Friday, May 2, 2008

Friday Round-up

It's Friday again! It sorta snuck up on the Bag Lady this week. She's been going out every few hours to check her cows, but so far there has been a lull in the calving. That's okay, because the weather has been a little nasty - cool and wet.

The weekend promises to be better, though. Hopefully a few more cows will decide to have calves if the weather is decent.

The rain has helped bring the frost out of the ground, so things are muddy around here again. But there is a hint of green in the grass and the trees, and promises of things to come in her flowerbeds.

The Bag Lady has been working on a couple of projects that she hopes to share with you soon, but nothing is finished yet. Sigh. The Bag Lady isn't happy unless she has several things on the go at once, which means she has a short attention span and never completes anything! she's really, really busy!

In the meantime, here's a really good recipe for home-made bread:


Twin Loaves

Add 1 pkg dry yeast to 2 1/4 cups warm water in mixing bowl and mix well. Add 3 1/2 cups flour, 3 Tbsp sugar, 1 Tbsp salt, 2 Tbsp soft shortening. Beat until smooth, add more flour, a little at a time.

Let rise and punch down. Let rise again. Form into 2 loaves and let rise. Bake about 45 minutes at 350.

When the Bag Lady makes this, she uses a mixture of whole wheat and white flour - mostly whole wheat. She has made it using vegetable shortening, but has wondered about using olive oil. (Hasn't tried it yet). She uses olive oil in the bread she makes in her bread machine, and it works very well.

And here's a picture of a few of the calves enjoying the sun when it finally made an appearance late yesterday afternoon.

This cow was the designated baby sitter. Of course, the rest of the cows weren't very far away.

Have a great weekend!

15 comments:

Leah J. Utas said...

I'm curious about your projects, but I'll be patient.

Scrumpy's Baker said...

I'm curious too!

And thanks for the bread recipe. :)

Hilary said...

I'm not the least bit curious. I'm very patient and have no problem waiting it out...

Can we know now?

How about now?

Now, then?

What about NOW?

the Bag Lady said...

Oh, they aren't really all that exciting...I just hope they work out okay!
dfLeah - I know you are a patient soul.
SB - you're welcome for the recipe - let me know how it turns out.
Hilary - soon, I promise!

Anonymous said...

Enquiring minds want to know! hehe
Hope it's nice weather here in D.C., I am doing two day Avon walk! Hope my little legs don't give out...

Missicat

the Bag Lady said...

Missicat - good for you!! I'm sending good weather wishes your way - hope they get there in time!

Sagan Morrow said...

A bread recipe! I love recipes.

I've never made bread without a bread maker (besides things like banana bread or tea bread). I will have to attempt it without my beloved bread maker sometime... just for kicks.

the Bag Lady said...

Oh, Sagan, you must give it a try! Not only is it so much tastier than bread machine bread (which is better than store-bought), it is a great work-out! All that kneading.

Emily said...

I hope all the cows don't pop out this weekend and keep you busy birthing for 48 hours!

I would enjoy standing in the sun after all that snow you've had over the winter- is winter gone for good now?

the Bag Lady said...

Emily - I hope we have a few more births while the weather is warm and sunny, but don't want it to be too crazy!
And no, you can never say for sure that winter is over until we are much closer to June. There's been snow dumped on us in huge amounts in the middle of May...or June...or July...

You get the picture!

Reb said...

Sounds intriguing Sis, can't wait to find out more. The recipe looks good, but with my arm, I'll stick to my machine. Cute photo.

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, Reb. One of the projects is something you may actually recognize...

Dawn said...

Hope I'm not too late to put my name down for the name of a calf. And if you have a fiesty little blond calf, Saffron would like one named after her too please!

And now that you've mentioned projects, we're all going to pester us until you tell.

So?

MizFit said...

Ive never made bread----period.

may drag my MIL in the store today and give this a shot!!

the Bag Lady said...

Dawn - of course you're not too late!! And will put Saffron down for a blonde, too.

Miz - hope you do give it a try - it is a really tasty recipe.