New Year

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Good, really good days. Andy had all three days of this long weekend off, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, and yesterday. I can't remember a lazier, cozier, nicer, more pajama-clad time ever. It was like being in a blanket lair. With lots of warm animals, embroidery, HD television, and shrimp cocktail (New Year's Eve). There was talk of going for a walk somewhere but the talk faded away. I took a picture of the moon on the evening of New Year's Day instead. I made seafood chowder and Dutch-oven bread (inspired by this lovely little film) using my dad's old Dutch oven, which was cool. The bread was a miracle. So easy (I think the recipe I used was much easier than the one they used in the film, honestly) it doesn't seem possible. And possibly the best bread I've ever eaten. I know I keep saying that but I mean, seriously, is that not one beautiful loaf of bread? And there's nothing to it. I can hardly take credit for it. It's that easy.

Thank you for your new year's wishes, and your gentle words, and . . . just . . . all of your kindnesses here, and your confidence. It all means so much to me. I don't really know how to say. But I really thank you.

I am almost done with my cross-stitch sampler (that's how much sitting around I did) except that I ran out of thread. Today is a day to get some stuff done: pay bills, clean house, wash the floor, run errands. The poor little Christmas tree, who has been here since the day after Thanksgiving, probably needs to be officially retired. The kitchen is kind of trashed. Winter break is pretty cool. If it went on any longer it might get boring, but probably not really. I confess I'm gonna try to get my chores done really fast and then see if I can stretch out lazytimes a little longer. It has felt very good to truly rest.


Good luch with all the stuff you need to get done - that bread and soup looks really delicous! :-)

Oh, this sounds so nice! The soup and bread are making my mouth water!!!!

May you and yours have a wonderful 2012.

Pajama-clad time is the best. :) Happy New Year!

I saw that film and I'm excited to try it. If you were a pal you'd share the recipe you used because that film one did seem more than I wanted it to be. : )

Love that moon shot. Hard to think we had those gorgeous clear skies since its been raining so much. I totally was spoiled by our Fall weather. Loved it!!!

Lovely pictures and enticing food! Enjoy your well deserved lazytime! You know that busy times will be just around the corner. All the best to the Paulsons in the New Year.

Mmmmm... bread, and pajamas, and soup, and moon beams. No, this could not possibly ever get boring. Could we perhaps have three seasons: fall leaves, winter break, and summer picnics? But mostly winter break.

Sometimes it's good to slow down and just let things....happen. As and when. Eat when you're hungry. Sleep when you're tired. Happy new year guys x

That bread looks AMAZING! I need to try bread making this year!

Happy 2012, Alicia!

Sounds just lovely. I hit the ground running today cleaning up the studio. Just took a break from the chaos to say hello here. Take good care. ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

"Lazytimes" ~ that might be my new favorite word! I think I'll try to figure out some kind of New Year's resolution involving lazytimes!

Can't wait to try out the recipes this weekend! It officially feels like winter here in Michigan yesterday and today, even if it gets warmer this weekend we've had cold and blustery--bring on the comfort food!

We're big no-knead fans too. I have a friend who also uses this bread as an art is her video

Here at my home is Oz it's predicted to be a heatwave, I'll close up the house early, do most of my chores and I plan to settle down and make some bright new pants for the new year. On your recommendation I'm going to try the dutch oven bread.

MmMmm seafood chowder and home baked bread, looks AMAZING. Happy New Year to you XxX

I wish they had a t-shirt that said "I heart bread" or "I heart carbs." I would have to wear it. Oh, how I love bread. And soup. And the woman in the moon. And cozy winter days.
Happy New Year!
xo, Cheryl

that looks very similar to the no-knead bread recipe we use around here, from Mother Earth News. Yum, YUM and yes, so very easy and close to foolproof, I think. We play around with ratios of whole wheat and regular unbleached flour and it seems to come out great with almost any combination of the two.

think I'll be making some chowder soon~

Geeminie! Now I am hungry! Looks wonderful!

I hate to cook. Try to avoid it as much as possible. But after seeing these pictures and checking out the bread recipe, I know I can make this. Thank you!

Julie G. in Iowa says: January 03, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Happy New Year!

Your Dutch oven bread looks delish! I'm now drooling over my keyboard as I've made a resolution to eat fewer carbs - and this is way too tempting. Must. Look. Away.

I thought your previous post was so lovely and beautiful.
Thank you for, well... you! Your little piece of the world I visit here everyday is just so wonderful. Thank you for that.

Your posts are wonderful, can't wait to see what you have done next, must be just heavenly to be an animal in your house, they always look so content, and bet the smells are heavenly. I'm gonna try me some of that bread, never dreamed to cook it in a dutch oven, thanks for the recipe.

Clarissa Henderson says: January 03, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Glad you two had some time together. I had a similar New Year's experience. I too, quickly got my chores done this morning and have been lazing and quilting around ever since. Happy New Year!!!

You inspire me everyday! (bread looks AMAZING)I visit your blog everyday because it uplifts me. Thank you for that. You have inspired me to find a way to uplift others on a daily basis. You rock!

YUM! Please send over some of that lovely meal via pneumatic tube or something...

That is one BEAUTIFUL loaf of bread!

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at