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"There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life." --Yutang Lin

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I had every intention of sowing seeds on Monday while I was off work, but a cold snap made me wait, and I sowed them tonight. Not all of them; squash and suchlike will be sown in two weeks, but its a start. 

Thankfully, nothing in the kitchen garden was affected by the cold snap. The only things that got hit were a pot of mixed greens that were in the greenhouse. 

Jennifer 6:45 PM

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

The two little oil lamps and the blue juicer/reamer were some of my finds this month. 

The first Burlington was today; a week early since Easter is next week. I brought a decent amount of stuff and sold a bunch of stuff--although no rolling pins, surprisingly. I might lower the price a bit next month. 

I bought... Not a lot, really, although I spent about $100 total. A Celtic calligraphy book that looks like fun, two Louisville pottery mugs, a box of woodcarving tools, a cherry box someone made, a blue glass juicer that came with its own cup, four long strands of beads, a candle sniffer, two small oil lamps, a medium sized Pyrex bowl, a really nice shelf... Nothing was expensive, and I stayed within my budget, so it's all good. 

But it got up to 80 degrees today, and whew! It was a bit hot I don't remember the April Burlington ever being this warm. 

Of course, there's a chance of snow Tuesday morning, so there's spring in Ohio for you...

Thankfully, the pizza is back, too. :)

Jennifer 6:20 PM

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Sunday, April 06, 2014

I get a lot more done around here when I have an actual list to work from. I need to remember that. 

Jennifer 7:25 PM

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Friday after work, I stopped at Goodwill because I really needed another pair or two of pants. I had been wearing the same four pairs over and over again, and two of those pairs are starting to show their age a bit. 

Clothing was 50% off, and I found seven pairs of pants (two capris, one jeans, four other) so I actually have choices now. :)

Yesterday, I even went through my closet and weeded through both pants and capris and tried on anything I wasn't sure about. I still should weed the hang up clothes a bit, but my closet is looking pretty organized right now, which is good!

Jennifer 10:03 AM

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Planted most of the kitchen garden yesterday. Rhubarb, kale, peas, carrots, onions, lettuce, radishes... and more. It feels so nice to have the kitchen garden back in business!

Jennifer 9:57 AM

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Yesterday evening, I uncovered the blueberries and created a deer fence to go around them, which will hopefully work. I am mulching them with the cut branches from the bushes, which will give them more nitrogen, which they like. There will be a raised bed beside the fence for potatoes eventually. 

The sky was this blue yesterday:

Jennifer 8:36 AM

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

The challah turned out well. 

Jennifer 12:49 PM

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

So here's what this weekend looks like:

--auction this morning a block away from my house. I am only interested in one thing. It's raining, and the auction is outdoors, so I won't be staying long. 

--baguettes this afternoon. 

--due to the weather, work on my inside list. I have this weekend and next weekend before the first Burlington, so concentrate on that. 

--six loaves of challah for order tomorrow. 

--write A Glint of Silver, laundry, bread for the week, lunches for next week, which are always on the list. 

--depending on weather Sunday, possibly work on the outside list. 

Jennifer 8:52 AM

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My daily bread--my breakfast bread, truly--is Oatmeal Nut Bread, the nut in the recipe anything from almonds to sunflower seeds to pecans to walnuts. I've been experimenting with the recipe a bit these past few months, adding whole wheat flour, changing it to sourdough, using maple syrup instead of molasses and honey, trying to get the recipe just right. 

I'll keep the whole wheat flour, but not use maple syrup again; I like the flavor of molasses in this bread so much better. And honey is much easier to find locally than maple syrup. It's been both fun and interesting to create and perfect this recipe. 

In the picture above, it is the loaf on the left, and its delicious. 

Jennifer 8:08 PM

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