First Farmers’ Market – Frigid Temps = Bake a Loaf of Bread

Making my way to the Lyndale Farmers’ Market last Saturday for my first visit was fun. The wind and the temps were in the 30s Fahrenheit. I had put all my gloves and warm hats away for the season. I needed gloves. My hands were too cold too quickly.

Here’s some photos from the Lyndale Farmers’ Market and of the one – loaf of bread.

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There are a few artisan food sellers with tortillas, cheese, pork, some rhubarb, and chives, wild rice, olive oil and mostly plants for the garden are to be found, at this time of year.

There were some very delicate looking asparagus. I bought chives (?), flowers for my kitchen and proceeded back home to make a loaf of bread. A bread maker, I am not, nor do I have a bread making machine. (It was cold and it would heat up the place.) I really liked the chain saw wood sculptures of animals and birds!

I looked for a one-loaf of bread recipe and thought I would be okay with a few changes. ER, well it was okayyyy.  I didn’t put in the required amount of salt thinking that I could half it. That was not a great decision. It needed the salt.

At the Lyndale Farmers’ Market there is always something delicious or fun to find.

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Bread Recipe

For this simple recipe, I exchanged the margarine for olive oil and substituted 1/2 cup white flour with whole wheat. I had to add more moisture as it was too dry. I threw in some chives.

The loaf of bread was tasty and had a nice firm crust, but had a design flaw. (Sigh) After the second rise, the dough did not fuse together on the inside. There was no taste of chives in the final bread loaf. Hmm. Maybe salmon loaf would work next time?

Bread making is an art that I have not mastered by a long shot!

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.  It’s wonderful to see the sun again!

Welcome to Fiesta Friday. This weeks co-hosts this week are Loretta @ Safari of the Mind and Linda @ Fabulous Fare Sisters. Join a wide range of world cooks creating kitchen food magic.

 

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Arts and Crafts Fairs + Car Trouble

There was this little art and craft fair that I was prepping for that happened last weekend. Prepping took up a lot of my brain. It became an obsession. Meanwhile, everything else in my life was on the back burner, which was turned off.

Learning Curve time!  Missed my paints and brushes that languished in corners. The frame of mind that leads to painting is a special pull that is completely energizing and satisfying – so I have realized in this latest episode of commercializing art. “Branding” oneself, becoming a brand or whatever, is the way it is these days.

My good friend, a writer, commended me on trying to market my work. But I had not thought of this as marketing. (Duh.) He pointed out that he does Twitter and Linked In (barely) remarking that he prefers the good old literary review “that used to work” to promote a book.  Times have changed, for marketing is where it’s at…you need to be out there with Amazon and prove your numbers that you are in demand ‘well, a marketing guru will manufacture such for you. All flash, no fire. Everybody is a “brand.” ‘ was his remark.

This is the way world spins, this is the way the world spins, this is the way the whorls spin.

Aside from this marketing stuff…my car decided to have a fit. It bucked a few times and the engine light came on. I cut short my plans to go to a park and nursed the car home. Read the car manual and crossed my fingers that it was just a fluke of a gas cap not tight enough. That was last Sunday. Called the repair people and had the car hauled away on Tuesday. Friday went to pick up the car and as I left the repair place, the car died. It’s Tuesday and they still have my car. (I will pick it up today.)

Another paradigm shift “Technology is wonderful” try to do without it, when the Fair is the next day. As in the refrigerator breakdown, of a couple of weeks ago, once again the reality of a no car situation was at once weirdly freeing and confounding. I had to get everything for the art fair to the venue that evening. A kind friend helped me, at the last minute, for which I was truly grateful. Thanks Brian. Another friend helped me the next day with the rest of the Fair, including set up and display while hanging around as people came through the fair. Thanks Jan.

What would I do without friends?

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Nokomis Craft and Art Fair paintings and photos canvases  for CKatt

Have a great week!  Keep creating.

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.

 

 

 

Next: The Farmer’s Market has started! Yay!

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Minnesota Horse Expo 2016 Highlghts = 20 Years

Each April the Minnesota Horse Expo is held on the State Fair Grounds in St Paul Minnesota. Attendees show off the different breeds and horse related paraphernalia, health, feed, education and demonstrations for the horse enthusiast.

