The quotidian (4.8.24)
Jennifer Murch
by Jennifer Jo
1w ago
Quotidian: daily, usual or customary; everyday; ordinary; commonplace Multigrain sourdough and a pot of cheese. (Always a pot of cheese.) Sourdough English muffins. Speed chill: hot bread (polenta sourdough), hungry woman, windy day. Herby sourdough focaccia with fried eggs, bacon, and sharp Jack. Recipe testing a potato sourdough. Trying a new coffee cake: not convinced. Too many crumbs, oily mouth-feel. Mystery mead. (Grape and rhubarb . . . I think?) Stackables, whoop-whoop! Chilly fridge, oops. Wack weather. Rainbows galore. Dish and cold side: parallel shifts. Working hard or ..read more
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Milkslinger
Jennifer Murch
by Jennifer Jo
1w ago
Two years ago I started a YouTube Channel. Last month, I registered to be an LLC (official business name: JJ Murch LLC). I opened a business bank account, got a debit card, and attended a local business class. And I finally, finally, FINALLY settled on a brand name.  a surprise gift from my older daughter My daughter-in-law helped me set up a spreadsheet for tracking business expenses. My brother is helping me set up a website. I’ve hired someone to turn my videos into written recipes which I plan to sell as PDFs . . . once I get my online store up and running, pant-pant. I got a su ..read more
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Eight fun things
Jennifer Murch
by Jennifer Jo
2w ago
It’s Friday! So far today I’ve edited video, gone running, made phone calls, baked sourdough and potatoes, mixed up a batch of multigrain sourdough, showered, and made a cheese. Now I’m settled on the couch, my belly full of salad, chocolate, and coffee, ready to focus on some writing. I love that it’s Friday, but I can’t fully kick back since I have a middle of the night bake shift coming up tonight — well, tomorrow morning, really. Cranking out an insane amount of goodies will be fun once I’m in the night kitchen with the rest of the team, but right now all I’m doing is dreading the early mo ..read more
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The quotidian (3.25.24)
Jennifer Murch
by Jennifer Jo
2w ago
Quotidian: daily, usual or customary; everyday; ordinary; commonplace Spring has arrived! Sprinkles. Meadtini. Blueberry lemon. That should get him going. Goose eggs. And the endless entertainment to go with. The proper way [says me] to eat Irish Soda bread: triple the butter, flaky salt, orange zest. Slurp. From her sister: a birthday egg apron. Cousin Kenton stayed an extra day: elevated conversation. Sundried. Coffee shop treat: when my three favorite daughters crash my writing spot. This same time, years previous: honey, the cheezer, the coronavirus diaries: week three, the qu ..read more
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Guild day birthday
Jennifer Murch
by Jennifer Jo
3w ago
Friday morning, my husband and I both woke early. Too early, of course, but waking early is what one does when anticipating an untold amount of work in a short period of time with a whole host of helpers. (For more about the Carpenters Guild, go here.) Also! After we’d gone to bed the night before, my husband’s brother had arrived from upstate NY — one of my little birthday secrets — so I had to get up with my husband in order to make sure he didn’t accidentally wander into the guest room.  My husband banged around the kitchen, talking freely and loudly, obviously oblivious to the f ..read more
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The un-quotidian (3.18.24)
Jennifer Murch
by Jennifer Jo
1M ago
Once in a great while there are a few days, or even a whole week, that is so extraordinary there is no way it can be called “quotidian.” Last week was one of those weeks — so much goodness, so many big feelings, so much hard work. So today, in place of the quotidian post, here are some photos* of the days** leading up to the barn raising. *Many of the photo credits (I’m not even gonna try to figure out which ones) go to the children. **I already wrote a little about Monday here. *** TUESDAY While I pulled a pastry shift at Magpie, the rest of the family tore down the sides of the old barn, and ..read more
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Two things
Jennifer Murch
by Jennifer Jo
1M ago
Tomorrow’s the big day and I’ve been baking all afternoon. You wanna know the funny part? I didn’t even realize it was pie day! *** My cheese group met at my house yesterday. I wrote about the event for Splashed!, my YouTube channel’s newsletter. (I’ve been meaning to catch y’all up to speed here, but I keep getting distracted by some sort of construction project that appears to have taken over our lives…) The letter goes out every Friday afternoon, and you can sign up here, if you’re interested. More later! xo ..read more
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Crunch week
Jennifer Murch
by Jennifer Jo
1M ago
Remember my husband’s birthday? Remember his cake? Remember his gift? To recap: I handed him some money attached to a shit-ton of work, and ever since, my husband has been tied up in knots. (Aren’t I sweet?) This Friday, March 15th, is The Big Day — a friend dubbed it “The Ides of Murch” — so in recent weeks, my husband has been spending his evenings and weekends crawling around on the second floor of the new barn framing up the new second-story walls with the old roof pressing down on top of him, his stress levels at a fever pitch. I’ve popped my head up there a couple times, and it pretty m ..read more
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Evening will come
Jennifer Murch
by Jennifer Jo
1M ago
photo credit: my younger daughter I recently came across the phrase midlife “renaissance” — as opposed to midlife crisis — and I was like, Ooo, yes! All the creative energy! The reaching! The dreaming! Taking one step after another without a clear vision, the boldness and uncertainty smashed so tight together they’re indistinguishable. Audacity. Fear. Power. Sometime new is coming. I love it. *** I’ve never been one for going to the gym. The idea of paying money to drive somewhere to get all hot and sweaty in a stale room with a bunch of strangers for a specified amount of minutes always felt ..read more
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Fridge guts
Jennifer Murch
by Jennifer Jo
1M ago
The other day one of my coworkers off-handedly mentioned (I forget what we were talking about) that her mom always had them deep clean the fridge before company came — at which point I completely lost my shizzle. “Wait, WHAT?! The fridge? No freaking way! Are you kidding me??!!” (I can be intense.) Turns out, part of their routine company preparations included a top-to-bottom clean of the fridge: taking everything out, wiping the fridge down with bleach, discarding old stuff, etc, etc, did you ever!  Cleaning the fridge ranks so low on my getting-ready-for-company list that it’s not ..read more
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