Look fast, because it's already gone as I'm writing this. Nevertheless, the forecast calls for a dry day today with only a 20% chance of rain. Tomorrow, it goes to 10%, which is a good thing. Tomorrow, Sue and I will get back to our regular Friday morning walks. She's been off gallivanting around the Southwest for the past month, while I've been here at home attending quilt classes and camping at the beach. For once, we planned our vacations at the same time.
There was no time for sewing yesterday. The bread dough took its sweet time rising yesterday. This was a very slack dough, and I had it in my oval bannetons for its final rise. It took three times as long as expected, and as soon as it was removed from the bannetons, it turned into a pancake loaf. Even the heat of the oven couldn't bring it back.
The loaf in the foreground is perhaps 3 inches in height at its tallest. The one behind is only about an inch and a half. My baking friends on Facebook use these failed loaves to make croutons, and so I'll do that with the back loaf. As for the one in the foreground, the bread tastes good, and so I toasted some for breakfast this morning. Still, this isn't a recipe I will repeat, and so I'm still in search of a good plain old white sandwich bread. Next up, I'll try one out of the new Bread Illustrated book from America's Test Kitchens.
As I've said many times, America's Test Kitchens is generally my go-to source when I'm trying to find the best recipe for something or other. Let's hope they come through with the bread.
The bread took so long that I didn't get off to the grocery store until afternoon, and I had a few other errands to run along the way. That meant I didn't get any sewing done, but I did use the bread waiting time to get a good start on Gertrude.
This morning I did her curls and beaded necklace. There's a whole lotta French knots there. The knots needed to be fairly large, and so I used three strands of floss and did a double wrap.
Today I'm taking advantage of the dry weather (and the soggy soil) to spend some time pulling weeds in the culinary herb garden. I noticed that the chives are already coming up and I harvested some for last night's dinner. It's very good weed-pulling weather, and cleaning up the herb garden is always one of the first gardening chores of the season. We get the most annoying weed known as "hairy bittercress." You probably have it in your own garden.
It's an edible weed, and I've actually used it in salads and deviled eggs. It's best eaten before it blooms, however, and most of ours is past that point. Once its flowers go to seed, it's impossible to pull it up without them broadcasting their seeds in all directions. The herb garden is full of it right now. It's easy to pull up, but the time is now since I don't want an even bigger crop next year. I expect it will take me a couple of hours to get this done this morning.
Aside from weeding the herb garden, there are a few housekeeping chores to do, and then I'll get back to my sewing. If you're stitching along with the Bag Ladies of the Fat Quarter Club,
I hope you'll link up at the party that goes live tomorrow. No finishes required.