There has been a lot going on here. I've been delving into yeast breads again and made a delicious french bread
but didn't take any pictures because they were for company and I was feeling a little rushed. They were great though...
I've been thinking of making only homemade bread for my family instead of buying bread. I think if we make about 3 loafs twice a week we should be okay.
I'd love to make a nice French bread such as the one in the recipe above, and perhaps a rustic or grain bread, and just a plain white bread for lunches, there is an Amish one that seems to be in the top recipes that I think I'll try next.
Years ago, I use to make yeast breads and rolls once a week, they were delicious and need to get my skills up again before I could be confident at making them again.
Will we save money by doing this??
That is one question I have?!
Another is, should I buy unbleached flour, so many people around here seem to do this?
I haven't really researched it myself, but it seems to healthier for some reason?
What does the bleach do, only make it whiter?
Then, we were trying to sift out the white flour from freshly ground wheat and were unable to and when I researched it, it seemed to be quite a process, but I was thinking of grinding my own wheat. It tastes so delicious and is so aromatic when you're using
it. I think if it's ground once a month and stored in the freezer it should be okay. We are big on food storage here...which raises another question.
Are there any of you out there who like to store food?
We've been hitting the sales and I must confess that now I've begun to store food under the beds and are buying in large quantiities and I've been calculating what food costs. For us it's a huge part of our income feeding 7 people and I really feel like if
I could decrease the expense and become "thrifty" it is well worth the effort.
We also made a delicious recipe that I love and make again and again
I love this one, we dip it in butter, roll the entire puff it in the sugar mix and redip it in the butter and repeat, the result is a coated puff sweet, melt in your mouth treat. We do have a sweet tooth running deep in our family, considering the French heritage
and my husband (who is not French) is slowly coming around.
We also made tuna melts, this is a local recipe that I've been introduced to which I'm sure many have made before, but here it is
Delicious Tuna Melts
place a few slices of bread on a cookies sheet
mix about 2 cans of quality tuna with 1/2 an onion
sprinkle in some salt and pepper to your taste
mix with mayo, we combined 2 kinds for extra zing
spread on the toast
top with a slice of cheese (we use the processed stuff; it's the only time I'll eat it)
toast in a perheated oven at 350 for about 15 minutes
This is great with soup, hubby grew up on this kind of thing and homemade soup and I'm slowly coming around.
I have been ill the past few days, lying around, unable to get up and feeling sorry for myself, thinking..
when mom gets sick,
who takes care of her?
As I watched the housework piling up, I pulled my dizzy self up and slowly inched away at it. It got done, but then I was thinking, I should have premade foods ready for days like that, so I don't have to "work through it". The kids watched movie after movie
and I relied heavily on the eldest to help me out while hubby was away at work. I can't stand seeing the housework piling up, knowing I'll have mountains of it when I'm well and taking a week to try to catch up on a few days sickness.
I know I'm not the only mother to go through this, any advice from the other mothers out there?
I think I've rambled on long enough for this post, sorry there were no pictures this time, but they'll come when things aren't so hectic.
Thanks for reading and responding.