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Jan
09
2008

Oh Where, Oh Where

has she gone you ask??? Well…I stole away for a couple of days with Husband.  Voilà! He was in class during the day (some work related stuff) and I did a little (too much) shopping.  I found the cutest little French Antique store.  The owner is actually French, she has been here 9 years and we had the nicest chat about our trip.  You can read more about it over at April in Paris.

I really hadnt intended on going but I couldnt say no.  Our time is so limited and it has been such a busy, busy hitch with the holidays, I admit it was a very good decision.   AND in amongst all my other shopping, I picked up a little something for the giveaway! Which as you all know is just a week away!  So…if you haven’t entered your name better mosey over there and do so.  And a couple of things I picked up for Michelle who helped me out with the kids.
The kids did just fine without me.  My friend Michelle watched the younger two for me on Monday afternoon and fed them two meals for which I am very grateful.  I know she went out of her way because that’s just how Michelle is…above and beyond the call of duty!  After all Hannah is 19.  And with Oldest Son just across the road and the two younger ones stayed with him at night.  All was well when I got home.

I spent most of my days at the fabric stores.   I have a couple of aprons ordered and I ‘thought’ I had the material for the one I havent made when THERE IT WAS…the cutest piece of fabric so…I have to get on that today and tomorrow and get those in the mail!

I will be back later with a recipe or two and as soon as the person who ordered the aprons has them in hand, I will post pictures!

Have a lovely day!

Dec
04
2007

Busy as a bee! That's me!

I am just finishing up a very large co-op order that has to be out the door by Friday. That’s where I have been the last few days. Plus a few orders coming in from MaryJanesFarm relaunch of the products I do for her. Plus apron orders to get out the door.  One in particular I am trying to make extra special.  This lovely customer wrote me how this is her first apron and she is very excited and well, I just want her to be thrilled when she opens the package, you know? 

I am actually up this morning working on my paper catalogue.  I want to do a bang up mail out when we return from France the first week of May.  I want it sitting here ready to send to the Post Office when I return. And it looks like plans are coming together so without any unforeseen problems we will be traveling in just 4 short, VERY short months.  I honestly can’t believe it.  We hope to launch our “April in Paris” blog by this weekend.  Rachel is working on it a little.  So much school and then I have added a ton of soap for her to wrap!  Anywho, I won’t spoil any of the “France News” in this post…I will save it for the other blog!  

There is something very interesting going on over at MaryJanesFarm that I want to tell you a bit about and then would love for you to venture over there and take a look for yourself.  You know I have sang MaryJane’s praises to you before but I really can’t do her justice in a few paragraphs.  I have been fortunate enough to have found her as she started her rise to –well who can predict how big her business will become.  And again I just want to say she is the real deal, my dear friends.  The. REAL. Deal. Anyway back to the news.  She has launched what will become something amazing I just know it!  The Farmgirl Sisterhood!  I got my packet just yesterday and I am so excited!  I am happily Farmgirl Sister #15!  Do go over and see what it is all about.

Something caught my eye this morning while surfing around.  I dont know if you got in on the NO Knead Bread craze of a few months back but it was EVERYWHERE!! I never made it.  Not sure why because it got all sorts of good reviews but I just didnt get around to it.  However, finding this recipe this morning, really inspires me.  I think I am going to give it a whirl.  Do you know how happy it would make my husband to have fresh bread everyday?  And if this recipe is all it says, it is doable.  I will start my research over the weekend when I get this co-op out of here and can focus on cooking a little more.  

Super-Easy No Knead Bread

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 6 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour, more for dusting dough
  • Cornmeal

1. In a large bowl, mix yeast and salt into 3 cups lukewarm water (about 100°F). Stir in flour, mixing until there are no dry patches. Dough will be quite loose. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let dough rise at room temperature 2 hours (or up to 5 hours).

2. Bake at this point or refrigerate, covered, for as long as two weeks. When ready to bake, sprinkle a little flour on dough and pinch off a grapefruit-size piece. Carefully turn dough in your hands to form a round; the bottom will be bumpy. Put dough on pizza peel sprinkled with cornmeal and let rest 40 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough or refrigerate it.

3. Place broiler pan on bottom of oven. Place baking stone on middle rack and turn oven to 450 degrees; heat stone at that temperature for 20 minutes.

4. Dust dough with flour, slash top with serrated or very sharp knife three times. Slide onto stone. Pour one cup hot water into broiler pan and quickly shut oven to trap steam. Bake until well browned, about 30 minutes. Cool completely.

Makes 3-4 loaves.

Let me know if you try it and what you think.

I had this grand idea of having Italian for our Christmas feast.  That got derailed yesterday.  I noticed when I first started talking about it that Husband was a little less than ecstatic about it but seem to be on board.  Well he jumped ship yesterday.  While we were talking about the 47 things we needed to talk about yesterday, he says in amongst everything else…”Come on, we need traditional food for our Christmas.” Whoa, whoa, W H O A.  Where did this come from?  He explained the more he thought about it the more he didnt like the idea.  Okay.  That’s fine but why didnt you tell me?  I am not a mind reader.   Well, I am sometimes but wasnt this time.  So…back to the “Old Faithful Christmas Menu”.  Maybe we will do Italian for New Years.  Maybe we will still be too full to think about food by New Years!  

What else???? Who knows?  So many irons in the fire at the moment.  Ahhh…I do think I am VERY close to finishing my Christmas shopping. VERY close with the purchase of an 8og IPOD for Husband for his Christmas/Birthday.  The poor man’s birthday is 4 days after Christmas so he never really gets to celebrate.  This year he gets to drive Hannah to the airport to catch her plane for Miami.  Yep…she’s headed to Miami for a week.  I am trying desperately not to think much about it.  The little birdies have to fly sometime.  And she is plenty old enough and certainly responsible enough to go it alone.  Right? Right. 

So…my goal is to get this huge co-op order out the door and then get started on my holiday cookie dough and candy making and have all that finished up before Husband returns on the 20th. His cabinet doors are ordered and he will hang them right after Christmas and of course pictures will follow.  There are about 15-20 people I need to make goody baskets/boxes for.  Hannah’s coworkers, my brothers, Husband’s brother’s family, friends, the postman…where is that Holiday Notebook???

I felt like I owed you a real post after all the literally blank ones the past couple of days.  I can’t wait to show you the apron I have been working on!  But I will wait till I know it is in the customer’s hands before posting a picture.  It is really too too cute!  Then I have to finish Benjamin’s and Sydney’s aprons.  I know you remember me telling you all about the Ben and Sydney Cooking Show.  Well, they need new aprons.  It will be part of their Christmas gift.  

Well folks, I think that is is for this lovely cold morning.   Not even daylight here but so much to do before I sit down to watch Christmas Movie #4 this evening.  Have a wonderful day.  

Nov
14
2007

A Lovely, Lovely Book!

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I hear tell this will be published in the US  – no news of when sooo…with that in mind, if I were you (and you were me), I would bop over to Amazon.uk and purchase a copy and YES, Jane Brocket’s book is worth the fact that you pay almost as much for postage and the book.  Trust me.  It is absolute eye candy AND so full of beautiful things…ideas, ideas & more ideas.  You just will LOVE it.  Promise.  And add her blog to your favorites and stay tuned…I think she’s just getting started!  I have to admit I have a thing for British and French books…and other things British and French.  I am about to introduce you VERY soon to a new blog to be keep by me and my girls… April in Paris…yep if all goes as planned we will be in Paris in April.  Oh. My.  Can it be true?

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