You know that cinnamon swirl bread with the raisins? I love that stuff. This is a little bit like a sourdough version of that. The dough has raisins and walnuts, then it is cinnamon-rolled up, and baked into bread.
The cinnamon-rolling process. I can’t resist a little taste of the cinnamon sugar.
In my head sometimes I’m like- this bread has to sit here for 30 minutes, so I might as well keep busy and make something else while I wait. Then all the sudden I am taking cookies out of the oven and trying to do 6 things at once while making a huge mess.
Can you see the swirl??
Have you ever tried to make ghee? Its basically a kind of clarified butter. You melt down butter, and take the milk solids out, so it makes a scoopable, super melty butter. A little bit like the butter in the tub, but better for you! We like to melt some in a skillet, and toast bread in it. Or make really toasty grilled cheeses.
We followed these directions here to make some. Try it and put it on some toast!
It does take a little while to make, so I usually catch up on some reading while its melting away.
One of our favorite dinners is bread and cheese. Now that we are planning a hypothetical backpacking trip, and going for daily runs to get in proper shape, its like we have to carb load to make it through the day.
I tried something new this week. Brioche, which is fancy, buttery bread. I used this recipe, but I ended up using almost 2 cups of flour. FYI just in case you want to try it! It made one perfect, golden loaf of bread.
Couple from over the weekend.
1. A new toy to up my pickle game.
2. Sunday morning blueberry pancakes.
3. She was up late protecting us from bugs.
Speaking of rice krispie treats, look what I made. One of my besties came over for a sewing lesson last night, and I always like to have some kind of fresh treat available. We currently have these cookies (a couple days old), this cobbler (starting to get a little soggy sad face), so we needed a treat refresher. I made the rice krispie treats fancy by adding some tiny chocolate chips to the top. Almost like a s’more!
On the subject of tiny things, we watched this documentary the other day, which is about the tiny house movement and living small. We noticed that they are called tiny houses, not small, not mini, but tiny. The tiny part is not interchangeable with another word for small. So we have been calling everything tiny lately, because its fun to say.
We took an anniversary adventure to Fredericksburg last weekend. One of our main goals, besides celebrating our neverending love and devotion, was to obtain peaches. We are under the assumption that these peaches were picked fresh just for us. At this particular peach establishment, they also sold peach ice cream. So there were people sitting in rows of chairs, just silently eating peach ice cream. No words needed.
After we made it back home and took a nap, we promptly made a peach cobbler, with extra dashes of cinnamon, and with melty ice cream on top.
I am perfectly suited to be a great picnic-er. Cheese, bread, salami, and cut up fruits and veggies are my favorite. If it was my every meal, I don’t think I would be unhappy at all. I would fight the ants to the death for the last crumbs. (pics 1, 2, 3)
Its super satisfying to eat something you grew yourself. But using homegrown herbs always makes me feel extra fancy. We made these rosemary and honey pecans for some special guys for father’s day. Simple, fancy, tasty, and homegrown gift.
I’m no rosemary expert, but I would have to say that this is some of the prettiest rosemary ever. Freshly cut from the herb garden.
Honey drizzle. Go bees go.
And fresh from the oven, ready for their close up.
We had our pie date at home last week. The pros to that arrangement are 1. We can eat pie in our lounge clothes and no one judges us. 2. We get to have the fun of making the pie. And all important 3. There is a whole pie for us to eat. The cons are 1. There is a whole pie for us to eat. Pie is a terrible thing to waste.
This time, the pros outweighed the cons, and I tried out a coconut cream pie. We did have a friend come over for a slice, but the rest of that pie was ours all ours.
We tried to make sourdough bagels, but they didn’t really turn out exactly as planned. I rigged up a proofing box out of a tupperware container, and they looked like little pillows until we tried to tear them away from their new friends. I think the dough should have been more dry. At least they were still good enough to eat! We are definitely going to get back up on that bagel horse soon.