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Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

Follow Chloé’s journey to a simpler, greener and happier life.

No Knead Bread

French Breakfast by Conscious by Chloé

Okay, I'm gonna say it right now just so you know I'm not totally delusional. This bread looks pretty sad! Uff, I said it, now we can move along.

French Breakfast by Conscious by Chloé

When I first thought about baking my own bread, I pictured myself kneading and kneading and kneading. One thing about me, my upper body is not my strongest asset (you should see me rock climbing, it's pathetic). So when I read this recipe title on one of my favorite blogs, I flipped.

French Breakfast by Conscious by Chloé

I first tried this recipe a loooong time ago (this details is important, you'll see), then forgot about it because there's a really good bakery in my neighborhood. But since I've gotten into homesteading, making food from scratch and since I had these packs of yeast gathering dust in my cupboard (see where I'm going here), I thought I would give it another go a couple days ago.

French Breakfast by Conscious by Chloé

The result isn't the best looking loaf, but it's still very tasty and perfect for my favorite kind of breakfast: Hot chocolate + OJ + butter & honey tartines. I'll keep going until I run out of yeast and I finally get to making my own sourdough (I've had my eye on this workshop at People's Coop in SE Portland.)

French Breakfast by Conscious by Chloé

On a side note, as you might have noticed, I've decided to collaborate more with local makers and friends here on the blog. So, a couple weeks ago, I asked my friend Erika, of Portland Apron Company, if I could borrow one of her beautifully and consciously made pinafores (which you've already seen in my shop).

Here's my take on the recipe, with the basic tools I already had at home, plus an alternative one.

No Knead Bread Recipe by Conscious by Chloé


NO KNEAD BREAD

This is pretty much the easiest bread recipe on the Internet. Try it, you won't be sorry!

Yield: 1 loaf
Active time: 20 min
Total time:

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, yeast and salt.
  2. Add the water and mix until it forms your dough. You can either use a regular whisk, a dough whisk, a wooden spoon or put all the ingredients in a Kitchen Aid if you're lazy like me.
  3. Gently mix until all the dry ingredients are combined and then cover the preparation with reusable food wrap and let the dough rise for 12-18 hours.
  4. Remove the food wrap and place it on your work surface. Heavily flour it, place your dough in the center and form a big ball, heavily floured.
  5. Cover it with another piece of reusable food wrap again and let it sit an additional 1-2 hours. When your dough has thirty minutes left of this rising period, pre-heat your oven to 450°F and place your Dutch oven with a heat safe knob inside to heat up
  6. After 30 minutes, carefully take your very hot pot out of the oven and place your dough inside (do not grease the bottom of your pot, it will smoke). Cover with the lid and bake for 30 minutes.
  7. After 30 minutes, remove the lid and let bake an additional 15 minutes uncovered.
  8. Remove the pot from oven and place the loaf of bread onto a cooling rack for a few minutes or just cut right into it and enjoy a slice while the bread is still warm.

Notes

I like to keep my bread in a cupboard, wrapped in a kitchen towel to keep it from drying. If I know I will not be eating all of it in the coming days, I just slice it and keep it in the freezer in a cloth bag.


This post was inspired by a recipe published by James Kicinski-McCoy. I'm thinking about baking bread once a week, perfecting this recipe and trying others along the way. If you have recipes to share, please do! Oh and if you try this one, I'd love to see the result. Please tag @consciousxchloe if you post pictures on Instagram!

Worn #4 / Pompom

Pompom Look in the Snow by Conscious by Chloé

Weather alert. It snowed in Portland!

Pompom Look in the Snow by Conscious by Chloé

The mountain kid in me laughs a little at how the whole city comes to a stop at the first sign of white flakes. Snow day, closed schools, stranded cars in the middle of the road.

Pompom Look in the Snow by Conscious by Chloé

But I get it. It does not happen often, all cars are not equipped with the proper tires, and, mostly, drivers are not trained to deal with icy and slippery roads.

