Do You Have The Sourdough Pains?: A Couch Adventure
As I am staring at my screen, I am wondering if I even know how to write a blog post anymore. I have started this post many times only to end up leaning on the backspace bar and erasing it all. It turns out that one can get out of practice after several months away from the keyboard. If you were wondering why I haven’t been around for a while it is because I haven’t had much to share in the area of crafting.
Since October, I have been experiencing some abdominal pain that I can’t seem to get rid of. It comes and goes and is dependent upon my activity level. Cooking dinner, standing for lengths of time, walking in stores and most movement starts it up. If I don’t stop the activity the pain increases. Some days, I have little pain and others I hurt from the time I get out of bed until I go to sleep that evening. As of right now, the cause is a bit of a mystery. I have had ultrasounds, a scope in almost every hole and a CT scan. Thankfully, I am the epitome of health on a piece of paper but my body screams otherwise when I am in pain. My family has been quite patient with me. As you can imagine, my moods are all over the place when I am not feeling well. I am praying for answers soon, as I don’t want this time period burned into my children’s memories as ‘that time that mommy was miserable‘. So many times my oldest will ask me how I feel and what do I need him to do and then he will shush the younger two, which are always fighting, and tell them to “Be quiet because mom isn’t feeling well and you are stressing her out!” My middle son will give me kisses and whisper that he hopes I feel better. My daughter will feel my head, tell me I am warm and cover me with lots of blankets. I have a bunch of little caretakers here and I am a grateful recipient! In the next month, I am scheduled for a laparoscopic test and I am hopeful that I will get some answers.
I’m A Sourdough Beginner
Even though I haven’t been crafting, I have spent a lot of time gathering inspiration from social media. I have tried spending my creative energy on things that I can do from the couch. My newest hobby has been learning to make sourdough bread. I don’t make the bread from the couch but I have done a lot of research and the actual bread baking doesn’t require a lot of standing time. All it requires is a starter. You can make your own or get one from a friend. All it needs is flour, water and wild yeast. I love that I can sit at my counter for 10 minutes to prep and walk away while the bread rests. Sourdough requires a lot of rest periods and a lot of patience. You pretty much let the dough do its own thing. Here is a picture of my first loaf.
I felt pretty good about myself after my first loaf seeing as it looked pretty good for my first try. But lets just say I learned my lesson not to think I have it in the bag. My second set of loaves were looking a little flat.
And by the third loaf…any bit of confidence I had deflated, just like my bread. Any one for Frisbee?
But I am not giving up. I thought I would go for something more simple, like cinnamon raisin bread. It looks difficult but it really isn’t. It makes two loaves and tastes AMAZING! Here is the recipe if you want to give it a go. She gives step by step in pictures so it is easy for beginners like me.
Since this loaf, I have made several more. The centers were not done 100% on the pictured loaf and I have since learned to leave it in a bit longer.
I have learned SO much by reading books and blogs over the last few weeks. But knowlege doesn’t mean your loaves will be perfect. It takes practice and experimentation to find out what works for you.
Here are a few resources that I have found helpful:
Birthday For Two
You may ask what else I have been doing in my free time? Well, over the last few weeks, two of my little’s celebrated birthdays. In February I sewed my daughter a dress, my first sewing project since Thanksgiving.
And what little 4 year old doesn’t want a unicorn cake.
It is difficult to tell from the pictures but it was my first time making multi-colored frosting. It was really pretty and quite tasty!
Sadly, I forgot to take a picture of just the cake for my son’s birthday. He wanted a basketball themed cake so I made a basketball in a hoop.
He was happy with it so that is all that matters. I can’t believe my oldest is 12!
For the first time in forever…I am joining the T ladies over at Elizabeth and Bluebeard. I really missed playing along with them! I am sharing my China Oolong tea along with my recent Goodwill find. I am curious as to whether or not he is supposed to be a terracotta soldier.
Have you ever tried sourdough? Even if you haven’t, what is your favorite type of bread/pastry to make?
Well, that seems like lot of information for one post but I have a lot to catch up on. I am hoping to be more consistent with my postings, even if it is not craft related. It may just be what inspired me for the week. Until then…
Happy Tea Day,