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Wednesday
Apr122017

When We Were Sisters

From the Goodreads website:  "As children in foster care, Cecilia and Robin vowed they would be the sisters each had never had. Thirty years later their bond remains strong. International pop star Cecilia lives life on the edge, but when Robin is nearly killed in an accident, she drops everything to be with her. 

Robin set aside her career as a successful photojournalist to create the loving family she always yearned for. But now, as she realizes how close she's come to losing everything, she questions what she really has. Gazing through a wide-angle lens at both past and future she sees that her marriage is disintegrating. Her attorney husband is rarely home, leaving Robin to be both mother and father. She and the children need Kris's love and attention, but does Kris need them? 

When Cecilia asks Robin to be the still photographer for a documentary on foster care, Robin agrees, even though Kris will be forced to take charge for the months she's away. She gambles that he'll prove to them both that their children—and their marriage—are a priority in his life. 

Cecilia herself needs more than time with her sister. A lifetime of lies has finally caught up with her. She wants a chance to tell the real story of their childhood and free herself from the nightmares that still color her nights. 

As the documentary unfolds, memories will be tested and the meaning of family redefined, but the love two young girls forged into bonds of sisterhood will help them move forward as the women they were always meant to be."
I really got into this book.  I liked the characters and wanted things to work out for them.  This is the first book I've read by Emilie Richards and I'll be looking for more.
Saturday
Apr082017

German Brotchen

The cooking group got together and our recipe this time was German Brotchen.  We had two recipes so we ended up making them both and taste testing them.

One of the recipes had you make a well in the center of the flour and add the yeast mixture to the well.  Cover it and leave it alone for 15 minutes.  It looks like a science experiment when you uncover it.  

Look at that yeast go.  It was awesome.

This dough has been mixed and kneaded and is ready to start it's first rise.

 

 Isn't it beautiful?  Almost as beautiful as these brotchen.

We sampled them with ham, swiss cheese, and mustard.  And then I had them again for dinner, and lunch the next day.  The recipe that won the bake off was a little more complicated, but totally worth it.  

Monday
Apr032017

Ready

Ready to go to the finisher to be turned into a nametag.

 

Time to start stitching on a new project.

Monday
Mar272017

Blooming

 

 

My hellebores are blooming.  They live under the birch trees.

David worked hard and got all the dead leaves trimmed off.

 It's taken quite a while for them to get this big.  Three years if anyone is counting.  They started out as tiny little two or three leaf plants.  Aren't they lovely now?

 

Monday
Mar202017

Qiviut Cowl

A long time ago when we went to Alaska, I picked up a skein of Qiviut yarn.  It is so soft and so lovely and it's going to eventually going to be a cowl.

Specifically, the Jeweled Cowl by knittimo.

 

It's a bit fiddly, but I do have the first row of beads attached. About 50 more repeats to go.