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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

Wednesday Vignette

This is Fernando, who has come inside for the winter months. He is currently sitting in a pot of String of Hearts in our little mini greenhouse over the kitchen sink. I think he is ready for summer to return.

Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum.

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. Winter sun is so precious, and your cute flamingo reminds me of the approaching(!) summer!

  2. Sunshine and flamingoes. A warming thought on a 24degree day.

  3. Ha! You've got a little patch of Florida right there ;)

  4. I agree with Fernando, although I wouldn't mind spring happening before summer.

  5. Oh Phillip - that is adorable! I have a feeling I need to find emergency shelter for a lot of hitherto homeless plants before this weekend. It's going to be bad.... Fernando should thank his lucky stars he is not forgotten outside somewhere. Even if the light is slowly returning, it will be awhile before flamingo-friendly temperatures will follow.

  6. Him and all the rest of us! Love him.


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