We go through a lot of bread at our house. My husband likes sandwiches for lunch, and honestly, there are very few meals I don’t think can be improved by a slice of bread.
I bake fresh loaves of French bread (try my recipe here!) a few times a month to go with our meals. Husband loves it, and we can finish off a loaf in a matter of days. It’s a fraction of the cost, has less preservatives and ingredients, and really, it tastes amazing.
Since that has gone over so well, Husband issued a challenge to me – he wanted to stop buying sliced sandwich bread, but only if I could find a good recipe.
I can’t say no to a baking challenge so I hopped on to Amazon.com and ordered a Pullman Loaf Pan and started scouring the web for the perfect sandwich bread. It’s been a comedy of errors so far – some were too dense, too crispy on the outside, or the flavor was just wrong.
Finally, after much tweaking, I found THE sandwich bread recipe. It’s soft and fluffy on the inside, and has a perfectly light crunchy crust. It slices like a dream and makes great toast and grilled cheese sandwiches.
The best part? It costs less than a dollar per loaf to make your own. That’s so much better than the $2, $3, and sometimes even $4.00 loaves at the store.
The sun is coming out and the weather is getting warmer. That means more days outside, more time in the sun, and finally, FINALLY breaking out the shorts and sundresses. That also means getting my body ready for the shorts and sundresses – a little more dieting, a little more exercise, and yes, probably breaking out the razors more often. That’s why I was so glad when I received a set of Schick Hydro Silk razors and a bottle of Skintimate shave gel from BzzAgent.
Happy Thursday, everybody. I hope you’re having a good day. It’s dreary and rainy in Michigan, so I’ve been doing a lot of indoor chores, mostly laundry. It’s one of the few chores that I don’t mind doing. I love folding a basket of soft, clean, warm laundry. The smell can’t be beat. Especially when I use my Two Cent Fabric Softener.
I hope you all had a lovely Easter/Passover/April weekend! This year was our first hosted holiday as married couple so it was very exciting. I did a ton of cooking and baking and everything was well received by family.
Sometimes I have a hard time deciding between cake and cookies when I am in the kitchen. But luckily, for those times when I am stuck, I have the perfect middle ground dessert – cake batter cookies.
Juicy Fruit is known for their traditional fruity gum in the bright yellow box. But they’ve recently expanded their horizons and introduced a line of gums inspired by Starburst Candies. I was recently given two packages of their Cherry and Strawberry Starburst gums to review.
My husband made a joke once that my bread cookbooks were just like porn for me. It was a silly joke, and I rolled my eyes at him, but he’s right; there are few things in this world I love more than bread. Store bought bread, bakery loaves, homemade loaves – if you can slice it and put butter on it, I’m a fan.
We got a bread machine and a lovely bread stone and loaf pan for our wedding, so I’ve really enjoyed expanding my repertoire of bread recipes. A few weeks ago, I decided to try my hand at french bread with our new bread stone. I get so frustrated with myself when a recipe doesn’t turn out exactly the way I want it to the first time, so I made sure to pick an easy one. Thankfully, I found an amazing one from Julie at My Mundane and Miraculous Life. Her Easy Peasy French Bread has a mere four ingredients and is miraculously 😉 good.
It’s a time for celebration!
For those of you who don’t know, I just recently sat for the Michigan bar examination. It’s been a long and stressful road, but I hope I get the word in a few months that I passed and can go on to practicing law, which has been my dream since I was 14.
I thought it was only fitting that my first post after the exam would be a recipe for a good celebratory drink. I don’t drink often, but I have fallen in love with the local wines since I moved here from Pennsylvania. Michigan has wonderful orchards and I am especially fond of the cherries they produce. My favorite local brand, Grand Traverse Wines, makes a wonderful sweet red with cherries that makes a great base for a wine spritzer.
This was a sparkling, sweet, and wonderfully fruity drink, and the perfect end to a long week of exam taking.
- Lemon-lime soda
- Cherry cocktail syrup
- Maraschino cherries
- Sweet red wine such as Merlot
- Take a wine glass and put a splash of cherry syrup in the bottom, followed by 2-3 maraschino cherries.
- Pour red wine into the glass until it is about halfway full. Stir gently to mix the syrup and wine
- Pour chilled lemon lime soda over the wine until the glass is full.
I’m so glad to be back to more enjoyable activities, like working on this blog!