Bread-baking in the cold…

LOCATION:  In our tiny house in Mission, Texas
WEATHER:  A bit warmer.  High up to 50!  Some sun

STEPS:  12,327
CLASS:  Chair yoga

The situation in Texas seems to be in national and international news.  The cold snap continues and most people are still without power, and no one can tell them when it will be restored.  For some reason, Retama Village has been spared.  People here have opened up their homes to let others (without heat) sleep in spare bedrooms and coach houses. 

One of the repercussions of the weather/outages is that Covid vaccine shots have been postponed.  Many of the vaccine sites are without electricity and water.  Others have closed so that people don’t have to wait in line in the cold.  What a mess!

It warmed up today more than the last few days.  It stayed in the 30s most of the day, but the sun came out in the mid-afternoon, and it was quite pleasant.  I seized that opportunity for my daily walk, followed by a walk with Kypsie, the foster dog.  We returned to the dog park and she recognized the dog that she had played with yesterday.  Joy!

I spent another couple of hours plotting our summer trip.  Some of the state park campgrounds’ websites are terrible and it takes a long time to get anything accomplished.  I have decided to just book weekend sites and wing it for mid-week stays.  I have Plan A, B, C, D, E, F, and G!  This is due to not knowing if/when we can enter Canada, and whether we will be leaving in early September for Europe. 

George decided to make a baguette.  Unfortunately, the yeast had expired (Sept 2020) and there was just a bit of flour left.  The baguettes didn’t want to rise, due to the yeast and the cold house, so the baguettes morphed into flat breads….Paul Hollywood would be appalled!

DINNER:  I used one of the flat breads for a Jacques Peppin recipe called Shrimp Burgers.  Per his recipe, I melted some Manchego cheese in a skillet, and topped it with shrimp.  I added sauteed onions and cooked until the shrimp turned pink.  Then, I slid the mix onto the flat breads, adding red onions, cilantro, and salsa.  All was good, except the bread was almost impossible to cut!  It gave our jaws and teeth a workout!!!

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