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Monday, August 14, 2017

Happiness is Homemade Bread

Happiness is 

Homemade Bread!

I'm happy to say,

my "chef" has long enjoyed baking bread using

a no-knead bread recipe from his Aunt Nevada.

I featured a loaf of his rye bread in a recent post here.

Made with rye, flax, teff, quinoa, and blackstrap molasses,

it makes a tasty sandwich or simply toasted with butter.

It caught the eye of my friend Kitty @ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen,

and Kitty commented that she wished she could taste it.

Kitty and I have been blogging friends for years, 

so I sent her a variety of the "chef's" 

breads made with various grains and flours.

In return, Kitty sent us a loaf of her 

homemade speciality ~ Sour dough bread made

from the Civil War starter that she was given years ago

and has kept going to use for making her own homemade bread.

Kitty also included a jar of her

homemade fig preserves.

I'm here to tell you this  

is one tasty treat!

Yum, Yum, Yum!

Add in some pretty flowers,

sweet cream butter, and a steaming cup of coffee,

and indeed, you have a delicious morning!

Thank you, Kitty, for sharing

 your love of homemade bread and

the delicious treats from 

Kitty's Kozy Kitchen!

Wishing you a little

homemade bread happiness in your day.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

At the Table With the Traveling Totes

Summertime and the livin' is easy .

The Traveling Tote team decided to challenge "our girls"

to a little help on the tabletop this summer.

As you can see, Miss Merri Mac and Miz Checkers

happily obliged the request.

A quick stop at Trader Joe's, and

I had the girls blooming in no time.

An unfettered checkered table for two!

Yes, the heat is here, and it felt like

a checkered kind of evening.

Introducing the

 ~ Molly Butter Barn ~

A recent thoughtful gift and my new favorite addition,

this whimsical butter dish is perfect for our  

favorite Vermont Creamery butter logs.

Thank you, MacKenzie-Childs!

My "chef" is an avid bread baker, creating

different recipes for his classic multi-grain loaves.

Suffice it to say we enjoy fresh baked bread daily,

and of course everything is better with butter

 ~ Vermont Creamy butter .

Light, crusty, and healthy,

this batch was made with rye, flax seed, 

teff, quinoa, and blackstrap molasses.

Our summer fridge is stocked with lots

of ice cold sparkling water.

Topo Chico with a hint of grapefruit

is my current crush.

Hot summer days call for a 

simple no fuss dinner.

A side of the "chef's" homemade bread

with sweet cream butter is all that is needed.

A simple, but elegant alfresco dinner

for the "chef" and me.

OK, Sadie, I guess we'll 

share a bit of buttered bread.

After all, it is the 

Dog Days of Summer!

Enamel ware ~ the perfect go to dishes for alfresco dining.

You too can add a touch of whimsey to your summer table

with MacKenzie-Childs enamel ware 

in your choice of five patterns.

 ~ Courtly Check ~ Parchment Check ~ 

~ Flower Market ~ Butterfly Garden ~ 

and the newest addition, Morning Glory.

Click on over to see what the other 

Traveling Totes are serving on their summer tables.

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 

Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch

Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron

Linda G with Miss Rosie @ More Fun Less Laundry

Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda

Patti with Miss Kenzie and Miss Taylor @ "Pandora's Box"

Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply  

Next Traveling Tote series on September 1, 2017,
with a great new give-away.


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