Amidst this COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations for social distancing, social isolation, and quarantine, not to mention people hoarding many foods like bread, milk (which I don’t really get because they are perishable), and canned goods, it feels like the perfect time to get in touch with our grass roots.

There are few things more satisfying than pulling warm homemade bread out of the oven and watching butter melt into the warm fluffy surface. Wesley and I tried this recipe.

What it should look like…

It didn’t rise as much as it should have, and it was a bit more crumble than I prefer. It instructed to bake at a higher temperature than I expected. Maybe I should have let it rise longer before putting it into the oven, I may have jumped the gun a bit.

…but not quite. I didn’t have the seeds for the topping.

We will make a second attempt shortly. At the standard 350°F.

A site I have been referencing frequently lately is the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Here, in hardiness zone 3, now is the time to start some seeds indoors to prepare for our short growing season.

Pinterest is another source for creative inspiration for me. I have started to come up with some garden layout plans for when the snow eventually melts. By the looks of it today, that may not be until June. Sigh.

Last year we tried to grow herbs but they became infested with fungus flies and met their end. You can read about that here.


What are some creative activities you have been doing to keep yourself entertained? Lu built a rocking chair out of clothespins. After finishing a 1500-piece puzzle.

Lu’s creative masterpiece.

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