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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

Yoshinos are blooming

The Yoshino Cherry trees are blooming and buzzing with bees.
Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. Beautiful! It's about time! So ready for warm weather!!

  2. I've noticed quite a lot of movement in the bushes round here - bees and other pollinators too.

  3. Just beautiful! Would like for Limestone Master Gardeners to visit your garden again this year ...When roses/hydrangea are blooming. Can we schedule that with you. Is first to middle of May good time?

  4. Edith, the middle of May should be perfect.


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