Pompom Look in the Snow by Conscious by Chloé

We, freelancers, are lucky enough to work from home and not care about being stuck at home, since it's all we ever do. So Octave and I put on our hats and gloves and took a walk in our silent neighborhood on a snowy morning.

Pompom Look in the Snow by Conscious by Chloé

My goal for this season was to find a pompom beanie. It was the one purchase I wanted to make for this winter, not a pair of snow boots, nor a rain jacket, a pompom hat. I found it, I'm now never not wearing it.

Now, about my pin collection. I've had a couple for quite a while, but never found the right jacket to put them on. So when I was gifted this sample piece, I knew it would be the perfect item to display the awesome pins from my friends Amy & Jen (PS: I may have also gotten an iron-on patch and added many more in the back of this jacket, Insta Stories followers, you know what I'm talking about).

Worn #4 / Hat: Similar available via Lord & Taylor (made in the USA), Jacket: Similar available at Neiman Marcus (made in the USA), Sweater: Everlane (made responsibly in China), Leggings: American Apparel (made in the USA), Socks: Similar available via Need Supply Co., Shoes: Danner (made in the USA), Pins: Odds and Sods (made responsibly in China).

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Unless provided, the origin of the items showcased in my looks will not be disclosed as I may no longer share the values of the brands from which I purchased them. I highly recommend you to look for an alternative in my shop, look for similar items in second hand shops or, if you're talented and/or motivated, make your own! Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

My One-Word Theme for the New Year

Washington forest snow day for Conscious by Chloé

Octave & I just came back from a 2-day getaway in a cabin in Washington. These 2 days with no electricity, no cell reception and no running water gave me some time to reflect on the past year.

So far, our home in Portland is the one where Octave & I have lived the longest together - after a couple months in Switzerland and a short year in Southern California. I don't know how much longer we will stay in this particular house (I always complain about how dark it is and the fact that I wish for an extra room so we don't have to share the same office any more) but I am willing to make our home better no matter what comes next.

Washington forest snow day for Conscious by Chloé

As the saying goes: Outer order, Inner calm.

I feel like I'll only be capable to deal with the other aspects of my life once my house is in order. So I'm about to tackle a big seasonal clean-up, decluttering and rearranging.

Washington forest snow day for Conscious by Chloé

This might have been inspired by a book that Octave gave me as a present: The Hands-On Home: A seasonal Guide to Cooking, Preserving & Natural Homekeeping (I may have given him a hint on Instagram and in this gift guide). It inspired me so much that I even stuffed into my heavy backpack on the snowshoeing trip up the cabin.

I've almost already read it cover to cover and it gave me tons of ideas, just like I knew it would.

As a matter of fact, I am already scheduling articles for the blog and I will share my favorite home care recipes and tell you all about my cleaning and decluttering routines in the coming weeks.

On a similar note, I will share a guide about conscious cohabitation (not all our significant others and roommates are as organized as we are, am I right?) that I was asked to present by a local minimalist group.

Washington forest snow day for Conscious by Chloé

If I had to chose a word for the upcoming year, I think it would be ROUTINE.

Over the past year, I came to the realization that I find comfort in knowing what comes next and be prepared for it.

Professionally, my experience consulting on site at a client's for a couple weeks and working as a shop girl for a couple months made me realize the power of habits, regular rhythms and, last but not least, regular paychecks. I am not sure that I want to go back to a 9 to 5 job, but I surely need to figure out how to find balance in my work life.

At home, I think I made it pretty clear above, I want a clean slate and room for experimentation. From homemade cleaning products, to gardening, cooking and preserving, I want to live at the rhythm of the seasons.

I could list more daily and weekly activities that bring me joy in life, like the Skype discussions with my parents or our indoor climbing sessions with Octave, but I assume you've understood my point.

I want to create a routine that gives me stability while allowing me to remain spontaneous.

