Rita's Ramblings: a basically house-bound woman in Fargo, North Dakota blogging for friends, family, and anybody who finds it interesting. I talk about any art or craft project I'm currently involved in, the weather, movies, books, health, spirit, life, and my cat Karma. Welcome!
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Between cotton clouds and blue skies there have been some moodier skies, too.
And we had such a sudden and violent downpour early one evening that a couple of swallows used our porch railing for refuge until the deluge passed.
The birds rarely ever try to perch on our railing because of the flapping makeshift screen...
...so Karma sat glued to the spot watching them until...
...the last one finally left. If you click to enlarge you can glimpse the outline of Miss Karma sitting at attention there at the bottom of the porch door. It got very dark in here, but didn't dare use the flash because I didn't want them to be scared away.
My art desk was calling to me.
I played around with a few more backgrounds (in that manila envelope journal I made for a 21 Secrets workshop).
Still using watercolor crayons on gessoed and non-gessoed paper.
I used the baby wipes, then a wet brush, and then gesso on the different spreads to blend the colors.
The cheap drawing paper I used for this journal doesn't do well with being wet, but I guess it will do for experimenting.
Leah brought by her yeast (still old but a couple years younger than mine--LOL!) and some wheat flour.
I didn't use the wheat flour yet, because yesterday I decided the try the white bread recipe they have in the front of the Oster booklet that tells step by detailed step what to do. And I made my first loaf of machine made bread!
It has a hole in the bottom from the paddle blade...
...and it didn't want to come out of the metal basket very easily. Had to use a rubber spatula--it said metal is bad for the pan--but it came out. Tall loaf!
Bread guts stuck to the paddle. Soaked it and it came right off.
I used the medium crust setting and did the full 3 hour setting.
Such funny shaped loaves!
That was lunch for me yesterday...a giant slice of fresh piping hot bread.
The crust was so hard that I sliced this piece not five minutes out of the machine! The bread is good, but this machine bread has crust all the way around the loaf--LOL! I think I will try the light crust setting next time and see what happens. Or maybe...just shape-wise...you could even set it to make the dough for you and then bake it in the oven yourself? I saw a dough setting? I'll have to read more. **** Had a slice of toast this morning and it is so big that sideways it still sticks out of the toaster--LOL! But it made excellent toast. (I do love my toast!)
Anyways, I am very happy with mechanical bread already. I shall make more and more, that's for sure. This is perfect for anybody who, like myself, can't physically knead the dough anymore--or just doesn't have the time to mess with all that but really likes homemade bread. The apartment smelled wonderful! And the bread machine doesn't heat up the whole kitchen like the oven does. Thumbs up! :)
My folks are making their annual trip up to visit us next weekend. They'll get to see Dagan and Leah's new house! I'll have to ask Dagan and Leah to remind me to take pictures. (I'm notorious for forgetting about the camera when people are around.)
I finished another of The Cat Who books and have been watching George Carlin specials on Netflix streaming. They have around a dozen of them on there. I get such a kick out of him! :):)
Still been mid-80s. Today is sunny...so far. They're saying we could have a thunderstorm again tonight. Who knows? The storms seem very random and scattered lately. (Are you thinking of the Hippy Dippy Weather Man right now? LOL!)
This morning I filled out the form for my 45th class reunion (that I can't attend, of course) down in Minneapolis. Forty-five years! Wow! Fridley class of '68. How time has flown. And I wouldn't trade away a minute of it--good or bad.
Well, ladies and gents--have an awesome week! :):)
"Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn't mean the circus has left town."