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More Marriage Advice from Fiction

I mentioned that I finished reading Black by Ted Dekker last week. In it he talks about The Great Romance and some parallels can be made to marriage. Here is the first:

“You give a flower to a maiden, why? Because she needs nourishment? No, because she wants it.” (page 121)

This just resonated with me! For Michael and my anniversary last week I mentioned that I hadn’t gotten any flowers, to which he replied that the weekend was not yet over. :) The next day he came home with a pretty bouquet and they are still bringing me joy a week later. But had I not mentioned that I’d like to have some flowers, he probably wouldn’t have gotten them.

This line from the book got me to thinking about what I do for Michael. He recently told me that he loves to receive something little when I’ve gone to the store (I generally only go once a week). I’m trying to be mindful of this and pick him up something. Why? Because it would make him happy, a.k.a he wants it.

Now of course neither of us would go off the deep end and go buy a brand new car for the other, just because they wanted it because we are not in a position to do that. But doing the little things that bring them joy is worthwhile.

“We woo our women every day.” (pg 124)

This was another line that resonated with me. I should tend to my marriage daily. Intentionally.

I know this is easier to say than do. AND it is much easier in my season of life than when I had young children. But there has to be a way to be intentional with your spouse on a daily basis no matter what season of life you are in.

It can range from picking up a treat that he enjoys but doesn’t usually get. Maybe it is taking a shower with him. Maybe it is making his favorite meal or a special dessert. Or maybe just simply having dessert. ;) Maybe it is scratching his back, rubbing his shoulders, taking a shower with him ;), or just giving him thirty minutes of peace and quiet. It all depends on what he likes, you can agree to, and fits in your budget.

I guess the bottom line is that I’m not just going to sit around. I’m going to actively woo him, in subtle ways frequently. Oh, I’m not going to be naive and say it will be daily, although that is the goal, but definitely several times each week. And I’m going to keep changing it up so that he doesn’t come to expect the little thing, so it is always a pleasant surprise. Hmmm, maybe I should make a page in my bullet journal to write down some ideas, so that I do a variety and not rely on the same ones over and over again. ;)

I hope this sparks some ideas for you. I recommend reading Black, by Ted Dekker; his thoughts and ideas are interesting and it is a good story.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Review: Black, New Bedding, and Days Mixed Up

I’ve been messed up all week. I looked at the calendar a week or so ago and noted that my oldest son’s birthday was on Wednesday and thought about celebrating Independence Day and how it was right in the middle of the week. Do you see my faulty thought process? Independence Day was Thursday NOT Wednesday! But this set me up to have my days mixed up most of the week.

I planned to run errands on Thursday and then realized that was the fourth and I needed to do them Wednesday. Then, since we’ve run errands on Fridays for several weeks, I thought Wednesday was Friday. :o Then I re-realized that Thursday was the fourth. Then yesterday, the fourth, I thought it was Friday for part of it and then Saturday for another part! Boy did I get messed up! :D

I finished reading Black by Ted Dekker. I liked it and am ready to read the next one, Red, but I wanted to write my thoughts about Black before I moved on. I rolled right on through the Stromlight Archive at the beginning of the year and still get confused about which things happened in which book. :D

So Black is kind of a Genesis story; yes, I mean the book of Genesis from the Bible. But really it is just about Eden and the fall of man, not the whole book of Genesis.

I really love some of the way Ted Dekker relates the love of God and the splendor of Eden. I enjoyed the concept of The Great Romance.

I guess I should tell you a little about this story . . . Thomas is our main character and he finds himself in a very dangerous situation. When he falls asleep he wakes up in “Eden”, which is a completely different place, where he believes he was just dreaming about the danger he’d been in. So every time he falls asleep in one place, he wakes up in the other (as he sleeps in the first) and then when he sleeps in the other place, he wakes back up in the first fully remembering all that he experienced.

It may sound a bit wacky but I do recommend it. For the Christian, it can give a picture of how things were in the beginning, which I believe is beautiful and fun.

It is interesting to see how one dream world affects the other and how Thomas works through the confusion.

Meanwhile there are some similarities to what happens in each place. Is there a cause and effect going on? Which one is real or are they both? How did Thomas get thrown into this whole thing anyway?

