K is for King Arthur Flour

King Arthur Flour Store sign Vermont

If you’ve ever flipped through the pages of the King Arthur Flour catalog, then you know what it is to dream. To lose yourself in the possibilities of so many different flours, to voyage across the globe in search of the perfect vanilla extract, to wrap yourself tightly in recipes, to line your imagination with parchment, to punch down doubt, and to rise above the ordinary loaf. To live, however briefly, and only in your mind, as the baker that you always knew you could be.

Or maybe that’s just me.

King Arthur Flour Store vt counter

Situated in Norwich, Vermont, this epicenter of all things baking features not only a café and bakery, but also offers classes, and a store that feels like the catalog come to life. But, if one of the drawbacks of the catalog is the high prices, you’ll see no relief from that here. True, by visiting the store you’ll save on shipping costs, but there are no additional discounts. There is a small clearance section where you may find a bargain, but if, like me, you were expecting some kind of “congrats for finding us in the middle of the Vermont woods” discount or a “thanks for driving allllll this way up route 91” price break, you may be a little disappointed.

King Arthur

But don’t worry, there’s always the café to lift your spirits. Sandwiches, salads, and sweets–everything I’ve tasted is delicious. There’s even a section of the place where you can watch the bakers create the specialties of the day. The café seating area is charming, with a couch-filled gazebo-like section in the middle and lots of tables and chairs surrounding that.

King Arthur Flour Store VT baker

So daydream your way through the store, stroll through each page of the catalog, and remember to check the back counter for a taste of the day’s sample. And if you don’t buy something, don’t feel bad. You never actually bought anything from the catalog anyway.

Get yourself a nice strong cup of coffee, pick out a pastry, and hit the road. I think of it as the fanciest pit stop I ever get to make while on a road trip.

King Arthur Flour Store cage

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J is for Just Watching Spring

Pink blossoms on a tree in

Just watching as Spring opens up all around me.

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I is for Imagination

Homemade while wheat baguette

I’m running low on Ideas at the moment, so use your Imagination and pretend this baguette looks like the letter I.

Or is it a lowercase l?

Damn sans-serif fonts.

(Whole-wheat baguette baked yesterday to go with potato and ham soup. Winter was trying to hang around again this weekend, but things should warm up this week.)

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H is for How’s It Hanging?

Cucumber growing on a

The cucumbers grew much better last year climbing up the fence. In previous years they had been planted in the bed opposite the walkway, with plenty of space to creep along the ground. Things went OK but never any spectacularly good crops. They flourished, however, when given the opportunity to climb that chain-link fence last summer.

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G is for Geometric Design

Black and white interior, geometry

Lots of geometry happening in this bar.

Black and white

Squares and lines and circles, oh my!

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F is for Freeways

Today I’m combining challenges. It’s F day in the A to Z Challenge (I suppressed the urge to publish a blank post with the title “F is for Fuck it”). This week at Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge, the theme is Freeways, Highways, and Expressways.

This first photo was taken while riding on the infamous New Jersey Turnpike. (I recently watched Three Amigos for the first time in forever, so I had to use the word infamous.)

NYC skyline
NYC from the NJTP

This photo was taken last summer in Virginia. You may be able to see the satellite dishes and other communication equipment that are part of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

Sunset and NASA Wallops flight facility satellites

This one was taken on a snowy New England road.

Snowy road

These last two aren’t really freeways, but Cee said that’s OK 🙂

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E is for Electricity

Power lines being replaced

I noticed on this stretch of road that the power lines were being replaced. The old Eiffel-Tower style towers with the criss-cross pattern were being torn down and replaced with the more tree-like models that have a central tower with “branches” going out to the side. I assume this is some kind of upgrade, possibly to meet the ever-increasing demands for electricity.

Structure of the new power lines

We rely on electricity more and more each day as our lives intertwine more intricately with the Internet. Each exciting new app, game, or article offers us new capabilities, entertainment, or information, but this also means more electricity use. I’ve heard doomsday scenarios about the failing of the power grids, which are antiquated and not adequate for the amount of electricity that our society demands, according to some.

Power

Can you imagine the electricity suddenly being turned off for days? Weeks? What would you eat? How would you stay warm? Going to a neighbor’s house isn’t going to work when your whole state is out of power. Would you regret the time you spent “wasting” electricity? Would you wished that you’d turned more lights off? Watched less TV? Blogged less?

These kinds of articles about our inadequate infrastructure, along with those relating to the challenges of the actual production of electricity in a safe and sustainable way, make me worry. I have to sincerely hope that other people are taking care of it, and then I try to think about something else. Besides trying to conserve electricity, what else can I do?

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D is for Demo Mode

abandoned house in empty lot, ready for demolitionThey’ve already torn up and knocked down everything else. They’re coming for you next, old friend.

abandoned house, vines and branches growing out of it

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C is for Colors of Spring

Spring is finally bringing some color back into the world.

Cherry blossoms, okame

It’s lovely.

Cherry blossoms,

These cherry trees (Prunus x incamp ‘Okame’ cherry) were not only nice to look at, but had a beautiful sound as well.

Cherry blossoms,

They were humming. Filled with bees.

Pink cherry blossoms, okame

As one of the first trees to open in this particular park, it was the place to be if you were a bee.

Pink cherry blossoms

Unfortunately you can’t see them in the photos, but I’ll always remember their soothing sound.

Magnolia flower, pink and white

The magnolia trees were the only other flowering trees that were ready to show off on this particular day.

White and pink magnolia

The sign for this one below listed the name as Magnolia stellata ‘Centennial’ star magnolia

Magnolia tree, magnolia stellata centennial star magnolia

They had some pretty pink stripes on the back of each flower.

Pink stripes on the back of magnolia stellata centennial star magnolia

It’s so nice to have spring here again.

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