Friday, September 23, 2016

"Here Comes The Rain Again"

After a summer of pretty well no rain, it is a pleasure to hear the rain again. We woke up to mild, muggy weather this morning. We headed out the door at 5:20 for our walk. By the time Chuck left for work at 6:30 the temperature had already gone down by 5 degrees. By 10:00 it was in the 50's. Very Fall like day.
For me that means a bread making day. I got the bread started and headed for downtown just a short walk away. I mailed a card, picked up a few groceries and visited the library. After I dropped off a movie we had checked out I thought I would just have a quick browse. No such thing for me in a library! Yikes, I should have been home 10 minutes ago! I quickly checked out my books and movies and practically ran home. This is what the bread dough looked like when I took it out of the oven where I had it rising.
I punched it down and put it in the pans for the last rising. Wait, what was that?? Sweet Pea meowing at the door. After a quick snack of "Mariner's Catch" he hopped up on the couch for a wash.
It was pouring rain by this time so I couldn't push him outside. He was making sure he wouldn't be thrown out. Look at that face!
He discovered something flinging around.
His tail!
Must attack!!!
Be cute so she let's me stay inside……..
One more attack.
By now he was thoroughly pooped so I let him crash for an hour or so.
I started the Fall decorating. I picked up some small pumpkins and gourds with the idea to fill up this old toolbox. I believe I have mentioned this toolbox before. I think….. Anyway my Dad made it when he was 21 or so. He was starting his electrical apprenticeship and had to have a toolbox. He went out into one of the barns and put this together in a few minutes. That was in 1953. It was in the workshop at home my whole life. One day 20 years or so ago I asked him for it. He thought it was funny that I would want "that old thing". I love it! I misjudged how many gourds I need. I will purchase some tomorrow at "AppleFest"
Our neighbour has a beautiful Maple losing it's leaves so I collected some this morning and will put them in a bowl.
Here is the finished product! I kneaded in some raisins in the loaf on the left. I usually cut the loaves in half and freeze them. I love peanut butter on homemade bread for breakfast.
The bees are still busy in this bush. Our gardener neighbour Mervin did tell me what it was but I have forgotten.

I can hear the bread calling to me. I will sample a piece just for quality control purposes of course!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Robin

22 comments:

  1. Your bread looks delicious. Can't wait for it to cool down some here. xo Laura

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    1. It is delicious! Hopefully you will be enjoying the cooler temps soon.
      Thanks for dropping by!

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  2. This is a beautiful post. What a sweet kitty and how nice of you to let him come in and rest. He looks extra pretty on the pretty sofa. I have one of those old tool boxes too...we found it at the landfill years ago. Your toolbox looks much better than mine. :)

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    1. Oh,thanks Henny! He is a very sweet kitty who loves everyone. I imagine there are quite a few of those old wooden tool boxes around. Dads would quickly hammer a few boards together and they would be done. I don't imagine when my Dad made it in 1953 he thought his daughter would some day have it on her dining room table.

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  3. I'm in love with Sweet Pea. :-)

    You had a very busy day...and it's not over! The bread looks delicious.

    The temps plunged here too, I'd had done better to wear a thicker cardigan and/or a jacket!

    Enjoy the AppleFest!

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    1. He is such a sweetie! Loves to play and give kisses.
      I feel in this cooler weather I have so much more energy. This is my favourite time of year.
      It is chilly out. Chuck went to work without a jacket. I imagine he is regretting that now!
      Talk soon.

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  4. Your bread does look delicious!!
    Have you tried Modge Podge on pretty leaves? I find that pressing them just for a day or so then putting MP on front and back keeps them from getting brittle and crumbling.

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    1. I didn't realize you could Modge Podge leaves. I will try it. Thanks for the info!

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  5. Looks like you might have a new kitty, he sure looks comfy there! That bread looks amazing!! catchatwithcarenandcody

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    1. Hi Caren! Thanks for the compliment on my bread. Sweet Pea does make himself at home here.

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  6. Sweet Pea sure is cute and enjoying his time inside. Good that he can get in out of the rain. That bread sure looks yummy. I used to make bread and it is so tasty.

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    1. Sweet Pea is very loving and friendly. I imagine he could make himself at home anywhere!

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  7. Isn't it so nice to live in a town where you can walk to places?
    Bet your house smelled great with that bread baking.
    Nice to have your dad's old tool box that he made. It is a treasure for sure.

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    1. I am loving being able to walk everywhere in town. I feel like we are living in Mayberry!
      I do cherish the tool box. My Dad wasn't terribly handy with wood so to have this means a lot to me.

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  8. I make bread, too, though in a bread-maker and freeze the loaves in half, as well. Autumn is a good time for it, and for making soup. Our summer was wetter than usual, and I sisn't mind it. The grass has stayed green until now.

    I couldn't have thrown Sweet Pea out, either. In fact, he'd probably stay permanently...

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    1. As soon as the cooler weather hits I go into baking mode. I do continue to bake through the summer but not with much enthusiasm.
      We seem to be getting rain every two or three days now. Too late for the farmers!
      We still aren't sure if Sweet Pea belongs to anyone or not. He isn't around at night which leads me to believe he does have a home.

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  9. Yum! I love peanut butter on homemade toast, too!
    Aw, your kitty is adorable!

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    1. No matter what our age peanut butter toast is always good!
      As I found out yesterday Sweet Pea is a neighbourhood cat. He visits quite a few of my neighbours too mooching food.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. We have had an abundance of rain this year. Just looking at the bread makes me want to try and disprove the saying, "Man does not live by bread alone."

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    1. You were one of the lucky ones to get rain. The local farmers and farms suffered quite a bit this year.
      I have to restrain myself and not eat more than a couple pieces of bread at a time!

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  11. Homemade bread is the best! I wish I were better at making it. :)

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    1. It is just lots of practice. I made some bricks in the beginning but I persevered!

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