So, with the arrival of the New Year, I wish I could say that Iâ€™ve been productive and that Iâ€™ve been making tons of progress on my needle felting, and have completely reorganized my house, cleaned it from top to bottom, and lost 10 pounds. That would be a lie. Iâ€™ve been shuffling around (ok, maybe wallowing a bit), reading a lot of books, stepping over a lot of toys (see below), and generally neglecting anything that may be labeled as productive.
I have been baking a lot of bread from this book. (Maybe thatâ€™s why I havenâ€™t lost 10 lbs!) Amazing. I know Iâ€™m late to jump on the bandwagon of no-knead bread. I got this book from the library and it was all so straightforward and delicious looking, that I dove right in. Normally at this time of year, I really miss the farmers market, because they have the best crusty, artisanal type bread. But this bread I made tastes exactly like it! Woo! Now I have to move beyond the basic recipe and try the others, which all look amazing.
Speaking of the farmerâ€™s marketâ€¦Iâ€™ve been looking toward spring today, thinking about our garden, picking seeds to order. I cannot wait until this winter is over. Weâ€™ve been trapped in this house, endlessly sick, dwelling amongst clutter and mess. Blah! Once Christmas was over, I begrudgingly packed up our decorations, and braced myself for bleak January, always a month to muddle through for me. Now more than ever it always proves to be a bummer, with sick kids, stuck inside, growing antsier by the minute. If I were a more positive person, Iâ€™d tackle January with gusto; a new year, a fresh start, yeah, yeah. But I never really feel that way until spring. SO, today, as I dream of puttering in the warm sun, and poking a pea into the ground, I feel hopeful, and dare I say, a bit more cheerful than in past weeks.