I am gripped by inspiration!! I came across a blog recently where the author was going to go a whole week without processed food. My family doesn't eat much processed food simply because in a family of 6 it doesn't make much sense (we would have to buy 4 boxes, cans, jars, etc. of whatever to feed this hungry crew ...) but one thing I have refused to give up is store-bread.
Ever since I got married and realized what actually goes into running a household my respect for my mother's cooking has gone through the roof. She made pickles and jam (I didn't know you could buy jam at the store), we canned fruit and veggies to eat in the winter, we grew food in our garden, made our own granola etc. I was taken aback when I first went to the store to buy food and found all these little packages of things that were already fixed!! how nice!
As it turns out - not so nice. Everything has HFCS in it and not only do I hate the taste of HFCS, it makes me hungrier. Everything also has a ton of salt and if I can't pronounce more than three ingredients on the list I won't buy it so now I'm almost back to making everything -- except bread.
My mom has always made her own whole wheat bread (did I mention she grinds the wheat - talk about from scratch!!) but once I was introduced to whole wheat store bread I've always liked it better. Not only that I seem to have a knack for killing yeast. I can't even make decent bread with a bread machine!! But tomorrow I'm going to try again. Tomorrow starts my week without store bread. Hopefully I can manage to make yummy, appetizing bread. (Unlike this bread)
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