Archive | September, 2013

Updates & Homemade Bread

17 Sep

WARNING! – This post will probably make you REALLY want a sandwich!

Hey guys!  Sorry I’ve been MIA lately, I’ve just had LOTS of stuff going on in the offline world 🙂

My Love has gotten a new job that he wanted, he started today (and those of you who have followed for a while know that when he’s home, I’m not online much, lol).

This past weekend, I was out in the hayfield all day, BOTH days, and I have finally understood the love affair my parents seemed to have with Icy Hot!  After a long day throwing 75 lb. hay bales up onto a moving trailer, then pulling them back off again to stack them in a barn, Icy Hot was my best friend.  It helped so much, in fact, that I didn’t have to take any pain medication at all for my shoulders, back or knees (all of which were screaming in protest!).  This is the first year doing hay that I didn’t take any pain medication whatsoever.

Before we started doing the hay on Saturday, I did get a few shots with my camera, which I will be checking out sometime soon to see if any will be able to be made into ‘art’.  Speaking of, I did manage to get by the print shop yesterday and ordered a 4×5 set of all of my work, so that I will have a set of my art ready to show people that isn’t on my phone or my laptop, lol.  As far as my art display goes, I haven’t gotten a chance to sit down with the woman to narrow down which pieces to use in her gallery/shop and work out sizes, because she’s been out of town.

Now I know you’re all wondering about my title and when I’m going to get to the ‘Homemade Bread’ part of my post, well, wait no longer!

While we were out and about last weekend, my Love and I stopped at subway and got a sandwich.  I thought about how much I like their Parmesan Oregano bread, and decided that I’d like to try my hand at making some, to see how it would turn out, and let me just say… YUM!  I found the recipe for this bread here, and when she says it’s difficult to write about the bread because they’ve eaten it all and there’s none left in the kitchen, I believe her.  She’s done a fantastic job of replicating it, and I am eternally grateful to her for sharing it with the rest of us!  A word of caution, though… I think there is an error on the TEMPERATURE, at least in US ovens.  250 for 30 minutes left me with a pale, undercooked loaf, I ended up cranking up the temp to get it to brown.  I’m going to try this recipe again and experiment with the temps, because 250 is definitely not the right temp in my oven!

First Attempt, Parmesan Oregano Bread, reminiscent of Subway.

First Attempt, Parmesan Oregano Bread, reminiscent of Subway.

This is a photo of a loaf from my first attempt… I will admit that there were two loaves originally, but, well, let’s just say I couldn’t wait to try it and the first loaf disappeared VERY quickly!  This attempt turned out better than my second attempt.  I’m not sure what I did wrong the second time, but I’m thinking it was either too much flour, or it got too hot during the rising.  Whatever went wrong, my second attempt turned out less like a ‘roll’ or loaf of bread, and more like ciabatta bread instead… not that I’m complaining…

Second Attempt, Parmesan Oregano (ciabatta) bread

Second Attempt, Parmesan Oregano (ciabatta) bread

As you can see, the loaves spread OUT instead of UP, and I forgot to make the fancy slits in the top like I did the first time, but it still turned out edible… and eat it I did!  I waited ALL DAY and even made a special trip to the store to buy the right type of lunchmeat to make a Subway Club (I also bought the meat for a Cold Cut Combo for my Love).  I will admit that the resulting sandwich didn’t really taste like a Subway Club (although my ‘mishap’ with my second round of bread may have contributed to this) but boy oh boy was it a tasty sandwich!

 

Now THIS is a sandwich!

Now THIS is a sandwich!

If you will notice, I made the picture big so you could see in detail all the delicious goodness that I created!  Yes, I know there’s enough mayo on the sandwich to choke a goat… in fact, I actually say that when I order a sub from Subway.  I hate a dry sandwich.  Mayo, onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles, ham, roast beef, and turkey… and that yummy homemade Parmesan Oregano (accidentally ciabatta-esque) Bread!

As a final note about my bread… my house smelled like Subway the whole day, LOL… so now I guess I know which of their breads gives off that aroma!

Oh, and an update on my babies!  I’ve had a few more sprouts come up, one of my bean plants is just going to town!  After their initial growth spurts, they seem to have slowed down a bit.  I’ll try to get some pictures up either later today or tomorrow to show everyone how they’re doing.

Have a great day!

Singing Plants – This Is Amazing!

10 Sep

This is the most amazing thing I think I’ve ever seen/heard… it was all I could do not to cry while listening to this.  Please give it a look, and let me know what you think in the comments!

Did you hear how the music changed for each person?  I just can’t get over this!

I found the link to this video here, when I was searching the benefits of singing to plants… little did I know that the plants would be singing to ME!

I just bought the CD they made with the music of the plants, if you are interested in purchasing it also, it can be found here, on the left side of the page about halfway down, under the heading ‘Plant and Music Study’.

Update: The Miracle of Life

10 Sep

Well, here’s an update for about my babies, compared to what they (it, actually, since there was only one at that time) looked like on 9-8-13.

There’s been lots of activity on the sprout front, having several grow up, and the following pictures were taken on 9-9-13, so a mere 24 hours after the first post photos were taken.

Tomato Sprout 1, Day 2

Tomato Sprout 1, Day 2

Tomato Sprout 3, Day 1

Tomato Sprout 3, Day 1

Tomato Sprout 2, Day 1

Tomato Sprout 2, Day 1

Aren’t they just ADORABLE?  Here’s a picture of all three of them together:

The Tomato 'Triplets'

The Tomato ‘Triplets’

They’re just SO cute!  Those white cups on the side are green beans that I started yesterday (and as of now, one has already sprouted out of its shell!) on a wet cottonball, because I wanted to be able to watch them grow, instead of it all happening underneath dirt, where I couldn’t see what was going on!

There’s also a little baby Dill sprout which came up right before we went to sleep, and here he is: Continue reading

The Miracle Of Life

8 Sep

Hello all!  I apologize for my unexpected absence, I have been busy with my art, got a new toy that I’ve been playing with, and have just had a lot going on and haven’t had taken the time to make posts this last week or so.

In today’s post, I wanted to tell you all about a new little project I’ve been working on.  I’ve decided to try my hand at a bit of indoor gardening!

I’m not very ‘plant‘ smart, I’ve always considered myself to have a relatively brown thumb, but back at the beginning of July, I decided to buy a couple plants, and I bought two New Guinea Impatients, and they seem to be doing quite well, they’ve doubled in size since then, and I think they look great!

This is the Little Impatient when I bought it in early July.

This is the Little Impatient when I bought it in early July.

The Little Impatient as of yesterday.

The Little Impatient as of yesterday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above is my small Impatient when I first got it, and what it looks like now.  The following pictures are of the big Impatient. Continue reading

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