beach stone necklace

beach stone necklace

I cut the beach stone for this necklace from a large beach stone that I found.  The colors are red and white with some green.  I don't know what the stone is, I suppose it's granite.  I combined it with some of my clay beads and an aquamarine.  I can't get enough of Lake Michigan beach stones.  They make me smile.

traveling with kids

When my kids were little we went to visit my Mom and Dad.  My Mom bought all kinds of breakfast foods for the kids including cake donuts.  We only had three days to get through all the breakfast foods. We didn't eat the cake donuts.  My Mom insisted that we take them on the plane with us because they might make a convenient snack.  She is also opposed to wasting food.  I didn't want to hurt her feelings so I took the bag of cake donuts.  I was carrying a lot of stuff, including a toddler, while corralling two other kids.  Needless to say the bag of donuts got pretty banged was tossed, kicked, stepped on, sat on and squished.  When we were getting off the plane I was holding a big bag of cake donut crumbs which I safely deposited in the nearest garbage can.  

Electric griddle naan and artisan bread

My daughter found a tikka masala recipe that we love, but how can you make tikka masala without naan?  I use my electric griddle at it's hottest setting to bake the naan on each side.

I use my artisan bread dough recipe at the bottom of the page for the naan.

First I roll out my bread dough with a rolling pin.  It's very sticky. I use a lot of flour when I roll out the dough so I can pick it up without having it stick to my fingers.  I brown each side of the flat bread with my electric griddle until it looks like naan. My daughter says it tastes just like the naan at
Taste of India, which is high praise.

Roll out the dough.

...bake naan on your electric griddle....

Then flip it!

pretty naan!


Rustic bread

I've been making a version of this rustic bread recipe almost everyday. It's also known as artisan bread because it only has 4 ingredients, flour, water, yeast,and salt.

I take 3 cups of
Alta Artisan Unbleached flour, 1.5tsp instant dry yeast, 1.5tsp sea salt.  I stir the dry ingredients, then add as much water to make it sticky like it looks in the picture.  That's about 2 cups warm water.  I let it rise about 40 minutes.  I dump it onto a floured surface and shape it into a ball, using just enough flour so it's not sticky anymore.  I don't knead it. I place it on  a greased, perforated pizza pan I let it rise again about 30 minutes.  I bake it for 25 minutes in a preheated oven at 400 degrees.

Everyone loves this bread. I think it's the flour that makes it so good. Yum!

Reposted recipes from my old website.