Saturday, May 2, 2009

Bread and a Book

Alrighty, so here are some little tidbits of things from this week.

I frequent Running Away? I'll Help You Pack! and recently she had up a recipe for white bread in a bread machine. I do not have a bread machine. So what do I do? I improvise! And by improvise I mean do it old school, lol. I used all the same ingredients and everything, but instead of putting it in a machine I let it rise, punched it down, and let it rise again. When I baked it, it turned out like this:

Not too shabby! It is a little flat... I didn't get as much rise out of that second time as I had hoped. Also, I might have been a tad impatient. It turned out really delicious though, I ate two ginormous pieces right after I baked it. I think maybe next time a tad more yeast and more wait time.

Also this week I finished reading one of the books I bought. It was really cute actually. Here's the cover:

So I was actually on my to the register to by Good Omens and the cover of this book caught my eye. I read the back and was just too intrigued, I had to buy it. It's about the adventures of two siblings who die in a tragic marshmallow-bear explosion and wind up in Heck. They go to school and have Lizzie Borden as a home ec teacher, Richard Nixon as an ethics teacher, and Blackbeard the pirate for gym, among others. It was a super easy read, and it's full of clever references that I know most kids wouldn't get, which is why I don't know that I'd describe it as a kid's book, if only for the not-too-intricate plot. I thought a little ways in that the author might have sprinkled a little too many allusions in, but overall I really enjoyed it. And like I mentioned earlier, it's the beginning of a series, the second of which is coming out in July. They're going through the nine circles of Heck, lol. Should be fun.

I just started Good Omens, which is the book written by Neil Gaimen and Terry Prachett, and is responsible for launching both their careers. So far, it's fab. I'll be sure to post how the whole thing was when I'm done.

Other than that I've been helping my friend at the capitol with filing the senate and house minutes for this session. Exciting, I know. I actually really enjoy it though. More fun this weekend, and then in a few short days I'm off for my summer job! Maybe I should pack. :D ;)


Tammy said...

I love home made bread. I like to fry it and serve it with jam.

Tammy said...

Oh, Hi from the SITstahood.

The Blonde Duck said...

That book sounds really good. I'm going to look for it at the library.

And how wonderful you made bread! I've made cinnamon rolls and dinner rolls many times, but never a big loaf outside the bread machine!

Kristin said...

I've always wanted to make homemade bread! Kudos for giving it a try!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Look at you go girlie! I'm so glad it turned out so well. You're so good doing it old school, yup lazy over here ... LOL.

I'm going to have to check out that book too :)

Yes Allrecipes rock ;)