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July 1, 2021
Planning and Unplanning from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I doubt unplanning is a word but that seems to be what’s been happening around here. I think it was Sunday I stirred up a batch of plain English Muffins to make on Monday but then got busy and didn’t get them made so I planned to make them Tuesday morning and that never happend....

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June 11, 2021
Salt Rising Bread – The Loaves from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Salt rising bread is a very heavy, dense bread. It’s so good toasted for sandwiches and it makes amazing croutons for soup and salad. Here’s the bread I made last night. It’s only about 3″ tall. The recipe says to divide into three loaves and I do. I only have two short pans so those...

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June 10, 2021
More Salt Rising Bread from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

The salt rising bread didn’t last long but I did give most of one loaf away and we ate most of the second loaf when Chad, Nicole and Addie were here Sunday. Vince likes it more “stinky” than the first batch was. I’m wondering if the clorine in the water caused whatever grows in it...

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June 4, 2021
Salt Rising Bread from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

It was in 2003 when I started making salt rising bread. In fact, here’s Vince making salt rising bread in 2005. There are so many things that strike me funny about that picture. Vince cooking. Vince at the little house in town in Kentucky. The phone on the wall. Even in 2005, Vince was wearing...

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May 30, 2021
A Great Day with the Girls! from Tink Squared

A friend texted me Friday night to see if I wanted to come over for a BBQ yesterday. I did, but I’d already promised to bake my mom bread. I decided if I got up at 3am and took the dough out for the remainder of it’s proof, I could get it baked by seven, and have time to bake chocolate chip pecan cookies and make a crunchy bacon pea salad.

I went back to bed and slept until five thirty, so that worked out beautifully!

The girls loved the pea salad, so here’s the recipe. I ...

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May 27, 2021
Sourdough English Muffins from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

These Sourdough English Muffins are so easy to make and I’ve never once had a fail with them. I don’t always follow the recipe but I stir them up about 6 p.m. and about 7:30 or 8 p.m. I knead them a bit in the bowl, cover them and leave them alone til about 6...

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May 10, 2021
Snapping Turtles and Snakes, Oh My! from Tink Squared

Yesterday was cloud covered and very windy, and absolute beautiful day to walk at the lake after lunch, despite being over eighty degrees. It felt fabulous!

I met a couple of the girls and we got our six miles in, but while walking we almost stepped on a large copperhead, noticing it just in time to step well back and chase it off the trail with a branch and some rocks. Scary, as it was quite angry and jumping.

Further up the trail we came upon a snapping turtle.

Now mean humans don’t scare me nearly as much as ...

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April 27, 2021
Perfect Day! from Tink Squared

I know I’m weird, and my idea of the perfect day rarely resembles the average person’s ideal. Five o’clock in the morning found me in the kitchen mixing up a batch of red peppers and tomatoes to oven roast. I absolutely adore these, and always have a batch in the fridge.

While the peppers were roasting, I cooked up a package of bacon, something else I like to keep in the fridge. It smelled absolutely amazing!

I fed my sourdough as well, so I could make dough later on in the day. I typically cook bacon in ...

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April 23, 2021
I Am Blessed… Or Maybe Cursed from Tink Squared

The Rugbrød turned out well enough. I don’t think it’s my favorite of that type recipe that I’ve tried, but it’s still delicious. This bread isn’t for everyone and my fond attachment to it is partly nostalgic, partly for health, and I do of course, quite enjoy the taste and texture of it.

The nostalgia comes from my years in Germany, where this was a favorite breakfast of mine, typically eaten with braunschweiger and a bit of sliced red onion, or spread with butter and lemon curd. Yesterday I had it for both lunch and ...

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April 22, 2021
Gardening from Tink Squared

It dropped down to freezing for the last two nights here, so I lugged my four pots of tomatoes and several pots of herbs into the shed overnight… and left them during the day because they’re just too heavy for me to move around much. That should be the last of the freezing weather, hopefully!

I put them back out this morning with the cages back on. I am going to take a walk at the lake today as it’s going to be nice and I haven’t been able to walk at all this month. Afterward, I ...

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Sourdough Olive, Thyme, Lemon and Parmesan from Tink Squared

I tried a new recipe a couple of days ago. While I have a freaking library of bread baking books, and quite a few of them are sourdough, my hands down favorite is Emilie Raffa’s “Artisan Sourdough Made Simple“. I’ve yet to try a recipe out of it that isn’t spot on perfect. She has amazing sense for blending flavors.