I think that this is an interesting read, even if you are not a Christian, I think it is an interesting read. Alternate realities. Pretty interesting stuff. Of course there is the threat of a world virus decimating a large part of the population. Seriously, this is not overtly Christian . . . give it a try.

Oh! Michael helped me remove the old dust ruffle and put on the new bed set we bought last weekend. I really like it.

Sean had two pillows, that came with his set a couple years ago, that he doesn’t use any more. So I added them to the bed since they were a good match. I like it.

The spread is reversible.

And it came with two sets of sheets. A grey set and this set. It’s different. I like it so far.

We’re going to paint the furniture a terracotta color. Of course, when I say we, I mean Michael. ;) I don’t paint big things; I only do art painting. At any rate, who knew there were so many different shades of terracotta? I am looking through his color deck and have it narrowed down from over a dozen colors to about eight.

Well, that is enough rambling from me today. I hope you have a great weekend. I already feel like I have had one, so this one is a bonus. :D

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Music and Child Development

I recently came across an article that talked about music helping the development of a child’s brain. They say it helps with language development, reading skills, and speech perception. It’s a short article . . .

Here’s one that’s a little longer but has a bit more information. ;)

And finally here’s an article I wrote two years ago with an inexpensive instrument suggestion. :)

Hope this helps,

Michele ºÜº

Betweed, ‘Nzeppel, and Diva Dance Foxtrot

Well, it looks like Laura of the Diva Challenge is getting better; she’s posted a few tiles on facebook lately, so hopefully she’ll be able to continue her challenges this fall. Until then, I’m continuing to find challenges elsewhere.

This week I am, once again, following the Today’s Tangles: Keeping it Basic prompt #TTKICPrompt070119. The string has 6 lines drawn from a central mid-point on the upper border, with two lines connecting to each side.

At first I considered using Hollibaugh like a background behind some of the lines but ultimate decided on keeping it a bit more simple. I chose ‘Nzeppel because it is a favorite of mine. Oddly enough, I had a hard time making friends with this tangle but once I embraced “no mistakes” and the advent of Crazy ‘Nzeppel, I struggled much less and enjoy using it.

Betweed is another that was difficult for me to friend and actively avoided it most of the time. But earlier this year it just clicked for me and I’ve enjoyed using it several times since.

Diva Dance is another tangle that I’ve just not been very friendly with. I don’t know that I’d every really done Foxtrot variation before but one section of my tile screamed for it, so it showed up. I never know where to place the bumps and frequently feel that I put them in the wrong place but after a quite a bit of shading, I think it turned out pretty good.

Here is my tile before shading and blackening.

:D Like that it almost looks like a windmill with the meddle one being a tower.

Here is a picture in natural light. It’s been a bit overcast today, so it’s a bit grayed out. ;)

I originally thought I’d put hollibaugh in the remaining sections of the tile but I was tired and didn’t quite feel up to all that. So I decided it just needed the contrast of some black. So I blackened all that in instead. :)

Here it is outside. I love mimosa trees, so I included a blossom in this shot.

Finally I added some shading. You know the drill: first pic is the scan and second is the one taken outside. ;)

I’m quite pleased with the lines on diva dance this time. I don’t usually aura very good and that one seemed to come out better than most. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I know the lines are still shaky but I’m okay with that. At least they are pretty evenly spaced this time. :D

I really thought there was more shading on that middle section but it never shows up as shaded on the computer as it appears to be in my hand. It makes me wonder how much shading Lily, Eni, and Anica really do for it to show up soooo shaded online. I’ve put several layers on these and it still looks like very little on some parts.

Well, that’s all for me today. Thanks for stopping by. Would love to know how you get things shaded nicely without spending hours on it. ;)

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Pasta Salad Healthy Carb, Low Fat

I made this pasta salad last week and we devoured it. I like to make salads when it is blooming hot outside so that it doesn’t get quite so hot inside.

This salad is a THM E(nergetic) salad because I used pasta made from quinoa and brown rice that I get at Aldi. A serving is only 1/4 cup of the dry pasta so I added some lettuce to it as well. I had intended to make a different salad but this one turned out good.

So, here’s what I did:

Bring water to a boil and then add the pasta and cook as directed, drain, and rinse with cold water.

I steamed one bunch of broccoli, just so it wasn’t raw and rinsed it in cool water too.

I added 5 cups of chopped red leaf lettuce, 1 carrot shredded, about 1/4 cup diced green pepper, and a garnish amount of shredded parmesan cheese.

