Sunday, October 30, 2022
I had an email conversation with Robin yesterday after she commented on my baking and said she hadn't baked for a year or two.
I had to know why and she told me where she lives, in northern California, there are two great local bakeries and she has just grown to rely on their tasty products.
Well I was back at it again today.
I discovered one of my little bread cookbooks had a great solution to the rigors of baking.
Let the Bread Machine do the work of making the dough, then form it into any number of great rolls and bagels and doughnuts and cakes and whatever.
So today I made (actually the bread machine made) a Brioche dough, then I formed it into rolls and baked it in our oven.
Saturday, October 29, 2022
The BRD came by for a visit (and a meal) last weekend and during the preprandial cocktail hour was reminiscing with her mother about something she remembered from her early days in Indiana.
She said she couldn't find a recipe for it but I located one easily with the assistance of Mr. Google
Or is it Miss Google?
I dunno but whoever it is they do great work.
Anyway I found the recipe, printed it out and handed it to the daughter.
It seems to me a little complicated for someone who doesn't normally bake bread but she vowed she was going to try it.
It involves making a couple of starters and takes the greater part of two days but determined she was.
And yesterday she proudly showed us her end product.
Friday, October 28, 2022
So, how has your week been?
Mine was pretty good.
'Course, it's still happening and anything can happen.
I don't want to think about that.
So here's something to distract me.
I bet by now you're all thinkin', "He's forgotten about that special day getting close."
The following are to prove you wrong, just one more time.
Okay, that's all I've got.
Now enjoy yourself for the next few days.
Have a great weekend and always remember to keep laughing!
Here, kitty-kitty . . .
(As a special treat, the BRD's Jet snarls his Halloween wishes)
Thursday, October 27, 2022
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
No, this post is not about our neighbor, whose name happens to be Autumn.
It's about the season of the year we are now ensconced in.
It's that time of the year when changing weather causes the trees to turn from their summery green to the beautiful reds and yellows and oranges made lovelier still by a soft sunlight.
But this gorgeous season is also called Fall.
That could be because all of those beautiful leaves are blown from the trees and fall gently onto our yards and sidewalks and driveways, calling out for a human with a rake to get busy.
Monday, October 24, 2022
My cousin, Bonnie, called this morning to let me know that her mother had passed away peacefully in her sleep.
Almost 8 months ago, my Aunt Lil had celebrated her 100th birthday.
Friday, October 21, 2022
Yes, I know what you're going to say.
"He's rushing things, isn't he?"
And I know, Halloween is more than a week away.
But what can I say?
My Comedy Corps has been sending me follies full of witches and goblins and black cats and I just have to share them with you.
So try not to get too gobsmacked by all of these hobgoblins and just enjoy the humor of the season.
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Monday, October 17, 2022
Slowly our house is becoming a home.
We hung some artwork yesterday.
The pastel of my uncle, Zenas Howland Taylor, was done when he was a young accountant in San Francisco in 1930.
It's hard for me to believe that the picture of him is more than 90 years old.
It's been in our family for many decades and I've always loved it.
He's now keeping my new blog header of Blackwell company.
Meanwhile the kitchen got several pieces hung yesterday.
And a couple of our larger pieces have finally found their places in the living room.
I say "finally" because at first they were reversed and, dang, those framed pieces are heavy.
Meantime, some other works are on and against the couch for now while they find their proper places.
It is said that a house is not a home.
We feel a house is not a home until the artwork finds it's proper place.
And Judy has always said it's not right until the books have come out of their boxes and been placed on their shelves.
It's feeling more and more like home.
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Friday, October 14, 2022
The end of another week is in sight!
They're getting easier here as we adjust more and more to our new home.
So that makes it easier to move right on into the business at hand: COMEDY!