I used half castelvetrano green olives (my favorites!) and half greek black olives. Four o’clock in the morning had me outside in my beds with a flashlight hunting down enough fresh thyme for the dough, the ...

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April 1, 2021
Has Anyone Seen Miss Myrtle? from Tink Squared

She appears to have gone missing. I guess I better ask Siri cat to hunt for her. Cat’s track down mice and bring them to you right?

I had plans to get more of the weed whacking done yesterday, but the morning was drizzly and cold, with a bitter wind. It was all I could do to talk myself into a walk after lunch, but I’m so glad I did as while I started out with my winter coat and gloves on, I was able to remove them halfway through my six mile walk.

The clouds blew off ...

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March 22, 2021
A Very Busy Day! from Tink Squared

Lately I can’t get enough of this bread. It’s sourdough with rye and spelt and full of flaked grains and seeds.

I mill my own grains, but I also flake them using my FlicFloc. It’s a bit tedious as it’s a hand crank model, but the flavor difference is oh so worth it!

My mix varies all the time. This particular batch began with emmer wheat berries, rye berries, white wheat berries, amaranth, tri-color quinoa, teff and barley, which I added to a jar and tossed in a bit of water. I use about a tablespoon ...

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March 17, 2021
Whole Wheat Sourdough from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Sourdough is a bread I’ve made for many years and I can do it without looking at a recipe. Yesterday I wanted to make whole wheat sourdough and was looking for different recipes and came across this recipe for “Easy Whole Wheat-ish Sourdough Bread“. No matter how long we’ve been doing anything, there’s always something...

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! from Tink Squared

I might have a bit of Irish in me, or I might not. I’ve DNA tested with 4 different companies and while their ethnicity results always agree I am mostly German, some put a small percentage of me in England, and some of them place it in Ireland, so who knows?

Yesterday I decided to bake an Irish Soda bread for today. It’s quick and easy! I’m a sucker for anything baked with a bit of fresh orange zest, and buttermilk!

Irish Soda Bread

4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for currants
4 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ...

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March 13, 2021
2nd Blackberry Row Cleared! from Tink Squared

I’m pretty tickled with my row clearing progress, but a bit dismayed to discover tons of elderberry seedlings sprouted in the rows. I rue the day I ever planted elderberry bushes, I had no idea they were so invasive!

I went ahead and cut and removed all of the wires between the posts as well. They’re impossible to see without anything on them and Cosmo ran into them while we were out working and hurt himself.

My mom came over and helped a bit as well. She loves yardwork (I detest it) but I have to be careful ...

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February 28, 2021
Morning Walk from Tink Squared

It’s supposed to rain all day, and most days for the next week, so I’m squeezing in a walk where I can. I took a look at the radar this morning and figured I could get an hour’s walk, which is about four miles, in before it hit.

It still isn’t raining so I probably could have headed to the lake for a much more enjoyable walk, instead of traipsing back and forth on the road in front of our house, which gets quite tedious as there is only a little over a quarter mile stretch ...

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February 22, 2021
Border Decided from Tink Squared

I finished the appliqué on my little wallhanging, trimmed the appliqué border down and added one more. The dark on the outside is leftover binding that I will use on it when I get it quilted.

I’m pretty tickled with this as it began with me just needing to sew for a little bit the other morning, and use up some scraps. I also used two fat quarter colors (each bordered took two each) that I never thought I’d use, so I’m happy about that too!

I had some binding leftover from my lone star quilt I ...

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February 13, 2021
The Valentine’s Project from Tink Squared

I discovered that 65lb weight card stock isn’t heavy enough for a greeting card, and all I had on hand, so my little card making experiment is on hold for now. I did however, try the scoring tool on the Cricut maker to crease the fold in my too thin card stock, and it’s amazing! […]

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February 2, 2021
Bread from Queen of the Unfinished Projects...

 This has absolutely nothing to do with books. This is mostly just random babbling. You have been warned.

I'm baking bread again today, and I'm remembering (although I have no idea why I'd want to) last spring when everything first closed down. I was running low on yeast and hadn't gotten around to restocking. Hadn't actually shopped for any staples in a while, truth be told. Suddenly, yeast was impossible to find. I had everyone I know looking for it. None of us was successful for months.

I'm still not clear on why there ...

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