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I feel like this past weekend was the first regular one we’ve had in ages. And believe me, we made the most of it.

There were Friday Night Snacks to kick things off. No TV in the background just music and lots and lots of talking. And maybe a dance or two.

On Saturday (after I finally watched Thursday night’s Grey’s Anatomy and had all the feels about how they handled the departure of Alex Karev) I headed to Sean’s house for a cooking lesson with Jo-Ann. She wanted to learn how to make his chicken soup. And I wanted to learn how to score sourdough bread.

Sean had the dough all made and he shaped one round loaf and one oval loaf.

My skills have a long way to go but I can already see what I’d do differently next time.

Sean sent me home with some of his sourdough starter and there are supplies on their way to me from King Arthur Flour. There’s a learning curve with this but the reward is bread and it’s delicious even when the scoring doesn’t turn out the way you’d hoped.

Our lunch was delicious and the company made it even better. It was a fun morning and afternoon and I look forward to more days like this with my friends.

I spent the afternoon reading and relaxing and in the evening I cooked steaks. It was a great way to end our day.

The best part about Sunday was being home all day. I stayed in comfy clothes, I did some reading and knitting, I got our tax documents together, and planned for the week ahead. We ended the day with a couple of episodes of Grace and Frankie (we are just starting the newest season) and the latest episode of Outlander.

It was a great weekend and just what the doctor ordered.

P.S. The email issues continue. I’m reading all your comments but am not able to respond in my usual way.

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  1. You definitely deserved a regular, relaxing, and enjoyable weekend. I’m hoping for one like that myself next weekend. Mmm … sourdough bread!

  2. What a great weekend, Carole. I’m so glad you guys were able to enjoy just a plain, old, ordinary weekend kind of weekend. Your sourdough bread looks great! Several years ago, I made sourdough bread every weekend, and I had a great “starter” going. Until I didn’t. . . And I just never got “started” again. (Tom wishes I would. Maybe someday?) Have a great week!

  3. Excellent, Carole! I am so glad you had a good weekend, filled with friends and time with Dale. I started making sourdough bread last fall, and I still have challenges, but I enjoy the bread and the process. Of course, most of my bread is ugly bread, but it sure tastes good. I have also started experimenting with sprouted flour, so the learning curve never seems to get better since I keep adding complexity. LOL. I hope you have a really good week!

  4. That bread… YUM! I have never been successful with sourdough bread (we keep the house too cold, I think??) but boy do I wish I lived on the other side of Sean! Have a great week!

  5. Sounds like an utterly delightful weekend, and fresh basked bread-ah nothing better. Hope you feel like your batteries are well charged. Happy Monday.

  6. One of my dreams is to learn how to bake bread, especially sourdough, which is my all-time favorite. The only thing that’s stopping me right now is that I worry I’ll eat nothing but bread — because you’re absolutely right, even loaves that may not look very pretty still make for good eating! Glad you had a restful weekend.

  7. The best part of learning to bake is you get to eat any evidence of a less than perfect effort!

  8. Cooking with friends, learning from friends, would be so fun. I have a friend who is a very good cook and I keep thinking about asking her to help me through a couple of recipes (cooking is my BIG weakness). I’m going to follow your lead and ask her for lessons! Your weekend sounds perfectly wonderful.

  9. super-intrigued by the bread-making … please keep sharing what you’re learning (making bread is one of my bucket list items … I know I’m over-thinking it AND I’m intimidated by it) Also, (and I mean no offense here at all) I haven’t missed your email replies to my comments. I’m constantly battling an over-full inbox. Maybe we could all change how we handle comments and just think what we could do with that extra time!

  10. Sounds like the perfect weekend for you two Carole! I love to bake bread – I used to do it a lot, and then I bought a bread machine. Sometimes I miss the act of kneading, etc. And, I think I may be on the only person on the planet who doesn’t care for sourdough bread! But…having said that…yours looks mighty good. Here’s to a great week ahead.

  11. Glad you had a nice weekend. My father was ordering from King Arthur a few weeks ago and I added some sour dough starter and a crock to the order. He’s made some once but then we stopped. May have to look into that again. Can’t wait to see your breads.

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