Saturday, March 29, 2008

Easter, Spring, And Anything Else That Comes To Mind

Here's Juliana taking a little time out to get ready for Easter:
(She's reading the Easter edition of 'Ideals')

Spring hasn't decided whether it is coming or going. It actually snowed on Easter! You had to be looking pretty hard to see it, but it was snow. It's been pretty cool all week, but it's supposed to get almost to 70 tomorrow - Let it be, dear Lord, let it be! I case you haven't gathered by now, I don't like cold, wet weather!

Easter has come and gone. When we got to church Easter Sunday, we discovered that Emily Boardman and Juliana were wearing the same dress in different colors, so we had to get a picture!

And this is proof that there really is an Easter Bunny! :-0

I decided this week to try making a starter for sourdough bread! I normally make bread just using yeast (like most people), but I wanted to try something different, thus the starter. I went to do some research in the internet (I use most of the time when I'm looking for recipes and such) and discovered some interesting things about bread starters.

1. At one time, starters were passed down from generation to generation, and if you were in
one of those families, our starter could have originated centuries before!
2. Starters and just like pets, you have to feed them and keep them warm-and clean up the mess
if they get too carried away!
3. If you have surplus of starter, you can either a.) pass it on to friends and family, b.) freeze it
(just thaw and use when you're ready), or c.) you can pour it out on a pan, let it dry, then
break it into pieces and place in an airtight bag. When you need it, just reconstitute it by
pouring some water over and letting it set (and stirring) until liquid again!

Ok, now you all probably think I'm crazy! Sometimes, I wonder about myself. I have made one loaf of bread with my pet starter, and it tasted pretty good, but was a little bit heavy. I'll have to experiment with it and see what I can do to improve it! I'll let you know what happens-if I remember!


Rusty said...

Thanks for posting the pics of you and your family. I love keeping up with everyone this way. I can't believe how big your baby is now, where has time gone?
Take care!
June Robinson

Brittany said...

Hi, Gillian,
You sure have a cute little Easter Bunny! The girls dresses were cute too. Good luck with your bread - I have never been any good at bread baking. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

Charity said...

Cute pictures! Cool about the bread! Angie has been making sourdough for a while. She got the starter from our grandmother! :)

Linda said...

Hi, I found your blog through Charity's. What kind of starter did you use? Instant Potato, flour, sugar and water? I used a instant potato recipe last year and messed around with it for several months. My neighbor has a good recipe that I would like to get and try with my wheat.