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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

More Fall Color

A week of light rain and a sunny day today. The fall color is beginning to catch up.

My favorite tree at the moment - Stewartia psuedocamellia

Pomegranate (Punica granatum 'Crimson Sky') - no fruits this year (only a few last year) but such a pretty tree regardless.

Redbud 'Flamethrower' (Cercis canadensis)

Serviceberry 'Autumn Brilliance' (Amelanchier x grandiflora) and
Birch 'Trost's Dwarf'

Amsonia hubrichtii

Peony 'Boreas', Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light' underneath the Serviceberry

Barberry 'Orange Rocket'

Cistus 'Mickie'

Smokebush 'Golden Spirit' (Cotinus coggygria)

Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus)

Oakleaf Hydrangea 'Little Honey' (Hydrangea quercifolia)


Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. That first photo is a stunner, Phillip! I noticed one tree in a neighbor's garden across the street has developed some color but I can't imagine ever getting much of a display in my own garden.

  2. It's finally starting to feel like autumn, isn't it? I was a little worried we wouldn't get much of anything this year. What is that ghostly white shrub in the last photo, please? It doesn't look like the ghost bramble, which - other than birch - is the only white winter presence I know of... It's a great break from all the darker barks that will emerge as the leaves drop.

    1. Anna, those are just painted twigs in an urn (if you are referring to the white branches on the far right).


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