do anything.

I will make my fudge, sourdough bread, sloppy joes, and finish my “Shoe Pillow”.

I MAY do laundry but I may not.

I will allow my boyfriend to play video games without complaint and I won’t interrupt him for stupid things to get him killed in his game.

I will try to get my Italian Bread made as well.

I WILL NOT be in bed by 7pm.

I may read…..I may not read.

I am happy for this day that my Lord has made.

I TOTALLY saw Patrick Stewart the other night at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra! He narrarated the Oedipus Rex opera done by Stravinsky. I just about exploded from excitement! 🙂

Live Long and Prosper!

Are my dreams trying to tell me something?

The past few nights I have had the most crazy dreams. All seem relevant to what I am feeling. …. Paranoid. I’m not comfortable going through those emotions right now. Some of them were pretty harsh….

On a lighter note… Look what I was able to do this weekend…

It was yummy and delicious. We watched Amelie and ate a loaf of bread with jam and cheese. I ate the cheese, the boy ate the jam.  They are ugly as sin, but they are yummy!

Live Long and Prosper!

So.. It’s the beginning of the new year and the CTA is doing their budget crunch samba. There have been subtle changes in the past couple of months. The biggest one that I recognize is the train conductors. When they are at a stop and ready to close the doors, the little ding-dongy sound doesn’t do it for them anymore. They have to announce it over the PA;  “Attention CTA customers, Please do not attempt to board the train, the doors are closing”.

I understand why they started doing that. A few months ago, some stupid woman tried to get her stroller on the train as the doors were closing and the doors closed on the stroller and dragged the stroller and the baby down the tracks. The baby landed on the tracks…thankfully she was not hurt. But now, as usual, ONE has ruined it for the rest of us! *head slap*

My question is… why do they call us customers? That is my main transportation. I don’t feel like a customer. I feel like I would if I were to get into my car. I feel strange when they say that. Why not call us passengers? That is true, too.

Well, my bread is rising and in 30 minutes will be in the oven. EEP! I’m excited. I hope it turns out. It doesn’t look like it’s risen much, but then again I’m only doing one loaf. So, we’ll see.

Live Long and Prosper!