Simple Life

First Bake

Testing out the oven at the new house. Making dinner for the North Texas Troublemakers and enjoying the heck out of it. The kitchen is nowhere near fully operational, but it’s close enough to mix up a feast! Made a lovely discovery last night during the livestream. There is a cardinal nesting in the vines… Read More First Bake

Cooking, Recipe

Russian Black Bread

As requested on my Friday livestream here’s the recipe and a video of the making of my Russian Black Bread. This was also an experiment in videography and production by my Little Man. He came up with the idea, as we were preparing to do this, of making it into a school project: he is… Read More Russian Black Bread

Cooking, Recipe

Sweet Potato Pie

 I yam what I yam.  Sorry, couldn’t pass up the old chestnut. Really, this started when I had a can of yams in the pantry, and I was talking to my Mom about some of the oddball foods that made the move to TX with us. It wasn’t supposed to be this way… but that’s… Read More Sweet Potato Pie


A Temporary Sacrifice

  The First Reader this morning suggested I blog about baking. As I was pre-coffee, I wasn’t sure what he was thinking, but then he read something to me. A post he’d made a year ago today on social media, referencing the hardships and trials of living with a baker, and having to sample her… Read More A Temporary Sacrifice


The Answer

Yesterday I turned the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything! years old. Today, I was in the mood to bake, so I was thinking while I shipped up a couple of pies and some quick bread. I have been craving pumpkin pie – as my readers will recall from my last post – and… Read More The Answer

Cooking, Dragons, Recipe

Kilo Cake

So I mentioned at work that I was thinking about baking this weekend. After two weeks of working straight through, I was in the mood to bake, it’s how I relax. Everyone’s tired and stressed. So they perked up, and somehow pound cake was mentioned. I can make that! I said, thinking that it was… Read More Kilo Cake

Crafts, family, love

Musing on Gifts

I’ve been getting ready for a flying visit from friends, and as I was preparing the house for eyes other than family, and baking because my love language is ‘have you eaten? Here, have a cookie.’ I was also thinking about gifts, and their impact on our lives. It’s not easy to give meaningful gifts… Read More Musing on Gifts