basting and baking

This quilt will probably take me months to complete, so I might as well document every step along the way!

The backing is a thrifted vintage bed sheet. I’ve still got half of it left after cutting it apart and I love it so much, I might just hem the rest and use it as a table cloth.

A little side note on that: we use only environmentally friendly washing powder that leaves little to no scent on our laundry…it smells clean but not much else. I found that makes me very sensitive to strong scents in other people’s laundry, they give me headaches. This bedsheet was clean when I bought it but I washed it again of course and had it lying around a couple of weeks. It still smells strongly of perfumed washing powder and I hope to get rid of that eventually when washing the finished quilt. It only reminds me how long those chemical perfumes linger and lets face it, we wear those clothes and get that stuff on our skin!
Ok, enough moralizing for one morning🙂
We also finally baked some fresh bread again from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day.

Baking bread on a weekly basis is part of our plan to eat healthier and with such an easy method about there really is no excuse not to! Lynda did a great post on that book and its successor, Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a Day.
On weekdays we are often too tired to cook in the evenings so we made a white sandwich bread for breakfast and the european peasant bread (with whole wheat and rye flour) to eat with cheese and salads in the evening. I find that when using whole wheat and rye flour I need to use more yeast than the recipe calls for or the crumb will be too dense. Either the yeast is weaker or the flour is heavier over here!

The bread is only flour, yeast, water and salt, no sugar, no additives to make it last longer or taste better.
We don’t eat masses of bread between the two of us, so what we do is we let the loaves cool down completely, cut them up and freeze them. That way we can toast only as many slices as we’ll actually eat at a time and this amount of bread will last us anywhere between 1 and 2 weeks.

10 thoughts on “basting and baking

  1. Lynda

    Your quilt is going to be lovely. We are the same way about the perfumed washing powder and dryer sheets. Even the cats get unscented kitty litter.

    Your bread looks amazing! It’s so easy and so good.

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    1. tidytipsy

      Thanks Lynda🙂 Yup, we have unscented kitty litter too. I’m thinking of washing the finished quilt (whenever I actually finish it) with a dash of vinegar in the machine…maybe that takes care of perfume as well as yucky smells.
      That bread technique is definitely the easiest ever and it tastes really good as well. I plan on doing some variations in the coming weeks…caraway seeds, dried tomatoes and whatever else I feel like🙂

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  2. Victoria Bennett Beyer

    That bread looks amazing! I haven’t baked any at all this winter but I need to get to it!
    And your quilt is going to be so very lovely🙂 I just made one for the first time with my mom last year and there really is something special about all the love it takes to put one together and I think about that every time I curl up with it.

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    1. tidytipsy

      Thanks Victoria! Homemade quilts are definitely special, I would never really buy a patchwork quilt in a store. Do you have a picture of the one you made with your mom somewhere?
      Have you tried the Artisan Bread method? It is sooo easy and quick, no kneading and no trouble at all🙂

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  3. Amber

    Ohhhhh, I am still so in love with your quilt. You are inspiring me to get my scraps out and start on my postage stamp quilt that I may or may not ever complete in my lifetime.

    And we are huge fans of the Artisan bread books! The bagel dough recipe not only makes bagels and bialys, but also excellent little sandwich “rolls.” I make tiny loaves of it and tear them open and put all sorts of things on them. So good!

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    1. tidytipsy

      Thanks Amber, do get your scraps out and get going! Who cares if it takes forever, it makes the finished product that much more special!
      I haven’t tried the bagel recipe yet but now that you mention it I’ll look it up. We don’t really `know`bagels over here in Europe, but bread rolls we love🙂

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    1. tidytipsy

      Thanks RosaMaria🙂 I will try washing it with a dash of vinegar when it’s finished, I hope that will get rid of the perfume! You’ll love the book, lots of variations in there as well that would go great with your recipes!

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