Posts Tagged ‘Living in NH’

Ralph with Santa

Ralph the Wonder Dog went to visit Santa today at the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire.

Ralph with Santa Salls

Ralph with Santa Salls

I know I’ve said it before, but this is one of the best dogs ever. Ralph is a gentle and sweet dog, and such a great companion. We learned this week that he may have the early stages of degenerative myelopathy, a neurological disease that German Shepherds are predisposed to. We’re taking steps to delay the onset of symptoms, including diet and exercise. Hopefully we can keep him as healthy and mobile as possible for a while.

He is an amazing dog, I’m so lucky he picked me.

05

12 2009

I kneaded to do this…

Oy, the puns…

For my birthday, I received a class on whole grains and baking at the the King Arthur Baking Education Center in Norwich VT. What a great time! The class was instructive, and even after baking for years, I learned a few things.

Namely, that the reason I make leaden loaves when using whole wheat and whole grains is that I add too much flour. The dough for whole grain breads is incredibly, almost unbelievably, sticky. It stuck to everything–my hands, the dough scraper, I mean everything! But, the end results speak for themselves:

Whole wheat sourdough loaves, from starter.

Whole wheat sourdough loaves, from starter.

In addition to the whole wheat sourdough, we made a seeded whole wheat bread with their Harvest Grains blend:

Left, whole wheat sourdough boules, Right, Seeded whole wheat batards.

Left, whole wheat sourdough boules, Right, Seeded whole wheat batards.

Doesn’t take long before one gets into fresh bread…I also made a stop at Sugarbush Farms, makers of some of the best cheddar cheese I’ve ever had:

Vermont bounty...

Vermont bounty...

Again, it’s so amazing to live in the Northeast, where you can take a class at King Arthur, then go pick up some incredible cheese, in just over an hour or so from home.

22

11 2009

Sweet Ride…

Well, I drive a rather predictable and reliable vehicle, however dull.

Given the chance though, this would be a fairly sweet (ha, ha!) ride, but probably not great on the highway with SUVs.

Do you think it runs on chocolate?

Do you think it runs on chocolate?

25

10 2009