As the last post says, it’s ********SNOWING******** here on the Eastern Shore. Not everyone is as happy as we are but then again we are “those damn Yankees from up north”. So what is one to do as the snow accumulates, businesses close, and the clock reaches noon????? We decided to head to our favorite restaurant Annie's in Parksley Va. We like this place cause they like dragonflies, and the food is really good too!!!! Chef/owner Matt was ready for us with a great Thursday buffet (besides the regular menu). Today was my favorite, meatloaf, veggies, stewed tomatoes, and baked apples. Perfect comfort food for a cold snowy day. And they were all decorated for Christmas which made our stop just a little more special.
So what to do after lunch (besides a nap)???? Why not make a loaf of bread to go with the Butternut Squash soup for tonight’s dinner. Now I’m sure most of you have heard that baking is really a chemical reaction (a science i am not fond of nor good at). You have to measure the ingredients precisely, and add them at the proper time or there is no telling what will happen. I am a little lazy and use a bread machine for the whole process. Being a little late starting today and being a little rushed i sort of messed up on the sequence and timing of ingredients to add. If you have ever wondered what a nuclear reaction in a bread machine would look like, wonder no more.
Removal from the machine required a slight tearing off of one edge (really yummy). But as i was struggling with the loaf (and grumbling a little) i happened to look out the window onto our patio and was treated to a wonderful sight.