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Rainy Days

March 16th, 2011

I don’t know what it is about rainy days, but they always make me want to bake, especially this time of year when rainy days feel really cold. We’re having company this weekend so I wanted to get a few things baked and ready. I spent my day yesterday baking some whole grain cinnamon raisin bread from Peter Reinhart’s Whole Grain Breads. It’s super delicious. This bread will be made into French toast and smothered in our home made maple syrup. A batch of hamburger buns also came out of the oven, I used my tried and true recipe.

I also make some tart cherry cobbler with some cherries Mr Chiots picked this past summer and we stowed away in the freezer. During the summer it can be tough to take the time to freeze fruit, but it’s so worth it when you dig your spoon into a steaming bowl of cobbler. This recipe was from the newest cookbook added to my collection titled Rustic Fruit Desserts: Crumbles, Buckles, Cobblers, Pandowdies, and More

Rainy days aren’t just spent baking, I also spend long hours working in the office to get all of my work that pays the bills done. That’s one of the benefits of working from home, I can work extra hard on rainy days so I can spend a few extra hours outside on the nice warm days, like Thursday when it’s supposed to be sunny and in the high 50’s. I also need to get my broccoli & kale seeds started (now’s the time if you’re a zone 5 gardener).

Do rainy days make you feel like baking, cooking, napping, drinking coffee, reading or something else?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.