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I can’t stop raving about this cookbook. I love fresh bread, but had never made my own. I had a hand-me-down bread machine, but it was old and caught fire the first time I tried to use it. I stumbled across this book and suddenly, I’m making my own actual bread on a regular basis without all the trouble and fuss of a bread machine or the tricky science of rising and kneading and all that jazz. You mix the standard bread ingredients–flour, yeast, water and salt–and after an initial rise, the dough is refrigerated for up to two weeks. Anytime you want bread, you cut off a piece of the wet sticky dough, allow it to rise briefly and bake it up! So it’s just like traditional home-baked bread, only easier AND more convenient.

So far I’ve made round freeform loaves, crusty white sandwich loaves in a pan, and this incredible pizza dough that Tony used to make wood-oven pizza in his new Green Egg. Delicious!

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The weather was idyllic… the company was entertaining… the work was quick and easy… the beer was cold… if the unofficial First Weekend of Summer is any indicator, this might turn out to be the greatest summer of all time.

a new glove

floorboards must be primed on all sides before installation

progress-day one

child learns to fetch drink from cooler. survey says: awesome!

while waiting for the primer to dry, child helped clear overgrown ground cover. number of worms eaten: 3.

progress–day two

Have a great weekend!

I’ve heard from a few people who’ve made their way to our new blog (HI AUNT SUE!), and I just want to say, thanks for reading! Please feel free to hit the “comments” button anytime to leave us a message. We want to hear from you!

Things at the house are creeping right along. We dove into some outdoor projects over the weekend while the kids played outside and enjoyed the nice weather (finally). Hopefully we’ll have more kitchen news to share when our contractor gets back into town….

Erin brought Marie over to play!

There are little metal catches in the floor to hold the french doors in the front of the house closed. One in the entrance to the parlor, one in the entrance to the dining room. They are not quite identical, but I think you can tell which one sits in front of the completed room, and which one sits in front of the unfinished room which is making miserably slow progress.



Summary of Easter weekend events:

Cardinals beat Boise in first round game Friday: good!

First round game tipped off at 9:40, otherwise known to me as, The Middle of the Night: bad!

Tony’s truck died as we attempted to make the Saturday afternoon Easter service at church: very bad.


Killed time between services dyeing Easter eggs: kind of scary.

Avoided permanent dye stains on church clothes: miraculous.

Linda picked us up for the 5:00 pm service (wonderful!) later on and treated us to dinner and pie: good!

We missed the end of the WVU-Duke game: bad, but yay Eers!

The Easter bunny came and left lots of treats: good!

The chirrens would rather eat Easter treats than actual food: bad.


Sun came out in time for us to photograph the kiddos in their sweet Easter duds: good!


It was only forty degrees and our noses ran all over our sweet Easter duds: bad.


And then it snowed two hours later: crazy-making.

But before that we walked to my mom’s house for a combo Easter/birthday feast: exceptionally good!


Boy child inhaled several servings of my mom’s homemade pickled beets: curious.


Girl child picked at the macaroni and cheese and ate a mayonnaise and white bread sandwich: no kidding.

After dinner the Cards put a hurt on Oklahoma to advance to the Sweet Sixteen: super good!

Which also features our other team, the Mountaineers: double good!

Cardinal’s Sweet Sixteen game against UT tips off at 9:57. ON A WEEKNIGHT: @##*&$(*!

Mechanic says Tony’s car issue is just a battery something-something with the connection thingies and is easily fixed: yet another miracle.

Dear Winter,

I hate you. Leave me alone.

Sincerely,

Amanda.

So, yeah. We had a blizzard this weekend. A foot of snow, 40 mph winds. My camera was in West Virginia so I can’t show how beautiful it really was, but now it’s melting and flooding and slushy and pretty much horrendous and if spring doesn’t come soon I may never recover. Oh, and we all have the flu. HAHA! We are awash in melting snow and snot.

We’re looking forward to this weekend, Kelly and Gab and Maria are coming in for a visit. And the weather is supposed to be nice, so hopefully we can shake this flu bullsh!t and have a good time. Tony has been chanting “In like a lion, out like a lamb” in this crazed voice for the past few days. Thank god for the BE tournament….