Ahhhh.....bread.....hard to live with it and really cannot live without it. Such is the conundrum for the waistline. I do love it, but I confess I am not much of a bread baker. It's always something. You know the deal....dough doesn't rise, bread turns out too tough, too soft, or just totally inedible.
So, I found this recipe that had the word, "easy", on it. My dream come true. So let's get busy, shall we?
Combine one cup of hot water, 1/4 cup + 2 tbs shortening, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tsp salt. Stir until shortening melts. Cool mixture until lukewarm (105-115 degrees).
Dissolve one package of yeast in 2 tbs. warm water and add to shortening mixture. Stir well. Add one egg and 1 3/4 cups of all purpose flour. Beat vigorously with a wooden spoon for one minute. Stir in another 1 3/4 cups of all purpose flour.
Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface.
Roll out to approximately 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out using a 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter.
Brush with melted butter and make a crease across each circle. Fold over at the crease. Place rolls on greased baking sheets and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour. I ended up with about two dozen rolls.
During your wait you can clean up the mess you made in the kitchen.
Bake at 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Consume with real butter, honey, jam, and jelly.
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."
Yesterday I loaded up the chiclets and headed to the big city to check out the Kentucky Cluster Dog Show in Louisville. As a dog lover, it is a favorite yearly experience of mine. This year the show fell on St. Patrick's Day. The Irish Wolf hounds were decked out in their best finery.
There were dogs there of all types....including the German Shorthair Pointers all line up for action.
There were the big dogs....
The small dogs....
The in-between dogs.....
And some really hyper dogs.
We were able to watch the agility trials where some incredibly fast dogs demonstrated their skills.
Some dogs were even in the stands watching the action themselves.
We even had access to the grooming loop, where clouds of dog hair floated in the air. I mean that literally.
This sweet dog was receiving a massage when I snapped this pic.
I think spring may have arrived just a tad bit early here at the farmette, but I am not complaining. We all spent most of our time outdoors this weekend, working on projects. Friday I posted some pictures of Secret Agent Man measuring our old flat-bottomed river boat. I thought he was going to rework it a bit. But no! He built an entirely new boat this weekend.
I got to work painting my bee hive, getting it ready for the arrival of the girls in April. I decided that plain white just would not do.
One lucky fellow was able to lounge in the yard and soak up some rays.
Life is good, the weather is warm and the laundry is all finished.
Daylight saving time is upon us once again. Most people either love it or hate it. We all enjoy having the extra bit of light in the evening, but others refuse to move their clocks be it fall or spring.
Daylight saving time was first mentioned by the infamous Ben Franklin in 1784. However this idea wasn't implemented until the First World War.
Daylight Saving time benefits activities that utilize sunlight after working hours, such as our own Secret Agent Man, who is working on our flat bottomed river boat during the early evening hours.
"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."