New Books! …and some miscellaneous pics.

Before I even knew we were moving to the country (not long ago, this move has come about so quickly!), I finally bought a couple of books I had been wanting.  One I bought because I really want to start baking bread again, but wanted to try something less time-intensive that I had heard about.  The other I bought as part of a dream.  A dream to move back into the country.  But I figured maybe there was a little of it I could try out here.

Now, of course, I am moving to the country… so I’ll really be able to use it!

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. This book has rave reviews, and I can't wait to try it out! Basically, you make a big batch of dough (but wetter dough than normal bread recipes call for), stick it in the fridge, cut off a grapefruit-sized piece each day, and bake it. I have time for that!

The Encyclopedia of Country Living. One of the most-respected texts on how to do just about everything you might need to do in the country.

Okay, another book. I'm fond of books that show my kids the importance of proper grammar, especially in fun ways that they will remember. It's important where you stick those apostrophes! And where you don't.

Sorry for the low quality, but this is Bunny-Wan Kenobi's Lego Pearl he made. Pearl was really his bunny. He gentled her up and everything. It broke his heart when she died. He still puts a flower on her grave almost every morning.

What do you do when you don't have snow? You go sledding -- on the leaves! I think I took this in February. The previous year, we went with regular boxes. This time, I had gotten to the store right as they were unpacking fresh wreaths from WAXED cardboard boxes! Woohoo! Here, you see the kids sliding down, as my uncle gathers more leaves to transport to the top of the hill.

Probably the best fire picture I've ever taken. Makes me feel like winter just looking at it! Which is nice, since it was 97* today.

We took a day to put all of our rice and beans that we had set aside in more protective permanent storage. 2-liter bottles are very good for dry goods storage, as they shut out moisture. They are somewhat oxygen-permeable, but they can still keep things very well for a very long time, as long as they are stored away from light (or have a black shield over them). Here, Mom packages navy beans (I think). Each bottle holds about 4 pounds of either beans or rice.

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