Scripture Case Pattern

Sunday, November 28, 2010

It took me 3 years, but I did it!

Ok, this is by far the longest time it has taken me to finish (and start) a project. I bought the pattern for these Christmas stockings three years ago and have been meaning to make them ever since. I finally just buckled down and did it this year.  I owe part of my motivation to my neighbor, Mandy. Thank you, Mandy!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Secret #2

A few weeks ago I learned how to get a nice, crispy, golden brown crust on breads...you invest in a $40,000 oven that injects steam OR you throw a handful of ice cubes into the bottom of the oven right when you put the dough in.  Pretty cool. Oh, and that dark brown on breads isn't the product burning, it's call the Maillard reaction...it's the browning/"caramelizing" of proteins.  It only happens at very high temperatures (higher than what sugar caramelizes at - 330 degrees).  It adds extra flavor to the product, so it's a good thing!  Don't be scared of it!