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My office job starts every morning at 9:00 during week days (I’m lucky enough to have my week-ends completely off: no office, no teaching). It’s only 10 minutes away by car, 15-20 minutes with the bike (not a nice way though, busy road with lots of crazy cars and stupid trucks), or 1 hour walking (only tried once).

This morning I got out of the house half an hour earlier to start the car and brush off the snow. The parking lot behind our building wasn’t cleaned. After a good 15 minutes, I get behind the wheel to finally leave for work, but the wheels of the car are stuck in the snow! Sh*t, I’m gonna be late. Get out again, shovel more ice/dirt from behind the front wheels, doesn’t work! Ok, what’s next? Think, think… Salt! The landlord always leaves a bucket of salt beside the back door. I go get some salt that I through behind both front tires. Still stuck. I can’t wait, I’m late already! Go back inside, call the job to inform that I will be late because I have no choice but to take the bike, “OK, that’s fine” says Jo.

Good thing my bike has been staying inside for the past month, I won’t have my butt all wet today (when the bike sleeps outside and the bike seat is humid, I feel my butt wet the whole day, not nice). Surprise, surprise… What do I see then? The back wheel is completely flat! Oh no, and where is the pump? (Usually that’s D’s job) Think, think, think… Oh yeah, in the car’s trunk! (because it’s closer to the bikes in normal time). So I get back outside, take the pump in my hands and think that it would be worth trying one more time to see if I could drive to work instead of fighting with the pump, the flat tire, my bike in the snow… One last chance, pleeease, could the salt have reacted by now? Yeees it worked!

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At work.
Me: I made my own bread.
Co-worker: You have a bread machine?
M: No, I had to knead it with my own hand. It was fun!
C-W: You are like a pioneer’s wife!

I’ll take it as a compliment. 😀

I’ve wanted to make my own bread for a long time. Think about it: add whichever seeds and grains you want, bake it for as long as you want it, etc… But all the recipes I would read were sooo complicated “let sit for 1 hour/one day, then cover with a humid cloth, reserve, come back, aaargh!”. I couldn’t imagine myself watching the dough rise slowly, stay there forever to prepare an “almighty” bread. I had almost given up, until the day in September when I met my friend Tricia. She makes her delicious bread with this recipe that she got from her sister (she comes from a family of 10!) who got it from someone else… and gave it to me, and now allows me to share it with the whole world! Yeay! Viva internet!

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This is my second batch. I’ve added flax seeds to the original oatmeal bread recipe.

Ingredients:
– 1T yeast
– 1t sugar
– 1/2 c. warm water
– 1 c. whole wheat flour
– 1 c. white flour (I prefer darker bread so I put 3 cups whole wheat and 3 cups white flour)
– 1 c. oatmeal
– 1 T salt (I put 2)
– 2 T butter
– 1/2 c. brown sugar
– 2 c. boiling water

*NOTE* T=Tablespoon, t=teaspoon

In a bowl, dissolve yeast and 1t sugar in 1/2 c. warm water; let sit.
In a separate large mixing bowl, put together the dry ingredients: flour, oatmeal, brown sugar (other seeds/grains if desired), salt. When the yeast is ready, add to the mixture with the butter and gradualy the hot water.
Knead about 10 minutes until the dough is risen (twice the size).I’m not sure I’ve got that yet.
Form 2 loaves, let raise until the dough reaches top of pans (30 minutes). Again, this must depend on the baking dish you have ‘cause my dough hasn’t reached that far.
Bake 30 to 40 minutes at 375 F. Remove from pan immediately to cool.
Freezes very well. Takes about 12 hours to thaw.

Mmmh!

We have a “snow day”!

There is a snow storm going on since yesterday evening. Schools are closed. I had to call a coworker this morning to ask if we were working. She said, “stay home” and this is a good thing since I’m not sure I could have driven my car out of the parking lot in a timely manner…

I don’t get paid holidays, nor sick days, but what is great about my job is that I get paid for snow days! Yesss!


De todo un poco

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