Washington forest snow day for Conscious by Chloé

So this is my intention for 2017. I hope you'll follow along and get something out of it along the way.


Now, I'd love to know, if you had to choose one word, or a short phrase, to sum up what you want to focus on for the new year, what would it be? Please share it with me in the comments section below and tell me a little about the reason you chose it. I can't wait to read all you New Year Intentions!

2016 Holiday Gift Guide - For the Adventurer

2016 Holiday Gift Guide For Her by Conscious by Chloé

For the wanderluster in your life.


First, consider:

A homemade gift.

A gift of experience.

A gift of charity.


Then, feel free to pick one of the following:

Donni Charm Bundle Scarf in Stripe for Conscious by Chloé

A warm scarf, $298, made in the USA.

Hobo Knife for Conscious by Chloé

A compact hobo knife, $88.85, made in the USA.

Appointed Notebook in Charcoal Gray for Conscious by Chloé for Conscious by Chloé

A trusted note book, $24, made in the USA.

Filson Dry Day Backpack in Green for Conscious by Chloé

A waterproof bag, $125, made in the USA.

Snow Peak Titanium Flask for Conscious by Chloé

A durable flask, $149.95.

Apolis Transit Issue Luggage Tag for Conscious by Chloé

A not-so-useless luggage tag, $22, made in the USA.

Taschen 36 Hours: USA & Canada- West for Conscious by Chloé

An inspirational book, $25, made in the USA.

Ursa Major Fortifying Face Balm for Conscious by Chloé

A soothing face balm, $36, made in the USA.

Fire Starter for Conscious by Chloé

A life-saving fire starter, $9.95.

M&U Co. Bifold Wallet in Mahogany for Conscious by Chloé

A discreet wallet, $88, made in the USA.

Filson Medium Duffle Bag in Black for Conscious by Chloé

A travelling duffle bag, $395, made in the USA.

Prize Pins Switch - OFF for Conscious by Chloé

A says-it-all pin, $15, made in the USA.

Public Supply 12 Pack Classic Hex Pencils for Conscious by Chloé

A bunch of sharp pencils, $12, made in the USA.


And here's the complete 2016 Holiday Gift Guide & the Conscious by Chloe Shop.

2016 Holiday Gift Guide - For The Host

2016 Holiday Gift Guide For The Host by Conscious by Chloé

For the person who will open the door to his/her house to you during this celebration season.


First, consider:

A homemade gift.

A gift of experience.

A gift of charity.


Then, feel free to pick one of the following:

Woolrich Atlas Throw in Navy for Conscious by Chloé

A cozy throw, $55, made in the USA.

Chen Chen & Kai Williams Savoy Cabbage Fruit Planter for Conscious by Chloé

An organic planter, $44, made in the USA.

Areaware Bottle Opener for Conscious by Chloé

A minimalistic bottle opener, $14, made in the USA.

Cold Picnic Hawaii Plant Hanger for Conscious by Chloé

A colorful plant hanger, $65, made in the USA.

Le Labo Laurier 62 Vintage Candle for Conscious by Chloé

A relaxing candle, $65, made in the USA.

Doug Johnston Little Barrel in White/Olive for Conscious by Chloé

A coiled basket, $45, made in the USA.

Helen Levi Beach Tea Pot for Conscious by Chloé

A necessary tea pot, $155, made in the USA.

Conway Electric Exto2 USB 12ft in Black/White for Conscious by Chloé

A useful extension cord, $55, made in the USA.

The Granite Epoca Vase in Coal for Conscious by Chloé

A stylish vase, $62, made in the USA.

Appointed 2017 Wall Calendar for Conscious by Chloé

A B&W calendar, $28, made in the USA.

The Hands-On Home: A Seasonal Guide to Cooking, Preserving & Natural Homekeeping by Erica Strauss for Conscious by Chloé

A homekeeping book, $23.79.


And here's the complete 2016 Holiday Gift Guide & the Conscious by Chloe Shop.