Weekend recap on a Thursday?? I am a slacker.

The rest of the weekend!!

Saturday morning, Aaron and I drank coffee and ate oatmeal really quickly and then headed over to Heinz Field for the American Heart Association Heart Walk. It was supposed to be a 5K walk but I’m told that they shortened it because of the weather… It was like 40 degrees and rainy.

9 AM on a Saturday! Poor Aaron. I keep dragging him to these things.

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My company gave us t-shirts that we were supposed to wear… but I forgot mine in the office. Blue shirt to the left would have been me too if I wasn’t forgetful.
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Blurry:
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Better:
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The walk lasted about an hour and then we drove over to Colangelo’s in the Strip District to say hello to Aaron’s brother who was working there. Aaron sampled some kind of cheesy/bacon/pizza thing.
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PIZZAS! This place was packed on Saturday. I’m going to have to go back and try something. It is connected to La Prima coffee which I’ve never had…but I hear good things. I am no coffee connoisseur friends but I like coffee A LOT.
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We wandered the Strip for about two minutes then came back to my apartment, hung out for a bit then parted ways. I had plans of going to the gym but napped instead. It was the most restful nap. I guess I was feeling pretty exhausted from not sleeping too much the past couple of days.

Saturday night we went to see the new Michael Moore movie, Capitalism. We went to the Southside theatre. Haaate the Southside on Saturday nights but this wasn’t too bad actually. Probably because we didn’t wander from college-kid infested bar to college-kid infested bar… Comments about Capitalism — It was entertaining. It made me think. It did not make me hate Capitalism. It did not make me hate Michael Moore. These are good things. It’s worth seeing though maybe it’s not worth $9.25. I’d recommend renting/redboxing/netflixing.

Sunday… Church in the morning, then group then grocery shopping then Aaron coming over! I baked another loaf of bread with Ted (glorious bread machine). This time I used the following:

  • 4 1/2 cups TJ’s white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp rapid rise yeast (ENOUGH with the impatience Pamela)
  • 2 Tbsp flaxseed meal (omega 3s!)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp vital wheat gluten

Check it out:

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That bread is HEARTY. I think it weighs four pounds. Yep so Sunday evening consisted of chatting with sister-in-law Sam, baking with Ted, listening to Aaron practice songs on his guitar and laundry. Exciting!

Monday morning = WORK

It was a coworker’s last day so he made us eggs benedict for breakfast.

Office egg station:

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Eggs Benedict (minus the ham for me) + potatoes:
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I really like that picture. Hm. Compliments myself.

After work Monday, we went to August Henry’s for happy hour to celebrate coworker’s last day. I had a beer — Big Hop. Brewed in Pittsburgh! So I haven’t been drinking much AT ALL lately and got a slight buzz from one beer. Fun!

I stayed there until about 630, waited for a bus for FORTY minutes and finally got home at 730.

Of course I baked another loaf of bread when I got home…

  • 4 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp REGULAR yeast
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 cup milk

This loaf was for Andy. He said he liked it! Though I don’t think he would tell me if he didn’t like it.

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We met up and exchanged my loaf of bread for some of his pumpkin bread! It was good!

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I had some with lunch:

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I also had a piece of my whole wheat loaf with lunch.

Okayyyy, I wrote this on Tuesday. It’s Thursday now! I’m lying on my couch and I may have just watched Gossip Girl on my laptop. Yeah. I did that. HA.

Okay! Time to publish this before I let it sit on the computer for another two days. ALMOST THE WEEKEND!

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Ted is a bread MACHINE.

Good Evening All!

It’s Monday night. I haven’t blogged in like 5 days! I need to get into more of a routine with this. Let’s talk about the last few days…

Wednesday night, I met up with friend Sarah. It’s been too long! Sarah likes when I don’t tell her I’m taking a picture.

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We got some coffee/tea at Crazy Mocha and chatted for a bit. I had some kind of mango something tea. It was GOOD. Then we proceeded to tear apart our coffee sleeves like we were on a nervous date. Weird.

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I’ve also been drinking a lot of this tea at work. I found it in the cupboard. I LOVE it and should probably buy my own and stop stealing someone elses. It’s weird though because I’ve NEVER seen anyone else drink tea in the office. Invisible, tea drinking coworker is stocking the cupboards with my favorite tea. I love you invisible, tea drinking coworker.
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Thursday night (after a bit of difficulty) I made it to the WYEP studio for boyfriend’s bands show. I need to look up some apostrophe rules because I’m pretty sure the previous sentence was not correct.

Meeting of Important People
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Aaron:
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Josh (and Matt playing drums):
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So the show was pretty entertaining because I was standing behind a girl taking pictures. That’s not funny. The funny thing is she was taking pictures the WHOLE time. Like click, click, click, click. I’m pretty sure she took about 20 pictures of Aaron in a row. Hilarious. Who wants that many pictures??? Sorry Aaron but come on. hahaha. I thought it was funny anyway…

Moving on… Friday work was work then I got home and found a package at my door.

Behold Ted the Bread Machine:

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Grandparents, who I affectionately refer to as Tutu and Papap bought me this for an early Christmas gift. Hello glorious homemade bread!

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Thank you Tutu and Papap!!!

Aaron came over around 630 and we got to making a loaf of bread:
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We went with plain white bread for a first attempt but used rapid raise yeast instead of regular so we wouldn’t be eating dinner at midnight. Flour, water, sugar, butter, salt and yeast went in then we hit start and set off for Dick’s Sporting Goods for Aaron to look at running shoes(!) He’s recently taken up running…

He looks funny with athletic shoes:
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We got back from shoe shopping and playing on exercise equipment and it smelled like bread in the apartment. Look what Ted made!!!

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We tested it out:
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BREAD!! We had vegetable soup and bread for dinner. It was a great and simple meal.
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Alright I have to end this blogging right now because my laptop is about to die. I only have 4% left!

Have a nice night! The rest of the weekend to come tomorrow!

Goodnight!

Saturday Part One – The Bread Saga

Hello All! It’s Sunday morning. Time to update you on my marathon Saturday. This is going to come in three parts.


Part One – The Bread Bowls


I used this recipe so no need to repost it. Just click the link and follow the THIRTEEN pages of instruction. Don’t worry, it’s mostly pictures.
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I started this preferment Friday night around 9:30 PM and let it sit for about 12 hours. Here it is after 12 hours of hanging out on my counter:
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The next morning after adding in the remaining ingredients and kneading:
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After the second rise (2 hours):
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Before the third rise (1 1/2 hours):
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After the third rise and scouring with a serrated knife (that wasn’t sharp enough):
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The finished bowls:
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Commentary: Well, my bowls weren’t big enough to use for soup. It was disappointing. After some afterthought, I’ve come to a few conclusions about where I probably went wrong.

  • I needed 5 bread bowls and the recipe was only supposed to make 4.
  • I baked them on a baking sheet rather than a baking stone. (need to get one)
  • I have very little experience baking bread and probably didn’t knead it long enough.
  • I used dry active yeast dissolved in the water rather than instant yeast which the recipe calls for.

    I also had a problem with browning. With a few minutes left, I noticed that they still had a sad, pale color so I rubbed some butter on top in hopes of browning. It did give them a nice sheen and a golden color so that was a success. I also wanted to note that I did throw a few ice cubes into the oven as the recipe directed and I think it did make a difference in the crust. They were nice and crispy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside.

    So, in conclusion, even though they weren’t big enough to actually use as bowls for soup, they were just fine to dip into the soup. Everyone seemed to like them and they were great with Andy’s soup!

    And in case you’re wondering, I use this flour for the all-purpose flour in bread:
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