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Hi Everyone!

 

It has again, been a while since my last posting.  I have been really busy…

 

I found a house, made an offer which was accepted.  Closed on Dec 15th and moved out on Dec 27th.  I finally felt I had the place unpacked enough to have a House Warming Party last weekend.  Woot!  My friend Tony took a bunch of pictures at the party and put them up on FaceBook.  If you are on FB you can see a link from my profile page to see.  I’ll try to get them up either here or on Flickr for all to see tonight.

 

Thank you all for the Birthday wishes.  I did get two unwelcome gifts for my birthday though.  My daughter tried to make me some cupcakes but the oven decided it didn’t want to work.  Repair man is coming on Saturday to fix it.  The second thing is I had my annual mammogram done on Monday and the hospital called me saying they need to do more testing on my right side.  As soon as I hung up from them, my doc called to make sure I setup the appointment at the hospital.  The appointment is today at 1:30 and I’m really nervous.  They want me to wait there for the results vs letting me go home to wait for the results.  Not something one wants to hear on your birthday.  

 

Anyways…  On to my Knitting…

 

Off My Needles:

Daughter’s Butterfly Garden Socks:  I finally finished them.  :)  only took me almost a year to do LOL  with the cable work on them, they just kept getting pushed further down the list of things to get done.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the look of cables and they are not really hard to do, just I’m really slow at doing them.

 

On My Needles

My year long afghan (which is taking more than a year to complete, LOL):  Just have to finish up one block and then do the crocheted edging.

 

Rebecca’s Plain Sox:  Started another pair of socks for a co-worker who asked me to make some for her.  One of these days I’m going to make myself a pair to keep.  LOL

 

Brown sweater:  I cast on a plain stockinett (sp?) sweater using Nina’s Sweater class instructions – so far only the waistband is done. 

 

I have a few other projects but they have become UFOs at the moment.  I plan to finish them soon though, one at a time…

 

I also plan on casting on for my first lace project – a lace shawl within the next month or two.

 

Well, that is what I have been up to lately…

 

On my iPhone:  "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne

On my iPod (in the car):  "Iron Kissed" by Patricia Briggs (book 3 of the Mercy Thompson series)

 

Podcasts:  KP, KnitWits, Lets Knit2gether, SpinDoctor, and a few others.

 

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad application I really like – There are 2 from the same maker called Star Walk and Solar Walk – really amazing way to see the stars and solar system.  :)

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on March 3, 2011 at 6:50pm
Pickle Peg, your bread has design features! LOLOL! (I would share my bread recipes, but they're designed for 7000+ elevation.
Comment by PickleSue on March 3, 2011 at 6:56am

Trying to get caught up on all the blog chatter...  just found the bread recipe!!  Thanks, Nutty.  I'm making it a goal to provide more 'homemade' for the fam!!  For health reasons and wallet reasons!  I made a 2 loaf batch of bread the other night, but it ended up becoming pizza!  Was fantastically delicious. (finely chop a fresh jalepeno pepper, microwave for 25 seconds on 70% power and put on with the rest of the toppings.  Makes the pizza ZING with flavor but not hot).  Then night before last I made Indian flat bread called chapatis- but I think my dough wasn't sticky enough and I ended up rolling them too thin.  Still tasty, though! 

 

Really great idea about making hamburger buns.  I could make 2 loaves and turn the rest into buns from your recipe.  Wonderful!!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on February 18, 2011 at 7:01pm
Fun to watch, hard to use for sandwiches!
Comment by Nutty4Knitting on February 18, 2011 at 6:58pm

Expoding bread!  That would be the kind of 'experiment' my boys would go for!

PPS Can't make bread tonight.  Certain necessary items weren't added to the grocery list this week! =(

Comment by Peggy Stuart on February 18, 2011 at 6:50pm
It's similar to one of my recipes, except I use slightly less honey and less oil, and I have to add wheat gluten to keep it from exploding at this elevation.
Comment by Nutty4Knitting on February 18, 2011 at 4:46pm

You're Welcome!!  Enjoy!

PS  We will try putting a couple of the pans into the fridge tonight to test a cold slow rise.  Will let you know tomorrow how it goes.

Comment by KnitterGirl39 on February 18, 2011 at 4:43pm

Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

That is a great idea to press it into hamburger buns... 

Comment by Nutty4Knitting on February 18, 2011 at 1:55pm

Ooops!  I know I started typing into this reply box sometime today.  Wonder what happened that I didn't finish and post it?  LOL

My Bread Recipe:

11 cups whole wheat bread flour

8 tsp instant yeast (4 Tbsp active dry yeast)

2 tsp salt

1/2 cup oil

1/3 cup honey

4 cups warm water

 

Stir tog flour, salt and yeast.  Add oil.  Measure honey and put into large measuring pitcher.  Add warm water to equal 4 cups total.  Stir well.  Add to dry ing and combine.  Leave dough in bowl, knead 10 min (add more flour if too sticky).  Let rest 15 min. Knead 10 min.  Cover and let rise until doubled.  Punch down, divide into 3 loaves, shape and place in 3 buttered pans.  Let rise. Bake 35 min at 350*.

 

We also divide this into 32 balls and use a Tupperware hamburger press to press out the balls for hamburger/sandwich buns.

Comment by cherylbwaters on February 18, 2011 at 1:14pm
Wendy, I know you can put it in the fridge over night but it's been so long since I read about it I can't even begin to know where I read about it. If I find out. I'll let you know.
Comment by wendy on February 18, 2011 at 8:28am
Peggy, have you ever put a pan of bread in the fridge overnight to let it do a slow rise and then bake the following morning?  If you have, any suggestions, recipes or ideas?  I'm spending way too much time baking a loaf at a time, and yet when I do two, we don't go thru it quickly enough and it's not as tasty.  I thought if I could get it ready the evening before, I could pop it in the oven in the morning without waiting for all the rise times.  Anyone? 

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