Lacking words of my own, I want to share the words of a young woman, who like me is a white American. Her words are true and we need to speak up.
My thoughts are with you all during this continually difficult time.
I am white, I have remained silent, I have wondered, questioned, disbelieved.
I am part of the violence, one voice that has stayed silent, because my skin wasn’t targeted. Because I was continually told that I was privileged.
And for a long time, I thought that was an insult. But I have since learned that it is not. It is truly a privilege and an opportunity.
I wish they would only take me as I am
— Vincent Van Gogh
One of the people I admire the most doesn’t share my skin color. My co-workers don’t share my skin color. To me, it’s never mattered. To me, that made them prettier than I am, it made me marvel and admire our diversity.
The beauty and uniqueness of life.
But not to others. Others see my friends as less. See them was lives that don’t matter, lives…
I can’t believe that the first week of May is already over! It has been a windy, chilly and sunny May so far for us. All of our cows and calves are now out on grass! (Pictures coming soon.) It is exciting to see things beginning to grow, although the grass is growing slower than we might want.
My brothers found four kittens this morning! A few years ago we got their mom from another farm with a litter of four kittens. Since that litter she has basically become feral and just comes to our barn (or attic) to have kittens every year. We have been seeing her around recently and we were guessing that she had kittens. My brothers have been looking around but didn’t find them until today. There are two boys and two girls, all of them absolutely adorable. I’ll be sure to share some pictures soon. 😀
Do you have a favorite spring flower? What is your favorite thing about spring?
Yesterday, I decided to make a few quiches. We had eggs and cream, and we always have cheese, and it seemed like an easy enough thing to make. Turns out making quiches takes a bit longer than I expected, but I am glad that I spent the time to make them. 😀
So, without further ado, here is another Adventure In Cooking with me.
*Once again I am sorry for the bad quality of some of these pictures, unfortunately it is cloudy almost every time I want to take food pictures.
Step 1: Grate cheese
Step 2: Crack eggs into a bowl
Step 3: Add pepper and salt to eggs
Step 4: Add cream to eggs and whisk together
Step 5: Chop spinach and crush garlic
Step 6: Cook spinach in garlic and ghee
Step 7: Cook bulk sausage, until lightly browned
Step 8: For plain quiche, pour egg mixture into pie pan and sprinkle cheese over it
Step 9: For sausage-spinach quiche, spread sausage and spinach mixture in the bottom of a pie pan and sprinkle with cheese
Step 10: For sausage- spinach quiche, cover with egg mixture and more cheese
Step 11: Bake and enjoy!
(The sausage-spinach quiche was long gone by the time I managed to take pictures. It turned out nicely, although there was a bit too much moisture in it, because I didn’t dry the spinach before adding it to the meat.)
Well, that was fun and time consuming. We enjoyed the quiche with some extra sausages and roasted potatoes. *sighs contentedly* It was quite enjoyable. 😀
Have you ever made quiche? What is one of your favorite foods? How have you been spending your time while stuck at home?
I hope that you are staying healthy and well! Thinking of all my readers.
I hope that you are all staying healthy and at least relatively sane during this difficult time. Today I have something a bit different to share with you all. I have for a long while now been thinking about doing some sort of series about women who I have spent time learning about and have found interesting and inspiring. The first woman who I have written about is Virginia Hall. You won’t regret spending the time to read through this (very long) post about her. 😀
Virginia Hall was a remarkable woman with a fascinating story. Contrary how most people viewed her, Virginia Hall was an extremely important woman. She is a classic example of how women and their accomplishments have not been valued throughout history. Virginia played a part in the fight to win WWII by working to free France from Hitler’s clutches.
Virginia’s childhood was mostly happy and easy. She had a loving stepfather, a caring if particular mother and an older brother. Virginia was an outdoorswoman and an excellent markswoman. As she grew older, she became discontent with what her mother wanted her to do with her life, which was to marry a wealthy man and increase the family’s social standing. Virginia wanted more out of life and her solution was to go to Europe. Virginia spent several years in Europe as a young woman. She fell further in love with her “second country” France and enjoyed the freedom of the lifestyle offered to her there. Virginia’s time in France increased her fluency in French, a skill that would serve her well later in life.
Virginia returned home right before World War II began. Her dream was to become an ambassador. This was sadly impossible due to the fact that women at the time were not allowed to be ambassadors. Virginia, who was desperate to do something worked a series of desk jobs in different parts of the government. On one of these assignments she was sent to Indonesia.
While Virginia was in Indonesia, she went shooting multiple times. On one of these occasions she seriously injured herself. After shooting on one occasion, Virginia tripped and fired a blank into her leg. The wound quickly got infected, it got so bad that for some time they were not sure that Virginia was going to make it. Amazingly Virginia did pull through, but she lost her leg in the process. For the rest of her life Virginia had a prosthetic leg that she called Cuthbert.
As Virginia was recovering, the war was gathering in momentum. When Virginia was fully recovered she decided that she was done sitting behind a desk. The closest a woman got to the battlefields was through nursing or other medical work. Virginia did not have any training as a nurse and was uninterested in receiving any training. So Virginia did the only other thing that was available to her at the time, she began driving ambulances, helping those fighting on the front lines in Europe. She drove under extremely intense conditions and was braver and more determined than her fellow ambulance drivers.
