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  1. Artisan bread

    by , 02-16-2009 at 11:39 PM
    Tonight, I made several mini-loaves of artisan bread. I think it was Crazy Homemaker who listed the link. SO easy and SO good! I made 7 loaves (well, 8, but I didn't hear the oven timer on the 8th one, so it burnt).

    The basic recipe is 1.5 T of yeast and 1.5 T of salt in 3 cups of warm water. Add 6.5 cups of flour. Mix, then let rise 2 hours. Shape into loaves and set on plate covered with cornmeal, and let rise 40 minutes. Cut a couple of slits in the dough, then bake in 450F oven ...

    Updated 01-22-2011 at 01:38 PM by madhen

    Fluff and Feathers
  2. 02/16/2009 - P.H.A.T. Chick Journal

    by , 02-16-2009 at 11:33 PM
    I did a little better today, although my eating was a bit lop-sided toward the end of the day.

    I started with 2 cups of coffee and an apple. Lunch was a cup of creamy tomato soup. Then I blew it at dinner with spaghetti AND a mini-loaf of HM bread. I was going to just have half of a loaf, which was still about 2 sensible servings, but it was so good, I just kept going. Washed down the antibiotics with a glass of soymilk.

    I drank my eight glasses of water and ...

    Updated 02-16-2009 at 11:34 PM by madhen

    Fat Hen to P.H.A.T. Chick
  3. A week on the ranch (February 09 - February 15)

    by , 02-16-2009 at 12:12 AM
    Another week of sickness. At least I found out what is wrong with me: mycoplasma pneumonia (walking pneumonia) and a virus that is causing an inner ear imbalance. I am on a bunch of meds and just waiting it out.

    SNOW!!! We had snow this week!! It is not common where I live, as I'm at about 1500 elevation, which is below the snowline. So it was fun to wake up to a white landscape, and a gentle snow still falling most of the morning. By afternoon, the sun was out, and the snow ...
    Ranch Diary
  4. Spaghetti sauce with meat

    by , 02-15-2009 at 10:59 PM
    Tonight, I threw together a batch of spaghetti sauce.

    I browned 2 lbs of ground beef in a skillet, then added chopped onions (1 lg), 3 celery stalks, half of a large green bell pepper, and about a pound of fresh mushrooms. I cooked it until the beef was browned, then drained the whole batch and dumped it in a cast iron dutch oven. Stuck it in the oven at 400F. Added one can of tomato paste, 1 lg and 1 sm can of tomato sauce, 1 15 oz can of petite diced tomatoes, and 1/2 cup of brown ...

    Updated 01-22-2011 at 01:40 PM by madhen

    Fluff and Feathers
  5. 02/15/2009 - P.H.A.T. Chick Journal

    by , 02-15-2009 at 09:02 PM
    Bad day for me. I am still on antibiotics for pneumonia, and I've been fighting a killer headache all day. Grumpy and not very happy.

    Didn't do any exercising today. Just slept most of the day, as even just turning my head hurt.

    Snacked all day on about 2 cups of popcorn left over from last night. Had 2 cups of coffee this morning, juice from two blood oranges, too many Excedrin to count, and enough water/soymilk to wash it down.

    I am still thinking ...

    Updated 02-15-2009 at 09:41 PM by madhen

    Fat Hen to P.H.A.T. Chick