After removing the crock and placing it on a cooling rack for about five minutes, I loosened the crust from the crock, using a spatula, and turned the warm bread loaf out of the crock. The smell of the freshly baked bread had been teasing us for more than an hour, so I sliced the first couple of slices and we enjoyed it with a little butter. It was pretty darned good! Now, I suspect my cheap crock pot does not heat evenly, because I noticed the crust was a lot darker on one side than on the other, but it was not too dark to enjoy. I consider the experiment a success (we ate nearly the whole 2 lb loaf today). Next I will experiment with bread recipes and, I am sure, find some that will become a staple in my crock pot recipe book.
|Yeast Bread Crock Pot Loaf|
|Little Over Baked on One Side|
|Removing the Earth Boxes from the Garden Area|
|Breaking the Ground with Little Mantis|
|Pulling Out Tree Roots...|
|First Day of Tilling Complete|
|Day Two, Planting First Crops|
|Day Three, Preparing Ground for Flowers|
Since the recent VERY heavy rain, right after Joe had managed to get the new roads started, the tractor has been sitting idle in her carport. The ground has been too wet to continue the road work... perhaps tomorrow. Nevertheless, Joe has kept busy hand clearing the thick underbrush. We have PILES of brush to burn when that phase arrives. We have cleared almost enough to allow us to plant the trees we will use to create our noise and privacy barrier, while allowing us easy access to the community drainage trench which requires regular maintenance.
|Clearing to the Community Trench|
|Clearing and Brush Piles|
|Hand Clearing Brush|
|Brush Be Gone|
|Clear, Clear, Clear|
I am SO looking forward to Spring. The peach, plum, cherry and pear trees are all getting ready to burst forth with their first year of blossoms, here at the farm. The figs were looking VERY good, VERY ready to blossom, when they got hit with a hard frost. I think we will be lucky to get anything on those trees this year. I just hope the trees recover. The apple trees are not yet showing the same, "ready to blossom," as the others. Still, I imagine they will in their own good time.
This weekend will be filled (we hope) with the BIG tiller (rental), creating gardens and planting trees.... I think we have 40 trees to plant...... wish us good weather!
This afternoon I baked a mini cake in the crock pot. I used half of the batter for the typical white birthday cake, which results in a perfect mini-loaf cake. For grins, I decided to add chocolate frosting. I'm still too full from supper tonight to have a slice, but I'm thinking that birthday cake for breakfast sounds yummy!