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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and will have been married for 57 years this February.

Friday, May 1, 2020


I love homemade bread but during this Covid-19 pandemic, it has been impossible to buy yeast at our Co-op store. The shelf is empty where the yeast used to be. Thankfully on March 16, I had found several Fleishman's Pizza yeast in little packets. I shared what I bought with my granddaughter Jordyn. I didn't worry because I figured that I could buy sone later when the store replenished its shelves.

 Two weeks ago, I went on-line for a recipe for Ciabatta bread and came upon a video of making Artisan bread. The recipe only uses 4 ingredients. 12 oz of water, 1 1/2 teaspoon salt,  1/4 teaspoon of yeast and3 cups of flour to make a batch of bread.

I mix cool water, the yeast, salt, and flour and in about a minute the dough is done. No need to knead the dough.  The bowl is covered with plastic with and left on the counter overnight to rise. The next day, the sticky dough is removed from the bowl and the dough is shaped in either rolls or loaf and let rise for about an hour and a half or two hours.  In no time I have fresh artisan bread on the table.

There are variations to this recipe. This blob took me about a minute to make.

I baked these small sandwich rolls for lunch and before they were cool enough, my husband had eaten one.

I have another flowerbed cleaned up.

This is a before picture and the creepy grass was growing over the border bricks and by the shed, a very thorny rose bush in need of severe pruning.

Here is the flowerbed afterward. I pulled a lot of nasty Creeping Charlie.  The soil is depleted and I need some good weedless compost.  You can see where the yellow creepy grass is on the lawn.

 Not shown, the Clematis on the shed has been cleaned up and again, all the dead debris has been put into bags for mulch.  Last year, the flood lifted up the trellis off its perch and now it has to be put back properly. I was up the ladder again but I was very careful.  I also cleaned up the debris from my vegetable garden in the back and saved the debris for mulching but I'm still not done.

The river is supposed to rise again this weekend. It usually goes up three times before it settles down.
We are also supposed to have rain this week.

Stay calm and hopeful.
Hugs, Julia