An over night fire burns parts of my beloved Historic Dinan in France ... Shop Signs & Shop Fronts are a complete curiosity & work of art in France
Parts of my beloved Historic area in Dinan broke out in fire overnight !!
The photo's look dramatic but it could have been so much worse as most of the houses are made of wood..
I am not sure but I do believe that no one was hurt ...thank goodness.
I don't like to post such sad news ...so I have put an album together of some of my favorite shop signs in France most of them are in Dinan.
I just love them each one a piece of beautiful art.
In France I always look out for unusual shop fronts and sign's and I don't have to look too hard
This one advertising 'Hotel Maison au Pelerin' translating to 'Home of the Pilgrim'
Pottery Update ..Week 11 ....Glazing my Log Vase.
The grass will be in a dark green and the flowers will be turquoise and a yellowish green
Here is my sweet turtle ...I placed wax underneath him so that if I dripped any glaze it will just burn off in the final firing in the kiln.
He will have a mottled dark green shell and his head and legs will be dark brown.
I so enjoyed making this unusual log flower bud vase ...I made it as when I am picking my Wildflowers sometimes there is a broken flower or one with a short stem ...now I will have a place to put them ...it will also look great with just the head of a lily, Zinnia etc ..
Now it sits on the shelf waiting for the final firing .
It may be a few weeks before there are enough items to put in the Kiln
But I think it will be worth waiting ...don't you .
The incredible planter in the back was made by our Tutor and friend Faith.
She is amazing and so fast ..I doubt I will ever be that fast ...I am a little slow just like my turtle...ha! ha!
I am going to have a go at making a planter like this for myself ...Faith believes I can make it.
So we will see ....
Her bird is also going to be blue ...not too sure what the walls of the houses are going to be ...
As you can see the glaze has flooded in to the windows ..making them dark.
I think it's going to be incredible when it comes out of the Kiln.
The Jewelry pieces in the front are my friend Mary's ..she loves to make jewelry.
Thanks for popping in.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my Pottery glazing.
I am as you can see now able to pick some of my Wild flowers.
That gives me joy.
I also purchased some seeds for unusual colored Cosmos flowers,
And some unusual Sunflowers ..more than 10 different varieties so the packet tells me.
So I will sow them today and hopefully will have some to enjoy through out the Summer.
I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday/Bank Holiday weekend
We are going to have a lazy one except for mowing the lawn.
I will do that whilst Danny works on a little problem on his truck.
Otherwise we are going to stay away from the crowds and enjoy sitting on our decks and porches.
Watching the birds, chatting to the Raccoons and loving on our beloved cats.
Eating amazing food.
Fillet Mignon on the grill/BBQ and on Memorial Day hot dogs on the grill .
Lots of lovely healthy salad.
And finally going to watch the latest Star Wars movie on our television.
Happy Days to you all
Sweet Potato Yeast Bread ....Yummy & Super Easy to make
I love to make my own bread but I especially love to make my Sweet Potato Bread.
It is such a lovely tasting bread.
Very easy to make with just a little effort.
Why not have a go.
This recipe is for two 2 lb loaves
There are no preservatives in this bread
So it will only last for about 2 days
I slice mine up and wrap two slices at a time in to cling wrap
Then I place several in a 'freezer' zip lock bag
And place them in the freezer
When you want them just take out your 2 slice package
place in microwave for 30 seconds
And you have wonderful homemade bread
It toasts perfectly
This is sandwich bread not a cake
As lots of sweet potato bread recipe's are cake
Here is the recipe.
You will need :
2 Packages of Active dry Yeast ...I use the 'fast' acting one
1 3/4 cups warm water
1 cup mashed sweet potato (without added milk or butter)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup of honey ...I use Wildflower Honey available at Walmart stores etc..
2 teaspoons salt
3 cups whole wheat flour
3 1/4 - 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
plus 1 tablespoon of melted butter to brush over baked bread
In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.
Add sweet potatoes, softened butter,honey,egg,salt and whole wheat flour
Beat with a wooden spoon or something similar till smooth
Stir in all purpose flour to form a soft dough
(I use my hands near the end of this process.)
Turn on to a floured surface
Knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes
Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top
(I spray my bowl with non stick spray
I also spray cling wrap and cover the dough with that)
Cover and let it rise in a warm place until doubled
About one hour
(I put mine on top of our tumble dryer and turn the dryer on for one hour
works perfectly this way.
You could have a load of washing in it too so not to waste the electric)
Punch dough down
Turn on to a lightly floured surface, divide in half
Shape in to two 2 lb loaves
Place in two greased loaf pans
(I like to butter my pans
Then I line my pans with parchment paper)
Once again cover with sprayed cling wrap
let rise until doubled, about 25 minutes
Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes
Until a lovely dark brown
Remove from pans to wire racks
Heat 2 tablespoons of butter, brush over warm bread
I think that you will love this bread
It's got the most wonderful texture as you can see in the photo above
Danny loves to have it for his sandwiches for work.
I love it toasted with grated cheese melted on the top
Or the warm toast spread with crunchy peanut butter or mashed banana or both
Even if you have never made bread before this very easy recipe would be a great place to start
The hardest part is the kneading but that is not really hard at all
Perhaps the hardest part is waiting patiently for it to rise
Let us know through 'comments' how yours turned out .
Happy baking to you all
I love anything artsy I especially love sewing and vintage prints and shabby chic ...pretty feminine things to adorn the home