The theme of next week's podcast is Tree of Life. Below you'll see the quilt project I'm offering, there will be a related paper arts segment, a fabulous recipe (hint: it's apple season in Michigan!), and I'll end the podcast with one of my favorite songs called, appropriately enough, "Tree of Life," composed by Eric Peltoniemi.
It's too bad that "smell-o-vision" for the computer hasn't been invented yet. Today is baking day at my house, and I'm baking a loaf of pain de mie (French sandwich bread) and a batch of scrumptious ricciarelli, Tuscan almond cookies. Heavenly!
Here's the pain de mie ready to go into the oven. Yes, that is a big rock on top of the pan. Yeast is really powerful stuff, and if I didn't have that rock on there, it would explode! (well, not quite that dramatically...)
And here it is right out of the oven -- for whatever reason, my oven was running hot today, so it's darker than usual -- but that'll make it taste even better.
Finally, here are the ricciarelli. Again, because my oven was hot, and the day was humid, they turned out flat and brown -- but, boy, are they crispy and delicious!
Thanks for all of the encouraging comments and emails I have received about my new podcast/blog -- it's good to know that I am on the right track. I'll tell you, it's pretty awesome to stand on the shoulders of all of the talented podcasting pioneers out there.