under the spell



“Wasn’t there a spell for making yourself happy? Somebody must have invented one. How could he have missed it? Why didn’t they teach it? Was it in the library, a flying book fluttering just out of reach, beating its wings against some high window?”
~ Lev Grossman

I came across some old cookbooks in the library the other day.


And I found some happiness in the process of bread making.

“Bread baking is one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a dance from some ancient ceremony. It leaves you filled with one of the world’s sweetest smells… there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel, that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than this homely ceremony of making bread.”

~ M.F.K. Fisher

I believe that to be true.
Just the kneading alone is a wonderful stress reliever.

A spell of happiness


Mozart reviews the recipe

Have you fallen under any spells of happiness lately?

18 Comments on “under the spell

  1. Everything goes into the bread making process right? How much you knead the though and what you add, It all comes out together in the end ☺️

  2. Wonderful images that fit your words and quotations so well. I agree about kneading and baking bread. I used to do it regularly when my children were growing up! I do adore that last shot of Mozart reviewing the recipe. Gorgeous doorknob into the study and the curtains pulled back to show the rain on the windows is full of beautiful light!

  3. Beautiful images Susan 🙂 I could see how you would find happiness in bread making. I get the same satisfaction from making fresh pasta and its not as “kneady” as bread making 🙂

  4. Another wonderful visit with you! I can almost smell that bread. I’d invite myself over for a visit if I could make it through all the nasty weather between here and there. 🙂

  5. I just fell under the spell of your marvelous images! I love the DOP of the first image and of course Mozart steals my heart. The ones in between are just as fine.

  6. Awww… thank you! This is not a time to be out in the weather. We were hit with quite a bit of rain and high wind gusts. I’m just hoping this storm doesn’t move in your direction. I think you’ve had enough for now.

  7. the way you use light to convey mood is just so beutiful and evocative… simple things look captivating in your photos!! 🙂
    love the bread making photo 🙂

  8. I love how you led us through images to your final resting place of happiness. Such exquisite images always.

    So that was YOU whose hands I saw at Flickr making the bread. I love making bread. I used to do it as a young mom but then it was out of necessity. I quit for years and picked it up again in retirement. I love making bread especially when I’m making it as a gift for others or to share with company. It’s the process of making it but then the pleasure is repeated in a different way when sharing it. Such a warm and happy post.

  9. What a delightful post, Susan – I like that first quote so much, and of course, the photographs. As for spells of happiness, they’re there, always.

  10. Such a beautiful post Susan…the kneading of the bread, just hands, no face….reminds me of my Grandmother. Tuesday was bread day and the house always smelled so good. It’s the yeast. I knew learned to use yeast…it doesn’t like me.
    Tell Mozart not to send me any recipes with yeast…but if he finds a good one for cookies…mail it along. He’s got a big job there.
    I also love your doorknob…you always know where the focal point should be.
    Have a great week my friend…I’ll be catching up all over the place.

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