Happy Easter! I've got another refrigerator bread recipe for you!
The dough is made in advance and this video walks you through shaping and baking these tasty little pretzels. This is a new twist on an old Easter family favorite: bunny rolls. I leave out the raisins for eyes, because I'm not a fan of raisins. You could use craisins or chocolate chips instead.
Again, my children helped me with the voiceover.
Originally Posted April 17, 2007
Poplarville - 26.01 miles
9.3 ave - 25.9 max - 2341.9 odo - 2:46:34 time - 60 mile ride
Robust Refrigerator Bread
Digging into the familiar
15 years ago I took the evening to relax digging into the familiar: changing a flat tire and cleaning my chain. Today I took comfort in mixing up some bread dough and tucking it into the refrigerator. I've always baked bread and been around people baking bread even from a very young age, but early pandemic I picked up a new book: Peter Reinhart's Artisan Breads Every Day. He really does have a way of baking bread that I find easier. Mostly this is because many of the recipes have you mix up the dough with an electric stand mixer one day and bake it off another. However, I found reading through the paragraphs a bit challenging to follow while actively mixing and baking. So I started writing simplified versions of the recipes. Here I've written up a recipe of my own that follows a basic process Reinhart uses, but with the flavors of my family's Swedish rye bread. And when I was working out this recipe, I didn't have any rye flour in my house and it still turned out great. Lots of compliments at Lent soup supper a couple weeks ago.
Pairs nicely with Beef Stew.
Originally Posted March 28, 2007
Starks - 37.37 miles
"Best Coffee in the Kingdom"
"Warning contents in cups may be real hot!!!!"
Google it. I did.
I said goodbye to Texas today. Texas in turn left me with the taste of a flat tire and a cockroach hotel in my mouth. But aside from these recent memories of Texas, I enjoyed the state. However, I am glad to be in Louisiana. I was starting to feel like I wasn't getting anywhere. Here in Starks, where gambling is legal and the swamps look like alligator habitat, I will sleep. No worries, I'm inside the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church and I'm 27 miles from the KKK capital of America. They had a rally in College Station about 200 miles from here about a decade ago. See what all the people who are stuck on the Adventure Cycling Association map are missing out on. My fist glass flat wasn't realized until I rolled into town. The good news is that I spent the evening relaxing by changing my tube and cleaning my chain. The bad news is that it is now 71 miles still until Basile. This is where a package is waiting for me patiently. We'll see if I make an early enough start tomorrow to make it by 4:00pm when the post office closes.
9.4 ave - 21 max - 3:57:26 time - 2042.3 odo
Originally Posted March 26, 2007
Dayton - 60.58 miles
Did I forget to put sunscreen on my arms? They're awfully red. In other news my parent's old camera should be arriving in Basile on Thursday. I'm excited. I've gotten really attached to photography on this trip. Additionally, I listened to classic rock while taking a bath. Now I'm listening to a station that boasts "The Mix" in the dining room of The First Baptist Church's "Blue House". Instead of letting me camp on their lawn, they let me stay in one of their houses. I spoke with Jeff and Teeny who tried to convince me to go on a kayaking expedition that I couldn't afford. Jeff said I could mow lawns while I'm riding the rest of the way to Florida. You have to hand it to him for his creativity. I was also extended a courtesy invite to take the Yukon River from Johnson's Crossing to Dawson or Whitehorse. I can't remember, but I'll be working anyway. Wisps of summer keep finding their way to me. Before I know it I'll be back in Sitka enjoying burrito day.
9.6 ave - 22.3 max - 1934.1 odo - 6:15:23 time
Thai Pineapple Chicken
"Would I taste like chicken?" I mused 15 years ago in a hypothetical scenario where I'm struck by lightning and cooked to a crisp.
Here's an easy chicken recipe that we keep in our rotation. We have some picky eaters. Thing One prefers to just eat rice with ketchup. Thing Two will additionally eat the meat. My husband won't eat any of the broccoli, but I will eat all of it and limit the rice. In the end we are all fed and that is good.
