Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Slow the Heck Down, Day!

I should have loaves of fresh bread to show you by now, but truth to tell, I just got them into the loaf pans to rise. Do ya ever wonder how times flies by so fast? It seems that by the time I got home from picking up my co-op order (many thanks to my dear husband for lending muscle power to this gargantuan task) and putting it away, I had to fix us some lunch.

Snow did start around one o'clock. Big, beautiful flakes coming down like it really meant it. I don't know if you can actually see the flakes in the above picture or not. Why is it that a photo (at least with my simple camera --- and simple operator) doesn't ever show how heavy the flakes are?

This was taken out my quilt studio window through screen and all. (Where I spent about 30 minutes today right after lunch.)

The large flakes have stopped now but it continues to snow lightly and steadily. We have about an inch accumulation so far. If we can get a couple/few inches, I think it would help the terrible ice conditions. IF it turns out to be a snow that has a little "grip" to it that is.

I've got pork chops cooking for dinner tonight and a little bill paying I should do at the desk while I'm here. (If I can just locate the bills --- oi vey, the mess my desk top is.) The bread I decided to make is Oatmeal Bread and I'll post some pictures later if the baked loaves are presentable. Sue over at "Sue's Journal - The Other Stuff" called me inhuman (da noive of da woman!) because I can make homemade bread and then not eat a slice or two, so even though it's going to be a HUGE (H.U.G.E.) sacrifice, I'm going to eat a piece of warm Oatmeal Bread when it comes out of the oven. I mean, I HAVE to, right??

16 comments:

Susan said...

It's amazing how fast a day can go, isn't it? And just what huge/gigizmo things did you get from co-op??? I don't mind being tortured. Show me your bread!!!

Mama Pea said...

Susan - What did I get from the co-op? Nothing exciting or very interesting: canned tomatoes (remember I can't grow enough to can myself -- wah!), breakfast turkey sausage patties, black olives, 25# of rice, chicken hot dogs, bulk cheese, coconut milk, dishwashing soap, toothpaste, shampoo. See? I told you it wasn't exciting.

Be patient, m'dear. Bread is still rising.

Sparkless said...

My day has gone too fast too. My husband took the kids skiing for the day so I had the house to myself. Do you think I got anything done?

I need to buy some more whole wheat flour so we can make some more buns. We use the bread maker to make the dough and then form the buns, let rise and cook them in the oven. It's so easy.

Jane said...

I have been down and out with a terrible cold. Let me tell you that time does NOT move at all when you are flat on your back begging for this thing to pass. So be carful for what you wish for :)

Sue said...

I wouldn't say "inhuman" as much as I would say a Goddess Of Willpower. How's that? LOL!!
I really truly admire your willpower. I have NONE. Now my silly husband is making kooky remarks about that. Sigh. Well, thanks for the chuckle. I owe ya--it's been a LONG winter and my sense of humor NEEDS a little prodding . You've made my day!
:)

Mama Pea said...

Sparkless - Sometimes those "alone" days just need to be spent in a comatose state. They occur so infrequently that it's hard to get your head into a place that can use them to the maximum advantage.

Jane - I've been wondering what happened to you today. Feeling so bad you can't function is the total pits. It's especially bad when there are a gazillion things you WANT to do, but can't do anything but lie around all day feeling worse and worse. Take care of yourself and please get rid of the germies soon.

Sue - Dearest Sue, I am so NOT the Goddess of Willpower. (My husband would correctly label me bull-headed, stubborn, and mule-ish!)

As for saying you have no willpower, I have every confidence that if there was something you really, really wanted to do, you'd do it!!

I think you have a very witty (ribald, in the best sense) sense of humor and I always enjoy it when you let whatever is in your pretty little head fly out your mouth!

Erin said...

Look at it this way, oatmeal is healthy and cuts bad cholesterol and is part of a heart-healthy diet, along with that herring packed with omega 3's and 6's you ate, I'd say go ahead and enjoy! If you took that photo through a screen and we are still seeing the big flakes, I know they must have been very large!

Mama Pea said...

Erin - With friends like you, I have no problems! Bless you, my child, bless you. :o)

It's still snowing now at 8 p.m. We have somewhere over 4" new stuff on the ground so far.

Ruth @ Hope, Joy and Faith Farm said...

Hopefully since it's still snowing there, your ice rink conditions are gone for awhile. I'd love to see pictures of your bread. I am looking for another recipe to try, so if you get a chance to type it up, I'd greatly appreciate it. I have a whole wheat bread recipe that makes 3 loaves, which is nice, because we eat one all at once, then have two to last a couple days.

Leigh said...

Mmm. Oatmeal bread sounds great. My last loaf had quite a bit of buckwheat flour in it because that was handiest. It was tasty, but didn't rise real well.

Jennifer Jo said...

I WAS going to suggest that you make oatmeal bread, but then I didn't comment and you did anyway! Goes to show how unnecessary all my words are...

Mama Pea said...

Ruth - I'll post the Oatmeal Bread recipe later today. (Gotta go do some extensive snow shoveling first!) How 'bout your whole wheat bread recipe?

Leigh - Ya know, I've never made bread with buckwheat flour! We cook it for a morning cereal and make pancakes out of it but I've never thrown it in bread. Is it short on gluten like rye??

JJ - So that was YOUR little voice I kept hearing in my ear!!

Rain said...

You HAVE to eat that bread. There is no way in heck I can make a loaf without sampling it fresh from the um...bread machine! That sounds odd, I prefer fresh from the oven!
:)

Mama Pea said...

Rain - My daughter has been experimenting with a bread machine (I've never used one) and she says the bread is good . . . but just doesn't taste the same as that from the oven the old fashioned way. I'm sure it's a lot faster though. And you can make it with good ingredients which is important.

Rain said...

Agreed that it is a lot less work, it takes all of 2 minutes to put the ingredients in then magically 3 hours later I have my loaf! It's been a good thing for me too because I've developed problems with my arm muscles in the last 6 months, so kneading dough got really painful. I even use it to make my pizza dough, it does a good job at mixing and machine kneading, all I have to do is carefully roll it out after. I'm smitten with that machine, lol!
;)

Mama Pea said...

Rain - Regardless that some may think conventionally made bread is better, it sounds like the bread machine is a super tool for you. Keep on usin' it!