so i'm wayyyy behind on the bread-making bandwagon, but i finally broke down and ordered Artisan Bread from amazon.
one of the nice but occasionally unfortunate things about my house is that it's very well shaded from the sun and it always feels cool inside. last week when it was 86 degrees, i walked in from work and felt like i was in an air-conditioned home, even though we don't own an air conditioner.
a week or two ago, i tried to make a batch of no-knead bread from the nytimes recipe. i left out the batch of dough for a very long time but it would not rise. it ended up this deflated mess that i had to throw out.
i used the artisan bread method and it worked pretty well, though i think i'll regularly need to leave the dough to rise for longer than 2 hours. i love that there are so many different varieties to try. the ones i'm most excited about are the whole grain bread, the cheddar bread, the bagels, and the caramel pecan rolls. i've always wanted to make my own cinnamon rolls (or something similar) but i'm too lazy. this at least takes care of some of the extra effort. we also make pizza at least once a month so the pizza chapter should come in handy.
i only had time to thumb through the dresses book before i fell asleep last night. there are a lot of cute styles to adapt and i'm hoping to make at least one or two this summer. i have a lot of fabric in my stash that is begging to become summer sundresses.