Foiled?

Every year, before we are ready to decorate our artificial Christmas tree, we dig it out of storage and set it up. The idea is to get the cats used to it being there, and we get a chance to remind the older cats, and train the newer cats, that this is NOT a thing … Continue reading Foiled?

Critter of the Day: a new bird!

We had a new type of bird visit our feeding station this winter! There was a small flock of them eating up the black oil seeds on the ground. Though we'd never seen them before, they were clearly a type of grosbeak. It turns out they are the Evening Grosbeak. Apparently, they are a year-round … Continue reading Critter of the Day: a new bird!

Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 3c: all done, and where I screwed up

Our first batch of bread using old dough, in the manner my Babcia used to do, is now done. I did mess up a bit, which I will talk about below. Here is how the dough looked after the first rise. I had left it for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours, give or take. … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 3c: all done, and where I screwed up

Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 3b: first rising

When setting the old dough to reconstitute and ferment overnight, I had some concerns about temperature. The crock was sitting on our dining table, and that room gets pretty chilly. I did warm up the rice bag we have been using to warm our fermenting hard apple cider (which is probably ready to be bottled, … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 3b: first rising

Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 3: reconstituted, and more of the story

Tonight, the plan was to continue with my attempt to recreate bread, as much as possible, in the way my mother remembers my grandmother baking. I spent some time doing research on the method, but there is nothing out there that quite matches what my mother describes. I gave her a call today with more … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread Experiment, part 3: reconstituted, and more of the story

Babcia’s Bread experiment, part 2; the beginning

Photo heavy post ahead. 🙂 Okay, here it is! My very first attempt at slowly recreating my grandmother's bread, with her use of "old dough" yeast that she kept stored in flour in between baking day. (Part 1: the story) The first goal is to create the bread dough yeast starter, and for that, I … Continue reading Babcia’s Bread experiment, part 2; the beginning