Friday, June 5, 2015

One month ago

Happy Friday!

While this is technically our last day of school, we finished 3rd and 5th grade on Tuesday.  Cleaning up the home classroom doesn't really count as educational days, right?  As we are celebrate the end of this school year with a hike through Malibu, I thought I would post a pic my sweet hubby took on our recent trip to the Grand Canyon.



I hope you all have a wonderful summer!
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Friday, November 7, 2014

this moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual.  A single photo, no words, capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special moment.  A moment I want to savor and remember.  Inspired by Amanda of SouleMama.




Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Bread Spot

Finally, cooler temps are gracing our mornings in Southern California!  My kitchen window faces the rising sun and warms the kitchen up to uncomfortable baking conditions from June to October typically.  Most cooking these past months has been outside on the BBQ or in a crock pot with, sadly, very little quality baking lessons for Em and Ro.  And, very very little baking experimentation time for me.

Then, as if by magic, (which I equate my own earlier rising time with the ending of Daylight Savings Time really)  November comes around with her lovely morning chill and brings out my inner baker from hibernation.  With the boys still sleeping, I look through the pantry supplies, I pore over my baking books and find tasty inspiration on the pages of books by Peter Reinhart, Nancy Silverton, King Arthur Flour, and Alice Medrich to name a few!


The light streaming in in this photo was taken at 10:30 this morning, just as I had done my stretching and folding of a batch of San Francisco Sourdough from Peter Reinhart's artisan breads every day (linked below).  With the angle of the sun hitting it at right place and without the searing summer heat, this spot is perfect for warm, slow rising bread to sit and bloom.  Bread bakers will understand my happiness at this as bread dough, particularly mine, is uber temperamental!  After this comes the cool down rising time in the fridge and tomorrow I'll have lovely loaves for us to eat.

Trying to live, learn and adjust my baking based on the light and the seasons has been an ever evolving quest for me.  As my children grow older and want their own lessons in the kitchen, I work to make sure I have time for slow bread as well as quickie cookies and cakes.  Each baked good comes from our hearts, so this time of year is especially full of baked love!

(Now, about this link below.  I'm trying out Amazon's widgets in the hopes of earning a bit of coin for our happy homestead.  If you buy the book through the link I provide, a bit comes back to me.  If not, no biggie.  I will only ever link things I have already used and loved myself.  My copy of Mr. Reinhart's book was a gift from my mom, another bread baker (a much better one I daresay) and is used quite often here.  That's all.)

Happy Thursday!!

Friday, October 31, 2014

this moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual.  A single photo, no words, capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special moment.  A moment I want to savor and remember.  Inspired by Amanda of SouleMama.



Happy Halloween!!
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Friday, October 24, 2014

this moment!

{this moment} - A Friday ritual.  A single photo, no words, capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special moment.  A moment I want to savor and remember.  Inspired by Amanda of SouleMama.




Happy Weekend!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

this moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual.  A single photo, no words, capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special moment.  A moment I want to savor and remember.  Inspired by Amanda of SouleMama.


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