Sunday, January 15, 2012

Slow Sundays

Mark and I are trying to take some slow Sundays in January.
Now I know for some slow might mean no movement at all, but to me it just means no pressure at all.
If I want to go out and work a few hours I will. If I don't want to I will find something else to do.
It could mean a trip off to see a movie, lunch out, a good book, sewing for a bit, calling a friend...slow Sundays, just like regular folk!
Yesterday I made the effort to make jelly again and this time did not leave the kitchen and stuck with my tried and true method.
I cooked, packed in hot, clean, like you would not wash your jars, jars and then inverted them on their tops. I have done this for years and  it has worked. Give them a few hours and then turn them back over and the lids are sealed. If there are any that are not just refrigerate and use first. It has been a long while since I have made Blackberry Jelly and it just called for biscuits. In the south we love us some biscuits and the white ones all soft and fluffy... with jam, are you drooling yet, are the best.
 I try not to make those any more so I dug out some recipes for scones and compared the two.
Oatmeal scones- I looked at one recipe that called for 1 pound of butter, heart attack scones...noway I was making those.
What I finally settled on was the basic recipe for biscuits substituting 1/2 cup whole wheat flour for part of the white flour, I added 1 TBS. sugar and 3 TBS. of Old fashion Oats, this was a cross between the regular biscuit and scones. Handle as little as possible and bake a tad longer.
I am here to say they were they good, just what the Blackberry jelly called for.
Out to the studio yesterday, after the Jelly was all done, I worked on some tiles and then took stock of the pots for the upcoming firing. I think we are ready to get moving on waxing and glazing.
Mark has finished up all his pieces with the exception of one of those large flat bowls.
I have two tiles left to go and then those will just stay cover for a slow dry.


Mark had that big pot on a low shelf with a large bowl above- I did my best to get a picture and not move anything.
Lamps will be in this glaze loads for those of you who have been waiting.
Have a great Slow Sunday- fill it with something you want to do.
Best,
M

8 comments:

Becky said...

I love the ideas of slow Sundays. It's hard for me to ignore all the work it takes to make this pottery biz function.... Maybe if I *know* I could get Sunday off from obligation, I'd work harder to get my lists done the rest of the week. :)

Tracey Broome said...

It's 11:30 here and we just ate breakfast, off to a slow star myself. Yum, biscuits, Gerry's grandmother taught me how to make them years ago, nothing better!

cookingwithgas said...

11:30 breakfast is the way to start a slow Sunday for sure.
Becky- it is a balance that is for sure- but there is always, always work to be done-always- so make some slow time.

Michael Kline said...

Slow Sundays is a great concept. I guess I sort of do that already, although I feel bad if I'm not "productive" on some front. So I guess I need to really take it slow next time.

This morning Stacey made scones and my first thought was, JAM!


Yum.

cookingwithgas said...

MK
Jam and scones- they do go hand in hand.
You know as potters or any home based business we think we have to be one all the time. Then the next thing you know- your kids are grown and you are thinking about the times you had to work- slow Sundays is something we all need to get back to.I have been enjoying them myself- no pressure.
(truth be told I did load a bisque today.. but on my own time...)

Michael Kline said...

Right on!

Gary's third pottery blog said...

mmmm blackberry jelly indeed!

smartcat said...

Slow Sundays......I ended up doing yesterday....felt good.

Good looking pots! Where do you get your lamp findings?