The Ridler sisters, Suzie, Jamie and Shannon, discuss their creative projects, from challenges to celebrations, and support each other's creative lives.

Monday, January 27, 2014

January 27, 2014


I spent all day yesterday (just about all weekend, actually) working on the Dreamboard Workshop that I'm launching on Thursday. For a break I decided to finally test the Kitchen Aid food mixer that we invested in and make some bread. At first it did not look promising. The machine's motor seemed to be working awfully hard for one little love of bread. And the dough, omg, it felt like hard glue. I'm so glad we didn't give up because in the end, the house smelled like fresh-baked bread and it was rather tasty! We had it for dinner with this awesome delicious soup. Oh, and here's the bread recipe.


Although I have no idea what a "gnashers" is, I am very happy with how this origami turned out. Totally feels like a beak or mouth for a muppet.  In paper form.


That is so weird! My part of the post totally disappeared. OK, well, Reg took me to all my favourite shopping places on Saturday (no blizzard, yay!) and I got lots of stuff to try embroidering on. We also went to Michaels and Reg bought me a wireless mouse at Best Buy for my birthday and I'm already in less pain. :)


Jamie Ridler Studios said...

I'm loving seeing your origami, Shannon! That gnasher looks awesome. I bet he'd eat up all the bread. Num!!

Suzie Ridler said...

Never heard of that boiling water method before Jamie! Did you use a dough hook? If you have a tilting head mixer, make sure to keep an eye on the neck pin. I found making dough in the mixer can make the bolt start to come out of the next which you don't want.

A tough bread like that suggests that it needed more kneading. It rested a proofed a lot so I'm not sure why they used instant yeast, that could have been part of the issue too.

A gnasher Shannon! And it matches your awesome nail polish. I love the origami, it's so much fun and you are so good at it! I couldn't have done any of those.

Jamie Ridler Studios said...

Thanks for the info, Suzie. Yes, I used a dough hook and repeatedly moved the dough around or got it off the hook. The head does tilt back but also locks into place, which I did do. It would suck if making dough in the mixer was a problem because that's the main reason I wanted it! What else do you use your beauty for?

I thought the instant yeast might have created a different texture too. It wasn't what I anticipated at all! After the first proof, it definitely felt more like I expect bread dough to feel. The bread didn't end up tough - just the dough when it was first mixed. It was brutal.

Yay to a shopping outing! Sounds like you got lots of treats and treasures. I can't wait to see what you bring to those new pieces!

Suzie Ridler said...

Most people use the mixer to make dough these days Jamie so don't worry about it. It does make a lot of noise but if it was working that hard I wonder if it was too dry? I often find that happens in the winter, that sometimes I need a shocking more amount of liquid than the recipe calls for to get the right texture. Just keep an eye on that neck pin OK? If it starts sticking out, lift the head and push it back in.

Yes, it was a great day out, Reg was a good sport.

Suzie Ridler said...

I forgot to mention that the big plus to having a mixer is the paddle attachment, no other machine has that and it is used for creaming together sugar and butter for making cookies, great for cake batters and icings.

Shannon said...

I can say with confidence the bread was yummy! And I could hear the mixer from downstairs, it did sounds like it was really working hard but not that something was wrong.

Sounds like the birthday awesomeness continues! I hope you got lots of clothes to play with and that you enjoy your wireless mouse!