We've reached the "Silly Pose" phase of social distancing where I attempt to spice up the beige walls and carpet of my surroundings with the likes of this. What can I say? It is easier to act like a fool than to decorate.
Anyway, back to the dress-look at that button! The details are just incredible. Shame on me for neglecting this beautiful dress.
Vintage Rayon dress-can't remember
50s stretch bracelet-Goodwill
50s shell and rhinestone earrings-antique store in Wayne, Nebraska
1940s brooch-gift from an old neighbour who bought it in Mexico on her honeymoon
Handbag-Antique mall in Lincoln, Nebraska
Fragrance- My Sin (I still can't get my head around it, but I have a small bottle I wear now and then hoping I'll experience the magic)
I haven't worn this three piece set for close to two years. Why? Who knows, but here it is in full on 70s animal print glory.
Whiting and Davis bracelet-Goodwill
Sweater Clip-can't remember
Fragrance-Tuscany Per Dona (nice, but too sweet for me. I have a giant bottle that might end up room freshener)
Staying with animal print for a bit...
I don't remember where either piece came from, and the clogs were retail about 10 years ago.
This vintage Brio handbag got quite a reaction on Instagram with someone offering to swap me anything in her shop for it. No deal though, I'm rather attached to it.
Liz Claiborne skirt-Goodwill
Earrings-retail, gift to myself for my 50th birthday which went unmentioned and unobserved (like everything else, mother's day, etc.). It was a long while ago, so I'm not still sore about it. Much).
Brooch-Etsy seller Nomads With Baggage
Fragrance- Hermes 24 Faubourg (another large bottle of something I'm indifferent to)
The handbag is by Johansen who are still making shoes in the US. I have quite a lot of vintage Johansen, and what can I say? The stuff is well made and the 50 year old shoes are still wearing beautifully. This handbag is sturdy. If I had to, I could knock someone out with a well-aimed swing to the head. At my age, those are serious considerations when selecting a handbag. Damn kids.
80s dress-Goodwill (I think?)
Fragrance-Dana Tabu (I don't know why. Another big bottle. I had a friend that wore it in the 80s and it was gorgeous on her. Unfortunately, it isn't on me. Not terrible, and pleasant enough for a cool autumn day, but again-no magic).
You Will Need:
1 1/2 cups milk
4 tablespoons margarine or butter
1/2 cup lukewarm water
4 teaspoons granulated yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger (works as a dough improver)
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons honey (omit it if you like)
2 tablespoons vital wheat gluten
4-6 cups all purpose (plain) flour
In a small saucepan, scald milk and margarine, then set aside to cool to lukewarm. In a small bowl, combine water, ginger, and sugar. Sprinkle on yeast, stir in and let stand until foamy-about 5 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine cooled milk/butter, yeast mixture, salt, honey, and vital wheat gluten. Mix well. Add flour a cup at a time until dough clears sides of bowl. Remove to a floured work surface and add only as much flour as required to knead it without sticking. Sometimes letting the dough rest while you wash out the bowl is enough time for the gluten molecules to start getting in place, and you'll find the dough needs less flour for kneading when you return to it. I always give super-sticky dough a short rest to avoid over-flouring which makes bread dry and tough. You can knead or fold-whichever technique works best, but I'd do it by hand, not in a mixer. Of course, I don't have a mixer, so that's easy for me to say!
Place kneaded dough in a greased bowl and cover. It should double in size in about an hour unless your kitchen is very cold. Punch it down, let it rest 10 minutes and then pat out into buns. Place on a greased or parchment lined pan. Cover with a tea towel and let rise another 30 minutes. Begin pre-heating the oven to 375 degrees F.
Bake rolls 15 minutes, then rotate pan and bake another 5-10 minutes or until nicely browned. If you like very soft bread, cover with a tea towel as they cool on a rack.
I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
Have a good week everyone. Stay safe.