Friday, January 6, 2012

Bread! and other stuff!

I (chest pounding like Tom Hanks in 'Castaway') Made BREAD!  Woohoo!
My first loaf of bread

The bread maker
 Ok, I guess you don't understand.  I LOVE breads!  I've tried many times over the decades to make bread.  Usually, it is REALLY DENSE bread.  I've only found one bread that I can make consistently well.  It is a beer bread, and I don't make it very often.  My hubby and I bought this bread maker a few years ago at a garage sale.  My hubby found me the manual online and printed it off.  Then, I got cold feet.  Was it going to work for me?  Many times I've thought about trying it out, but, usually, either I don't have time when I think about it, or, I don't have yeast that is in date, and, I've never had 'bread flour' either.  Well, this morning, since I had the whole day to do what I wanted for the first time in months, I decided to go to the store and get the flour.  I read the directions (yes, you read that correctly, I really DID read the directions first, it HAS happened before), then added the ingredients and turned it on.  NOISE!   The machine is LOUD when it is mixing.  The dog didn't like it, so, she kept barking at the machine.  It took quite a while to get her to stop.  Funny!  3 1/2 hours later, I had a real loaf of bread!  I cut it, slathered it with honey butter, and gave it to my son and his friends (and myself).  YUM!  My kitchen smells so GOOD!

From Amy at A Quilting Sheep

OK, I have been really busy, and I haven't posted about some great things I received last month.  I won this pattern and template from Amy at A Quilted Sheep last month.  Sweet Amy included a card and two fat quarters.  Thanks Amy! 

spool pin doily

spool pin doily
Cheryl at DragonPoodle Studio sent me these lovely spool pin doily's in early December.  I took pictures of them on my Janome machine, but, I didn't post again for almost a month.  Sorry Cheryl!  They sure look cute on my Janome.  I have some for some of the vintage machines, but, the modern Janome was getting jealous. Now it is a happy machine!

I went to the Thursday 'sew-in' yesterday at the LQS (first time in weeks), and, boo hoo!  Everything I sewed I'm having to rip out.  I hadn't worked on this project in a few months, and I forgot that I still had to make strips to go between the parts I had ready to sew together.  I'm still ripping out the last seam tonight.  I was hoping that I'd have that quilt top done yesterday so that I could give it to Quilts of Valor. 

Tomorrow, my hubby and I will be picking up a new (to me) treadle.  Woohoo!

Check out Barbara over at Cat Patches.  She has a new challenge.

2012 NewFO Challenge and Monthly Giveaway



  1. MMMMMMmmm...I can almost smell that fresh bread...and Amy? Well, she is about the sweetest thing around. I am truly blessed to know her personally and she is a jewel. Lucky you on your win!!!

  2. I love homemade bread - nothing like it - yummo!!

  3. Congratulations on your homemade bread. We make almost all our bread, but I just do the dough cycle and bake it in the oven (although if I'm running out of day, I sometimes make a 1 or 1.5 pound loaf in the machine.)

  4. Glad you like the spool pin doilies. I also make bread, and have created a recipe for bread mix that starts with a 5 lb. bag of flour. Do you want it?


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