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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

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day - September 2022



Caryopteris 'Gold Crest'

Caryopteris 'Gold Crest'

Abelia 'Frances Mason'

Coleus and Hydrangea 'Little Quickfire'

Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel'

Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel'

Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster') and
 Crape Myrtle 'Dynamite' (Lagerstoemia)

Crape Myrtle 'Lunar Magic'

Peacock Orchid (Gladilous acidanthera)

Turtlehead (Chelone obliqua)

Turtlehead (Chelone obliqua)

Silene uniflora 'Druett's Variegated' (Sea Campion)

Lily 'Casablanca'

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Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. Beautiful!
    Love the Dahlias! Another favorite is the white lily (last photo).
    Have a wonderful day!

  2. The lily was a surprise! Do they usually bloom this late in the season up your way? I adore Caryopteris and wish I could grow it here. (I've tried.) The combination of the coleus and hydrangea is unexpected and very attractive.

    1. That lily was a surprise. It is in a pot and I guess it was planted late.

  3. I always enjoy my monthly visits to your garden. So much variety and color. Happy (belated) Bloom Day.

  4. Your 'Dynamite' is dynamite. It looks wonderful. Mine are extremely drought stressed.

    The Caryopteris and Abelia are so happy and healthy looking. Your whole garden must be magic.


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