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Homemade Pretzels

I haven't made homemade pretzels since we were in Alabama and I had forgotten how easy they are if not a little time consuming. I made these last week for Oscar night. They keep a long time in an airtight container. 1   (.25 ounce) package   active dry yeast 1 tablespoons   brown sugar 1  teaspoons   salt 1 ½   cups   warm water (110 degrees) 3   cups   all-purpose flour 1   cup   bread flour 2   cups   warm water (110 degrees) 2   tablespoons   baking soda 1-2   tablespoons   butter, melted 2   tablespoons  kosher salt Line two or three baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Place the yeast, brown sugar and salt in the 1.5 cups of warm water. Stir to dissolve. Stir in the flour. Knead for about 7-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl and cover. Let it rise for an hour (I place mine in the oven with the light on). Combine the two cups of warm water with the baking soda in a square shallow pan. After the dough has risen, cut it into 12 equal pieces.  Roll each section into a

My new article

I have an article in the April issue of Alabama Gardener. It is a garden profile of John and Lynn Ingwersen's garden in Killen, Alabama (just outside of Florence).

Here are a few photos that I took of their garden last year (some of these appear in the article, some don't) -


  1. Nice pics! You can tell a lot of work goes on in that yard.

  2. Great pics of a lovely garden. Congrats on getting an article published!

    Found your blog via Faire Garden.

  3. Phillip,

    Are you a garden writer and librarian? Good photos, very fine garden.


  4. Congratulations on the article, Phillip! I like the vegetable garden with the rosemary and brick edging around the corn... guess those are chives flowering? It looks like a good place to spend time.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  5. Thanks Wayne!

    Yolanda, thanks for visiting - please come again.

    Gail, my full time job is librarian. Writing about and photographing gardens is a new venture, just something to do on the side. Maybe I can retire early and have this to fall back on. It is sure more fun than my full time work.

  6. Congrats on the article! Love the photos, especially the Autumn pic with the water.

  7. Beautiful pics! I need to subscribe to that magazine.

  8. All that and a windmill too!

    Awesome garden.

  9. That is a beautiful garden. Congratulations on the article.

  10. Congrats on your beutiful garden, it absolutely belongs in a magazine!

  11. Phillip, we just got our first issue last weed and we found your article and photos. We were just tickled that you were in our first one. Good Job!

  12. Lovely garden, Phillip. It certainly deserves recognition. Congrats on being published.


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