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Another weekend at home. Lather, rinse, repeat. Here are some highlights from each day.


My 4th loaf of sourdough bread and I’m ready to declare this one a success. The second loaf of the day, my 3rd loaf overall, was over proofed and flattened like a pancake. It did rise in the oven when I baked it but the crumb was nothing like this one. Every loaf is a learning experience.


Jessica sent me this photo of Jackie with the Easter basket we had our local candy shop deliver to their house as a surprise. It made them happy and was loaded with candy and treats and even a stuffed bunny for Jackie. In a tactical error I failed to order a small version of this basket for Dale and I.

We settled for melted cheese with green peppers on triscuits. It’s a long time favorite around here and we’ve recently started making it again. We listened to some good music, talked a lot (thank goodness we never run out of things to say to each other), and reminisced on Easters past.


It wasn’t the worst Easter ever (that would be the one where my brother died) and it wasn’t even the next to worst Easter ever (that would be the one where Dale was recovering from a nasty head wound) but it did fall somewhere in the middle. I didn’t miss the work of preparing dinner for everyone, Dale and I had a great meal of scalloped potatoes with ham and roasted asparagus. I did, however, miss terribly having my family around us. I distinctly remember watching Jackie picking up eggs in the yard last year and looking forward to this year knowing that his enthusiasm and understanding of the process would be so different. From what Jessica said that was true and he had a ball collecting eggs in their yard. We just weren’t there to see it. And that’s just a very real reminder of the impermanence of things.

In other words, all we have is right now, kids. Cherish it.

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  1. I spent a chunk of ours reminiscing about Easters past on the phone with my parents. Oh, and we had the “traditional” Ground Turkey Stroganoff. At least it’s something we enjoy and there won’t be leftover sandwiches for days.

    What a bummer the Easter Bunny forgot you and Dale. Santa would never do that.

  2. That is such a sweet picture of Jackie with the surprise you sent! Sorry you forgot to send one to yourself. You’re making the best of a bad/sad situation Carole, and that’s a good thing. It is wearing though, isn’t it?

  3. Look at you, using “over proofed” and “crumb”! You sound like a bread expert and your loaf is proof (hahaha) of that. I’m glad it wasn’t your worst Easter, but I do wish it could have been spent with family (especially Jackie). XO

  4. My loaf was such a spectacular failure, it did not even merit mention on my blog. It would have been perfect if my goal was a solid door stop though! So there’s that, lol.

    I hear you on the Separate Easter… seeing Vivi virtually, was great… but not perfect!

    Here is to another week… much love to you my friend!

  5. Looks like a good loaf, Carole, a nice open crumb. And your Easter looks very pleasant, under the circumstances. Have a good Monday!

  6. That loaf is a beauty! It looks like Jackie appreciated his basket…I’m sure he misses you too. Those eggs looks delicious…we’ve had them twice recently based on the last time you posted them!

  7. “all we have is right now” … so true. I saw you gave When Things Fall Apart five stars and this is one of her lessons. I still find myself living too much in tomorrow. especially now. xoxo.

  8. That bread is gorgeous! Paul Hollywood would be impressed 😉

    I’m glad this wasn’t your worst Easter ever and you found ways to have fun and enjoy your husband. I keep telling myself that we’ll be able to go back to our traditions next year. And I’m thankful that Christmas and Thanksgiving weren’t affected by this virus!

    Have a great week!

  9. That bread looks delicious! We broke the rules and had family over for dinner but they had all been staying home so everyone felt that we were all safe to be around. I was extra joyous because my daughter did all the planning, shopping and cooking all by herself. I just sat and held the baby. ?

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