Sunday, April 23, 2017

Ramp Bread

 We are off to our first ramp festival of the season.  It is ramp time here and I am adding them to all kinds of recipes.  Yesterday I made this ramp bread which is delectable.


1-1/4 C. water
2-1/2 tsp. rapid rise yeast
2 tsp. sugar
2 T. olive oil
3-1/2 C. bread flour
1/2 tsp. salt

Mix all of these ingredients and knead until you have a smooth ball of dough.  Place it in a buttered bowl, cover and let it rise until doubled, about 1 hour.  While the dough rises, saute' one bunch of ramps in a bit of olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Let them cool.

Once the dough has risen, divide it into 2 pieces and roll each one out into a rectangle, about 8X12. Lay a few ramps along the edge, roll it from the long side.  Add a few more ramps and roll again.  Add a final row of ramps, roll closed and place seam side down on a parchment covered cookie sheet.  Put a few slits along the top.  Brush with a bit of the oil remaining from cooking the ramps and sprinkle with sea salt.  Let them rise for about 20 minutes.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake for about 35 minutes until golden.

Cool on a rack and then dig in. I sent a loaf of this with my daughter to work and people devoured it.  Off to the festival!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Thrift Shop Finds

I really need to stay away from these places. Or get a bigger house.  Or call one of those hording shows.  But man, thrift shopping is fun! I found this sweet little pink jar for my daughter.  She is acquiring quite a nice colored glass collection.  Or maybe I should say that I am and she is just keeping it for me. I guess I actually have started filling another house!
 This set of vintage etched glassware cost me 79 cents each and only one has a very small flea bite on it.

 The are very dainty and have beautiful stems.

 This green bowl was 99 cents.

 I don't think it is old but it is very pretty.

 I love these old painted glass vases (Anchor Hocking) and pick them up whenever I find them. This was 3.99. It will be so pretty with a Fall arrangement in it.

And my new obsession is oil paintings.  I like them even if they are not great and are done by unknown artists. Plus, I think it's sad that someone's work ends up in a thrift shop for a couple bucks.  I'll appreciate them and give them a good home!
Remember this one which I found recently for less than 20.00?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Cistern is Open

Summer is coming. The cistern is open.  It recirculates collected rain water.
 My kale is planted.

 Garden jewelry.

 Garden faces.

 My outdoor sink is turned on too.

 Hollyhocks and lupine.

 Sunflowers.  Teddy eats the leaves on these.

 Garden whimsy.

 A lot of boxwoods to trim.

Teddy keeping watch.
 I'm thinking of building raised stone beds here.

One of my mirror chains dripping from last night's storms.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Walk in the Garden

 Though I started everything I intend to plant this year, I succumbed to the call of the local nursery and bought a few plants too.

 Teddy likes to lay just inside the door where it's cool from the A/C but she can still see outside.

 The woods is filling in daily.

 Shooting stars, strawberries and Solomon's Seal.
 I can hardly see the guest house now.

 I love ferns.

 Narcissus and Columbines.

 An Eastern Redbud.

 This is the first time in ages that we haven't had a frost after the apples bloomed.

I might actually get apples this year.

Monday, April 17, 2017

A Peek Into Our Easter

 It was supposed to rain all day on Easter but it ended up being sunny for most of the day.

 My thrift store bunny painted gold.

 The dining room table.  Click to enlarge any pic.

 The parade of thrift store bunnies.

 I painted half of them gold.

 And filled lots of them with treats.

 Vintage English flow blue china.

 Vichyssoise was served as a first course in the small glasses.

 Mini strawberry rhubarb pies for dessert.

 Individual carrot cakes.

 And Easter baskets.

 Each guest got their own basket when they left.

I also made a rich chocolate cake for all the chocolate lovers.  It was the ugliest cake I've ever made.  Bad buttercream weather!  It was reported that it tasted good though.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Happy Easter

 I am taking a blogging break for Easter weekend because I have so much cooking to do.

I've been busy already.  Yesterday I baked bunny rolls.  Click to enlarge and you can see their cute little sesame seed tails.  I hope you all have a wonderful Easter and I will leave you with a bit of rabbit wisdom:
If you kiss enough eggs along the way, you will eventually be rewarded. Silly Wabbit Spicy.  Speaks volumes doesn't it?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

An Easter Basket for the Kids

 I'm quite sure that none of the after school kids will be getting Easter Baskets at home.  I thought it would be fun to make them one large basket to share.  This basket is huge! It's 2 feet wide.

 I loaded it full of all sorts of Easter treats.

I made a smaller one for the other smaller group.  They even got bags of Peeps Oreos. The Blog Tech said the kid's eyes popped out of their heads when they saw the baskets.  I also sent them big meat and cheese platters and homemade rolls so they had something solid to balance out all of the sugar!
I spent most of the rest of yesterday working outside.  It was a perfect Spring day.
 I re-potted some herbs .

 I even cut the grass for the first time this season.

 I came up with an idea for my small greenhouse which I will work on after Easter.  I'll post it when I do it.

 I moved pots all day. Two of these are blueberries and one is an olive tree.

 My sink isn't open yet but I did start to arrange the area around it.

And I moved my Bay trees outside.  I'm pretty sure our freezing nights are done. Slowly but surely things are coming together.