Wrapping Up 2011

I’ve been trying to think of a clever post to end the year and welcome the new one, but I can’t seem to rally any real creativity this week.  I worked myself pretty thin leading up to Christmas and since then I’ve basically been couch – bound, resting up and relaxing and enjoying the lack of a deadline.  It also doesn’t help that we have finally caught on to the “Dr. Who” craze, and have been watching it every night (starting with the 2005 season).  The kids are obsessed and I couldn’t be happier.

So instead of something witty or profound, I will use this chance to catch up on a few things.

I’ll start with bread.

One of my early Christmas gifts this year (and Susan got me a second one in a different size!) was an enameled cast iron dutch oven pot.  I’d been wanting one for quite awhile, after seeing this book about baking artisan bread in a pot rather than on a peel.  I tried some when Zac made it at the farm and was in love with the results.

You pre-heat the empty pot in the oven and throw your risen dough into it.  Once you place the lid on, the  water in the dough creates the steam needed to properly bake and finish the bread.  The crust in crispier without being too chewy or dense and the crumb is more reliably cooked through this way.  Plus the pot is such a pretty green!

Thing number two I need to show off is the lovely ornament my friend Amy found for me.

I just love her!  I love the creamy white colors, I love that it’s a shepherd with her sheep, and I love the vintage look about it (in fact, it just may BE vintage: Amy has quite a knack for finding amazing vintage and estate items for a steal).  It’s so hard to find sheep – related trinkets that aren’t totally tacky.  I don’t know where she found this, but I am thrilled she did!

Speaking of all things sheep-ish, I finished one of my super – secret holiday knitting projects in time to gift it!

A Sluggy Bonnett for my mother!  I can’t even believe how fast this knit up – it only took me 2 days!  I should have started earlier and made Sluggy Bonnetts for everyone!  I still have 1 super secret project on the needles, but it’s just about done.  I’ll be sending it off to its intended recipient just after the new year.  But here’s a sneak peek of the yearn sitting on my new swift:

Today and tomorrow will be spent cleaning up the holiday clutter and making room for 2012. The girls and I are headed to a get – together this evening (after which I’ll have to talk them out of staying up until dawn watching Dr. Who) and then we’ll spend the first cold months of 2012 doing a lot of what we do best:

Reading!  The girls all got Kindles for Christmas (mostly for school, but when you enjoy reading as much as we do……..).

Enjoy the rest of 2011 and I’ll see you all on the other side!

 

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