Sometimes life can be very interesting in a week and sometimes nothing happens at all.. or rather nothing of note happens.
… this week isn’t one of those quiet ones…
Last Saturday when I posted I was doing so while we were out grocery shopping, on a very nice warm day, but the day after was even warmer. So warm that me and Silver were able to eat breakfast outside at our outdoor table without coats on. Halfway through December in our climate that’s just weird… We did enjoyed it immensely however. Later that day we spent watching a stump burn out in a fire ring we borrowed from Queen Sized Tink and her family. We haven’t had a camp fire in a while and it was nice to have.
I have a couple cute pictures of the last batch of kittens we had that I finally got around to tinkering with. Merlin and Lady have had their moments of oddity just like our other cats. The first is of Lady on the food dehydrator:
Then little Merlin in the pot from making my spaghetti, I thought it looked like he was searching for food.
I also have a picture I took in October of the pond we’re digging out full of water.
I have tried out a new recipe, it is for sourdough pretzels; they were very good so try it out:
1C sourdough starter
1 ½ C white flour
1C warm water
Remove the starter from your refrigerator and stir it well. Take out one cup and place it in a warm bowl of 2 quart or larger capacity. Return your starter to the refrigerator. Add the warm water and stir until well mixed. Slowly add the white flour stirring continuously to blend the flour in well. You want the mixture to be smooth, you may use an egg beater or an electric mixer. Cover and set in a warm place to proof, this can be 8-12 hours. I let mine go overnight.
1 ½ C sponge
1 C HOT water
2 T butter
3 T sugar
2 t salt
5 ½ C flour
1 egg yolk
2 T thick cream or evaporated milk
The first thing you wish to do is stir up your sponge and return 1 cup of it to your starter, replenishing it. Then with the rest of your ingredients at room temperature, you can start your prep. Add the 2 T butter, 3 T sugar, and 2 t salt to the 1 C of hot water stir and cool till lukewarm. Put the sponge in a warm bowl (btw I just use the bowl I proofed in), add the water mix to it and stir in. Add 4 cups of the flour, ½ a cup at a time stirring after each addition. This will get very stiff! Turn out onto a floured board and knead in approximately 1 ½ cups more of the flour. The dough will be very stiff. Place in a greased bowl, turn over and cover. Let set for 2 hours to proof (please note it DOES NOT SAY until doubled). On a board that has been scraped clean of flour break off pieces of dough about the size of a large egg. Roll each piece out with your palms of your hands until it is about 18 inches long and ½ inch in diameter. Twist into the shape of a pretzel. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Brush them with a mixture of the egg yolk and the cream. Cover and place in a warm 85 degree spot for 30 minutes for proofing. Then brush with the yolk/cream mixture again and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 15 minutes.
I can tell you it was a very good batch of pretzels, Silver commented that they were better than any we have bought in any store.
Last night was Yule for those of you who celebrate it, and Silver and I attempted to stay up all night with a fire lit in the same fire ring from Tink. We set up piles of wood for the night and even a kitchen for some foods were were going to cook over the fire.
The only problem we encountered was that we were too tired to keep it going come midnight. So what we did do was bring the wood that was burning into the house and put it into the wood stove and set it up to keep burning all night. This morning it was still burning and all that was needed was to set a couple extra pieces on the fire to get a good flame going.
I would like to take a moment to mention something that has been in the news for well over a week now. (*steps on soapbox*) The shooting disaster at the Connecticut school, personally I think it was a horrible tragedy. I also believe in gun rights, HOWEVER… I do have an issue with people who buy assault rifles or large magazines and say they have them for hunting. If you need that many bullets to shoot a food animal then there is a problem with you. Also that being said … if guns are taken away the only ones who will have them are cops and crooks… BECAUSE crooks don’t care how they get the weapons in the first place so removing the legal way of getting them doesn’t stop crimes. The crooks will still get the weapons if they want them.
I hate to say it but in this day and age, if someone wants to commit a violent crime they -WILL-, if they don’t care what happens to them after the fact legality won’t prevent it. This is something that those who are in power either don’t care about or forget “conveniently”.
I do hope that person who killed those kids who never had a chance to live burns in what ever version of HELL they believe in. I also hope people don’t forget that some of those kids killed might have siblings that need hearts and hands reaching out to help them. The other kids that -survived- this tragedy will have a horrible emotional scar that they will carry for a very long time just due to the fact of how old they are.
Now here is something else to think on about this crime. In many countries around the world this happens daily… and no one notices or seems to care. It happens in an American school and the world stares at it. We need to stop this WORLDWIDE… not just here.(*steps off soapbox*)
I hope everyone had a good Yule and that all have a Merry Christmas, or whatever holiday you have.
Be Well, Be Safe, and Blessed Be…