Sun Dog

Sun Dog 1-24-19

(Took that at sun set last night).


I love winter.

( I really do).

It gives me a chance to do things I normally don’t have time to do when I’m building houses.



80% finished with a book called Story Craft by John R. Erickson  on the topic of writing.   Came across an excerpt  last week called 8 Traits of Good Writers and said,  I have to get that book!  

The book is full of wisdom.

From the back of the book:

     “This book focuses on the vocation of the writer.   But it also works as a guide for anyone trying to find and live out his or her vocations, whatever they may be…”

     “John Erickson sets the table with the ingredients for honing one’s literary skills at any age.  The elements of good writing are masterfully presented and will be savored by his loyal following….”

So there’s that.


Bread making

This week  my  bread reading/ research has taken me deeper into the topic of ancient grains.  In the past, whenever I’ve heard words like “ancient grains”, my eyes would glaze over, I would think, yea, just another fad.

Not any more.

Processed, bleached flour that can sit on a shelf for months and months and not get rancid, can do that for a reason…It is sterile/devoid of life, then it is made stable with chemicals, synthetic vitamins and minerals.   Where as bread made with real flour, freshly ground from scratch is loaded,  loaded with real vitamins and minerals, and fiber, and flavor. 

As I sit here this morning, there is a loaf of  bread made from 100% freshly ground flour sitting on the kitchen counter made from spelt (3 cups)  rye (1 cup), 2 T of rapid rise yeast, 1 1/2 C water, 1 t salt,  and 4 T of honey.  (I soaked most of the spelt overnight in the water and 2 T of apple cider vinegar.  That is another topic for another day, (why soaking fresh grain is important).     What I liked about this experimental loaf, is it didn’t turn out dense, even though I didn’t use any white all-purpose baking poison flour.

And finally,  I  stumbled across an organic farmer  yesterday  who is growing several of these ancient grains in South Dakota.  Belle Valley Ancient Grains.

Here’s link to his website:

Check it out.  Tell him I sent you 🙂


Well, that’s a wrap.     DM







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11 Responses to Sun Dog

  1. shoreacres says:

    That’s a spectacular sun halo/sun dogs. We occasionally get little hints of such, but they’re very uncommon. As for the bread chat, now I want some. Even the best bakeries can’t turn out anything that equals homemade bread. They can come close, but you only get the end product, and not the process: the aromas, the feel of the dough, etc. That’s part of the experience, too.

    • DM says:

      thanks Linda. I have to tell you, the flavor of that spelt is like nothing I’ve had before…a hint of a nutty flavor..not really nutty, but very tasty on the palate (and when it’s smothered in butter….well…you get the idea ) 😉 DM

  2. m1cey says:

    mmmmm… home made bread… yes please… You are full of surprises. 🙂

    • DM says:

      and not just any home made bread…made from 100% freshly ground flour. First thing I noticed when I started using it was the taste…you actually taste the richness of the whole grains..(and it’s good for you)….then toasted and smothered in real butter..what can I say 🙂 Best to eat it on an empty stomach when you’re really hungry, like after a long hike… our ancestors did. Good to hear from you Michelle. DM

  3. barnraised says:

    I learned what a sun dog is from one of your blog posts a long time ago! Gorgeous picture!

    • DM says:

      NO way….That’s what happens when you turn 50, start forgetting what you’ve written about :-). Sometimes I will stumble across an old comment I’ve made on another blog, or reread an old blog post and think…I don’t remember writing that.

  4. Seeking Joyful Simplicity says:

    Ancient grains indeed! So excited you are experimenting with these grains, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on soaking…

    You are already an amazing story-teller. Can’t wait to see how you develop your craft.

    And SUCH a gorgeous photo!

  5. DM says:

    Before I answer that question on soaking…what do you think? I have an anecdotal story on grain soaking I will tell after you tell me what you think 😉

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