Sunday, March 22, 2009

Artisans



A simple patchwork of collected vintage chenille.




And, dude, the most amazing bread ever. I made it. Yes me. So good and so easy that I made three loaves this weekend. It is the master recipe from the book Artisan Bread Making in Five Minutes a Day.




I'm gonna have to buy flour in bulk. Seriously.







The girls were baking too. Only, outside on the concrete pavers.


And, I . . . well, let's see . . . I was laying on the grass feeling the cool breeze on my face . . . SCREECH! HALT! WHAT??!!**??




Er. Um. I mean I went to see what Razor was up to. Building a few raised beds for a fresh planting of strawberries, onions, and carrots. I love strawberries, onions and carrots. Not together of course.

I love Razor too.






Now where was I? Oh yes . . .

. . . dreaming of crystal blue waters, white sandy beaches, fruity, frosty sensations with an umbrella . . .







A good weekend indeed.

-dana

36 comments:

King family said...

That little vintage quilt is so divine. Great spring pics too. The bread, you make us want that recipe.

Michaela said...

I love that bread, we ate it almost every day for a while. I wish for blooming trees. Soon! Vintage chenille?? Where did you find it?

Sarah Pead said...

*Sigh* Your post just sings of Spring.

amylouwho said...

I'm so glad you made the bread! Isn't it delightful and so satisfying to have something that good come from your own oven?

Love the spring pictures. The early blossoms are making me VERY happy!

susan said...

we are going to try some raised beds this year and i am putting small gage (holes) wire around it cause we have a semi resident rabbit who ate every speck of my beans last year...not so this year my dear little bun bun.

Lene said...

So spring finally made it to you!

Don't you love that book? I finally feel confident baking bread.

SalGal said...

Maybe if my beds had been built with more love, my seeds would have sprouted. Alas, it is not to be and tomato plants from the nursery are the lone crop this year. I suppose I'll have to turn to your bread book to make something fabulous to eat those tomatoes with!

Becky L said...

I love your song list. I've learned lots of great artists from enjoying your art and creativity. Thanks for sharing!

4 BOYS ONLY said...

We use this recipe too. We got it from Mother Earth News Magazine. It is wonderful and so easy. We scrape down the sides and remake the dough so it is now like a sourdough. Wonderful! I feel a twinge of jealousy of your beautiful springiness. We still have 2 feet of snow on the ground and are moving into Maine's 5th season, MUD! All my seeds are sitting waiting for the snow to be gone.

Kelly O. said...

That bread looks divine--good job!
love the pics!glad you had a wonderful weekend.

Kelly O. said...

p.s. I really like your new header!!

Susan said...

A delightful read, as always, my friend! ;)

Sarah said...

Your bread looks to die for...as does the grass!

Libby said...

Wow!! That bread looks sooo yummy! I'll bet your house smells wonderful! I've been watching that book pop up in blogland. Is it really fairly simply to make that bread? Homemade bread is such a nice treat to have, I need to buy that book! Thanks for sharing your weekend! Libby

Jodi@SimplyThisThat n.. said...

Can I come visit you ? I love this post! I love it. That bread! Wow. I attempted many years ago, to make bread. What a nightmare. Haven't tried since. But maybe I ought to. I love our new header. They are always so fantastic! I love the sunny pics. I am SO craving SUNSHINE. Thank you for sharing. Made my day. ooxx`jodi

Judy said...

When I first got this book I baked bread every night for dinner the first few weeks, then my jeans started getting harder to button and we stopped eating warm bread every night!

But it's fun to do in moderation! And they look so yummy!

Stephanie D. said...

I'm seeing photos of bread from that book all over blogland. Think I'm going to have to break down and buy it myself, even though the extent of my breadmaking has been the bread machine so far.

What a gorgeous weekend!

Leslie said...

Is the bread really easy to do?

Artfulife said...

I'll be getting that book this weekend. Oh, & there is nothing better than outdoor mud cookie/pie/cake making when you are a kid.

Terri said...

Your bread looks amazing. And in 143 days, I'll buy it and play with the recipes! :)

C Hall said...

loved visiting your blog and being inspired... the quilt, the bread, the pics, the music. beauty.

Bloggy Mama said...

Wow. You rock and those are wonderful moments.

Hunny Bunny said...

Oh my GOSH!!!! I love old chenille, it is probably one of my favorite things! I can't wait to see what you grow with your raised beds of love.

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

that clinches it - I NEED THAT BOOK! your bread looks amazing, along with the spring shots :) always love your pics!

Mrs. V said...

I made the cinnamon rolls, they were fun to make and yummy, too, but I think that bread would be more popular with my paneros ('pan' is 'bread' in Spanish --- 'panero' is someone who eats bread). That bread should go great with your 'soperos' = 'sopa' is 'soup' in Spanish, thus, someone who eats soup is a sopero, and it usually implies they LOVE soup.
So do I have to buy the book to get the recipe....I hope you have a sec to spare to send me the instruction. Muchas gracias, chica. (thank you very much, girl)
hugs from GA
Yvonne

Elissa said...

dana... there is just SO much sweet happiness in this post that i cannot even take it all in. wish i could just lie out in the sun on the patchwork and stare at those flowering trees......

Shorty said...

I love this post! love the springy pics and love that you are baking bread. looks like I need to get one of those cookbooks, thanks for the link.

and, I appreciate you taking me back to memories of making mud pies and other o-natu-ral baked good outside on the concrete on beautiful warm days!

brown robin said...

perfect. absolutely perfect. have a wonderful week!

I, Mollie said...

I love that bread recipe! We've been making the boules, pizza crust and rolls from it for a few months. Your loaves turned out beautiful - much like your day!

Tipper said...

Your pics are soooo pretty! Maybe you'll share the bread recipe with me-hope so!

Salem Stitcher said...

Oh, that was a fun trip, day dreaming in the grass, looking at the cherry trees. Thanks for taking us along.

Andrea said...

I love your springy photos! And your post above? My hubby calls school-age kids energy vampires. Looks like you met 16 of them!

Anna said...

I've been hearing about this bread book and your bread looks mighty tasty.

I might have to follow in your footsteps!

PamperingBeki said...

Dude, you made bread!!!

I'm scared of yeast. Seriously, I'm always afraid I'd mess it up so I don't make bread. Otherwise, I'm a decent cook.

Beautiful pictures! :)

Devadeva Mirel said...

great looking bread!

~ Junkyard Jennifer said...

I love winter. And, it's a good thing as I live in the north woods of Minnesota. But after seeing these pictures of spring, I've just convinced myself I don't like winter anymore.

As we're getting dumped on...with a foot of snow...

~ Jennifer