The bread has been a massive success in our household. Not only does it make a killer loaf of yummy in your tummy artisan bread, it also makes a pretty mean pizza dough (and it saves money at the same time). We started making pizza's on the BBQ last year and my partner has really got the cooking down to a science. The only road block for me in the past was the messy and time consuming dough creation (read my partner spread flour all over and the clean up was time consuming). No longer a problem for us, it took just minutes to make the dough for our most recent pizzas and they were by far the best pizzas we've made to date.
The true test - a visit from my amazing mom. She not only enjoyed the bread, but (and this makes my heart swell with pride), said that the grilled cheese sandwhiches I made with it were the BEST she'd ever had. Now I don't know about you, but I grew up with grilled cheese and have always felt that my mom's were the best. To think that she thinks mine are the best, well it makes me smile inside.
We also tried French Toast with a loaf, but I found it was a bit too dense...most likely because I did not wait for it to rise (read I get a little eager for bread). After the initial 2 weeks of break making, I'm toning it down a bit. Truthfully I know that bread isn't that great for me and before I'd started making it I'd really cut back. BUT when you've got an amazing loaf of freshly made bread sitting on the counter it's reeeeeaaaallly hard not to dig in. Now that we've got the initial gorging done, I'm hoping we'll be ok. At a few cents a loaf I figure we've already saved a few bucks and the savings will just keep on growing.
In a bid to lower our household expenses (inspired by Mr. Money Mustashe) we are starting to make meal plans for the week. We've done 3 weeks of meal planning thus far and have really lowered our grocery bills by thinking first. First week we really stuck to it, second week got a bit lost and 3rd week we're sticking to the plan, just not necessarily on the night it was intended for.
So now I'm a mom. And it is truly awesome. I had no idea I would love being a mother THIS much. Little dude is growing oh so quickly and I'm amazed by everything about him. I am one of 'those' parents. I now understand why every parent thinks their child is the most interesting person on the planet - because THEY ARE.
It's been 5 months now and I feel like we're starting to get into more of a rhythm. Not that it's consistent by any means, but I'm starting to understand him more, which allows me to figure out when I can do things other than sit intoxicated by him as he makes new and astounding sounds, or plays or does any myriad of other cool things that make me want to stop doing whatever else it is I should be doing and just absorb the moments. The house had fallen to chaos, the poor yard...oh the poor yard. Needless to say I didn't get around to planting a vegetable garden this year. Thankfully my mother brought us a few tomato plants and they'll at least give us the satisfaction of eating something we grew.
I know a few wonderful women bloggers who have inspired me through their blogging and shown me what a great way it is to document ones adventures. At this point in life that means my adventures in becoming a domestic goddess and a good mother to my son (which occasionally means posing him for funny pictures).
So far, I feel I'm doing pretty good at working toward both of those goals. And so now it's time to share. I'll start with my newest discovery...it's really quite life changing for us (as long as we continue to eat gluten that is). A recipe for artisan bread that takes just minutes. I found it whilst searching the other day and have put it into action. One word. Delicious. Two words would be: Delicious, EASY.
I'm posting the link so you can check it out yourself. No mess and takes just a few minutes to whip up a batch of dough for the week. Just make sure you a) have a container that can hold 5-6 qts and b) have room in your fridge for it. I borrowed a giant measuring cup my partner has for brewing beer (another one of our domestic adventures) and will invest in a container because this is definitely something I'll continue to do. Lunch today homemade carrot soup (also super easy) and fresh bread...I AM a domestic goddess!
5 Minute artisan bread
For those who say they don't have time to bake bread- you do with this recipe. I was able to do this with an unbelievably small amount of effort, time and prep. Bread was all done it the container it's stored in. Literally I poured the ingredients in, mixed it with a wooden spoon, let it sit for 2 hours and voila, done. I baked a loaf yesterday (which disappeared in minutes). This morning I pulled out a few handfuls, let it sit as I fed baby, and baked it as we went for our walk with the dogs.
As for the carrot soup - similar story. If anyone is interested let me know and I'll post what I do next time.
Till then - smile.
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