from my day

December 15, 2011

We {meaning Morgan dear and I} hung up some Christmas lights on our windows.  They do make a person grin every time you look at them.  Snuggling under the covers at night with the faint glow of a hundred happy lights is the best way to go to sleep.

*notice Morgan's little crooked finger :-)  Must be fancy or die*

My siblings and I cut out sugar cookies.  Nothing like it!  Hearing the giggles of the little ones and the shouts of triumphs as they show all 'round their cookie, makes one so happy to be alive.  Ever so happy that Christmas is nearer.  Half my joy at Christmas comes from their huge grins and giggles.  God bless children.

>> Rosemary and olive oil bread.  Delicious.  It makes a wonderfully soft loaf and is easily done.  The loaf was ravenously eaten up and it compliments Italian food really well.

{originally from- at the very yeast}

here's the recipe:


3 c. flour (I used 1/3 wheat and 2/3 white)
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 T. sugar
2 1/4 tsp instant yeast, or 1 7g packet
1 tsp (or more) dried rosemary, freshly chopped
1 c. very warm water
3 T. olive oil


Some cornmeal for dusting the pan or parchment
1 egg white plus 1 tsp water for the egg wash

::TO DO::

Mix all dry ingredients together except salt in a rather large mixing bowl.  In a small bowl, add together water and olive oil.  Pour wet ingredients and salt into the dry and mix well.  On a floured surface, knead the dough for roughly 3-5 minutes.  Grease a big bowl and drizzle olive oil at the bottom.  Put the dough in, making sure to cover it with oil so it shan't stick.  Let rise for 45-60 minutes in a warm place... like your oven.

Take it out and degas it {degas is simply punching the dough down to let out the alcohol} and shape it into a small rectangle.  It doesn't have to be perfect.  Let it rest for 15 minutes.

Take it out again and degas it, and shape it into your final loaf of bread.  Pinch any open seams, closed.  Place dough, seam side down, on a greased and cornmeal floured pan.  Let it rise for another 45-60 minutes.

Make 3 long, but not deep, slashes on top of the dough, swipe some of the egg wash all over, and then sprinkle a little bit of marjoram rosemary it.  Bake at 375 {yes, Fahrenheit} for 30-40 minutes or until a nice {shan't say "golden brow"- it's too cliche} nutty brown.  Cool and enjoy!



Emily Ruth said...

That bread looks delicious!

Grace said...

i too wanted to hang lights into the windows and strew them along my headboard, but 'twas not meant to be, sadly.

the bread looks delicious, and I love how you staged it with the chalkboard. *wink, wink*

love ya,
your goosey girl.

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