When the Weather Outside Is Frightful, Homemade Bread is So Delightful

| 2/9/2011 11:12:05 AM

Tags: GRIT's Guide to Homemade Bread, Cheesy Herb Bread, Wheat Bread with Savory Herbs and Onions, Cinnamon and Ginger Bread, Adjusting Recipes, Lori Dunn,

Icy cottoneaster 

The weather around these parts has been pretty nasty the past couple of weeks! Snow, ice, and wind have made for some pretty tough traveling conditions at times, especially the ice.

Ice-covered branches in winter 

At one point we were without power for 2 days. Thank goodness we have a generator for back up on these occasions!

Ice-covered white pine 

Ice-covered brush 

charlie greene
3/11/2011 9:32:30 AM

Great looking bread......I was just in the process of making some just plain loafs of white bread....Receipe comes out of The Secrets of Jesuit Bread Making by Brother Rick Curry, S.J........It was given to Brother Rick by Brother Fitzgerald from St. Joseph's University in Philidelphia......I took a break on the last rise and discovered your's......You did a great job! Loved your pictures of the bird's......Just makes you wonder how much we just need and how much more we want.......

2/19/2011 4:15:30 AM

Nebraska Dave, We had temps in the high 60's yesterday! Boy, does that ever make me long for Spring! We have tapped our maple trees this year.We're tryin our hand at makin maple syrup. The sap has really been runnin, and we're going to do our first boilin on Sunday. I'm really looking forward to experiencing the whole process!

2/19/2011 4:12:40 AM

Lisa, Thanks for stopping in! I love watching the birds. I think they are amazing little creatures to be able to withstand such harsh elements! We had Delawares,and I was very impressed with the breed! They were not flighty birds at all. Very tame and easy to work with. I'm sure you won't be disappointed in them!

lisa dugan
2/18/2011 7:28:44 PM

Lori, I just love your bird photos! I was raised in Pennsylvania and can't say I miss those ice storms, but it sure is beautiful. We have a flock of 13 assorted chickens and just got our first Delaware chicks so we're looking forward to watching them grow! Lisa www.humboldthen.blogspot.com

nebraska dave
2/11/2011 6:09:14 PM

@Lori, I see that you have been busy. When the weather gets bad then it's to get bakiing huh? Sticky buns are a great winter comfort food. It's been a long winter and the temperature in the 40s today only makes me want it to stay here. (Big sigh) Unfortunately I don't think that's going to happen but for the next few days I'll just enjoy it while I can. There's too much February left to even hope for such a thing but the end of winter is not too far away. I can almost see the ground and hopefully by next week much of the snow will have disappeared. That cheesy bread looks wonderful and I can only imagine how it generates a delicious smell in the house. Have a great Valentine's day.

cindy murphy
2/10/2011 6:05:26 PM

Too funny, Lori - about sticky buns sticking to buns. Unfortunately, as I can attest, too true! Thanks for the camera tips. I've always thought my birds were quite tame too. I can be out there, all year 'round working in the garden, putzing around, or playing with the dog, and they don't budge, (except for the cardinals - they seem more skittish). I yak back and forth to my crows constantly, and even the little juncos will tolerate the dog running through the yard without much bother. Stop to take a picture though, and they become camera shy. Today, I sooo wanted to capture them in a photo - the chickadees, titmice, and nuthatches were flying back and forth from a feeder to the huge smokebush just beyond it. On top of the feeder sat a male cardinal, and in the bush were my 3 crows (I LOVE my crows), waiting their turn to scour the ground of whatever the others dropped. The smaller birds - even the cardinal - didn't seem to mind the crows at all. But shoot, as soon as I ran to get the camera, the mood changed. I got within about 6 feet of them, the crows let out a warning, and the feeder and bush were vacated. I've got a couple feeders, positioned where I can see them from the front and back porch. I think, come spring I'll put one closer to the windows, as you recommended (it'll drive the cats insane, I'm sure). And next time, I'll try the action setting too. Thanks again.

2/10/2011 3:44:10 PM

Hi Cindy! Hope all is well in your neck of the woods! The cheesy herb bread is a real winner. It was delicious made into pizza as well.I absolutely LOVE homemade bread, maybe a little too much! My absolute weakness though, is sticky buns! They definitly stick to the buns all right! I don't make them very often cause I can't stay away from them when I do. Birds can be very hard to capture, so you have to be tricky. As far as the camera is concerned, you need a fast shutter speed. If your camera has an action setting, use that. You also need good light. Trying to shoot at dawn or dusk probably won't work. Those are the best times of the day for lighting, but not for capturing an action shot. The hardest part is getting as close as you can while having the birds still feel comfortable enough to come in to the feeders. I have my feeders set up on an old swing frame right on my front porch just a few feet from our front window. This way I can sit on the inside and get good shots while they come in to eat. They can still see me if I make sudden fast movements, but they can't see me as well as if I were outside. "My" birds however, are very tame. They are used to us walking past on the porch to come inside and to me going out to fill the feeders. Most times the chickadees, titmice, and golden crowned kinglets will come right in while i'm filling the feeders, or they don't even fly away to begin with.You could always try a blind too. I've used one before and gotten very good shots

cindy murphy
2/10/2011 3:04:49 PM

Oh-my-gosh, Lori. That bread looks soooo good! I wish you had posted the recipes - especially the cheesey herb bread. (I know, I know - I should buy the book). And the pizza! Shoot, I'm hungry now. Good thing it's not too long until dinner. You know I've always loved your nature photography; your bird photos here are amazing. I've got a question. I've been trying (in vain) to get even a fairly decent shot of the birds at my feeder. I can't seem to get close enough though, for them to be more then specks in the photo. My camera is pretty cheap - an older model Nikon Coolpix 5600 that has hardly any zoom capabilities. Any suggestions?

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