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Procrastination… We’ve all done it before. Some of us (a.k.a. me) do it more often than others. I was a big time procrastinator yesterday.
I started out just fine. I bought a few plants in the morning, and I wanted to get them in the ground. Great, right? It was tax day, but my taxes were done (the night before, but that counts!), so I could do what I wanted with my time. I spent a few hours gardening, planting, weeding, etc. It was wonderful.
I had a fleeting thought that I should make sure that the bunnies didn’t eat my new strawberry plants. But I ignored that thought. That was a BAD idea. I was going to take pictures yesterday, but I decided to wait (a.k.a. procrastinate) until today. Also a BAD idea. When I stepped out my front door this morning, I found this:
Hopefully, these are not too far gone, as the bunnies only munched on the leaves. I’ll find some way to protect them, and, hopefully, they’ll survive and thrive. Grr… I’m not loving the bunnies this morning.
Of course, that’s not all I procrastinated doing yesterday. I am a professional procrastinator! I was a bit tired after all that gardening, so I decided to wait to make bread. We ran out of bread at lunch, and I knew I needed to make more. We don’t usually go through bread that quickly (2 loaves in 3 days), but my sons thought it was my best attempt so far at homemade sandwich bread (see my recipe here).
Arrogance proceeds the fall, right? I thought, “I’ve got this! I’ve mastered bread making.” Have I never watched an episode of Survivor or Amazing Race? What happens right before people are kicked off of the show? They become overly confident. While I don’t base my philosophies on reality TV, I have found a correlation between my own over confidence and my rate of failure.
Overconfidence + Carelessness = FAIL! See?
So what happened with my bread? I heat up my milk to hurry the process along when making bread. I usually check the temperature. I didn’t. I think that coupled with the warm water and melted butter killed some of my yeast. It wasn’t all dead, but my bread was rising very, Very, VERY slowly. Not good. Not good at all! It should look more like this.
Usually that wouldn’t be a big deal, but remember how I said I’m a procrastinator? I didn’t start my bread until after 8 pm. Usually the bread is done in 1 1/2 hours from start to finish. So, it’s 9:30 at night, and I’m tired (remember, I gardened for several hours that day), and my bread just isn’t rising. Do I put it in the oven and hope it’s not a rock? Or do I make new bread. I was so tempted to just put it in the oven and hope it turned out.
BUT, my kids still miss the store-bought bread. If the bread is rock hard, that’s not going over well. Trust me. So, I bit the bullet and made another batch of bread. It rose exactly as it should. Look at this picture with both sets of loaves. The first batch is on the right. The second batch is on the left.
I cooked both batches, just to see what would happen. Here they are.
My first batch isn’t bad, but it’s not as light and fluffy as my kids like, so I’m making it into croutons. I’m cutting the bread into thick slices to make some nice croutons for Caesar Salad.
I’ll post about that a little later today. I am making garlic infused olive oil right now, and it needs to sit for at least 4 hours, and the longer it sits, the better it is. That’s good for a procrastinator like me.
Procrastination + Garlic + Olive Oil = Wonderful Garlic Infused Olive Oil!
So, now you know a little more about me. Maybe more than you wanted to know, but such is life.