Here’s tomorrow’s lunch: black bean soup with cilantro and sour cream. Here at the Cottage, winter is all about cozy foods like fragrant soups and breads. I pack my breakfast and lunch every day, because I am frugal and because I leave the house too early to eat breakfast – my minimum 12-hour fast is not done. Continue reading “Soup for Lunch!”
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. What’s not to love? Continue reading “Simplifying Thanksgiving”
One of the ways my family connects is through animals. We all are amazed by them and the ways that they communicate with each other and with us. We walk our dog and play with our cats, frequently visit a cat shelter to help socialize the cats, view swans and ducks on the lakes, listen to barred and great horned owls at night, as well as the occasional howl of coyotes, marvel as eagles soar and swoop over our kayaks, and visit the wildlife rehabilitation facilities and zoos.
Today we were charmed by Penelope, a month-old reticulated giraffe at Como Zoo. For a moment, she stared at us, and we smiled in wonder and awe.
About 6 weeks ago, I created a plan for reducing my feeling of time stress. Has it been effective? Continue reading “Reviewing the Time-Growing Plan”
First frost, followed by actual snow: the warm-weather garden plants are dead.
I don’t know why I am never able to pull them before the frost. Tomatoes don’t ripen much in the rapidly-shortening September days, and the microscopic green peppers that I left to grow… didn’t. Continue reading “Winter’s First Greeting…”
One of my favorite aromas: a bakery that uses a sour rye culture. One of my least favorite aromas: the packaged bread aisle of supermarkets.
I’ve been making most of our breads, of all shapes and sizes, for years. Slightly fluffy whole grain sandwich bread, crusty and fragrant sourdough, tortillas, pita, and naan, pizza, and occasionally bagels – I enjoy the process and product both.
Baking bread has the reputation of being time-consuming. I’ve experimented with various means of fitting the bread cycle into our days, and I’ve assessed the competition Continue reading “Homemade Bread Routines”