At some point during Virginia’s time as an ambulance driver, she was approached by a man who offered to put her in touch with someone who he thought could use her skills. At first Virginia was unwilling to pursue this opportunity, but eventually she decided to use the contact information given too her. Through those contacts she became connected to Baker Street, the British Intelligence agency who was trying to help stir resistance in France.
After Virginia received basic training she was sent to Paris undercover as an American journalist. For the first year or so of the time that Virginia was in France she wrote articles and sent them to Baker Street to uphold the cover. Virginia’s goal was to find people willing to help in the fight to liberate France from Hitler and Germany. She very carefully began to contact and find people willing to aid her and their country. These people helped with many things, such as providing safe houses and forging needed papers.
Very quickly Virginia established herself as a successful and superior agent. Her fellow male agents time and again found themselves in trouble due to their own stupidity. These agents often drank heavily due to the constant stress of their lives, gambled away money that was not their own and also took mistresses. These women often had loose lips and the alcohol made these men spill information. Virginia was extremely private and careful, preventing these common mistakes.
Virginia worked hard during her time in France. She had setbacks, had to do difficult things and at times end fellow agents’ or others’, who were a liability to everything she was working towards, lives. Virginia lived in a constant state of stress and relied heavily on sleeping pills. Despite the setbacks and occasional mistakes everyone who worked with Virginia admired and respected her. One man who worked with her said that Virginia’s “amazing personality, integrity and enthusiasm was an example and inspiration for us all”.
Virginia helped British and American soldiers leave and enter France safely. She also lead multiple jailbreaks to free British and American soldiers and French resistance fighters. After working for years to the benefit of the Allies, at the end of the war, Virginia returned to the United States. Virginia later became one of the first women to join the CIA, sadly this was not everything that she hoped it would be and she retired after a series of different jobs within the CIA. While Virginia was part of the CIA she was once again not appreciated and her skills were not taken advantage of. Instead agents were taught and led by young wealthy men without any experience.
Virginia died on July 8, 1982, she was seventy-six. Virginia’s health had gone downhill as she got older, leading to her quiet death in 1982. This was a quiet ending to a life that at many times was disappointing, but also was extremely full of adventure at other times.
I hope that you enjoyed learning a bit about Virginia Hall’s life. She was an remarkable woman in a male-dominated area of work. Virginia’s story is both inspiring and sad. It is truly incredible what she able to accomplish despite the fact that she had a prosthetic leg. Learning about the last years of Virginia’s life made me sad, there was so much she could have done, but was unable to do because she was a woman.
Had you ever heard of Virginia Hall? What did you find most interesting about her story?
I am really excited to share with you all some pictures and my bread making process. We go through quite a bit of bread when it is made. Usually six smallish loaves will last two or maybe three days. We go through food pretty quickly, especially as my brothers are getting older. 😀
I have been making this particular bread recipe for a long time and this year I have made it more than ever before. Sadly I do not know where the recipe came from so I can’t share it, but it is just a very simple soaked bread recipe.
Well. Let’s get started! I’m sorry for the not great photo quality for a bunch of these!
Step 1: Mix flour, I use a mixture of organic flours, yogurt and water.
Step 2: Cover bowl with damp towel and let sit overnight.
Step 3: (The next morning.) Add yeast, sugar and salt and use dough hook to mix.
Step 4: Knead into ball, on a floured surface. Sometimes the dough is more wet than other times (basically, did I measure right or not. usually I don’t.), and will need more flour to keep it from sticking to the counter.
Step 5: Place dough in large buttered bowl.
Step 6: Cover with damp towel, use the same one as before so there is one less towel to wash (not that it makes much of a difference. *sighs*), and put the bowl into a warm oven. I usually put the bowel in the oven and the turn it on to 350 for a minute.
Step 7: (Two hours later.) Butter the pans you plan to put the bread in.
Step 8: Remove dough from oven. (Note the pattern on the top from where the towel pressed into the dough. 😀)
Step 9: Remove dough from bowl and form into massive loaf.
Step 10: Cut the massive loaf into as many pieces as you want loaves. Knead each piece into a loaf shape.
Step 11: Place loaves in buttered pans and let them rise for, at least, half an hour.
Step 12: When the loaves have risen, place them in the oven and turn timer on for 30 minutes.
Step 13: When the timer beeps remove the loaves from the oven and take them out of the pans. Place the loaves on what we call a “drying rack”.
And now all that’s left is the absolute most important part of making bread, eating the bread! You may be tempted to pick off some of the crust, like my littlest sister, before you can get some butter or whatever you want on your bread. 😀
And there you have it! My first post of this type. I hope that you enjoyed learning about my bread baking process. Hopefully it inspired you to try to make some of your own!
I hope that you are all staying healthy and safe during these very difficult time. ❤︎
Have you made bread before? Do you like baking? Did this post inspire you to do some baking or cooking of your own?