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It was the weirdest of times..

So it has been very weird recently. TP shortages, bottled water shortages. Our entire household of 4 adults is either work or school from home.

We have plenty of food in the house (and plenty of TP as we buy in bulk and just got a shipment in Jan (thank you toilet paper gods)), we have filtered water, and power and internet, what more could we really need?

I have been knitting, Animal Crossing just released, I have books, and a Kindle Unlimited account, so all is well

On an entirely different note, I heard today there is a yeast shortage, like seriously everyone suddenly wants to bake their own bread when they can’t even drink tap water, not sure how that is going to go.

On the other hand, I have always been intrigued by the idea of a sourdough starter and making my own sourdough bread.

This afternoon on the Facebooks, my mom posted a link to a starter ‘recipe’ if it can be called that, dump some flour and water in a bowl, stir and wait. That is the recipe, of course more instruction follows for the next few days to feed the starter and check on it to see if it is starting to smell yeasty and have bubbles, but really, it seems so simple.

So here is my Day 1, the flour and water are mixed in a glass bowl, and a towel placed over the top and now I wait 24 hrs to check on it and follow the next steps.

Sourdough starter, also known as flour and water in a bowl half covered with a tea towel

So, there i was…

standing in the kitchen looking confused, trying to figure out what to have for lunch.  tomato soup was an option as was some chef Boyardee something in a can. (it doesn’t matter which variety, they all taste pretty much the same).  and then as I peeked into the fridge one more time I realized I had all the fixings for the perfect meal. it doesn’t matter if you are making breakfast, lunch or dinner, all you need is an egg and slice of white bread and maybe some butter (bacon grease is better, but we don’t really have that on hand on a regular basis).. and then the masterpiece is born, just take a circle shaped object and use it to cut out a circle from the center of the bread, melt a little butter and toss the bread in the skillet.  crack your egg and throw it in the little circle and a few minutes later flip it all over and wait a little longer and BOOM you’ve got a TOAD IN THE HOLE, bitches!2013-06-25 12.07.41(i definitely forgot to take a before picture 🙂 )

i can’t begin to imagine the number of these delightful little bits of food perfection i have eaten over the years, but most memorable are the ones my Grandma fixed me as a child, mine never seem to be quite as good, but once again, those memories get me every time i make one, if i close my eyes as i eat it, i am sitting on the swing in the trees, or sitting on a stool at the table, listening to the radio and my grandparents and cousins chattering away.  time has a way of pushing those memories to the side, or even the back of your mind, so it is always a pleasure when i find something that brings those memories rushing to the front.

clearly my posts lately are on a full on nostalgia kick, i hope that if you aren’t one of my cousins or sisters so these posts don’t bring back a shared memory, that they at least bring you back to a place when you knew that fun and happiness were just a quick ride to Grama’s house away.

here is a picture  (and recipe) from Allrecipes.com 34393[1]