And other things I learned the hard way.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Bread 2: Homedid Boogaloo

WHEAT bread. I fucking bake that too!

So this isn't so much a "how to" post, but really more of an update. I tweaked my bread recipe...and holy's soooo tasty.

First off, make you sure are properly attired :)

New additions to the recipe! Butter and loaf pans, danish dough whisk and vital wheat gluten. The last one is $7 at walmart, which I thought was highway robbery, until I realized I only need a 1/4 cup or so per batch, so the price isn't too bad when you look at how much you'll be able to squeeze out of it.

This bread whisk thing is pretty awesome, doesn't get stuck like a spoon. I also got a new tupperware dish. This one will go in the fridge but ONLY overnight. I can't get the recipe to last the predicted two weeks. Don't know what I'm doing wrong. But no worries, I'll bake them both at the same time :)

So fridge your dough. Theeeeennnn...

Butter your tins and flour them good. Grandma taught me this one.

Stuff. Cover. Rise. Bake.

My friends, I can't even begin to tell you how DELICIOUS this smelled while baking. It was a dismal afternoon, house was a bit chilly. I was rocking the baby in her room, listening to Pink Floyd. We had a blanket. And the house was ripe with baking bread.

Happiness my friends, I so totally had it.

I fully intend to branch out and add oats on top next time. But these were my first attempts using the loaf pans. Baby steps.

But for the record, yes, the bread baking is STILL going. I have not bought ONE loaf of store bread since the original post.

Sometimes I'm so awesome it's painful.

More homedids coming soon hopefully. It's almost the end of October, which means soon holiday gifts will be under way in my house. Bread. Crayons. BBQ rubs. Candles? Not sure yet... But stay tuned.


Saturday, October 1, 2011

A month of trying to see the positive

See, I done TOLD you I wouldn't blog every day. I loose steam. It's how I roll.

But all in all, this was sorta fun. I mean yeah, I had my down days, but who doesn't? It's freakishly inhuman to be happy all the time. But the point here was see that not EVERY day is a total shitshow waste.

I've had a few this month. Oh hot damn HAVE I...

today REALLY was on it's way to becoming one.

See, we had plans to go out and do adorable fall things as a family. With a pumpkin patch, and a dog show. And then it's all rainy and cool out and Todd and I decided it might not be such a hot idea. But that threw a huge monkey wrench in our plans. And then I discovered that from earlier that week there were still groceries in my morning was going downhill and FAST.

And then THIS happened:

Adorable baby in a blanket shennanigans!

And suddenly, quite without warning...we're all laughing and smiling and building a fort on the floor with the blanket.

And just like THAT, my day went from shit to win.

Yeah, that's my kid dancing ON the end table.

And then our day degraded into complete enjoyment.

And you know what, that's pretty much what I took away with this month. It's all about how the chips fall down at the end. Not if you have 27 fucking horrible days in a row, it's about bouncing back.