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Hello from the fridgid Mid West

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crusty1

Hello from the fridgid Mid West

I've been reading thru this site for a couple of months now. I've been baking since I found this site, so I am a real newbe. I thought I would join and ask some questions now and then.

A little bio:

 I'm retired from a small Ag/Imp co. named John Deere if any of you all have heard of it. I am currently working part time for a local sheriff's dept. In the warmer seasons I keep busy with our 110 yr old home, carpentry, electrical, plumbing etc. When I'm not doing any of that it seems like one of our cars or the kid's need something done. Sometimes I just say to heck with it all and go for a ride on my Harley.

Looking forward to producing your results

Dan

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KarenD

Hello :) .

 

I am not a new reader of this site, but am a new poster to its forums.  

 

Not sure of where your frigid Midwest is, but here in SW Missouri, it is danged cold today! Much too cold for a ride on the Harley lol...my husband and I both ride as well.  I can't wait for the warmer weather to arrive again.  

 

Happy baking!    

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crusty1

Hi Karen; We are west of Chicago on the Mississippi river. The only good (I use that word loosely)thing about this time of year is watching the bald eagles hunting for food in the open water.

Have you guys rode to Hermann Mo. and sampled some of thier fermented goods? We went a few yrs ago. I think it was Stone Hill Winery that said they grew mushrooms in the caves during what they termed "the dark days of prohabition"

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KarenD

Haven't ever been up that way.  Will have to make a note to get up there someday.

 

Aren't the eagles gorgeous!  My younger brother has a nesting pair on his place and he gets pictures/video of them from time to time.

 

 

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Drifty Baker

Welcome Crusty1,

Where do you live in the frozen tundra we call the midwest?  I live in Minnesota now and find that this cold weather we are having is perfect for making bread.  When I turn on the oven at this time of year it just makes the house cozier.  I just can't go biking while it's rising when it is this cold.

 

Drifty Baker

 

 

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crusty1

Drifty Baker; I saw on the news last night where Duluth was warmer then where we live. Now that just ain't right :0

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Drifty Baker

You will be happy to note that the cold is breaking.  It is now 28 F outside and on it's way up.  This warm weather is heading your way. 

We get discouraged here when the temp in Alaska or Canada is warmer than us.  Now that isn't fair! 

 

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zolablue

Here in the good ole Midwest (Omaha) we are also having unreal cold weather. Brrrrrrrrr! It has been in the teens and single digits and below at night but we are going to have a heat wave today in the upper (hopefully) 20's. But we will have a really big heat wave in the next few days when it goes up into the 40's and I even heard possibly the 50's! I am absolutely sick of the cold winter and snow we've had all season.

 

Anyway, of course we know about John Deere in these parts! Welcome to a great site - you've sure come to the right place to learn about bread baking and be inspired. I know I will get booooo'd but I'm going to tell my second stupid joke of the week:

 

What did the tractor say to the plow?

 

Move over John Deere. :o)

 

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crusty1

zolablue; thanks for the welcome. I believe my bread and your jokes have alot in common. (Just kidding). I've read a great many of your posts and hope to emulate your abilities some day

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ElbaLiz

Hi Crusty1,

I'm still reeling from the Packer's shellackin'!  I guess go Giants...  I have been reading and learning from this site for only about a month, it is most inspiring... I have been baking for many years, but the stuff in this website is truly "real" baking.  I am hooked/obsessed/excited/rejuvenated/ and making my family and neighbors real happy with the outcome!

Good luck! 

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crusty1

ElbaLiz; the Giants just barely beat the Packers, came down to a FG with 4 seconds left in the game. My wife and I are Bears fans but not so diehard that we didn't want to see Greenbay go to the Super Bowl.

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zolablue

Crusty, that was funny - I'm chuckling. Love a good sense of humor.

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Mini Oven

"I'm on your CASE, how about joining me for a round in the field?" 

This last summer I saw my first bald eagle "in the wild" while driving from Wisconsin to Iowa.  After crossing the river and climbing up to where Iowa flatens out,  I thought I saw what appeared to be a dark garbage bag caught flapping on a metal railing off to the right of the road.  As I approcahed it, it turned out to be a full size bald eagle feasting on road kill.  Wow,  they had come back!  As a kid, never knew they were around, so rare was it to see one.  And I got a good look at this one, golly, right next to the highway and not a bit scared of cars!  He looked up as if to pose, Magnificent creature!   

Mini O

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crusty1

Mini O; you're right Bald Eagles are a beautiful bird. Primarily they are scavengers, but none the less majestic. I can look out the windows on the 5th floor of the courthouse and watch them soaring over the river looking for fish.

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cordel

This fall we saw a bald eagle swoop down over our lake and attempt to catch something. It was a hooded merganser, swimming just under the water. It escaped and fled down the lake.

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Drifty Baker

Yesterday afternoon my wife and I took our grandson for a ride along the Minnesota River.  We were on Highway 13, just west of I-494 when we saw a bald eagle take off right in front of us.  We have never seen them in the Twin Cities before.

I know eagles don't have much to do with making bread but we were out for our ride while I had some Normandy Apple Bread rising at home.  This is a recipe I modified slightly from Hamelman (I got the idea from Bart on another thread).  I used rye flour instead of whole wheat.  The bread turned out great.  I will bring some to our slice meeting at Trotter's Cafe tonight.

 

Scotty

Go biking (or driving with your grandson) while it's rising!