Then I took a piece of chicken breast, cut it thinly, seasoned it with salt and pepper and cooked it in a skillet sprayed with coconut oil.

I also added about 1/3-1/2 cup of the fuel pull 1000 Island dressing because it is very low fat (because I used even less that the recipe calls for so I don’t have to think about how much I’m using) and it needs some kind of flavoring. You could use any low fat healthy dressing but even my daughter liked it and she doesn’t care for dressings. :D

I added some grape tomatoes and some fat free cheddar cheese to my serving. :) (I view the fat free cheese as a personal choice item and try not to eat too much of it but I love cheese so this is helpful to me.)

Pasta Salad Low Carb

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces dry penne quinoa and brown rice pasta, cooked, drained, and rinsed with cold water
  • 1 bunch of broccoli, steamed, and rinsed in cold water
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 5 cups of chopped red leaf lettuce or leafy greens of choice
  • about 1/4 cup diced green pepper
  • garnish amount of shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1# chicken breast
  • 1/3-1/2 cup low fat dressing (fuel pull creamy 1000 island)

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta as directed on package
  2. Steam broccoli
  3. Season chicken breast with salt and pepper, cook, and slice (I slice the meat first, season and then cook when I'm in a hurry and don't have some already cooked.)
  4. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and serve.
  5. Serves 4
http://lifeofjoy.me/pasta-salad-healthy-carb-low-fat/

I hope you enjoy this pasta salad.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

A Long Lasting Marriage

Marriage is tough enough without adding pressure and high expectations. Michael and I celebrated our 32nd anniversary last week! Yes, 32 years! I have to say, this last year has been one of the best!

You see, we are both working at our marriage. Marriage can fall apart if you don’t work at it because misunderstandings can abound.

We don’t do anything big or extravagant for our anniversary. Usually we go to dinner and a movie. We are homebodies and don’t go out often. This year there really wasn’t anything playing that we wanted to go see and we REALLY needed a new bedspread/comforter. It’s been about 20 years since we got the one we have and it is definitely showing that it needs replacing.

Tiffany and I went into Big Lots on errand day because we needed some coconut oil and we get the best price on it there. (We’re frugal; it’s not organic. ;) ) While we were there, I decided to check out their comforters and I found one I liked. It was a bed in a bag kind of deal for about $60 and had 10 pieces or so.

Michael and I went to Golden Corral for their breakfast buffet. We were both pleased with our meals although I must admit that I ate way too much meat!!! ;) His was mostly fruit and eggs and mine was mostly meat and eggs. ;) We both had a salad to finish it off, making mine a bit healthier for me.

We also needed to do a little shopping for clothes for Michael. We went to T J Maxx and he found one shirt he liked. Then we went to Burlington Coat Factory but found nothing, unless you count the Himalayan Pink Salt I got . . . I’ve found the best price on it at stores like this. It was crazy hot but he was a trooper and didn’t complain about the number of places we were stopping! :)

Then we were off to Big Lots. I showed him the comforter set I was considering and then we proceeded to change our minds about a half dozen times. We ended up with a nice set that came with 14 pieces, including 2 sheet sets, shams, comforter, 2 decorative pillows, and a throw all for $70.

I wanted to go into Old Time Pottery, which is next door but neither of us were really up to it at that point. We had headed to Dollar Tree and Walmart because I needed to pick up some bins for our bedroom and a few things at Walmart. Then I saw a sign for this clothing store  that advertised its clothes for $9.99 and below, in the same plaza. Hubby didn’t even complain about walking across the parking lot in the heat to the new store. (It’s a nice store and I’ll be stopping in with Tiffany on errand day or a Girls Day Out soon. They had a large variety of sizes. :) )

The end of a  very hot day, shopping celebrating our 32nd anniversary. (I’m still no good at selfies and don’t look nearly as good as when we started the day. :D)

After leaving these stores, our trip was not yet over. We needed to stop by Auto Zone and I did not complain. :D I promised to remind him that he wanted to stop at the post office to drop off a bill payment and I duly remembered before we were near. Of course, Auto Zone did not have everything he needed so we had to stop at O’Reilly’s too.

Then I realized that Bixby was having their Green Corn Festival but completely forgot about stopping at the post office because we were finally headed home. :) And then hubby remembered! He hates to turn around but we weren’t very far and did so anyway. Then of course I forgot about the roads being blocked off in the area near the post office and we turned down the road and realized we couldn’t get to the road for the post office this way and had to work our way around another way. To say our patience was tried is an understatement. :D But we managed to drop off the mail and head home. Round trip was around 5-6 hours!

We got a new bathroom shower curtain while we were out too. I was so tired that I didn’t put up either that day! (I’ll add some pictures here when I finally do get it up this week.)

Now this probably does not sound like a great anniversary celebration but we were out together talking about things we liked, deferring to the other (which made decisions more difficult sometimes ;) ), and just enjoying being with each other, which is what our marriage is all about. We are best friends and sometimes in the busyness of life, that can get forgotten. It takes work to stay best friends.

I have found that we are happiest when we don’t pressure ourselves with high expectations. Oh and it is important to communicate whatever expectations you do have. If you don’t ever express your expectations there is a higher probability that your expectations will not get met and that is frustrating to both of you.

Have a great week,

Michele ºÜº

Utilities Challenge

What a challenging few days. You don’t really realize how much you take running water for granted until you have to go without it for a day. Then when it goes into day three, it wears on you a bit.

Then it stormed and knocked out our electricity. Thankfully, after the storm it was cooler and more bearable outside. After a couple of hours and the evening wearing on, they guys decided to get out the generator and realized that there is something wrong with it, so they need to fix it.

So thankful that the electricity came back on before bed . . . I don’t do heat well. ;) And the next morning we woke up and had running water again!

Michael had brought home a five-gallon bucket with tap water Thursday evening. It sat outside. The next afternoon Tiffany needed to wash her hair, so Sean assisted her outside. The water was nice and warm! That was nice.

Michael was extremely happy to wash up with that warm water when he got home from work. :) He ended up heating some water for me to bathe with. Great guy, I tell ya’. :)

Saturday was a men’s breakfast at the church. I went to help serve. I also took some low carb/keto pancakes because I know my guys aren’t the only ones that appreciate the option. I took Bring on the Buttah pancakes from the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook and the Baked Pecan Pancakes from the Trim Healthy Table cookbook. We like both these pancakes, so even if nobody else ate any it would have been no problem to bring them home. :) Can you say pre-made Sunday morning breakfast? There ended up being enough leftover for us to have a pancake with our eggs for breakfast the next morning. :)

On the way home, they guys stopped and picked up some paper products because we were running out of dishes. Yes, I know you can hand wash dishes but that takes water and we conserved the water we brought home for flushing toilets (extremely high priority) and bathing. We already buy distilled water for drinking. :)

Yep, this is enough to last us forever because the next morning the water came on. We ran the dishwasher twice and washed a load or two of laundry. And then I ran the dishwasher again at bedtime, as usual. So yeah, pretty much buying this much paper products ensured the water would be on shortly. :D

While the electricity was out, we tried opening the windows but it was too hot inside and not enough coolness coming in. So, we went outside where it was both cooler and brighter, so we could read.

We had a nice breeze most of the time and I was able to read a bit. Not sure I’m loving this book although I am loving certain parts of it, if that makes any sense. ;)

Well, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to get those two clipped photos above on from a video a shot at the time and now my time has run out. So, I’ll run for now. I hope you have a great weekend. I know we will have a better cleaner and cooler one that last weekend. :D

Michele ºÜº

Book Review: The Strangers

When we went to the library back in May (living 25 minutes from the library causes us to only go once a month), I was perusing the children’s books. Yes, a fifty-five year old adult was perusing the juvenile books.

You see, I love Narnia. I enjoyed The Hobbit. I liked The Mysterious Benedict Society. I liked Heidi, Polyanna, and The Little Princess and many more. So I decided to start browsing the children’s department to see what I could find.

I saw several new books displayed on top of the stacks that intrigued me. All three of them featured siblings that, seemingly, got along together. I was already at my book limit for the day so I took pictures of them so I could find them again next time. I was surprised to see that all three of them were available when we went back for our June visit.

I’ve already read the first one and really enjoyed it. So, I thought I’d share a little about it with you.

The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix

This book starts out when three children: 11yo Chess, 9yo Emma, and 7yo Finn, come home from school and are not greeted with the happy mother they are used to seeing. In spite of their father being dead for seven years now, they are generally a very happy, if somewhat reclusive family.

