This is one set of hands that was busy fashioning decorations for our non-edible gingerbread house.
Here's a sample of the Sculpey "candy buttons and canes" that will soon be adorning our fabric gingerbread house.
While those hands did that, my hands were busy baking this...
as well as some homemade buckwheat flour pizza dough which became four large veggie pizzas.
I do seem to struggle with getting food shots that show everything in an appetizing way and also before my hungry teenagers devour everything. Which leaves you with the above food photos.
I had to snap a shot of the loaf of bread I baked (baking bread is the norm around here and the boys find something rather strange in me wanting to photograph it at all). I grew up baking bread and have baked countless batches of bread through the years, every now and then I discover a new way to challenge myself. This time I somehow forgot (?) to add the yeast to the ingredients when making up the dough (can I blame this oversight on my trying to do too many things in the kitchen at the same time? My oldest son says its because I'm getting old and losing my memory. haha... I said he could forget about having gingerbread and pizza. That changed his comments about my age.). I made the dough, shaped it, placed it in a loaf pan to rise and to my surprise 30minutes later it looked exactly the way it had when I placed it in the pan. Hmmmm. It occurred to me that I couldn't remember adding any yeast. Rather than toss the dough or worse yet, bake the thing as it was (with all the grains etc. in it the poor thing would've been a great doorstop), I decided to attempt adding in the yeast. Okay, I'll be honest. This was not the easiest thing to do. It was messy. Very messy. But I was determined to rework the dough with the missing ingredient now included. Anyways, the photo shows that despite my mistake and struggle, the dough actually rose beautifully and the bread is delicious.