Recipe: Easiest Bread Ever!!

     

I made bread on my own for the first time a couple of days ago, and I couldn’t believe how easy it was! I’ve  always thought of bread-making as being a long and complicated process, but this recipe was super straightforward and it took me less than 2 hours to finish. It’s called “soda bread” (because it uses baking soda instead of yeast), and it’s made with whole wheat flour, making for a really healthy snack.

Ingredients

  • 3.5 cups whole-wheat flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • unsalted butter for greasing

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Make a well in the flour mix and pour buttermilk into the center, drawing in the flour to make a soft dough.
  2.  Turn the dough onto a floured surface and shape it into a round loaf.
  3. Grease a baking sheet with butter. Place the loaf on it, shaping it and patting it down into a round, approximately 2 inches high. Using a sharp knife, cut across in the top of the loaf.
  4. Bake the loaf for 30 minutes or until it is well browned. Cool slightly on a wire rack.

* This makes 1 loaf of bread (approximately 16 pieces). It is super tasty when served with butter and jam, or marmalade. This recipe is from the book “DK Get Started Baking”, but I made some modifications, based on what worked best for me. Enjoy!

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Day in the Garden

The other day, I went with my grandparents to explore a public garden and arboretum in my city. It was a great time of year to go, and I really enjoyed walking along the trails and learning the names of new plants! We even found raspberries growing, and they were, by far, the best I’ve ever tasted. We finished off the afternoon with gelato from Little Italy, and I’m starting to think I might like gelato more than ice cream-but it’s too close to call! I was very excited and I inhaled my gelato so quickly that totally forgot to take a picture….oops!







Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day! This year, I had a picnic on the beach with my cousins and my younger brother!  We brought breakfast with us and got there early enough to beat the heat and the crowds.  We chatted, threw around a frisbee, and waded in the water, which was kinda chilly, (surprising considering the heat wave we’ve been having). Then we drove up to our cottage to hang out with  more family and celebrate the rest of Canada’s birthday! We tubed behind the boat to a little town, where we got ice cream cones. I love being out on the water and exploring new spots on the lake. We also went to see the fireworks that evening and my heart was exploding with happiness! I don’t know what it is about them, but fireworks are my favourite things in the entire world. I thought these ones were really great, especially considering they were put off by a small community on a low budget. Driving back in the boat, I looked behind me and saw the lights from hundreds of other boats  and thought it was absolutely beautiful. With all the hate and violence in the world, it was reassuring to see all these good people come out to celebrate this amazing country, that we are so privileged to live in. This past weekend was filled with many “I LOVE SUMMER SO MUCH” moments, and I am so stoked for all the exciting things coming up!  I hope you are all the having a fantastical summerrrrrr…..

   Lemon poppy-seed scones from whole foods



lovin’  the outfit Sadie ^^^^^




decorating the cottage ^^^^



                                                           triple chocolate brownie ice cream ^^^^^


                                        I really love how these firework photos turned out! ^^^^^