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Monday, June 28, 2010
Cuttings from my garden and fresh bread
Just the title of this one gets me smilin'!! After going to bed thinking about my last post and how happy our little piece of nature makes me, I woke up excited to replace last week's cut flowers.
The storm on Friday night damaged a lot of ferns in the backyard, so I have a pile of fronds waiting to be put into a large, square, cut glass vase. Meanwhile, here are some other cuttings I took this morning and arranged into a couple of my favorite thrifted bud vases. Since they're from my yard, they're FREE FREE FREE. And wait, it gets better, add a cup of coffee, a hard boiled egg (mashed warm with butter and salt,) a piece of home made french bread, and you'll get why I'm smilin'!! A delicious breakfast and cut flowers make for a wonderful beginning to this Monday.
The homemade french bread is from our dinner last night. My good friend Jen, who inspires me in too many ways to count, gave me her simple bread machine recipe. I've always been scared to bake with yeast, sticking instead to boxed mixes, but I made both raisin bread and french bread with success, so call me converted!!
One of my hopes for summer, now that regular work is out of my life, is to eat better. The homemade bread is one piece of the puzzle. Pairing it last night with grilled, lean, pork chops I'd marinated in sesame ginger sauce, and fresh peaches was the rest. Making my own bread (when I can) is appealing because, #1 - it tastes fantastic and #2 - it gives me control over what goes into it; only a handful of simple ingredients and no preservatives. Since the bread machine does most of the work, it's actually pretty simple.
Here it is, my first french loaf!
While I'm thinking about food... With 4th of July just around the corner I've been clipping new recipes like mad! The July/August issue of Food Network magazine has Chorizo-Potato Tacos; Savoy, Lime and Cilantro Coleslaw; and Bourbon Peach Cobbler. Mmmmmmm.... The poor friend who gets this month's copy of the magazine will have to look past, or maybe look through (ha, ha, ha), some pretty large holes. These recipes look like keepers! One last idea was to put crushed, blue, pop rock candy on the rim of a glass of red beverage (thanks, Tyler Florence.) Now THAT brings me back. I LOVED those little candies, how fun!?
What will your Independence Day celebration entail? Hopefully good friends, family, and good food. Blessings to you and yours from me and mine. ~Joy