It has been a really good week and big! I realise it more when I look at the list I write down. I keep a kind of dot points list on the fridge or I would get to Friday and if someone asked me what have I been doing I would draw a blank.
Well that is why I jot things down...
Some of the ways I feathered the nest this week include:
Inspired by Mimi's gorgeous soap making I have been saving rose petals and buds.
Just picking them is beautiful. And the scent is heavenly.
I have a lot of already dried little pink buds and baskets of yellow and white petals.
I also picked a lot of parsley seed heads. I am going to share those around and the excess I give to the birds.
Earlier in the week I made a lot of Gingerbread and made up a gift basket for my Uncle. Instead of Gingerbread men I made Deer. (ok technically a Moose)
This baking gave us snacks and I gave away packets of biscuits as little presents.
I also packaged up some of the soaps I made in January. This gave me two gifts that I needed this week. I used boxes that are meant for baking. They were perfect!
This is the very last of the soap I made so in January I will get back to making more.
Allie helped me for about 6 hours this week. This was a big help! We were talking abut soap making and she went home and made her first batch! She made one with coffee that looked amazing!
Between us we got a lot more painting done. I reached the end of my 100 day challenge on Tuesday.
While I did get heaps more done because of the challenge I am not finished painting. I wanted to be finished by December. I think I have about three days to go. Maybe over the weekend I will reach the finish line!
Like soap making Sour Dough bread was on my list of things I would like to try/learn.
You know when you have something you would like to try but something holds you back? Originally with soap making it was the fear of the caustic soda. That turned out to be easy as there are so many good tutorials to follow and so many methods to make soap that it shouldn't stop you.
With Sour dough my issue was the starter and the mystery of it.
Having mentioned this To Nanna Chel the next thing I know there is a mystery parcel at my doorstep!
Nanna Chel sent me some sour dough starter! Hers is called Gertrude and as it is alive she thinks it should have a name. Meet Gertrude...
Andy looked worried. He asked me exactly how well do I know this lady? When I asked why he said "how do you know that isn't Anthrax or something?"
And this is how I found a name for our starter. Anthrax.
I followed the instructions and was doubtful thinking I will for sure kill this thing! Being someone who likes a back up plan I reserved some just incase.
But two days later it looked like this...
So it was up and running quite happily!
The next day I added flour and water to one part to make what they call the sponge... which becomes your bread. The other part I saved and that is what keeps you going for next time.
I think I was helped by warm weather. My dough rose happily as well...
First I made plain bread. It was really yum but I think I slightly undercooked it. Five more minutes next time.
Next I made rolls with some seeds added...
Both times I timed things toward having warm bread at dinner time. Then I used it in Andy's lunches and froze some.
Today I have a bowl going that looks like the first picture... and tomorrow I am making dough again and rolling it out in polenta for pizza bases. So hopefully that works.
It has been really fun and interesting. The instructions seemed daunting at first but step by step they just worked! Thank you so much to Nanna Chel for getting me going! I can add this to new skills I learned this year. I am so pleased! You never need to buy yeast as you are farming your own! It is fabulous!
Yesterday I put up the Christmas tree. I am finishing decorating today. Harper is coming over to play and help :)
I hope you had a wonderful week. How did you build up your nest? Have a lovely weekend. xxx