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

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sunday

Whew, what a day.... 
We spent most of the day outside, taking advantage of the warmer temperatures and tried to get things done before the rain is supposed to move in tonight.
* I cleaned up the yard. After the ice the other day there were lots of pine cones and little branches everywhere.
*Cut back the three butterfly bushes and some honeysuckle trying to grow into the fence.
* Weeded all the veggie beds.
*Raked the pine needles back into the paths' between the veggie beds. (The chickens like to spread it all over the place.)
*Greg cut some leftover pipe for me to be used in one of the veggie beds. I am hoping that once covered in netting it will finally protect the cabbages, kale, collards...
* Greg also uncovered the pool pump, worked on the pool some and laid some stepping stones as a path to the pump.
* We also cleaned up the garage - again. 

Was fuer ein Tag...
Da es heute echt schoen draussen war, haben wir die meiste Zeit im Garten verbracht. Heute Abend soll es anfangen zu regnen und auch die naechsten paar Tage sollen eher feucht sein. Wir haben so einiges fertig gebracht und es war prima draussen zu sein.
*Ich habe den Garten sauber gemacht. D.h., nachdem wir die Tage Eisregen hatten, lag der ganze Rasen voller kleiner Aeste und Tannenzapfen - jetzt nicht mehr.
* Die drei Schmetterlingsbuesche die im Beet neben der Terasse sind mussten unbeding zurueck geschnitten werden. Ebenso das Geissblatt das immer versucht sich vom Wald in unseren Garten zu verbreiten.
* Habe alle Gemuesebeete von Unkraut befreit!
* Die Huehner hatten die Tannennadeln die normalerweise zwischen den Beeten sind wieder grossflaechig im Garten verbreitet. Ich habe sie alle wieder zwischen die Beete  verteilt. 
*Von einem anderen Projekt hatten wir noch ein duennes Plastikrohr uebrig. Greg hat es mir in Stuecke geschnitten, so das ich ein Netzt darueber legen kann. Ich habe Hoffnung hiermit die Schmetterlinge vom Kraut, usw fern zu halten. 
*Greg hat die Abdeckung von der Pool Pumpe runter, den Pool sauber gemacht und Steine verlegt damit er besser an die Pumpe kommt..
* Zusammen haben wir (mal wieder) die Garage sauber gemacht.
 Last year I bought corn to make the bags for a corn-hole game Greg built. Since it's getting warmer, I decided to just put it in a bowl for the birds and squirrels so we'd get rid of it. This little guy loves the buffet!

Letztes Jahr habe ich ein paar Pfund Mais gekauft und die Saeckchen fuer ein corn-hole Spiel zu fuellen. Nachdem es nun langsam waermer wird und ich den Mais nicht ewig herum liegen haben will, haben wir einfach eine Schuessel voll in den Garten gestellt. Die Voegel und Eichhoernchen sind von dem Bueffet begeistert.
 Greg bought an electric smoker a couple of weeks ago and now likes to try different things. Today he smoked a whole chicken, it was very tasty.

Vor ein paar Wochen hat Greg einen elektrischen "smoker" gekauft und nun experimentiert er gerne und probiert neue Sachen aus. Heute gab's ein ganzes Haehnchen, hat lecker geschmeckt.
 I've decided to experiment with the bread I bake. Up until now I always put it on a baking stone and just baked it in the oven. Now I'm trying to get a better crust, so I put it in a cast iron dutch oven.
The first one was a total bust. I tried a new recipe and the dough never rose like it was supposed to. I tried to bake it anyway and even though it looked good, the inside was doughy and not really edible.
This is the second loaf I tried. I used a multi grain bread recipe I'd made before and this is what it looked like before baking.

