Wednesday, January 13, 2021

I Like Thursday #143

 Welcome to my 143rd I Like Thursday post.  Thank you to LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color for leading us and encouraging us to find things that we like or love and add positivity to the universe.

I keep a sourdough starter going.  I decided that I wanted to try to make a cinnamon raisin bread with the sourdough discard.  I found the recipe on King Arthur's baking site.

It has a nice crumb and not too sweet.  

It was very yummy.

I don't get to see many sunrises anymore because I am at work, in the bakery at 3 am most days of the week.  I liked seeing the sliver of moon.

It looked like it was caught up in the branches of the tree.

We have kind of had a different winter than normal.  More overcast gray days than sunny days.  So seeing this sunrise and the promise of some blue skies was nice.  

It is that time of year again.  I am thinking I may not have to do quite as many as last year due to COVID,  

Yep it is Paczki season.  Fat Tuesday is February 16, 2021.  I have been making these for about a week.  I am starting slow, 12 boxes a day, and every morning they are all gone and  I make 12 more boxes the next day.  Bavarian (custard), Cheese (cream cheese), Raspberry, Cherry, and Lemon.  I also have blueberry, strawberry, apple, and prune.  

I like when the seed catalogs start to arrive.  It gives you time to dream of creating a beautiful growing space.  

Speaking of books....


How cool is this fountain?  It is the Amelia Valerio Weinberg Memorial Fountain in Cincinnati.  

To keep up with the book theme.....

My books for the week.

An Unwelcome Guest by Emily Organ this is the 7th installment of the Penny Green Mysteries.  Penny is invited to spend the night in a new hotel that has just opened.  In a previous life there were many tragedies that had occurred in the hotel, but it has been totally renovated, and the new owner is a successful American.  The new Hotelier ends up dead, and the murder weapon in Penny's Room.  It is up to Penny to prove her innocence.  

Ripe for Vengeance by Wendy Tyson.  This is the 4th book in the greenhouse mysteries.  Megan's hunky boyfriend, local vet Denver Finn introduces her to his college buddies.  All of these people work for a pharmaceutical company called BOLD.  They are doing a retreat with high risk kids, one which is Denver's aunt's foster son who led a tragic life.  A  call comes in Denver's best friend has been murdered and Dylan the foster son was found holding the murder weapon.  

 The Devil's Punchbowl by Greg Iles this is the 3rd in the Penn Gage series set in Natchez, Mississippi.  An Irish mobster, riverboat casino's dog fighting and murder are all intertwined when Penn's best friend from childhood is thrown off of a wall.  

The Devil Drinks Coffee by Destiny Ford.  Kate Saxee has returned to her hometown of Branson Falls, Utah to be the editor, news reporter and photographer of the small town newspaper.  The death of the most popular girl in high school who has been missing for months, a cow that committed suicide, a stolen combine racing at 15 miles an hour down the freeway, and a senior citizen who has her head caught in a revolving door, nothing is ever quiet in the sleepy little Mormon town.  Throw in a sexy PI Hawk, and the local State Representative Drake, and Kate has her hands full.  

Now head over to LeeAnna's to check out the other I Like Thursday posts. 


  1. What? You made bread and paczki and didnt send me some??? Lol
    Looks good. Seed catalogs.ah fresh air. Fresh start for growing

  2. I love love packzi!! I will have to check at our grocery to see if they've begun making them...yummy yummy in the tummy!!
    Hugs, ;))) Julierose

  3. I'm not familiar with Paczki, but wondering if it's similar to Czech kolachy? Anyway, it sounds tasty! 3 am is an early start to the day, but thank you for supplying good eats to those around you! The cinnamon bread looks yummy. I've never had very good luck with starters, but I should try one again.

  4. Your cinnamon bread looks yummy, Colette! You got some pretty sky photos there, too! It's amazing to me that you bake so many items right there in your store - no wonder they sell so quickly - people appreciate homemade. Love the creative titles on your books!

  5. that last book sounded very good. It's been nearly a year since we went to McKays for some new old books , maybe soon

  6. Boy, that cinnamon sourdough bread looks delicious. I took a side tour to look up paczki. I think you explained them last year, but I couldn't remember the details. Do you also make hot cross buns in the bakery? It's interesting how the calendar gives bakeries a schedule to follow. Have a good week. Stay warm.

  7. Your pastries look delicious! I really like that book fountain too. Your sunrise photos are great. I don't know how I would do with 3 am schedule! I complained enough about having to wake up at 5!

  8. Hi Colette! That cinnamon bread looks delicious. I can just imagine the smell not to mention the yummy taste. Ahh, Fat Tuesday Paczkis already. I've never actually had one that I recall even though I grew up with them all around me. Darn, my library doesn't have any of those authors you've shared this week. They look good, too. ~smile~ Roseanne

  9. The bread looks so good! You must be a good baker. I've never heard of Paczkis but they also look yummy! You're up so early. I had a friend who's family owned a bakery. They were up at all hours. I like getting catalogs too. So fun to look through.

  10. That bread looks delicious. I’m going to have to check it out. I’ve never tried a Paczkis. They sound interesting. Hard to think of Lent coming already.

  11. That is a great fountain! The cream cheese stuffed sound the best, but I bet all of them are yummy.

  12. That bread looks terrific! I love that fountain - very cool. Paczki sounds delicious - all those stuffings would be good!

  13. I’ve never heard of Paczki...what is it? They look and sound delicious and so does your bread. Thanks for sharing your likes. I love reading them!

  14. Mmmmmm, your cinnamon raisin bread looks delicious. No doubt it smelled wonderful. Yesterday I made a version of cinnamon apple scones. Next time, I'll add more cinnamon. That fountain is so cool! Have a wonderful weekend.

  15. Hello Sioux aka little ole me. I got a sour dough start for Christmas from a friend. I have never made it but lived on it as a kid. I never thought of cinnamon raisin bread. Yum.


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