Do you Skype? Skype is a free way to do chats and/or video calls with people around the world. We just spent the evening doing a Skype call with Anna. She was able to give us a tour of her home…while being able to see and talk to Cailin! It is an awesome way to stay in touch and feel connected. If you want to Skype with either Anna or myself:

anna.lynn,adler – Anna’s Skype user name
l.m.ritchie  – my Skype user name

Cailin’s Afghan

I’m working on an afghan for Cailin. I have a photo below to show the pattern and the colors I chose. Can’t wait for it to be done! I just finished another one but can’t show that one off util the recipient sees it! This one is a basic shell pattern and will be about 46″x46″ once completed.

Irish Friendship Bread

Some refer to this as Amish Friendship Bread – but since I am more Irish than Amish I have elected to rename it!  I have made this a number of times when given the starter but this is the first time doing it by scratch. Here is the recipe:

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 3 1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3 cups white sugar, divided
  • 3 cups milk


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand 10 minutes. In a 2 quart container glass, plastic or ceramic container, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or flour will lump when milk is added. Slowly stir in 1 cup milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Cover loosely and let stand until bubbly. Consider this day 1 of the 10 day cycle. Leave loosely covered at room temperature.
  2. On days 2 thru 4; stir starter with a spoon. Day 5; stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Days 6 thru 9; stir only.
  3. Day 10; stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Remove 1 cup to make your first bread, give 2 cups to friends along with this recipe, and your favorite Amish Bread recipe. Store the remaining 1 cup starter in a container in the refrigerator, or begin the 10 day process over again (beginning with step 2)