Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Breath of Fresh Air

The winds are changing outside and they are bringing in a refreshing cool breeze.  We endured severely hot weather of 100+ degrees last month along with many other states and I for one are very grateful for the cool temperatures we are now having.

We have been working hard on our remodeling endeavors and I am very happy to be closing in on the end.  We are going to be finishing up our last big project tomorrow and I couldn't be more thrilled.  I think my husband is even more thrilled because the time to relax and enjoy the hard work he has done on our home is almost at hand.  He is amazing and I am so blessed to be married to such a wonderful man.

I have had bread making on my mind and in my "to do" thoughts for a few years and even made a few loaves several times but just could never stick with it.  However recently I read an article on the Mother Earth News blog titled Five Minutes a Day for Fresh-Baked Bread by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois  
I am so excited about my bread making prospects now that I have read this article.  I have been reading it several times so that the information is familiar to my mind and I do not have that awkward first time feeling when mixing the dough.  I think my biggest problem is I had this vision of a huge wooden floured surface and this dough that I had kneaded for hours to achieve the "perfect" bread.  Only to come to terms with the fact that as long as I have buckets of mud and gallons of paint sitting around my house like it or not I am busy with a home under construction and need to simplify to a point that at least I am successful with my goal of bread making and can become more advanced in my skills as my time allows.  Ahhhhhh what an ah-ha moment.

Another realization came to me today as I was digging through my cabinets and pantry to see what bread making supplies I had on hand.  I have a hodge podge as I like to call it of odds and ends food and supplies that need to be put together in the most creative of manners and the least amount of new purchases  to reduce what we have in the pantry.  So I have declared the remainder of this month until the 6th of October Creative Cooking Month... we shall see just what I can creatively cook for my family using from my pantry and as few purchased ingredients to go along with  that as possible.  My goal is to use down the food sitting around odds and ends really so I can replenish my pantry with fresh ingredients and things that are useful to me when I open the pantry to make a meal.  Join with me if you wish.  It's times like these that many interesting recipes are created!


Anonymous said...

Our favorite easy bread recipe is the New York Times No Knead Bread. Google it. There are also u-tubes of him making it. Comes out perfect every time. Uses a dutch oven ,both lid and bottom made hot in the oven then you add the dough. The bread is a round crusty sure to please loaf! Everyone of our friends that have tried this one still do it and love it. They are forever telling us so! Sarah

prairieharmony said...

This sounds delicious and I am always eager to try a new bread recipe. Thank you so much for recommending it :)