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More Bread. Yum.

Addiction:

–noun: the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.

I think I have an addiction. Not to any narcotics, don’t you fret, but to bread. I crave it! I want it and need it so dearly that when torn from its tasty delight for too long, I find myself inadvertently baking copious amounts of it. Alas, my incredible husband has the same addiction and so it seems that I am now an enabler as well as an addict. sigh.

Yesterday I made bagels. Jacob’s family came home from the store the other day with these garlic and rosemary bagels that they were all raving about and I thought, I should make some bagels! If I can make cheesecake, I can make bagels. (There is absolutely no connection between bagels and cheesecake, that last bit was for self-motivation and therefore will make sense to no one but me. I apologize). So I set about making bagels. Now, as of late, I’ve decided to use only whole wheat flour in the things I bake. Reason #1: Health. If I can substituted a few ingredients here and there to make the everyday foods I eat even the slightest bit healthier, I’m going to! Reason #2: Experimentation. I haven’t used whole wheat flour nearly as much as All-Purpose Flour so in my quest for a healthier lifestyle, I’m trying out all sorts of new ingredients and figuring out which ones I like, and which ones are just not worth it. So far, whole wheat flour is totally worth it. Delicious and nutritious!

I cut up fresh rosemary from our herb box and fresh garlic scapes from Laura’s (Jacob’s mom) garden.

I after much kneading and rising of dough, it mas time to shape the bagels. This part kind of threw me and I must say it’s not my most artistic work.

This next step is where bagels differ from everything else I’ve ever baked.

First, bring a big pot of water (about 2 quarts) to a boil. Toss a few (3) of these in, flip them over and let boil for 2 minutes. Pull them out of the water with a slotted spoon and place on a greased cookie sheet. Brush with an egg wash and THEN bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 425 degrees. They came out quite nice actually.

They didn’t end up looking too bad after all, and they taste pretty good too.

-Rachel

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Another Week on the Mountian

So life on our little Midwestern mountain is kind of perfect. Sure we’re both still unemployed and that brings with it a level of anxiety we could do without, but still, we’re happy.

We’ve still had plenty of time to spend together – something we know may be coming to an end once we do get jobs. A large chunk of our time has been spent playing myriad board games, card games and puzzles.

I’m too competitive for some board games and puzzles tick me off. I am aware of the immaturity this shows in my character and am working to overcome it. So far my husband and his family still talk to me – so that’s a good sign.

Jacob’s father graduated from college last week and his younger brother turned 20. For both events we had small celebrations to honor their milestones.

As I’m sure all of you are aware, this part of the country has had some terrible weather as of late. Luckily all of the tornadoes seemed to move around us, but we still got quite a few storms. Jacob got a few really cool pictures of some of the clouds.

Living without an internet connection definitely takes some getting used to, but so far we’re living through it. We hung a clothes line and planted some heirloom black cherry tomatoes, and some old yellow candy stripe tomatoes, as well as some jalapeno, green peppers, and beans. We’re hoping to add some cilantro and a few other herbs to the mix as well.

Still loving life and all of its’ surprises.

-Rachel

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