Today is different though. On the news is the story of a kidnapping of three children: Rocky age 11, Emma age 9, and Finn age 7 from somewhere in Arizona. There are remarkable similarities and their mother is acting most strangely.

She must leave on an unexpected business trip and is leaving them with near strangers until she returns. Ms. Morales is very protective and acts a bit oddly, in the children’s estimation. Her daughter Natalie has an apparent better relationship with her smart phone than with her mother, which the Greystone children think strange.

I love the relationship the Greystone children have with each other. This is a good story to encourage good sibling relationships. I remember being a few chapters into the story and wondering if I was mistaken about what I thought was supposed to happen. About the time I had convinced myself that it was just about some very similar children being kidnapped (and trying to work through how that could be: cloning, twins, and so on) the alternate reality popped in. :D Don’t worry; I’m not giving any spoilers as it is stated plainly on the cover summary.

I love that this story did not make adults look stupid and that the children were the only ones smart enough to fix the problem. I liked how some adults worked with the children and the realistic reasoning behind Ms. Morales’ lack of involvement in the story.

I was sad to realize that this is the first book in a series and that the next book is not available yet. :D I’ve read so many series lately, I was looking forward to a good old one books story. :D But that didn’t happen. I will look forward to the release of the second book.

As I read the book I was so engrossed in it that I was surprised that it is juvenile fiction; it was that engaging for me. Emma loves math, so there was that whole element there that I enjoyed too.

Bottom Line:

  • I recommend this book. :)
  • I like the relationship between the siblings.
  • I like how they work together.
  • I like how the relationship with Natalie develops.
  • I like how Natalie’s behavior (concerning phone and mother) is addressed or at least acknowledged.

So many times siblings fight or have bad relationships in books and I appreciate that this is not the case here. It is also refreshing to see how they protect Finn and include him.

A few more things to consider:

There are some tense situations in this book but I feel they were handled well. However, I thought I would mention them in case you or your child doesn’t handle some of these situations well or they are triggers in your household.

  • Kidnapping
  • Mysterious similarities with other people (same names and birthdays)
  • Dead father
  • Abandonment
  • Bad Government (in alternate reality)
  • Sneaking around
  • Chase scene
  • Trial and Death Sentence Possiblility

Because of these tense situations, depending on your child, I would recommend reading it together, so that you can talk about some of these things.

No matter if you read along or not, definitely have your child tell you about the story (narrate), so that you can talk about some of these situations and discuss them. Are they portrayed in a realistic manner? How does your child feel about them?

I would have had no qualms with my children reading this book and I would have even encouraged it. I enjoyed it so much that Tiffany read it shortly after I did and also enjoyed it. Although she did not like the ending. I’m expecting it to be straightened out in the next book. ;)

Well, I hope this helps you. Let me know if you or your kids read it and what you thought of it.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

W2, Marasu, Fescu, Finery, and Betweed

Since Laura Harms generally takes the summer off from posting challenges, I didn’t even check the Diva Challenge this week. Instead I’m continuing on with Sandy’s Today’s Tangles weekly prompt. (#TTKICPrompt062419)

This week’s prompt had an intricate string, which I copied somewhat. ;) There was so much to it and it created so many sections that I knew I would not be putting something different in each section. I really like W2, so I decided to use it. I liked Marasu the times I’ve used it, and thought that one of the circular sections would lend itself to Marasu. After I did the section with it, I realized I could have just made the whole string a Marasu snake. ;) But I’d didn’t think it would look as good at that point, so I moved on.

I found a place to use Betweed. I made friends with Betweed several months ago. Prior to that, I just couldn’t make it look right, nor could I seem to wrap my head around it. It is actually very simple; I don’t know why I struggled so.

Then there was Finery. Yep, we are not friends yet. It’s just kind of there. I didn’t quite get the right curves and angles on the lines for it but that is okay. The last tangle I used was Fescu, which is super simple and easy to draw. :)

Here is the tile before shading.

That was the scan. Here is the picture in natural lighting. Thankfully the sun cooperated when I needed it to.

Then I shaded it! Hooray for shading! I remember when I was afraid of shading. Now I look forward to it. I still don’t get quite enough shading on my pieces yet, but I’m working on it. ;)

Here is a picture I did midway of the shading.

