Archive for March, 2012

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Weekend Canning

March 18, 2012

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From left to right: Three Citrus Marmalade, Pickled Red Onions, and Cherry, Pineapple, Orange Marmalade.

I spent a little time last weekend and a little time this weekend working on canning… and I’m officially smitten with canning. There is nothing as satisfying as that little ping of the seal and the way the food looks so bright and pretty through the glass.

And now for the official checking off the 30 by 30 list:
7. Make jam or jelly – check! I’m going with marmalade totally counts.
8. Can jam or jelly – check!

Two in one weekend! Woohoo! Although, it’s definitely a case of doing the easy ones first… I haven’t even thought seriously of organizing the craft room….

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17: Bake Bread

March 12, 2012

#17 – Master yeast bread, or at least make a really nice loaf – check!

Ok, I think it would take a really long time to “Master” yeast bread, but I did make a really nice loaf today – actually I made four:

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(Please excuse the alcohol in the background!)

I made this recipe from the blog Dinner With Julie. Actually, I made it twice because at first I was worried that my yeast was dead (it was not, just a bit slow). I also changed it a little bit by adding melted butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar before rolling it and putting it in the pan – totally worth it! Now we’ll have cinnamon swirl toast for breakfast this week.

I’ve never had yeast bread work out so successfully or be so simple to make. I think the main thing I learned was that you have to be patient and let it rise until it’s doubled in size. If you try to rush it, you won’t get the nice, fluffy loaf.

This marks the third thing I’ve checked off my 30 by 30 list. Yay!

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Sunset

March 3, 2012

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#20 Get a stamp in my passport – check! Puerto Vallarta, Mexico sunset (photo by Dave).