Have a blessed Sunday, everyone!
My husband bought me a new phone case…
I had dropped my phone so many times (not on purpose) that it broke and was beyond repair. So this time we thought I should get a “real” case and not the cute plastic one I had…
He got me the universal Otter case. He used to have one and it actually survived when someone ran over his phone (not on purpose). It’s practically indestructible.
But this isn’t just an Otter case…it can be used with all kinds of useful (and fun) attachments. Knowing that I love photography and take thousands of pictures…he bought me the clip-on lens! (He said it was for my birthday and Mother’s Day, but he’s always looking for things that he thinks I’ll appreciate).
There are four different lens: wide angle, fish eye, and two macro.
My favorite is the macro lens! Here’s a few pics I took in my front yard:
It’s so fun taking pics with the macro lens. It’s like seeing things with a new pair of glasses that just happen to be magnified. 🤓
I’ll take some pics using the other lens soon and post them here.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Baking bread is just wonderful….
It’s therapeutic for me mixing, kneading, waiting for the dough to rise…
The house smells so good while the bread is baking…
And then you get to enjoy the bread – in my case, I’m giving it to a friend, along with jars of homemade preserves.
I have to say, I love giving homemade food gifts to friends – the look
on their faces,
I can just tell they appreciate it and I’ve brought some joy to their day.
That makes my day!
Here’s the recipe:
In a bowl, stir:
1 cup warm water
1 Tb sugar
1 packet of active dry yeast
Let stand about five minutes, until it’s foamy.
In a large bowl, mix together:
2 cups bread flour
1/2 tsp salt
Add to the bowl:
the yeast mixture and
2 Tb olive oil
Stir with a wooden spoon
Add up to 1/2 cup of flour until it forms a dough.
Turn onto a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes.
Shape dough into a ball, place in an oiled bowl and turn to coat.
Cover with plastic wrap and let dough rise for one hour, until doubled.
Head oven to 400 degrees F.
Lightly oil the surface of a baking sheet with olive oil.
On a lightly floured surface, punch down dough and begin to
shape dough, long and tapered as in photo above.
I finished shaping it on the baking sheet so it would be easier to move.
Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for about 20 minutes.
Use a serrated knife to make three slits in the surface of the loaf,
about 1/4 inch deep each.
Bake 20 minutes until golden brown.
Cool for a bit.
If you like warm bread, slice it while it’s still warm,
spread some butter and honey, or jam,
Have fun today.
Bake some bread. 😊
I went to the Farmers Market this week and found they had baskets of tomatoes for $1!
I bought three and went home excited about making tomato jam.
I had never tasted tomato jam until just last year, and I thought it was so delicious, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen it before, or that it wasn’t everywhere, in every super market, next to strawberry jam or blueberry jelly! I felt deprived…
So when I saw those tomatoes, I immediately thought, “I could make some jam! I mean, how hard could it be?
Five hours later, after peeling five pounds of tomatoes, simmering & stirring the pot, checking the consistency countless times, I wondered if this “soup” was ever going to turn into “jam”.
I decided to go sit down, after all, I’d been standing in the kitchen for hours (I already had met my 10,000 steps quota and it was only 5pm!). While I was checking my emails and Instagram, I fell asleep…
Next thing I know I smelled a hint of something burning… I jumped out of the chair and ran to the kitchen, exclaiming, “no, no, no…!”
I stirred the pot and realized the bottom was starting to stick, but it wasn’t burned! I tasted it quickly, hoping there was no burnt taste…
Oh, I have to tell you, I breathed a sigh and was so thankful that it tasted fine! It was still really, REALLY hot from those red chile flakes, but it was delicious.
I grabbed the jars and filled three of them with about four tablespoons left over. That’s it! Three pints from FIVE pounds of tomatoes! I had to laugh…
I was so proud of myself.
For years, (since I first got married and went to college in a rural area), I’d wanted to try canning and I finally did it.
It only took a couple decades.
Now, the jars sit it on my kitchen shelves and I can’t wait until next week when I can go to the Farmers Market, buy whatever is in season, and try canning again!
I can almost see it…my kitchen shelves stocked with colorful jars, filled with all kinds of good food.
Of course, what will really happen is that I’ll end up giving these jars away in pretty gift baskets…
…But I love to do that, too!
So it’s a win/win situation 😊
Enjoy summer bounty,
For the backing, I used a pretty pink floral which was very soft.
I made a matching little pillow to go with it…
I added a small lace on the pillow, just to add some softness and a little special touch.
And I hand-quilted both. It was fun, and as I stitched, I prayed for my granddaughter.
She’s a cutie and a joy!!
We weren’t able to be with her on her birthday, but we had a celebration when we did go to visit them. She was so excited to take stuff (gifts) out of bags, and when she pulled the little pillow out of the gift bag, this is what she did:
It was so cute! We all exclaimed, “Awwww!” and she smiled as if she knew she was saying, “Thank you, Abuela! I love it!”
It touched my heart and made it all the more worth the time put into sewing those tiny stitches and seams.
She captures my heart every time I see her.
Happy sewing & quilting!