Friday, August 24, 2012

7th Generation Texans! or No Knead!

I took yesterday off after we did our morning chores outside, because I needed to take a break from the rescue ranch and also from my kitchen, so Tony took me to our favorite sea food restaurant, La Fours, in Kerrville, to eat lunch. When we walked inside La Fours, our friends Kris and Jim, "The Mineral Man," waved for us for us to come join them at their table, but we decided not to. Actually, I'm teasing you here, of course we joined our friends for lunch. And I am  so glad that we did, because Kris and Jim made our lunch so much more enjoyable.

During our fun lunch, they asked us if we had gone kayaking with June, Ellen, Eileen and Lisa, earlier and Tony and I looked at each other in disbelief, because we had totally forgotten about it, which made all of us burst out laughing, because T. and me are such forgetful senior citizens.

When they told us about buying a Lassie (Lasko's Blower Fan Model #4905, the more expensive model and the prettier one than ours, because theirs is silver and black, instead of black and yellow like our Model #4900.) I was so thrilled for them and listening to them brag about how much they loved their Lassie, pretty much made my day for me.

Last night, while I was still on strike from doing my everyday chores and almost-everyday blogging, I sat down with Roy and Mama to watch the rented movie, Cowboys & Aliens and I thought it was pretty good, even though Mama and Roy didn't and basically slept throughout most of the movie.

Today has been great, of course, because our fabulous friends aka "The Greatest Volunteers of Texas," came out and took our dogs on walks, down to Wallace Creek, so they could go swimming and yes, our dogs loved it even more than Tony and I did. Thank you, June, Ellen, Eileen, Lisa, Jim, Kris and Jim, "The Mineral Man!"

When the dog walking-swim-a-thon had ended, all of us jumped into our vehicles and went down the road, to eat lunch at the Koyote Ranch's Koyote Kafe and Tone and me had so much fun.

Some of our interesting and some times hilarious things that we discussed during lunch, included: Maine, Russia, Alaska, haunted buildings, seeing ghosts, Texas Master Naturalists classes, the art of bread making, June's easy to make soda bread recipe, 7th generation Texans, Hurricane Issac, the movie Cowboys & Aliens, the best of all you can eat buffets, Blayre's amazing 1,000 dog treats, famous Texas Rangers, being allergic to certain foods and almost dying from eating it, Tetanus, the possibility of us starting up our very own private, 9-members-only, exclusive club, how delicious our food that we were eating was, setting a date for all of us to go kayaking together in September and Savannah, Georgia, etc. In other words, "We did a lot of talking and laughing."

Early this evening, around 6:00, after I had surfed the WEB for "How to make artisan bread in a dutch oven," I came across and found a fun, tutorial to watch, on how to make a version of "Jim Lahey's Sullivan Bakery Bread, The No Knead Bread Recipe made famous by Mark Bittman of the New York Times. So after watching the video twice, I printed out the full instructions and began making it.

After I had mixed the 3 cups of King Arthur brand flour, 1/4 teaspoon with instant active yeast and 1 1/2 cups of warm water in a bowl, I covered it with plastic and then placed it inside our oven, with the oven light on, to keep it warm, so it can rise for the next 12 hours.

Then around 6:00 in the morning, I will hopefully rise and shine and remove it from the oven to complete the final process and then 2 hours later I will bake it in Tony's dutch oven, inside our stove. So please wish me luck with another one of my attempts at making bread. And that is about it for tonight.

P.S. Here's the latest update at 8:12: I just finished walking 4 Miles With Leslie Sansone!

Y'all have a great evening!


Kat said...

I'm so glad that my parents have found true friends in their new home! Keep writing about your adventures as every time I read them a huge smile bounds across my face.


P.S. I'm the daughter of the "Mineral Man" & Kris.

cousin nancy said...

Hi Kat! We love your parents. Jim and Kris are great people and that is why we have been introducing them to all of our super cool friends and more than cool friends/volunteers. Everyone really likes them, too. They are our kind of people and I love anyone who can make me laugh and they make me laugh a lot. Please come see us when you visit The Mineral Man and Kris. We are really looking forward to meeting you.