Weekend Coffee Share 

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Welcome in, there’s some really good, strong coffee, and a variety of teas to choose from today. I baked some rye ciabattas this morning, that turned out really great, if I may say so. Feel free to help yourself to some. I think there is a lot of satisfaction in baking your own bread; from watching the dough rise, to the wonderful scent that takes over the house when you bake it in the oven, to enjoying fresh bread and knowing every single ingredient in it. I love it! I bake bread every weekend, and often once or twice during the week. There’s cheese and alfalfa sprouts in the fridge that goes great with the ciabattas, if you are a little hungry. If you are more than a little hungry I made some lentil soup as well, (there is a lot of garlic in it.)

How are you doing? How is your week?

It’s been a fabulous week here, a busy and fun work week,  and now it’s a fabulous Saturday. It’s windy and it’s raining outside. I’ve been baking the ciabattas, got some laundry done, cleaned a little, made a budget for next month, and enjoyed a good book by the fire so far today. I am reading “Last night in Twisted River” by John Irving. It’s a long book, more than 500 pages, and I started reading it last weekend. A book rarely lasts that long for me, but this is some good writing that requires more attention than being enjoyed during my bus ride to work. Are you reading something at the moment?

Maybe you remember that I was talking about going on a picnic with my daughter last weekend? This is where we went.

Thank you for having coffee with me today, feel free to take a refill before you leave 🙂 Have a great weekend!

Love,

Maria

25 Comments on “Weekend Coffee Share 

  1. Your talk of fresh baked bread made my mouth water!! I sounds amazing. My husband has a bread machine and he used to bake a loaf occasionally. I may have to dig it out of the closet and request he make some this weekend. Thanks for the book recommendation. I will check it out. I am rereading my collection of Sue Grafton’s Alphabet series (starts with “A is for Alibi”). It’s about a woman private detective in Southern California. In the winter, I need light reading so I went back to something comfortable and familiar. Have a great week.

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    • I hope you get your bread! I have not read anything of Sue Grafton, I might have to check her out. We have a very nice library in our town and I find myself borrowing books there instead of purchasing as many books as I used to. I bet they have her as well. We’ve made it into a nice little routine to visit the library every week, often wise a week. I hope you r enjoying your weekend. Thank you for having coffee with me!

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    • I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong, or if you meant to turn the comments of on your coffee post, but I can not leave a comment for you. I’ll tell you here instead that I would LOVE to see the drawing. Best of luck with that!

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  2. Ooh, fresh, warm bread slathered with butter sounds good, and I love a warming soup in winter. We’ve been having a lot of them these days. It’s been very cold the past few days, but it is due to warm up today and be 50 come Monday. Yo-yo weather!
    We’re going the Orchid Society show today so we’ll get to see some amazing flowers, always wonderful to see when nothing else outside is growing.
    Have a great week ahead!

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  3. Love the smell of fresh bread baking! I love the smell of anything baking actually, you are inspiring as maybe I’ll bake this weekend. Love your photos! And I need to get back into reading. I’m half way through a book that’s taking me forever to read. I need to set time aside and should read more! Thank you for the coffee, ciabatta, and soup!! ❤️❤️❤️

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      • I am currently reading – Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain. My daughter read it and then gave it to me and it’s very fascinating and I’ve watched a few of his shows where he’s traveled for food. It use to be on the travel network. He’s kind of brash, and seems unruly and not a conforming chef, so it’s a different look at the industry back in the day. I LOVE watching the Food Network and watch a bunch of cooking shows I record. Haha, I should really get into the kitchen and cook more!!!

        My daughter’s passion is not only traveling, it’s also reading and her FAVORITE place is the book store. Any bookstore is her sanctuary as she gets lost in there, that’s her way of unwinding and exploring. I have to say I think this is akin to my stables where I get lost in that peaceful place with my horses.
        Anyways, on our trip she told me she wanted to try and read 20 books this year because it’s 2020. So inspiring! And got me thinking I should try and do the same! I don’t think I’ll meet that goal, but I can try! 😃 I’m just so busy that I barely read for 30 min a days. I should cut back on social media and maybe some crochet time!! Oh my, I’m just going on here, LOVE to chat with you! ❤️❤️❤️ (I’m glad you like my vacation photos! 😊)

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  4. Such a friendly post. 🙂 I am currently reading “The Overstory” by Richard Powers. It’s a novel about people and their relationships with trees. It’s an excellent read. I love John Irving. Thanks for reminding me to look into his more current works.

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    • Thank you LuAnne! That sounds so interesting! I’ll have to find your book. My daughter and I was just talking about people and their beliefs about trees yesterday. A native legend about trees with a heart inspired our conversation. Thank you for dropping by for coffee, please come again 🙂

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  5. Yum fresh bread, yes please. You are such an amazing Mum. There is something very satisfying about baking & cooking your own, we try as much as we can. You look all snug for the picnic, the colours on the rocks are amazing, great photos. Enjoy the rest of weekend.

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  6. I had my dream job in college. I was one of two bakers. The other person was the cake and pie baker while I owned the bread and killer cinnamon roll master. Only 40 years later and I’m still trying to loose the weight I put on at that job. My boss’ recipes were simply to die for and I would turn out 15-30 loafs per shift and up to 60 cinnamon rolls. It takes so much time that now I have a full time job – it does not leave time for my own cooking.
    All this to say that I loved your post and the images you’ve left me with. There are few things as wonderful as a room full of the scent of fresh cooked bread.
    thanks for sharing with us Maria.

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    • I remember you telling me about the cinnamons! I haven’t made cinnamon rolls in a while now, but I like doing it. Baking is fun. I work full time as a teacher now, but baking makes me relax, it’s meditative to me, and my daughter absolutely loves fresh bread. It’s a win win. I made sourdough ciabattas today. I usually bake for the whole coming week in the weekends, and prepare our dinners. I like doing that in advance, makes the week so much more pleasant.
      I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. I believe this is my favourite time of the year in California.

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  7. I think I’ve read some Irving, without checking, I think the Owen Meany book was by him?
    And baking your own bread-that’s what John Lennon did in his househusband period of ‘75-80. If it’s good enough for John . . .

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  8. I used to bake my own different versions of bread way back before I had children and a husband. I used to use a fresh form of compressed yeast which worked super well. It seems that you cannot get this anymore and I seem to kill the dry yeast when I try it with that. So my days of baking bread seem over, but I so love the smell and taste of it fresh out of the oven. I think I could live on bread and berries! Hah! I am glad I found your blog via the coffee share and your kind comment on my blog!

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