November 13, 2008
This is what I found when I finished my shower this morning. Her royal cuteness, on top of the kitchen counter, guzzling from the huge honey jar.
It was a good reminder why I don't shower very frequently. It was seriously the quickest shower ever; no shaving, no hair washing. But when I was done the apartment was quiet...too quiet. So quiet that I made her jump when I busted up laughing.
Now that the weather is cool we can pump up the oven for some pizza. (For those who don't know we turn on the oven to 500 degrees one hour before cooking to get the pizza stone nice and hot...which makes delicious, crispy crusts). Isabella loves pizza and has been getting into helping me roll it (and everything else nearby). My favorite pizza this week: fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil. So fresh, so simple, so delicious!
This past year I've had a desire to become more creative. It's a pretty broad desire that I'm still exploring, but I feel like I'm heading in the right direction and felt good about some of the creations that have come from my hands. It is very exciting for me.
The top photo is one of many notecards that I made. Isabella loves to fingerpaint and I had a huge pile of her artwork, not sure what to do with them. Should I keep them all, hang them up, etc. When I was in recent need of some notecards and not pleased with the designs and cost of what I found at the store I decided to make these. I had all the materials on hand: paintings, blank cardstock, paper cutter, and gluestick. I thought it was brilliant, resourceful, and beautiful.
The second photo is my perfect loaf of bread. I've been working on making good bread for a while now and my last batch was fantastic. Perfect flavor and perfect texture. Hopefully I can recreate it with next weeks' batch. The recipe and techniques that I've been working with are from the book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. If you want to know some of the things I've tweeked (like raising time) just let me know. There's nothing like warm homemade bread slathered in butter and honey. I think a loaf ended up being dinner one night (with a side salad :)).