Thursday, April 02, 2009

Afternoon mumblings.

Do you get grumpy in the afternoons? From about 3:00 till about 6:00, I just feel dreadful most days. I know part of it is a blood sugar problem, but even with a snack, I still feel so out-of-sorts. Even when I start out the day in a fabulous mood, by 3:00 life looks ever so bleak.

I LOVE the picture on this blog today. I wish I could go back in time and take a road trip in a big old car and stay in little tourist camps and get an ice-cold Coke at a gas station like that. The photo makes me think of a fave childhood book called Judy's Journey by Lois Lenski, written in that same era. Judy's family were migrant farm workers that traveled all over the southern U.S.--not a luxury road trip, but it was fun to read about all the different places they stayed. I love books and movies that deal with road trips..."National Lampoon's Vacation," "Harold and Kumar," Blue Highways...I know I'm forgetting lots.

I baked my first successful loaves of wheat bread yesterday and I'm still basking in the glow of achievement. I am so sick of nasty store-bought bread that tastes like chemicals. I tried a recipe from my King Arthur Flour baking book last week, but I think the yeast was too old--it rose, but not a lot. It was also sweetened with molasses, which was too overpowering. And it weighed about ten pounds.

I will try that recipe again with fresher yeast and maybe some honey instead of molasses, but for my second attempt I tried this recipe: Kid-Friendly Wheat Bread. That worked much better. I'm mostly looking for a bread that will serve as a good delivery vehicle for homemade lemon curd, and this fits the bill admirably.

Next I think I'll take on my mom's wheat crescent/cinnamon roll recipe--you can use the dough for either crescents or cinnamons, and it tastes awesome either way. Can't wait to try!

I'm starting to think the sun has gone away forever. It's absolutely bizarre to have so many cloudy days here. I went out to clean out the car this afternoon and ran the battery down listening to the radio while I cleaned. I thought a car battery had more juice than that--I barely got started! And oh, is it a sty. I am embarrassed to have people travel in it with me. So I'll tackle the rest tomorrow and maybe (fingers crossed) there will be a little sunlight to clean by?


Mimi said...

Oh my goodness. I loved Lois Lenski books as a kid - I often think you and I were twins separated at birth or something :)

I think a nap is definitely in order.

Martha said...

I have been following your blog for a couple of months (found you on 2peas). After your reading your last couple of posts I HAVE to comment! I grew up in Hampton, VA, graduated from Bethel HS, went to W&M, got married in the Wren Chapel and my folks live right around the corner from St Luke's. We live in Ohio now. Your pictures are wonderful and took me on a little journey home. Thanks for sharing them.

scrapmom4 said...

Great picture. Homemade bread sounds heavenly right now!

donnapiranha said...

What a great photo! I'm a fan of Lois Lenski as well. Sigh. It brings back memories of such a nice time. I loved my childhood.

A 10 pound loaf of bread sounds yummy to me! Ha Warm with lots of butter! Double Yum!

I wonder if you could use Agave Nectar rather than honey for the molasses substitute. It comes in light and dark and it's supposed to be better for your blood sugar. Who knows? I have only used it once for some healthy muffins but I also use it on my oatmeal.

Janelle said...

Mimi...I have often thought the same thing. :-)

Martha! We left Ohio to come here, LOL. Drop me an e-mail if you see this, I'd love to know where you're living now. [jscrappy(a)]

Les, come on over and I'll cut you a slice. ;-)

Donna, I have never tried agave nectar...wonder if I could get it around here. That might be a really good substitute.

donnapiranha said...

You can get it at any health food store and maybe at a bigger grocery store that has a health food section. It's very much like honey. A little thinner consistency but nice flavor.