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Back from the Dead

I’m somewhat notorious for abandoning my blog experiments. That said, I will completely admit that summers in Oregon are a terrible time for blogging. I have a fairly high-pressure job that took up a ton of time this summer, as well as filling up every weekend with everything but blogging.

Now that the weather’s starting to turn, wedding season’s almost over, and the inside of my house is looking better than the inside of a tent, I’m going to attempt to spend a little more time on the blogosphere.

I’ve got a bunch of projects in the works, as well as on the books, so hopefully this poor, little, abandoned blog can come back to life.

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Adventures in no-knead bread

I mentioned before that I started attempting no-knead bread, and I’m now a few successful loaves in.  I’m also two unsuccessful loaves in, but that was mostly because I didn’t make the bread in time and overaged the dough.  I used Jim Lahey’s recipe, adapted for NYTimes by Mark Bittman.

Here’s what the dough looks like:

I also made in the shape of a sandwich loaf thanks to this hack from The Kitchn. So it looks like this:

And then finally turns into this:

All in all, it’s going pretty well–the bread’s a really nice, chewy consistency that I can use for sandwiches or with just some butter for a snack. I think the next plan is baguettes!

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Tacking another direction

My parents have this great dream of buying a big-ass boat when they retire and spending their golden years on the water. They aren’t really sailors, more like motorboaters, but obviously they’ll need to know a little bit about direction and all that.

My first inclination for this blog was for it to be a place for me to chronicle my and my husband’s DIY efforts on our house. Obviously, that’s still going to show up here. It has to–my coworkers, friends, and family are eventually going to get really tired of talking about my house.

That said, I’ve decided it would be more interesting to see how my DIY efforts in other areas start to happen as well. I’m not totally starting from scratch, but in some areas, I might as well be.

For example, my husband was teasing me on Thursday when he said, “You know, if we wanted to cook at home more often, we should have resolved to eat out more. Then it might happen.” He’s right–I have a lot of great intentions and fairly uneven follow through. Like, we got a Kitchenaid stand mixer for a wedding gift almost two years ago and it just made it out of the box for the third time ever on Tuesday.

Really.

It’s not like we have grand amounts of counter space, but twice in two years? Yikes. In my defense, it now has an actual home, but still.

So here we go–this blog is about to become my accountability buddy, and that’s a little bit frightening. Woohoo!

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