This week has been a hodge podge. I repainted a fairy, finished another, signed up a TON of people for the swap (yay! This will be a fun one!), babysat my own little fairies, and baked a TON of bread. I might just weigh a TON more now that I've experimented with my new bread machine a bit...
You know you've baked too much, when you realize the 5 lb bag of flour is empty.
I'm not a measuring type, but I've tried to approximate measures, so that the machine will be filled with the right amounts, and not overflow. And I've learned that as much as I love the pure whole wheat flour, it can be a bit heavy for most people. I've switched to mostly whole wheat, and about a 1/3 bread flour. Its lighter and breadier.
Pure whole wheat does make a good, solid, filling peasant type bread though.
Here is my favorite made up recipe (sort of- my own measurements are eyeballed)
Yummy Bread (as Sugarwings calls it)
1-1/2 cup leftover coffee, still warm, not hot (I drink Starbucks Vanilla)
1/2 cup organic clover honey
3/4 cup dried mixed berries
1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds
2 cups whole wheat flour (organic)
1 cup unbleached organic bread flour
2-1/4 tsp bread machine yeast
Dump into machine in that order. From what I hear, you want the liquid on the bottom and the yeast on the top. I don't know why.
Bake on the whole wheat setting.
Stand by with your stick of butter so you are ready when the bread is done! (notice that I didn't add oil or butter to the mix? I forgot to, and liked it better this way, it was moist and soft, and I put enough butter on top while its hot, that I do not need any inside the loaf too)
Bread machines are too, too easy to use. It takes me less than five minutes to make a loaf of deliciousness. If I keep this up, I will become housebound, too big to fit through the front door.
I had both little girls here, and we really did try to play outside. We turned on the hose, made mud pies and stayed in the shade till almost noon. I was proud of myself for staying out that long. As soon as lunch time came, I had the perfect excuse to give up on the great outdoors and get into the air conditioning.
Then, we did the same thing we do on blizzardy days. We built a fort of blankets over the dining room table, filled the floor with pillows and climbed in to watch movies and read books. We also brought markers, and drew all over the under belly of the table. Sugawings traced her foot and I dated it.
There hasn't been a lot of time for making things other than bread this week. I did finish a few book covers for the swap, I need to keep on top of that and make a few here and there, so I'm not swamped with too many at the last moment. We are at about 60 or so right now.
I hope you'll join us if you haven't yet.
Believe it or not, I actually made time to list some millinery packs in the Boutique!