The last few days have been rainy and cold, the perfect weather for getting things done around the house. I've been spending quite a bit of time in the kitchen: a little cleaning, a little organizing, a lot of cooking. I have plans to paint in here over the summer, but the clutter and disorganization of it all has been getting to me. (Bonus: If I keep track of where everything was before we take it all out to paint, I won't have to organize afterward; I can just put it all back where it was...)
:: stocking the pantry
I've been saving heels of bread in the freezer for a few weeks, and the other day as George was struggling to stuff one more into the bulging bag he suggested this might be a good week to make breadcrumbs. We were just about out, anyway...
:: bulk bags
I never seem to have enough of these when I go shopping, and I found a stack of inexpensive half-yard prints that I'm sure I won't use for anything else when I cleaned my making space last month, so I've been making more here and there as I have time. They are just simple sacks with French seams; I hold them closed with ponytail bands. My old ones had strips of muslin sewn on to write the bin numbers on, but I'm making these ones without.
:: crusty bread
We've been enjoying sourdough quite a lot this winter: breads and pancakes and English muffins...and I hate to say it, but I think we're all a bit sourdough'd out. So I'm back to yeast breads, for a while, until we start to miss sourdough again. We've all agreed that the sandwich bread recipe from Heather's Whole Foods Kitchen workshop) is our favorite of all the ones we've tried over the years. I've been wanting to try making a no-knead crusty bread for a while; this one, baked in my Dutch oven, was a hit at supper with last night's lentil stew.
:: storing and organizing
We had a floor poured in the cellar last week, and suddently we have something like 1,000 square feet of storage space that wasn't there before. These shelves have followed us from house to house over the last ten or so years, and I'm finally able to set them up here for bulk storage downstairs. (I'm probably a little more giddy about this than I ought to be.)
I've been hard at work on my shawl. I have to confess that I'm not enjoying this one quite as much as my last; I don't know if it's that the pattern is more repetitive or if the "mystery" aspect of Ysolda's knit along was the real draw. I've just begun chart C, which changes the pattern a bit and is repeated only twice, so it should keep me entertained for a while.
I was inspired last week to begin reading Middlemarch again; I haven't read it in years and I'd almost forgotten how long it is. Peace Is Every Step has been on my request list at the library for quite a while now, and my turn with it came this week. And of course we are still reading Little Town on the Prairie together; we are about halfway through. (I know I've said it before, but I do so love how much my children love these old favorites of mine...)