Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sniffing the Mail

OK, I admit it - I sniffed my mail this morning. My dear blog friend Sarah told me a while back that she was going to send me a package . . . and I had a guess as to what it might be, but heck - getting a package is a finer thing no matter what it contains! She's a busy mama what with having baby #2 a while back, and moving after being in limbo for months. So the suspense built! :>)

This morning, there was a card in our mailbox that we had a package and I could hardly stand it when I recognized Sarah's writing. (Even the postmistress commented on how lovely her penmanship is! :>)) I gave the box a sniff right there in our tiny post office and just about did the dance of joy when I recognized the delicious aroma of *sourdough starter*! (I knew I could make my own sourdough starter using Sarah's instructions, but I just hadn't gotten around to it yet.) (Laura also has a sourdough starter tutorial on her site.)

Sarah also included a sweet card, some tea, and most importantly, directions on the care and use of sourdough starter. (Those aren't shown because I was too busy reading them already as I was taking the picture!) I fed the starter right away and am treating it like the newest treasured member of the family that it is. I have to admit that I can't stop sniffing it. :>) [Edit - I realized that this may have something to do with my offer to "adopt" Sarah's sourdough starter when she announced her family was going mostly grain-free. They've kept some grain in their diet, and sourdough is among the best way to go! I'm pretty tickled that she more or less took me up on it though!]

So. I have a few days of feeding before it's ready to put in something, and it'll take me that long to decide what to make! I've been drooling over Sarah's blog for a while . . . anybody want to help me narrow it down?

Apple Cinnamon Sourdough Pancakes
Sourdough Cheese Crackers
Sourdough Boule (am thinking I'll build a bit more confidence - and experience - before jumping into that one!)
Sourdough Focaccia
Sourdough Honey Whole Wheat Bread
Whole Wheat Cranberry Pecan Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Sourdough Pizza
Whole Wheat Sourdough Crackers
Sourdough Potato Bread

(and here are some sourdough recipes from Laura. Oh, and her whole wheat sourdough biscuits.)

Where to start??? I tell you, friends, this is a very good problem to have. For more finer things, go visit Amy, though her Mr. Linky won't be up until Friday. I just couldn't wait to share my excitement!

(PS - anybody want to commiserate on toddlers with colds who prefer open-mouthed, wet kisses for comfort? Now I'm snuffly and sneezy and with a scratchy throat. I'm thinking the tea in that box will get utilized sooner rather than later! I'm also laughing because Goose just woke up as I was finishing this post. I sneezed a minute ago and, over the monitor, heard "bless you, Mama!" Maybe I won't list her on ebay just yet . . .)


Angela said...

Your last sentence just about melted my heart! What a little sweetie!

The honey whole wheat bread sounds wonderful, I think. What fun to get a package in the mail!

Sarah said...

Yeah! I'm so glad you got it and liked it (and I'm so glad that I packaged it in a ziploc bag, with the picture as it is!)

Don't drink the tea! It is a bath tea, I thought. It was meant to be put in the bath. So, don't drink it. But bathe in it and soak up the loveliness!


The Zookeeper said...

It all sounds so wonderful. I need to try making sourdough started again.

A bath tea sounds so wonderful!

Also I was going to tell you that we have made several things from your internet searches. The water bottle holder, ok I know there is more I just can't think right now. But we are doing the cupcake shirts for Christmas presents. I think I might try the t-shirt headbands too since I have some sleeves left over.

Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

Oh, Sarah, I'm glad we're having this conversation BEFORE I brewed a cup! :>) It doesn't say bath tea on it anywhere, but it does say aromatherapy. I took a quick look at the ingredients and recognized a number of things from other favorite teas! Hee hee. I guess I know who's going to be soakin' in the tub tonight once the goose is tucked in . . .

And Christy, I love it that you're making more of my projects than I am! :>)

Kara said...

What a sweetie! I hope you both feel better...

I LOVE sourdough and a bunch of those recipes look SCRUMPTIOUS!

Off to try to get a new starter going...

Amy @ Finer Things said...

Oh, I want to know how the sourdough cooking and baking goes. I've NEVER done that.

Jen said...

I LOVE Sarah's honey whole wheat bread, and the crackers!!! I have my starter gearing up for bread baking tomorrow. I only do one rise as a time saver, and because we like a less sour bread. I can't wait to try the cheese crackers too.

I tried the foccacia with whole wheat and it didn't turn out so great. I'm thinking white flour would be better for that recipe, but I may have done something wrong.

Enjoy your starter! :)