One thing we’ve never quite got used to in America is the lack of good bread; it’s hard to find in supermarkets, there’s no good bakeries nearby …
Watching episodes of The Great British Bake Off, I’ve been tempted to try making my own bread and after recently finding a seeming easier recipe online, I decided today to give it a try. We bought a baking stone along with yeast, and followed the instructions.
The results are reasonably good – very crispy due to a a pan of water in the bottom of the oven. Maybe not cooked right through at the bottom but acceptable for a first try (not sure if I’ll try again – the kitchen is a bit of a mess now!)
Flour, yeast, salt and water mixed
After an hour of proving at room temperature
Attempted to make bread shapes
After half hour cooking at 450f with steam
Winter Garden’s quarterly car show returned today (previously September 2016) and we headed in to enjoy the views and take loads of photos!
In addition to the amazing cars above (including Hudson Commodore, Budget Funeral, many Corvettes, a VW rust bucket, and the amazing purple car) there’s a couple that I’ll feature separately …
First, a mystery vehicle with two engines! No idea why, though it has tiny rear stabilizer wheels that suggest it wants to be a dragster:
And finally, a 1916 Model T (over 100 years old now and proudly claiming original body, engine and wheels!):
We learned this week about the annual display of chocolate Easter Eggs at the Disney Grand Floridian hotel, so went to take a look – not really knowing what to expect.
We were impressed! At least 20 intricately Disney-themed decorated Easter Eggs, all at least a foot tall – and some of them smelling quite delicious too!
Both Great Horned Owl chicks are still in the nest, and a parent was with them last night. Sunset is when they are most active with lots of wing flapping practice – but it makes photos difficult with the backlighting. Anyway, here’s some pictures:
A different visit to Epcot World Showcase today, with much of it before the main rush of tourists – so I took lots of photos of empty space, a rare sight at Disney!
This tour was quite fascinating; in many ways it’s “just a walk around World Showcase”, but being guided and learning of details and sights we’d never previously noticed, made for a very different visit. Finishing with a bonus of Soarin’ is nice, too!
We went back stage a few times, but no pictures allowed there
Finally, 11am and here comes everyone else!
The Great Horned Owl chicks seem to be getting ready to fly – they’ve been flapping their wings each evening for the past few nights … Here’s a short video: