|skunk cabbage coming up through snow|
I've discovered a whole row of bulb plants coming up on the east side of our house! A friend from the preschool said to look for bulbs because everybody plants them in Connecticut. I'm so excited to see what kinds of flowers they will make, daffodils, tulips, or some other flower. All the other places that I have lived have been too arid for spring bulbs to do well. Plus, I get to enjoy flowers that I didn't plant.
Indoors, I've started a few herbs and greens in egg cartons with several lights. The seedling are doing well and will need bigger pots soon since it is still a little cold at night to put them outside. My bonsai trees are all looking nice with fresh leaves. I'm so happy they all survived the move to Connecticut and a long winter in the basement. The elm bonsai is especially pretty with lots of fresh green leaves. In Austin TX, it hardly dropped its leaves in the winter so I wondered how it would do in the basement for several months. Soon, the bonsai and several other house plants will get to move to their summer homes on the porch with bright sunshine!
|Elm- beautiful new foliage|
|chestnut oak seedling|
|Japanese maple, |
TX red oaks with chestnut oak in between
I started some sourdough starter with bread yeast, flour, milk, and sugar just over a month ago. The yeast eats the sugar and starch producing alcohol and an acid that keeps 'bad' bacteria out. Every time you bake some bread you use about half the starter for the recipe, and then replenish with more flour and milk. After getting the new ingredients, the mixture bubbles a lot for a few days during which time you have to stir it several times per day. The bread I've made with the starter has been good. It is usually a pretty dense loaf with a strong flavor. Our house is on the cool side and this produces a stronger sour sourdough flavor. I am enjoying keeping the yeast alive and imagining that it is my blob pet!
|This is not a sourdough loaf, but a cheesy bread that I made. |
I don't have any pictures of the sourdough bread.