Today we are in our farmhouse making Strawberry Jam and Fresh Bread for a day of Slow Living. I hope you enjoy todays video and post.
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Today I am making strawberry jam with my daughter. We have been doing this for the last couple of years. I look forward to sitting and talking with her while we chop the fruit. This time I picked up much more than usual so we would have plenty to share with others.
While we sit and do work like this, we have a game we like to play. It goes like this. We have to state a topic. It could be any topic a color, an activity or an idea. We both give our opinions on that topic and what happens is it becomes a real discussion. I don’t know a better way to spend my time.
Some things in life aren’t necessary.
Making a jam is one of them. Surely we can head to the store and pluck a jam right off the shelf with ease.
But there is much more than the sum of its parts in doing something like jam making or bread baking as I will be doing later. I realize that I am learning to go slower in my own life while teaching her to appreciate living a slow life.
Now that the jam has set, it’s time to make some bread. I am using my sourdough starter for this loaf. If you have never made a starter, I will leave a link below for you to learn. I share a simple way to make one at home just using water and flour.
This dough will need to sit overnight to ferment and rise.
I need to feed my sourdough starter. This is a simple process. You just add a few scoops of flour and a bit of filtered water. Then stir and let sit.
Our dough has risen and it’s now to time to shape it and get it into the oven to bake.
I love mindless work like this. It’s where I do my best thinking. Just standing here kneading the dough with the kitchen window open. Often times it’s where I come up with new ideas for work.
I want to encourage you to try new things. To work with your hands in some capacity whether it be a new skill in the kitchen or sewing an apron. Even if those things don’t seem necessary. There is something extraordinary that happens to us when we are learning and taking these quiet moments to create something.
Every afternoon we take a break together. Away from school work and my work. I make tea and we have a snack. Today of course that snack will be fresh bread and jam.
I want to thank you so much for joining me today.
I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit here and I will see you next time.
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