Fall Awakening

Mr. Kitty Coco and Lucy get a dose of fall.

It was a beautiful day, fairly warm for mid-October at nearly 80 degrees. These two were sunning on the balcony, just relaxing. Then it seemed like something in the air stirred them up!

It filled their lungs with autumn and their eyes with interest. 

Mr. Kitty Coco excitedly sniffs the fall air.
Mr. Kitty taking it all in...
He's adorably into it...that's all I'm sayin'.
Lucy Button and Mr. Kitty Coco breathing in the essence of fall!

Lucy Button and Mr. Kitty Coco breathing in the essence of fall!

 

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I was snapping shots of their excitedness when one of those,

"I wish I was taking video"

moments happened...

Mr. Kitty was sitting, staring over the back area, contemplating the seasonal shift (I presume) when Lucy approached, full of excitement! 

 

She inhaled, tossed and adored the couple of leaves around Mr. Kitty, then left them both behind. 

 

Mr. Kitty stared at those leaves trying to understand what was special about them! Sniffed and poked at them, REALLY thinking about it...

Pet Lover Hoodie

It was so unexpected!

I love the shots of Mr. Kitty Coco right after Lucy took off! 

 

Blatant Bread Boasting

I'm just going to come right out a say it...

Bread is delicious and I love it!


And lately, I've been in the mood to bake... Though really, it's more like a semi-permanent ME state!

I believe this particular bout was brought on by the changing of the seasons (Summer to Fall). There is something magical in the crispness of the evening air, as leaves turn and I obsess about Halloween costumes and baking.

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So that (and also because I was out of bread) got me started on a few loaves! I have used a version of this recipe a few times with good success! 

I say "a version" because I never had one of the ingredients and have always made it without that one. Also (maybe it's the altitude up here a Mile High) but I needed more flour as well. Both modifications are reflected in this recipe.  

 

INGREDIENTS:

2 1/2 cups warm water

2 tbsp instant yeast

1/2 cup honey

6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (reserve 1/2 cup to add gradually as needed during mixing)

1 tbsp salt

 

Sprinkle the yeast (2 tbsp instant yeast) over warm water (2 1/2 cups).

Drizzle the honey over the yeast and water.

The honey submerge the yeast and in about 5 minutes will get nice and foamy (this is proofing the yeast).

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Meanwhile, combine the flour and salt in a stand mixer, or a large bowl if mixing by hand.

After proofing five minutes, add yeast/water/honey mixture, scrapping the container to get all the honey into the bowl.

 
 

Start mixer at low speed until the dough starts coming together, then increase to mid speed and let the mixer go for 5-6 minutes.

If you're mixing by hand, combine ingredients and knead on a clean, lightly floured surface for the same time (5-6 minutes).

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Shape dough into a ball and place into a lightly oiled bowl (a new one, or the same one if it's not full of flour and not-quite-dough bits).

Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap sprayed with Pam or oil.

 

Let dough rise until doubled in size (about an hour in my Colorado kitchen in September).

Grease bread pans, then divide dough and shape into 2 loaves of bread, placing in prepared pans.

 
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Cover with towel or plastic wrap and let rise again until the loaves have doubled in size.

During the 2nd rise, preheat oven to 365 degrees.

 

Once doubled in size again, uncover.

Brush with butter if desired (I kind of wish that I had).

Bake at 365 degrees for 25-27 minutes. Usually, I wait until I smell the bread and it's around 26 minutes.

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Cool in the pans for 10 minutes then remove to finish cooling on a rack... If you can wait that long, I don't! Warm, slathered in butter and jelly thank you!

I am not sure how long the loaves last, the longest they survive uneaten around here is 2-3 days.

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My KitchenAid Stand Mixer is my baking BFF!

We've been through it all: Bread (of course), cakes & frosting, pizza dough, mountains of meringue, cinnamon rolls & doughnuts, just to name a few of our favorite things!

 

Flirt's Costume Collection

It's late summer and though it's quite hot outside, my thoughts have already begun drifting to autumn.

I am NOT talking about getting that first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season (I am a peppermint mocha person myself, so I've got more waiting ahead, but I digress)...


Halloween is on my mind!

That grand masquerade where anyone can become whatever they desire, if only for the night!

 

COME Beasts, Mermaids, Ghouls, Sexy Sirens, Badasses, Nymphs, Wizards, Princes, Monsters, Dragon Queens, Angels, Ninjas, Heroes, Brutes, Toons and Flappers at heart...

Click the pumpkin for costume collection!

 
When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam,
May luck be yours on Halloween.
— Unknown

Nerdy Desires - Pink Homer hat

I came across this utterly and adorably pink Homer Simpson thinking about donuts hat while researching an upcoming piece...I could not freaking contain myself, 

It's so cute - I had to share with you!!

I am in love with this find! I can see many opportunities to don this baby. Yes, many are donut spree related!

 

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Caught in Your Trap

Somehow this magic ended up in my cart (my hands may have been involved) and it's being devoured... I am not sure if was the best or worst choice I've made lately, perhaps both.

I am on another planet with this sugar high right now... 

Photography by FlirtwithFlavor

Photography by FlirtwithFlavor

 

To join me there, here's a link to having your own RedVines nirvana experience without leaving home.

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