Knowing that our belongings were due to arrive from Holland today, I started our day off with a hearty breakfast of sourdough buckwheat pancakes. Anyone who wants to try working with starter but is scared off by the (seemingly incomprehensible) recipes for sourdough bread should treat themselves to these pancakes. It’s the second time I’ve whipped them up, and they’re incredibly easy to make but they taste like something you’d only find at a B&B that would break your budget. Arden says they’re child’s play. (Hey, those dishes in the background are clean!)
Anyway, after getting the breakfast dishes cleared away (I do miss a dishwasher!), Arden and I got busy looking for a sourdough rye recipe that we could handle. Easier said than done – rye is considered a difficult flour to work with, and the recipes were just incredibly fussy and called for all sorts of stuff that I couldn’t get or didn’t even understand. Until I found this one, that is! So where did we go to find a few odds & ends that we needed? Not to the local health food store, but to the hardware store on Main St. What a treasure-trove that place is! Our bread came out pretty good, if I do say so myself. Here are the first two loaves (baked on our new baking stone).
Stitching has been slow going. I have been working on a design that’s a bit different for me, and want to stitch it up ASAP so I can see if my ‘experiements’ translate as desired into floss on linen. But I have to finish this buggery sweet butterfly first. And then do another Aida piece. Grr. Aida frays the floss – does anyone else have this problem, or is it just me doing something wrong? Anyway, the butterfly does look nice – just not my usual thing.
And stitching will be further slowed down by the aforementioned delivery of our belongings. Yikes! What a lot of boxes! I feel a little faint looking at it all, wondering where in heaven’s name I’m going to magic up the time necessary to put everything away, hang everything up, decorate, and in short make Chateau Chaos the welcoming hodgepodge that we all want it to be. Time to roll up those shirtsleeves, that’s for sure!
Anyway, if you don’t hear from me for a few days, look behind (or under!) a stack of boxes. ;)