|Perfect afternoon respite|
|The "Ghost Plower"|
|Sir Knight and Miss Calamity freeing our driveway of snow|
|Changing the angle of the blade|
|Princess Dragon Snack and Master Hand Grenade shoveling|
in front of the door
|Princess Dragon Snack up to her neck in snow - literally!|
|Princess Dragon Snack and Master Hand Grenade burying Master Calvin|
|Now it's big brothers turn|
|Fresh homemade pretzels|
SOFT GIANT PRETZELS
2 C 4 T warm water (110°F or hot to the touch)
6 C flour
6 T brown sugar
1 T yeast
Mix water, sugar and yeast - let sponge until bubbly. Add flour and knead. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into 16 balls. Roll each into a 20" rope. Form into pretzel shape. Place on cookie sheet.
In a large saucepan, bring 2 quarts water to boil with 1/2 C baking soda (the soda gives the pretzels the characteristic "pretzel" taste and texture). Drop pretzels into boiling water, two at a time; boil for 10 - 15 seconds, turning over once. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
Place pretzels on greased baking sheets. Bake at 425°F for 8 - 10 minutes. After you remove from the oven, spritz or lightly brush with water, sprinkle with salt.
|Rolling pretzel dough into ropes|
|Putting into the boiling water/baking soda|
|Boiling pretzels, two at a time|
|Draining on paper towels after boiling and before they are put into the oven|
|Cooling on a wire rack|