Friday, January 31, 2014

friday, goodbye January

Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday, Jan 24... it's cold

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Bread pudding recipe

I decided to make some bread pudding to use up the first batch of sourdough bread that did't come out too well. It is handy to have such a use for good bread (avoids waste). When I found my copy of the recipe I decided I needed to make a better copy....

the recipe has seen better days
the recipe has seen better days

Bread Pudding

Bread cubes - 2 cups
Milk - 2 cups
Butter - 3 tablespoons
Sugar - ¼ cup
Eggs  - 2
Salt - dash
Vanilla - ½ teaspoon

Cut ‘old’ bread into cubes
Place in 1Qt baking dish
Scald milk with butter and sugar mixed in
Beat eggs slightly, add the salt, then stir into the warm milk mixture
Add the vanilla
Pour liquid over the bread as is

Set the baking dish in a pan containing water up to the level of the pudding
Bake in moderate oven 350 degrees about 1 hour or until knife in center comes out clean

Substitute ½ cup of honey for the sugar
Or ½ cup brown sugar to melt with the milk
Or 1 square unsweetened chocolate to melt in milk
Or add about ½ cup of chocolate chips to the bread cubes

the finished product - bread pudding
the finished product - bread pudding

Monday, January 13, 2014

Lessons from making bread

When you get the ingredients together and start mixing them to form the dough, it can get really messy and really difficult. How will this all come together? Will this ever form a ball to knead?

mixing together
mixing together

Stick with it, take a little at a time.Don't be afraid to add more flour.The mix will come together, the ball will form and be knead worthy!

kneaded and formed into a ball
kneaded and formed into a ball
One good thing with bread making is that you get to do some work like kneading and then let the dough rest. Split the dough into loaves and let the dough rest. Bake it, take out to cool (rest).

Kind of like the good practice for running workouts, hard and easy. Work and rest.

two fresh loaves
two fresh loaves
Best part, after all the work (and rest) you get to eat some of the bread... a nice reward!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Falling gracefully

The spot of the fall
The spot of the fall
I took the picture as I came back reversing my original direction of travel. The squiggle line on the top angling down to the right is the slip. The large spot is my butt then back hitting to slide gracefully (I hope)

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Three word goals for 2014

Late to this but better late than not at all.

For 2013 it was Mentor, Leverage and Exercise

And while I may have broken a rule last year in reusing one word from a prior year, I am going further this year and keeping all three.

Yes: Mentor, Leverage and Exercise will be the new three word goals for 2014 as well.

Mahoning Creek over Meadowbrook Road, Danville, PA
Mahoning Creek over Meadowbrook Road, Danville, PA

Mentor - one of the key ways for me to help those around me is via mentoring. I did some. I can do more.

Leverage - time is short, I need to be able to leverage and re-use smartly wherever possible. I need to be able to draw upon the network to help advance both Franklin Matters and the Franklin Food Pantry on the home front. I will need to also expand and leverage the network within Citizens Bank.

Exercise - as a life long runner, it has been an issue for me not to have run since mid-July 2013. I developed "Morton's neuroma" and will be continuing treatment for it. In the meantime walking (as much as possible) and other exercises will have to suffice until I can run again.

Do you have a goal setting process? 

What is your goal for 2014?

Friday, January 03, 2014

Happy new year