90 degrees with no air conditioning? I need some lemonade.

Little heat wave here at present so we need to stay hydrated. You can only drink so much water and beer isn’t always the best choice if you have work to do. So lemonade it is. And none of that powdered mix. Do you even know what’s in that stuff?

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 5 cups of water

Stir, chill, and enjoy.

You can go to a full cup on the sugar but I find it too sticky and sweet.

That was easy, wasn’t it? So many things we are expected to buy ready-made or pre-packaged that are no better and are not much more convenient. Do you really need to buy microwave popcorn in those little bags with those nasty chemicals they use as flavorings?


Our daily bread

Makes one 21 oz loaf.

1# bread flour (Gold Medal or whatever you prefer)
1/3 cup dry milk powder
1 tsp yeast
1 tsp honey
1 tsp salt
1 cup warm water

Mix as straight dough (combine dry ingredients except salt) until combined. Add salt, knead/mix until smooth dough is formed. Check for adequate gluten development with the windowpane test.

Allow to double in a buttered bowl, form into a loaf in a 9×3 pan until doubled. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, remove for pan to cool.

The milk powder adds sweetness and color to the crust. Yields a nice crumb and a nice sandwich bread, suitable for toasting or just as it is.20120430-000401.jpg20120430-000428.jpg


short and sweet

Sarah Plain is a profoundly stupid woman.

[From TBogg » Open mouth. Remove all doubt. ]


doesn’t matter how you did it, it’s how it came out

Shilshole Marina
Originally uploaded by your mistakes are your style.

Some of the folks in the “Film is not dead, it just smells funny” Flickr group are down on cross-processing (processing E6 slide film in print or C-41 chemistry: you end up with negatives instead of positives and can get all kinds of wild color shifts and contrasty weirdness).

So I found it interesting that this image made it into the curated pool.