Alice managed to escape again today. I put a stop to future escapes though. Naughty Alice got put in the smaller hutch. I refurbished it last summer and added a dog kennel door (with a bolt-latch) to the front since the original door was missing. Needless to day, Alice will not be making future outings without prior permission!
I made yet another attempt at bread today. This time with lemon juice. I should have known when I opened the lemon juice and it smelled a little "off" ... but the lid said 4/18, so maybe it's just because it's organic and imported. I used it anyway. When the bread was done, we all tasted it, and it was absolutely disgusting. Tony asked if the lemon juice had gone bad, and I went to get the bottle from the fridge. I was about to tell him it was good until next month, until I realized the cap said 4/18/16... Not 4/18/17... It was almost a year past expiry, and yes, it had very much gone bad and I used it anyway! Oh boy... I felt terrible. What a waste of ingredients to make a loaf with one bad ingredient because I misread the last digit. Yikes! It had been on our shelf for a while but I didn't think it had been there for a year! Ick. In the trash went the lemon loaf. Though Tony encouraged me to try it again with fresh lemon juice. I'll try to remember to pick up lemon juice next time we go grocery shopping, though obviously we don't go through it very quickly. Perhaps a smaller bottle this time would be a better choice. Lesson learned - check and re-check expiration dates, and when in doubt, toss it out! This loaf was also incredibly crumbly, so I'm not sure why the same amount of liquid caused this loaf to be dryer. Better luck with tomorrow's loaf I hope.
Penelope's litter is doing well. I did take a minute to dig through the nest today. Looks like we have two broken tricolors, one black harlequin, one normal harlequin, one broken yellow, and one shaded one (lilac tort?). That's a grand total of six... half the normal litter size I anticipate from Penelope. I am looking forward to seeing how these little ones turn out. They're pretty cute - but all nestbox babies are adorable by nature. This is the J litter, and I know #1 has already laid claim to naming two of them (Jared and Jensen), so I hope we have two boys in the mix.
I attempted to get some more winter sowing done this evening, but I got a headache instead. I did manage to get the Hearts of Gold cantaloupe and Lilac seeds out though. That brings the running total up to 65 now.
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