Look, see? It's spring in my kitchen.
And go ahead and tie on your aprons. Have I got a bread recipe for you!
A few days after my mom came home from the hospital, her neighbor John brought over a loaf of this bread that was so delicious and I wanted the recipe right away. He shared it with me the next day and I've been holding onto it until I had some time. I made some slight adjustments to the recipe and am ready to share it here. I so wish you could have smelled it baking today.
Ingredients: This is for a single recipe but I always double bread recipes, because why not?
1 cup milk scalded (which I took to mean heated up in the microwave?)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
2 packages dry yeast
1 cup warm water
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons each dried basil and tarragon and dill
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
4 tablespoons chia meal or chia seeds (optional)
3 cups white flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1. Mix first three ingredients and cool slightly.
2. In large bowl, sprinkle yeast over water; stir
until dissolved. Blend in milk mixture, herbs, walnuts, and
3. Knead the dough on the counter top for a few minutes. Place in a bowl and cover with a towel.
While I was baking, Skyler was getting ready for her first real swim practice for our local US Swim Team. Sam works out with them sometimes and thought it was time for her to join the team. She packed and repacked her swimming bag over and over.
Here she is showing me how many laps of the pool she knows she can swim.
She has her cap from Daddy's swim team all ready to go.
Oh my good gracious how much do I love this kid?
I watched some old home videos this week at my mom's of my high school swim team, and footage of one of our state meets, and it made me realize that growing up swimming and the friendships I had with those girls was one of the best things from my youth. I have a feeling that Skyler will continue to love it too and will be a lifelong swimmer. It makes us so happy.
The other great thing about kids who swim is they come home so clean, starving and exhausted. Skyler ate a huge dinner and then fell right to sleep.
Okay, now go make that bread! Enjoy!