Here’s some out takes from this years photos. It began as a way to have photos for painting. The first year that I attended was 1995 and since then I have missed only one year. It’s a great time. This year I attended on Saturday and it was a perfect day. One year it was so cold that my old film camera froze up after the fourth shot. Ha!

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People were in good moods and enjoying the fun. At noon each day, the Parade of Breeds is held. Every year there’s me hanging outside the arena in the waiting area with all the people getting ready to go into the arena to strut their stuff. There’s lots of primping, pride and surprises. The costumes are gorgeous and so are the four legged friends. It was a challenge to keep up with the arrival of the various breeds in order to take photos. As the years went on, it became obvious where to hang out to have better use of the sun for photos, when available. This year, for the first time, there were several very young ladies with very fancy cameras taking photos for a little while. I noticed they wore the same glazed, loving look of young horse lovers.

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Since it’s spring there were a couple of babies. I especially liked the mustangs that were from the Teddy Roosevelt herd. The fella with the big black V shape on his head is called Victory. Unlike Wild Mustangs that are controlled by the BLM, these Mustangs are protected as the area they live in is private. Mustang groups around the US work to save the BLM herds that range the public lands. The controversy about public lands, grazing interests and the once protected American Mustang is ongoing.

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The Minnesota Horse Expo is a fun family event! Pony rides for the kids and lots of fine horses that you can see up close.

Last, but not least, are photos of Guy McLean from Australia, a horse trainer and entertainer. He does a demonstration of training and using “at liberty” horses. Guy removes his horses’ halters in the arena, for an hour, he talks about his training while demonstrating.  It’s really impressive what he can do with his horses. You may notice that horses keep their eye on him when he is hugging the other horse. This horse would never let him touch him in this way, when he first worked with him.

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That was part of my day at the Minnesota Horse Expo.

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen!  New fridge has arrived. I’m getting used to it.

Have a great week.

Adios amigos!

 

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Refrigerator died = Food went bad – Paradigm Shift

Speaking of refrigeration, where would we be without it? Last week Thursday I discovered that the ailing refrigerator died unceremoniously. Clueless? Well, it was a slow slide into not working anymore. When I opened the door there was a faint whiff(?) what was that? I touched items on the shelves and they were warm – the thermometer read 60 degrees!!!

#@$%^&*****Most of the food went into the garbage.  A very few items went to the neighbors. Phone calls, internet search for a cooler. Purchase cooler. More phone calls with people who were offering, after the purchase of a cooler, to loan me a cooler.

Keep it simple. The new refrigerator will be delivered tomorrow Wednesday.  To make that possible, move furniture, unload a bookshelf, move the book shelf. Keep smiling. Sweat. Move more stuff. (Good that I had started weeding out stuff recently!)

Cooking is not possible without a refrigerator to store the fresh ingredients and leftovers.

What I noticed after I cleaned out the refrigerator was a paradigm shift in my little world. Such a small change brought home the Feelings that come with change. It felt good!  Gave me a cleaner, clearer perspective about making changes. Even small changes can be freeing and inspiring. (No irony intended.)

Learning curve! Always be open, flexible and life doesn’t seem too bad. Ask for help, when needed. Someone always has what you may need. Like a cooler or a kind word of encouragement.

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen!

“No matter how bad a state of mind you may get into, if you keep strong and hold out, eventually the floating clouds must vanish and the withering wind must cease.”
― Dōgen Retrieved April 19, 2016 From GoodReads

More on Zen Buddhism:

https://dogeninstitute.wordpress.com

Reverend Shohaku Okamura is a Dogen Scholar and Zen teacher who leads the Dogen Institute.

“The Dōgen Institute is the educational outreach arm of the Sanshin Zen Community. The Institute provides educational opportunities for all who are interested in the study of Dōgen Zenji and his teachings.”

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Sharing Wednesday’s Read “This side of the sun”

You will actually miss nap time when you’re older. Milk it. Your mother will become your best friend. Treat time with her like the treasure it is. Quit wishing for happiness, create it. Every second you spend wondering what someone else is thinking is a second lost. Next time your mom cooks dinner, let her show you how. Just […]

via 25 Things I Wish I Knew Before 25 — from this side of the sun

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