Success is not final, failure is not fatal - it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Sir Winston Churchill

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Lamp redo

My friend had this lamp that she wanted to get rid of. She tried to sell it at a yard sale, but nobody wanted to buy it. She was going to threw it away, but I decided to take it and see if I could breathe new life into it. Greg thought it was the ugliest thing he had ever seen and couldn't believe I wanted to keep it.
Meine Bekannte hatte diese Lampe und wollte sie loswerden. Zuerst hat sie es bei einem yard sale versucht, hatte aber kein Glueck damit. Dann wollte sie sie wegwerfen, wobei ich ihr da aber zuvor gekommen bin. Wollte versuchen ob ich die Lampe wieder herrichten konnte. Greg meinte es sei das haesslichste Teil das er je gesehen hatte, und konnte es nicht glauben, dass ich sie behalten wollte.Fast forward two weeks... this is what the lamp looks like now. It's in our guest room where we've needed a bedside lamp now for (only) three years. What do you think?
So sieht sie nun zwei Wochen spaeter aus. Sie steht in unserem Gaestezimmer in dem wir schon seit drei Jahren eine Lampe brauchen. Was haltet ihr vom Ergebnis?
Tried a new bread recipe last night, this one is a pumpkin bread. I had some for breakfast this morning, and I think it is pretty good.
Gestern abend habe ich ein Kuerbisbrot gebacken. Habe es heute zum Fruehstueck versucht, ist lecker geworden.
Pumpkin bread
3/4 cup sourdough starter
1/3 cup water
1 cup canned pumpkin
3 1/2 cups bread flour
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (used only 1 tsp)
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg (freshly grated)
3 tbs sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tbs butter
1 tsp active dry yeast
As always, the dough was made in the bread machine on the dough setting. Once done, shape into a loaf (this dough was pretty wet and sticky) and place on baking stone sprinkled with cornmeal. Let rise for about an hour, brush top with water and sprinkle sesame seeds (optional) on top. Place a bowl of water in oven, bake for 50 minutes at 350. Always place baking stone and bread in cold oven! Take the loaf out, brush with water one more time and return to oven -now turned off- for another 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack, covered with towel.

Since I ran out of store bought scouring powder yesterday, it was time to start making my own.
1 cup baking soda
1 cup salt
1 cup borax
Mix and store in closed container. I will probably put some in an old (fairly large) salt shaker to be able to shake out as much as I need instead of dumping it out of a jar.


  1. The lamp is adorable!! I love re-do' much better than things ending up in a landfill!! The bread looks yummy...but then all of your breads look delish!

  2. Macht sich richtig gut im Gästezimmer deine neu erworbene Lampe vor alem die Farben passen gut.Du bist wirklich ein Tausendsasser hast echt ein Händchen für die Sachen die du anfässt.Toll