A Nest for All Seasons A Nest for All Seasons: Catching up...

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05 January 2011

Catching up...

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Remember THIS POST on forcing paperwhites?  Here are the pretty results a week or so later...

Paperwhites in bloom
This is just the first of the bulbs to bloom.  There are two flower stalks on this bulb with lots of pretty white flowers.  BTW, I saw an ad for a SINGLE paperwhite bulb and mini "urn" in Restoration Hardware's catalog for $15.  FOR ONE BULB!  Ridiculous.  These bulbs should cost $1 each, $2 at the MAX.  Get them from a nursery if you are worried about quality.  DO NOT order them from a home furnishings  catalog.

Anyway, they smell pretty bad, but they are so very pretty.  I just put them out of nose's reach when they start blooming.  Isn't that weird to put a flower farther away so you can't smell it??  strange...

Update...they stink to high heaven.  I forgot how badly they stink.  Alex came in the door and asked if the cat had peed on the floor.  No honey, those are just the new flowers blooming.  I need to find a giant cloche or something so I can look at them but not smell them...aren't they pretty though??



Remember THIS POST on baking your own bread?  Here are the biscuits shaped (1) and risen (2).

Biscuit dough shaped by hand - use lots of flour on your hands!
After they have risen a bit, they look like this!  Ready to pop in the oven! 
 Photo #2 is the rising AFTER shaping.  You still need to let the whole batch rise first for 2-3 hours before shaping!

...and because I'm in love with these new (cheaper than you would think!) clocks from Ollies...

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