Originally Posted March 13, 2007
Wimberley - 30.45 miles
As the sky grumbled in surround sound quality, I contemplated the implications of becoming a fried bicycle stick. Apparently the path that the lightening travels through your body gets scrambled. I wonder if my kneecap would get to meet my nose. I'm sure it's not quite that dramatic. I remember I told Bill that I would will him something. But I don't remember what. Would I taste like chicken? Alas, I arrived in Blanco un-struck. "Why don't we get drunk and screw" plays at the Blanco Bowling Club Cafe. It was recommended by the book that Ann picked up at the Library for me to research.
Sherie came in to indulge in the guilty pleasure of a bacon cheeseburger with fries as she came back from the wildlife rescue. She'd passed me on a mission to save baby possums. Aside from her son who appraises real estate to pay for shoes, chai, and writing paraphernalia, there are ten animals in the unfinished eclectic house outside Wimberley. This is where I'm spending the night. Through the rain and thunder she drove us out here and they get top ratings for fluffy towls and the bathroom heat lamp. Sherie sat next to the bowl of croquet and pool balls as she enjoyed the Simpsons and American Idol on a new flat screen with rabbit ears. She opted for the LCD over plasma; she'd done the research. With any luck, I'll be in Austin tomorrow.
8.7 ave - 34.5 max - 1577 odo - 3:29:00 time - 15 mile truck ride
Originally Posted January 07, 2007
I ate beef jerky on the beach.
This should be a short post. I think I might be getting sick. My throat is starting to act up. I should be asleep right now. I rode to church this morning. The blowy rainy goodness hasn't quite let up for any significant amount of time lately...except maybe at night. Epiphany started. The interim pastor makes these little banners every Sunday out of felt. Apparently he has been doing this forever. Today's banner had a large star over what I can only assume to be Jerusalem. Then he splattered on about planets aligning and the wise men not being related to Christmas at all. Conspiracy tales I say. He went on defend his version of history throughout the service. He should have been a history teacher. Then he deemed me worthy of this week's banner. There was maybe one other in the group of eleven that hadn't already received the weekly banner. I should have posted a picture of it but I already brought it inside. Maybe I’ll sneakily leave it in the living room. Course when my Mom reads this post she will put a stop to it.
After church I rode to Lori's. We chatted and viewed where her ceiling fell in. Luckily, it isn't really her ceiling.
Upon leaving her house on Nelson Rd., I decided it would be best to walk my bike down the extremely steep hill to the end of the road where it tees with Olalla Valley. Just beyond: the cliff of death and water.
I ate beef jerky on the beach.
Dist. 13.4 - Time 1:27:23 - Avg. 9.2 - Max. 33.5
I whipped up a batch of my pumpkin pudding tonight. The true story is that I didn't buy Nanaimo bars and strawberries at the grocery store this week and something was missing from my life. Then I remembered that I keep the ingredients for this recipe on hand at all times. I have a ton of things in the works and this recipe felt like something I could accomplish tonight.
It seems like everyone these days has a special diet... or at least everyone in my family. I am no exception. This year my mom's amazing buttercream topped Barbie cake wasn't going work. I made my own cake and gave my mom a deserved break this year.
I created this recipe to be egg free, low FODMAP, and delicious. Low FODMAP is also Gluten Free. Alternative flour cakes tend to be good fresh and then the texture goes downhill after that. I've managed to avoid that problem by avoiding icing which allows you to warm them up right before you eat them.
This is my first go at writing up a recipe for general consumption and I am very excited about the format. It is both easy to follow along and full of extra details. I used the table feature in Pages to organize the recipe. The Sketch app was great for cropping and rotating one of my bunny clipart SVG files. Then I exported it as a PNG to use in Pages and to make the recipe a little more "me". You can preview the recipe below before you download the PDF that you can print.
How do you like to treat yourself for your birthday? Please let me know how it goes in the comments!