Sunday, April 5, 2015

Weekend Productivity

Rosemary No-Knead Bread

I made good progress on my weekend to do list:

* Laundry - (my bed sheets; sofa dust covers) - Done; remade my bed and put new dust covers on the sofa (they are old bed sheets, actually, and meant to keep the cat fur off the white sofas)

* Tidy/dust family room- Done; tidied and dusted.

* Repair daughter's triangles quilt - Not done.  This quilt is one I sewed back in 1980, and some of the triangles were cut from old clothing, so the fabric is worn and tearing after all the laundering over the years.  But it is daughter's favorite quilt because it is so soft and worn.  I am in the process of replacing the torn triangles.  It's a Work In Progress and I've all of summer to work on it.

* Make bread - Done (pictured above).  I used the same no-knead peasant bread recipe I blogged about here.  But this time, I added some rosemary leaves I had picked from my garden and I lessened the amount of salt called for in the original recipe to 1 tsp. (2 tsp. made the bread too salty for my taste.)  Of course I had to have a couple of slices of the hot-from-the-oven bread and it was quite lovely!  I think, next time, I'll increase the amount of rosemary.

* Make chicken & vegetable soup - Done;  I made the soup with the package of frozen roast chicken bony bits and onions, celery, and tomato (all from the freezer, as I tend to slice and freeze all the bits and pieces) and the last 2 carrots in the fridge; and salt and pepper, of course.  I was planning to leave it in the fridge overnight so the fat could solidify and be removed, but it smelled so good while it was cooking that I had a bowl for my dinner!  Today, I removed the fat (there was only a little bit) and added a handful of red lentils and 2 potatoes cut up.  I will have another bowl of it for my dinner, tonight, with a slice of the rosemary bread.  
* Run the dishwasher - Done; I usually wash my dishes by hand and then, a friend told me that the dish washer needs to run at least once a week to keep it in good working order.  I usually save the dishes from a couple of days to have enough for a load and even then, it's half empty!

* Do some filing - Did some; there's another small pile of papers waiting to be filed another day.

* Water/fertilize the indoor plants - Done; I don't keep a lot of houseplants because the cat likes to eat them or play with them.  The few that I do have are kept on top of the tall book cases, well out of his reach.

*Put gas to the car (can be done Monday, after work); will do on Monday

* Buy edging stones for front rose bed - Postponed for another day

* Take some succulents/drought tolerant plants cuttings to root - Done; they have been put in a jar of water to root.

* Deadhead the roses - Done; cutting off the spent roses encourages new growth.

* Sew pillowcases (Work In Progress) - Done and I posted about it, yesterday.

* Sew machine cover - Postponed for another day.  Decided to continue using the not too pretty, but serviceable plastic cover that came with the machine for the time being.

Today, I slept in a bit.  Then, video chatted with a friend for a bit and video chatted with daughter (twice!)  I had scrambled eggs, bacon and fried potatoes for brunch; freshly made bread with butter and a cup of tea for afternoon tea; and will be having some soup with another slice of bread for my dinner.  I snacked on freshly picked loquats from my tree while I deadheaded the roses, and later, I watered the front garden.  Several neighbors waved and wished me for Easter and I phoned another neighbor to wish her.  I phoned a friend, too, to wish her for Easter.  All in all, it's been a good day.

How was your weekend?     


  1. Sounds like a very productive weekend. My Easter weekend was good.

  2. Jess, good to hear that you had a good weekend. Hope you have a good week, too.

  3. The bread looks yummy. I think I will try this recipe and add the rosemary.. Sounds really hot homemade bread , right out of the oven.

    1. Judy, I hope you like the bread, if you make it. I want to try making regular, kneaded bread, next.


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