Ich habe beschlossen mit meinem selbstgebackenen Brot zu experimentieren. Bisher habe ich es immer nur auf einem "Stein" gebacken aber nun moechte ich gerne eine bessere "deutsche" Kruste. Hierfuer kommt das Brot nun in einen gusseisernen Topf bei hoeheren Temperaturen. Das erste Brot war ein Reinfall. Ich hatte ein neues Rezept ausprobiert und der Teig ist nie aufgegangen. Ich hab es trotzem versucht zu backen - von aussen sah es gut aus aber als ich es angeschnitten habe war es richtig zaeh.
Heute habe ich ein Mehrkornbrot gebacken das ich schon oefters gemacht habe. So sah es vor dem Backen aus.
 This is after baking it. It looks a little burned there, but that's just the lighting. The crust is fantastic and I think this is the way to go for me now. Now I just need to get myself a different dutch oven. Mine is too big for this and really too unwieldy and heavy to be used in the oven.

So sah es nach dem Backen aus. Es sieht fast ein bissl verbrannt aus, das macht aber nur das Licht. Die Kruste war fantastisch und ich glaube ich werde von jetzt ab immer Brot im gusseisernen Topf backen. Ich muss mir nur einen neuen (kleineren) kaufen. Meiner ist fuer den Ofen einfach zu gross und schwer.
 Of course there was knitting - there is always knitting. This is the Hermione loves Ron hat. I'm sure the pattern would show up much better in a solid yarn, but what can I say, I needed some color.

Natuerlich habe ich ueber's Wochenende auch gestrickt - wie immer halt. Diese Muetze ist das"Hermione liebt Ron" Muster. Es kaeme bestimmt besser zur Geltung wenn ich sie einfarbig gestrickt haette, aber im Moment brauche ich einfach Farbe.

10 comments:

  1. That bread looks amazing, I have been experimenting with it this weekend too. I have heard of others using a Dutch oven to bake them in but not sure we have them in the UK. I love the hat, the colour is just fine with that pattern!

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  2. A busy day indeed! Isn't it wonderful to be outside, working again? I can hardly wait! Your bread looks delicious and the hat is lovely.

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  3. How wonderful to be out in the garden. Mine is still covered in lots of snow, although I think this week I just might head out and try to shovel a few beds out :)

    Your bread looks amazing! I love using the dutch oven to bake bread, but my loaves don't ever look as good as yours :) Care to share the recipe???

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    1. http://cox-himmel.blogspot.com/2009/09/bread.html This is the bread recipe I used Kim. For this bread, I made the dough in the bread maker, kneaded it once it was done and formed a loaf. Sprinkled flour on a piece of parchment and let the dough rise until doubled in size. I preheated the oven and the dutch oven at 500. When it was ready, I turned the temperature down to 450 and added the bread to the dutch oven. I also poured some water into a pan to create steam. Bake the bread covered for 20 minutes, take off the lid and bake another 20 - 25 uncovered. Let me know if you try it. ;-)

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  4. The cap is lovely...and the name? SO darn sweet!
    You guys really do make the best of your weekends; love all the projects. SO, did you have to replace the corn for the corn hole game, or was this extra corn? I know the birds and critters love you for sharing!
    You've inspired me to try my hand at making bread again; of course, I use a bread maker so it's less challenging. Coach loves his smoker: The girls call it his 'magic box' because everything comes out delicious!

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    1. We had plenty of corn leftover and I just decided to go ahead and feed it to the squirrels and birds already.

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  5. Wow, I'm exhausted just reading about your day. I've been under the weather so I haven't gotten to enjoy the nice weather! Love the hat.

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  6. love your knitting, so cheerful and bright! I need to cast on something bright...glad you got so much done around the house, you busy little bee. That bread looks fantastic!

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  7. Mmmmmm...the bread looks heavenly!!! And of course your knitting is wonderful...and so very cheerful! Have a great week, Anke!

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  8. I sure do miss EATING bread. I still bake it for hubby--the smell is amazing. But---the gluten thing hit and so I miss out.
    Love the hat--the colors are so cheery

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