Grateful that not every day is warm, sunny and with blue skies

Family just left after coming to visit for a nice sunny dry warm 6 days in Scottsdale to bring in the new year ... Surprise !
Family just left after coming to visit for a nice sunny dry warm 6 days in Scottsdale to bring in the new year … Surprise !

I am grateful for the beauty of the cold grey  structure of  clouds (shot on my iphone )  as nature is preparing for a several day weather change, seen while taking a desert walk with family on Sunday Jan 3, 2016.   Consistent with my never ending pondering on dirt to delicious I can say that today (Wed)  after what I hear was only 1/2 inch rain since the cold rains started Sunday night. Hard to imaging that is all that came down.  And the veggies almost instantly responded with what I think I heard whispers of “thank you!”. And the sky was wild this am again with clouds socked into the mountains for the 3rd day !

I am very grateful to live in sunny Scottsdale AZ. But love this serious weather change and looking for a silver lining.  Family, friends,etc come here in the winter with  expectations of  clear blue skies and sun and warmth, and considering how little rain we get… the idea that it will be dry here !  While they may have had to change their plans around the weather  I am  happy to say I have had the opportunity to hike in clothing that was purchased to ski in, and made good use of rain gear .

I have had the practice of posting quotes/ notes/ good stuff around desk, mirrors, kitchen, bedroom for years, to remind me of what to think about. You know, positive, motivating stuff.  Blah blah blah…when do  I read them after I post them? Right now I am thinking of  a few I am writing and think I will post them  here:

” Look forward to those days that are totally off the mark from your expectations…. there is beauty to be found there”.

“After every rain day …. look for growth”

“The storm is truly preceding a time of growth”

and of course

“Be grateful for what you have , while not dwelling on what you lack ”

Happy New Year to all of you and hoping  2016 brings you some easy storms, some clouds with silver lining, being in the right place at the right time with the right state of mind  to see the positive in every challenge which can offer you rainbows  and growth afterwards…you know , the deliciousness we all want… and while we are at it….nothing wrong with  visualizing  a pot of gold at the base of that rainbow 😉

Here is to creating deliciousness,while warm in my fleece

Linda

 

 

King Arthur has me lusting

 

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I was never a bread baker until I got tired of not being able to consistently buy healthier wheat challah . The former darkroom queen has been loving the chemistry involved with baking! Oh, yes ….there is gluten!

So I am standing in the checkout line at Sprouts and doing my usual scanning of mags. And there it is King Arthur  has their own beautiful book / mag of recipes with  photos of baked goods  that have got me all hot and buttered.  This is scary . I am lusting over baked goods. Well in a foodie way if you know what I mean. It was a tad embarrassing. Understand I have no problem completely ignoring the bakery  section of the store. You know the area where  you expect to be  bombarded by the enticing aromas wafting from full  fledged gluten heaven. Now too often I find  50 shades of overpriced  gluten free marketing, and 100 ways to leave  your love of staying on the gluten free band wagon. The  attempts to seduce me into ignore my better judgement are silly,  I am strong willed. Actually  I think this store has intentionally, or mistakenly not done well with  olfactory marketing.)   But I digress.

SO I am standing in the check out line and I am thinking to myself :

#1, and the  most dominant thought – I  really really really really want my own home baked challah  with a generous slab of  organic butter that has been humanely produced by grass fed  cows. And I want it RIGHT NOW! I want the sensation of the warm whole wheat crusty outside and yeasty warm inside colliding with crush of the sesame seeds on the top crust and the  ooozing of the butter. And I want it NOW. HMMMM I had promised myself that I was not going to take the time to get myself into this baking project this  shabbat and I was so happy I took a break since before Passover.

#2 thought , well really I think #4 but oh well…. who ever came up with the nutritional wisdom that wheat being produced  these days is nasty horrible stuff …. should be given nobel prize  or shot  ( just joking kind of).

#3 thought… King Arthur marketing…. brilliant.

Scary scary scary … hot home made bread! I remember my dad calling  it the staff of life.  Now I almost feel like I am smoking cigarettes when I indulge  in bread . So,  I am in the check out line and it is now my turn. I am holding strong. I am not going to say what I want to say ” I forgot 4 things could you wait while I run and restock my post Passover pantry.”  No not doing that.

SO I go home knowing that in the freezer are 4 of the 6 Challah rolls I bought from Levi Catering  last week. They are wonderful  white flour traditonal type of challah. They are what they are. Wonderful when reheated in the oven to taste fresh baked. That will be fine . We will be fine and not able to over consume. Ha ! Self control  should be my middle name. GRRRRR.

#4  but did not really have this thought till I got home and went to review my recipe and post it here….

OOOPS,  I go to pull out my challah recipes. They should all be together. Those that I printed out from varied sites to use as reference and then there are my personal notes …. oh my scribbled notes from all the challahs  I have created and tested and changed and tried again .  Understand I am  not  known for being  a baker. One of my favorite challah tasters has eaten her own words when she told me she thought I was a great cook but baking is so different and I can not approach it the same way. How can I say this in a nice not self deprecating way…. I am not much of a follower. Directions ? We don’t need no stinking directions ! Hmmmm , digressing again.  AND /BUT  after reviewing every whole wheat challah recipe I could find …. I made  mine own . It evolved and  seemed to make the most sense to me as a former photographic darkroom chemist. Only saying that cause yes I did have to measure liquids , ok ?

Tooting my own horn my husband who is always happy to tell me what I have not done perfectly is always saying this is the best whole wheat challah he has ever had.

So I am ready to finally put the recipe in the computer and share it with the world.

GRRRRR…What  happened?  2 words: Passover, clean up .  That leads to the  #4 thought…. EHHHH I cannot find the recipe notes anywhere!!!

So for now. Until I find my notes. I will not be baking. I will not be sharing the recipe.   I will not be going  back to the store to buy the ingredients… and most importantly …..  I can honestly say I am going to avoid that check out line closest to the bakery where King Arthur is hanging out taunting me, teasing me, and just flat out being trouble.

Sigh. I think I  am going to go eat a sweet potato now. Lathered with grass fed organic butter and  celtic salt and let this gnawing gluten craving pass.

All things happen for a reason… I guess.