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Bread and Pasta = Holidays!

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So the holidays are officially here. We’ve made 4-5 dozen tortellini with canned salmon ( from Joselynn) and cheese, and then just cheese once we ran out of salmon. I’m current baking three loaves of the NY Time No-Knead Bread, which is by far my favorite bread recipe ever invented – probably because they’re clear any 4-6 year old can make bread this good, and I cannot bake. The video is here and quite fun to watch, and the directions are below. The guy from Sullivan Street Bakery is clear that it should be shared, so here it is!

The Basic No-Knead Bread Recipe Adapted From Sullivan Street Bakery

3 cups flour

1 ½cups water

¼teaspoon yeast

1 ¼teaspoon salt

olive oil (for coating to bowl while dough rises)

extra flour, wheat bran or cornmeal (for dusting)

1. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Add water and, using a wooden spoon, spatula or your hand, mix until wet and sticky, about 30 to 60 seconds. Place the dough in another bowl lightly coated with olive oil. Cover and let rest for 12 hours at room temperature.

2. Remove the dough and fold once or twice. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes. Next, shape into a ball. Generously coat a cotton towel with flour, wheat bran or cornmeal; place the dough seam side down on the towel and dust with flour. Cover with a cotton towel and let rise one to two hours at room temperature, until more than doubled in size.

3. Preheat a six- to eight-quart pot, at 450 to 500 degrees, at least 30 minutes prior to baking. Once the dough has more than doubled in volume, remove the pot from the oven and place the dough in the pot, seam side up. Cover with the lid and bake 30 minutes. Remove the lid and bake 15 to 30 minutes uncovered, until the loaf is nicely browned.

Yield: One 10-inch round loaf.

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Missing Pepper Ann

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Pepper Ann and Jellie Bean

missing my attached-at-the-hip dog dog

It has been about ten days since Pepper Ann was put to sleep. I feel OK about my decision but it is still a hard decision to make. I don’t feel that her seizures were ever going to be under control, and I also believe it was likely that she did have some sort of mass in her brain — that was the internist’s conclusion as well. Once the doctor’s report arrived around Thanksgiving, I felt more and more leery about making her go through seizures when it was so hard on her.

The history: her seizures most likely stated in January 2018 when we were on vacation — the neighbor sent me a text saying she heard a dog screaming like it was being tortured; I was sure it wasn’t one of our dogs because they were safe and sound with Tuesday. However, a few days after getting home the seizures were confirmed when she had a grand mal right in front of all of us. It was terrifying and hard to deal with — until it became routine. However, the last time I seriously counted the number of seizures she had, it was about 68 — that is not a routine issue. That’s really severe.

Since January 2018, she almost had 100 seizures in those eleven months, and it was too hard to see how it was affecting her mentally and physically. The night I took her to be put to sleep was the worst because she could not get her legs to work and kept falling out flat like a cartoon. It was heartbreaking and I could not handle seeing her like that anymore. Sure there were good days in-between her cluster seizures, but the clusters were getting worse and she was not getting any better in terms of quantity of seizures — only worse. And the quality of her life was going downhill.

What I miss:

her sleeping at my feet

her clickity-clack pacing when I did not get out of bed early enough

the way she ran into the kitchen when I said: “let’s get your meds.”

always greeting me the minute I walked through the door — no matter how shitty she felt

her cuteness and begging for constant petting

her neediness

her naughtiness

her walks – I really miss our daily walks. Now that she’s gone I’ve given up walking … I gave up running when her seizures started.

I really miss her love – she was the most loving dog but then all the other qualities about her made her nutty and crazy and totally fun.

Is it weird that the worst behaved dogs end up being the most loving and best dogs?

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“Earthquake Update: New public safety information; Please review” from Anchorage Police Department : Nixle

“Earthquake Update: New public safety information; Please review” from Anchorage Police Department : Nixle
— Read on nixle.us/AKX62

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We moved

We moved but our old house is still for sale. I’m freaking out a bit as I make my house payment today …

The new house is DIRTY — something we never saw when we visited it. GROSSLY dirty and I am not loving it. I have opened my 25th gallon of paint and still have half of the house to finish. I’m beat!

i have everybody praying and crossing everything that Shamrock Street sells ASAP. Until then, double yard work, double payments, double stress. But we always have the fire pit to sit around because we got it set up tonight.

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