Here is the scan of the finished tile.

And here is the finished tile in natural light. Once again, the sun cooperated. :)

I really enjoy W2! I also enjoy shading it. It doesn’t look very shaded here but I put three layers on it.

Well, that’s my tile for the week. Thanks for stopping by. Which tangle of these is your favorite? (Top to bottom: W2, Finery (on the left), Marasu, Betweed, and Fescu)

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

My Sourdough Bread Adventure

Friday a week ago, I left off saying that I needed to go feed my sourdough starter and I did. I was preparing to make Glenda’s Honey Oat Sourdough Bread from her cookbook, Around the Family Table: Food, Fun, and Fellowship, which makes five loaves. Yes you read that right, FIVE loaves. However, I only decided to do this because I’d made her single loaf version from her website and it was gone very quickly and loved by the four of us.

Now, we generally go through 1-2 loaves of store-bought sourdough (THM plan approved) bread each week. Hubby takes a sandwich daily for his lunch and has a piece with his breakfast each morning. Son has at least one piece each morning and then the rest fluctuates. Consequently, I knew we needed at least 2 loaves a week and my options were either one loaf made using my KitchenAid mixer or two loaves by hand.

If I was going to have to do it by hand anyway, I might as well make the large batch and freeze three loaves until needed. That way I wouldn’t have to make bread every week. So five loaves it was. Trouble was, I didn’t have a bowl big enough to hold the amount of dough that I was going to end up with for five loaves of bread.

I pulled out my largest bowls and asked my family which they thought would work. Here were the bowls to choose from.I used to think my stainless steel bowl was big. :D but as you can see, it is the smallest one on the table by comparison. I was mixing the dough up in the orange-red bowl and it was already 2/3 – 3/4 full, so I knew neither of those two were going to be big enough for it all to rise in.

The red plastic bowl is one I bought for artisan bread in 5 minutes to sit in the refrigerator, several years ago, but even it didn’t seem like it’d be large enough. And although the punch bowl has a nice large top, its optimum capacity would probably be lacking.

I was beginning to think I might need to divide the dough into a couple different bowls because the cake saver lid just didn’t seem to be the right thing to use and I doubted that the lovely wooden Honduras salad bowl would work.

Then on top of all of this, I needed to cover the bowl with greased plastic wrap which meant to me that it wouldn’t be able to rise over the bowl’s rim. =)) The family voted that the cake saver lid was the best option in spite of the place where the handle is connected on the inside. I took some trusty packing tape and covered it up.

I’ve had some trouble with some pain in my right wrist in the last year or so and was concerned about the stirring of that much dough and the kneading of the dough for nearly ten minutes. Family to the rescue! They were actually quite proactive during the whole process.

Michael helped combine the ingredients with my dough whisk, which I also got for that artisan bread I mentioned earlier. Then after I’d kneaded the dough for about five minutes, I showed Sean how to do it and he spelled me for a bit. I finished it off the last minute. Then oiled the cake saver lid and put the dough inside, turning it over to get a bit of oil on the top and bottom of the dough (exactly for what reason, I do not know ;) ). Then I sprayed the bottom of the cake saver with oil and attached it.

This is what it looked like five hours later. :)

Look at those gorgeous bubbles. When I ordered my cookbook I requested the mature starter from Glenda that she so graciously offers.

It didn’t even touch the “lid”. So I guess it was a perfect fit. :)

I got out all my loaf pans. I have two of the stainless steel ones that Jane recommended, a very old dark and small one, and two glass ones of different sizes.

I stood there looking at it for several minutes trying to figure out how to get it portioned into five loaves. I finally dumped it out onto a mat and used my handy dandy dough knife. Worked like a charm!

Here they are ready to rise for about an hour or so before baking.

Unfortunately I let them rise too long and didn’t do the slits across the tops of the loaves quite right but they are still very good. Oh, and I also forgot to take more pictures.

Here is what is left some 5 days later . . .

It is a great recipe and I was even successful with it. I’ll definitely do it again. I just hope it isn’t next week. ;)

I’m sorry this bread story got so long. I promise to share a recipe with you next week. Well, technically I did share a recipe with you today because I gave you the link to Glenda’s single loaf recipe on her site. It’s what I started with before moving on to the five loaf recipe.

Have you made sourdough from scratch?

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº