I am very excited because I finally managed to make some bread that tastes good, is light and airy, and actually looks like bread as well! (R thinks it looks like muffins, but that is only because I baked it in a muffin pan). I figured out what I have been doing wrong after reading the instructions for my machine over again. (Probably should have read them properly to begin with!) I have been scooping the flour with the measuring cup out of the flour bin, instead of adding flour to the cup. This increases the amount of flour considerably, and thus the bread is heavy. I also added some white flour to the wholewheat flour as suggested by Leaner. This is the result. My family is very happy, and so am I!
I also planted a few Texas Sage plants as planned, and here is one for you to see. Rather small right now but I am sure it will grow.
We have a tiny pepper on our pepper plant which is exciting. We have some tomatoes as well but I didn't get a good picture of those.
R cut the grass down really low, and we have turned the irrigation back on for the summer lawn. I have really mixed feelings about having grass here in such a water scarce area. We actually only have grass in the summer, we let it die back for the winter, and we irrigate it as little as possible to keep it alive. However, I know it still takes a lot of water. For now though it is our indulgence I am afraid. I am going to keep careful records from now of how much water we are using each month and see where we can reduce our useage more. Here is our "dead" grass now pre irrigation.
And finally, I just had to post this picture of a lovely Ocotillo I saw today. Not ours sadly, but so lovely in the spring when it flowers as this one is, and after rain when it sprouts green leaves. They are great accent plants, but alas don't mix too well with small children and dogs because they are very spikey indeed. Also a good picture of the oh so blue Arizona sky!