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I had a success this weekend!

My sourdough! I think this is the 4th loaf I’ve tried and it’s definitely the best so far! I didn’t let it rise overnight this time, but it did rise for about 12 hours before I baked it.

I’ve been having much better luck with this sourdough recipe:

Sourdough Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sourdough starter
  • 5-6 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 heaping Tbsp salt
  • 1 cup filtered water, cold or room temperature

Instructions

  1. In a very large bowl, mix starter, water and 3 cups of whole wheat flour with a wooden spoon and combine well.
  2. Add salt and remaining flour ½ cup at a time, attempting to completely stir in the flour with each addition. When you can no longer mix with a spoon, use your hands to mix in the flour. Continue adding flour until your dough begins to resemble dough, but is still sticky and "pourable."
  3. Pour dough into large loaf pans and fill ? way up. Cover with a towel and allow to sit in a warm place for 4-12 hours, until the dough is at least doubled in size and looks to be "domed" on top.
  4. Place loaves in a cold oven and turn the oven on to 350 degrees. Bake bread for 50-60 minutes, until the edges are golden and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped.
  5. Remove to cool on wire racks for at least 30 minutes. Makes 2-3 loaves, depending on the amount of flour used and size of loaf pans.
http://www.110pounds.com/?p=55052

It came from this blogIt has some pretty good tips in the post, too, so worth a read through.

I also recently bought this: Round Banneton Dough Proofing Rising Rattan Basket & LinerI’d seen it in some different blogs about baking and read up about it. Basically it’s for the last rise of the bread and to make those pretty grooves in the loaf.

I was so happy that it rose to the right shape, had the grooves and the right color I was going for. I let it cool a bit and then sliced into it. It wasn’t as sour as the last loaf, but the flavor was good and it was light. Not quite as airy as the sourdough professionals make but it’s getting better each time. It wasn’t as dense, too.

So happy with the result!!!!

In other news…I ended up getting sick this weekend. Michael was sick last week with whatever the nasty cold is that’s going around. Last week I was so exhausted I could barely function, but I thought I was going to miss this illness. Sadly, I did not. Saturday I got up with a stuffy nose and swollen glands and it progressed as the day went on.

What a bummer. 🙁 Not how I wanted to spend my weekend! We had plans, too. Now, of course, Logan is starting to show signs of getting the cold, too!

So I spent the weekend in and out of bed with cold meds, chicken noodle soup and my homemade sourdough bread. And the second season of Marcella on Netflix.

Four Christmases

Christmas Eve was pretty low-key. I went to the gym. And then my friend Star and her boyfriend Larry came over for the afternoon to celebrate a mini-Christmas with us. It’s been way too long since we saw each other!:(

Christmas Eve Logan went to bed early and Michael made Christmas enchiladas and we watched Elf!

Christmas morning we woke early (thanks baby!) and we had our first Christmas with Logan. It was so amazing to watch him experience his first Christmas. The chaos, the wrapping paper, the presents…it was a lot of new stuff for him! And Logan gave us a present!!

Logan made it at daycare and they wrapped it and gave it to us on Friday when we picked up the little guy. It KILLED ME to wait two days to open it. Seriously, it was like I was a little kid and I was dying to open my present! 😉

Bella’s present:

Fat Kitty’s Christmas present was the paper bags, wrapping paper and bows. 😉

About mid-morning my parent arrived from Seattle and the five of us went to Gracie’s for brunch, as we usually do! Logan did so great at his first brunch. He was a little wiggly and didn’t want to sit still but we took turns holding him while we ate our yummy breakfast and thankfully he didn’t get fussy!

Last year I was pregnant (awwww) and my number one pregnancy craving was orange juice. I remembered that their freshly squeezed OJ was out of this world so I ordered it again this year. It did not disappoint. For breakfast I got the smoked salmon hash with poached eggs on top. It was just ok. I remember the food being better last time.

After brunch we took the obligatory Christmas tree photos in their lobby:

After brunch we went back to the house and opened presents. My brother and I got our parents an ipad mini for Christmas (their first foray into smart phones) and Michael and I helped them set it up and I gave them a tutorial. Then we skyped with my brother and his wife (as part tutorial on how to use it, and also to talk to them on the holiday, of course!).

Around three my parents said their goodbyes and we packed up the car to go to Michael’s mom’s house for Christmas dinner!

Michael’s mom made a wedge salad. It was so delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever had one before. She also made a pot roast, baked potatoes and steamed broccoli. Dinner was delicious.

Then round four opening presents. Logan was both starting to get the hang of ripping open the paper and also getting overwhelmed and tired. But he had a blast checking out his presents.

The motorcycle was a huge hit!

It was definitely a memorable weekend. I can’t wait until next year when Logan is older! The magic of Christmas was so fun to experience through him.

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday!