Wednesday, December 01, 2010


The tale of two aprons

After cutting out the blue striped apron and putting the whole thing together
(VERY easy-peasy)
I wasn't sure if I liked how it hung just straight down with nothing around the hips.
This morning I changed the pattern a little ,
(all right already, Pete changed it)
and came up with one that will cover more of her sides and back.
Now I want to make a larger version for adults.
Maybe even matchy-matchy!

No Knead Sourdough rye/wheat/white

Michelle told me about "Breadtopia", a web site dedicated to all things bready.
She had been making some of their sourdoughs and was lovin' how they were turning out.
After checking it out for myself, I have been going sourdough crazy!
Once you have your starter going, the rest is....
you guessed it....
I got the swirly design by using a Brotform bread bowl for it's 2nd rise.
Isn't it pretty?
And delish, too!


It was such a cold, snowy day I thought a meatloaf would be a cozy, comfort kind of supper.
With sides of baked potatoes, crusty sourdough, sauerkraut, and pickled beets, it hit the spot.

What's going on at your place?
Any Christmas goodies being crafted/baked?
Busy decorating?
I'd love to hear from ya!

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Pioneer Beauty said...


The Aprons look very cute...and it looks like you picked them up from a store.. : )

The bread looks delicious and I will have to stop by the Breadtopia website..I have always been afraid of Sourdough bread...Making it that is.. : )

The Meatloaf looks so yummy..We love a good Meatloaf in our family..

I actually woke up this morning to the Children wishing me a Merry Christmas and Stockings were hung and the Kitchen was decorated...My one son said.."Look Momma I made snow...out of some of your pillow stuffing... : ) "

What can you say.."That's Great.."

Blessings and Hugs to you..
In Christ

Heather said...

I've been so MIA on my own blog...but I keep reading and loving everyone else!

'Tis the season for meatloaf! We just had one the other day (hadn't made one in a long, long time) and it may be the best meatloaf I ever made. Basically combined my family recipe with Pioneer Woman's meatloaf and used our grass fed beef. One word, YUM.

I also made some sauerkraut following the Simply in Season method and when I opened the first jar my husband declared it the best sauerkraut he's ever had. The best part? My two year old packed the jars and loved helping mommy in the kitchen! We baked it with a pastured pig roast and it was seriously good.

Recently Mike commented that he had no idea that eating more healthy and humanely would taste so good. He's totally sold on our new way of buying meat and all the farmer's market and homegrown veggies!

We've only done the outside decorations, but I am anxious to get some Christmas cheer inside as well.

Blessings this Advent,

Anonymous said...

So cute! Good job, mom!


Lady Farmer said...

I haven't even started thinking of Christmas decorating yet! I'd better get crackin'!
Your little aprons are precious ~ sure to be loved by their new owners!
I have tried making my own sourdough starter with disasterous results. Did I miss your post on making it? Could you give me some directions on this ~ it would be much appreciated! We love sourdough (especially with garlic!)
I will head over to the Breadtopia. Thanks for the link!
p.s. the meat loaf and bread look so delicious!

Lady Farmer said...

I went to Breadtopia but unfortunately, they won't be a lot of help with the starter ~ I have dial-up and cant watch video on my computer! :~{

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

You are so creative! I want to spend the holidays at your house making stuff!

Isn't that what it's all about?

Faith said...

Oh, I LOVE meatloaf! I have a favorite recipe for a glazed meatloaf. It's basically a sweet and sour glaze that just tastes so yummy!

I have not made it in over a year. Meat is so expensive any more (raspberry on meat prices).

I've got to make bread tomorrow. Hmmmmmmm... what to bake, what to bake....


Tami said...

Oo the bread looks soooo good! We had meatloaf the other day too!

Kim said...

I love the aprons~I'm currently working on several for gifts...there would be more, but I keep falling in love with the material...and they look so cute hanging on the hooks...;)


I totally love aprons. I need to put up some hooks in the kitchen and hang the two I have. One had hand prints from the grand kids on it. And the bread looks wonderful!!! What a yummy meal. Now I am hungry!

Lisa said...

Those aprons look so cute. I have two aprons (not homemade like yours) and I don't wear them. I need to b/c I have oil spots, etc all over my clothes that I can't get out. I don't know why I don't make the effort to slip one on. That bread looks so good and I love that you don't have to knead. I bet your bread would make good Christmas gifts!

Diane@Peaceful Acres said...

Cindy, your bread came out GREAT!!! I'm so bummed that I can't have gluten right now. I've gotta keep my starter going so I can use it once I'm allowed again.

City Sister said...

I'd love the pattern and or suggestions for alterations...I always have trouble with making them fit properly as I am short and round of waist!

Dianna said...

Great job on the aprons! And I love the look of your sourdough bread!

Loved the sound of your supper too! The combination of potatoes (in any form) and sauerkraut in the same meal ALWAYS appeals to me. We made our own sauerkraut summer before last. Loved it!

Angel Wings and Apron Strings said...

Hi Cindy, I like your aprons very much. They turned out just great!
Meatloaf is always a winner in our home-especially with the menfolk! I'm starting to put my decorations out for Christmas today :-)
What a lovely season we are in now!! blessings to you..Trish

Victoria said...

Hi! I just discovered I can make gf buttermilk biscuits that are super delicious (taste just like they should), so that will be comfort food for tonight - along with maybe a good chicken soup.
Does meatloaf have a lot of bread in it? I've never made it but want to- i think it would need a gf bread substitute though.

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Victoria...You could use that GF? I usually use seasoned bread crumbs, but you could replace that with some of your GF bread or biscuits!

Camille said...

Your aprons look lovely Cindy! I think matching would be too cute!! AND...yummy looking bread and meatloaf...we *love* meatloaf! Such amazing comfort food. :)

Blessings to you!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Sweet Farm Girl...the food just keeps on coming doesn't it? We are so lucky...aren't we? Meatloaf is a favorite of mine. I think I will post a bit of what we ate today...amazing! And Christmas isn't even here...sigh..

Renata said...

Oh the aprons sure are cute - & I like my aprons to go a bit around the sides as well - keeps everyone a whole lot cleaner!
Your sourdough looks amazing! I make sourdough each day (actually I set my bread maker to have it ready each morning), but it's certainly doesn't look as pretty as yours does!

We have decorated the house, but there is still a couple of things I'd like to do.
Hope you have an enjoyable time preparing for celebrating our Saviour's birth.
God bless

Farmchick said...

Aprons are too cute! :) Your bread looks yummy too. Won't you come over and share a recipe on my recipe swap? Pretty please. :)

Heather said...

Your bread looks so good I can almost taste it. What an interesting list of blogs you have on your sidebar, I'm going to check some of those out too.

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

You are so amazing! Your food always looks like something out of a magazine!

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Does that bread (k)need a dutch oven? I still gots to get me one of those!