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Yeast and Flour doors Opening 
Sep. 26, 2010 6:02 pm 
Updated: Sep. 27, 2010 4:46 pm
               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.
Sep. 26, 2010 7:45 pm
Sorry you weren't feeling well! I only had one but still-when Mom is sick nothing gets done! I can food and preserve things by drying or freezing. So ,yes, I do store food. Well, you never know when you might need something! Looking forward to see more of you food! Cat
Sep. 27, 2010 12:00 pm
not sure about the cost of bought bread where you live, but I make bread/buns every week. The cost of bread on sale is 1.69-5.00 per loaf so yes I feel baking is cheaper. I use whole wheat, unbleached, rye flours and 7 grain cereal in many recipes. I prefer the unbleached because it endured 1 less step in processing. Apart from the cost of bought bread, the healthy homemade bread cannot be compared. Bought bread does not mold when left out like it used to-that scares me. Makes me wonder what was added to it to give it a shelf life of several weeks. I buy bulk to extremes, and watch for sales. Main reason is that I live an hour from a decent grocery store so I fill up the back of my truck every time I go. I use plastic bins in the cold room to keep mice from enjoying my food. Thanks for sharing your blog, hope you feel better soon. When I get sick, the house falls apart.
Sep. 27, 2010 4:46 pm
Nice blog. I have often thought of baking all our bread too. Thought if I had a bread machine, it might be okay. On the pre-cooked meals, I would suggest doubling up on your recipes sometime and freezing the extra. I freeze our leftovers all the time, and you might not have any if you cook for 7, but even though I cook for 7 also, hardly everyone is home at the same time to eat, so I might keep it in the frig for a day or two, and then freeze it. (and label everything with contents and date) Even if it is only enough for one person, someone will eventually eat it. If not, for those times I dont feel like cooking, or it is time to rotate it out, it doesn't take long to have a meal ready. Since I started planning our menus a few months ago, that has saved me alot of money I think. It also helps me to see the kind of things that I use on a regular basis, so when it goes on sale, I try to stock up. By doing that, sometimes I don't have to go to the store for a few weeks, or at least have one "light" week. I am very curious to see how others weigh in on the cost vs. savings of home baking. I guess I could try to calculate it :-P I know my son loves things like hot pockets and pizza rolls, and these can get kind of expensive from the store, and there are some good looking recipes on here for those that I keep meaning to try and just havent yet. Thanks for getting me to think about these things.
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