Friday, October 2, 2009


Welcome to another episode of Cooking With Mom's The Word! Glad to have you back.

I did it! I finally put me out of your misery! That's right. I stopped saying "I want to bake my own bread" and actually did it. Yes, ma'am (and sirs)!

I have a bread maker but have a little bit of Laura Ingalls Wilder in me and really felt like I wanted to do it myself. Just so I could have bragging rights.

First I found a recipe that I liked, made my bread (from scratch, kneading and all) and wrote this post. Then I googled the word "recipe" because it just didn't look right, regardless of what spell-checker said.

While making my own bread I learned a few things about myself:

1. I have an apron for a reason.

2. An apron will do me no good sitting in the drawer.

3. If I am not going to wear an apron I should not wear a nice shirt.

4. Flour is not meant to be worn and it really does nothing for my skin tone.

5. When I bake I will use practically every dish in the kitchen, just like my father did.

6. When it's time for clean up, I will be the one doing the cleanup, just like my mother did (while my father recovered from his morning of strenuous bread making).

7. Whenever I am baking I suddenly become very popular, but very lonely. The phone rings, decisions need to be made, my mother needs me to do something for her, my son has a question, the dog needs to go out, and apparently nobody can do it but me.

8. When I am baking, everybody disappears. I can't decide if I should be insulted or grateful.

9. The smell of baking bread should be bottled. I'd buy it!

10. A loaf of bread is a beautiful thing.


  1. I've been wanting to try baking bread too. I had a bread maker once and wish I hadn't given it away (so does my hubby). But I just don't know if I can give up my soft, no muss, no fuss, with the nutrition of a paper towel, white bread. But I buy it and don't eat it, then it's really good for nothing because once it's stale, it's just gross. At least stale home made bread is a little more substantial and could be cut up for croutons or used to make french toast or bread pudding or something. Anyway, you've inspired me to try it...I think.

  2. Yeah you did it, despite all the downfalls just the smell alone is worth all the struggles and issues you faced!

    Can't wait to try this myself. Hot freshly baked bread from the oven and a big old slab o'butter!

    Call me happy!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  3. Love me some fresh bread! We do sourdough grandmothers it!

  4. Too bad blogger doesn't have a scratch-n-sniff feature, I would LOVE to get a whiff of that bread. You go, girl!

  5. Yummy. I love the smell of fresh baked bread. The smell seems to linger for days.

  6. Ummmmmm, that looks so awesome! You definitely deserve bragging right to that!

  7. Yumm-o, fresh bread...almost makes me want to bake. lol.
    As for everyone disappearing on you while you're cooking...I'm TOTALLY there with one exception...the only person that wants to be with me is my 2 year old "helper". Oh, and did I mention that she's potty training? ya, you can see where this is going. :|

  8. Oh, yay, you! I think it is fantastic to smell (and eat) freshly baked bread and I agree with all the things you posted...glad it turned out well.

  9. Amen, GIRL....that bread is beautiful and I am quite confident it is yummy.

    Blessings, andrea

  10. I love the smell of fresh baked bread too. You are right, they should bottle it. I would buy it too. I know, they should make a candle scent of it! I can't believe that no one has done that yet!!!! :)

  11. Lookin' good!

    I love the smell of fresh baked bread! I used to make it all the time w/ my bread maker, and then bake it in the oven! It took forever just to make, and then it was gone in minutes!

  12. Love the look of that bread! I have a breadmaker and used to make loaves frequently but they just don't last as long! I too forget that I should be wearing an apron when baking!

    Love Collette xxx

  13. wow, this is nice Mommy, thanks for sharing this. I love baking too.

  14. Those loaves of bread look delicious! How did they taste? Would you share the recipe if you like it?

    Great job on being Laura Ingalls Wilder for a day!

  15. Yummy! you are speaking my love language...bread. Still waiting for the bread diet to come out, where I can eat all I want and still lose weight.

    I could smell it as I read. I'm impressed. Send a piece of it my way...

  16. Hi Nan! Nice to "meet" you. Thanks for visiting me at "My Heart Speaks..." and commenting. I am also appreciative that the overflow of my heart did not scare you away, instead you decided to stick around and follow! Thanks, it's encouraging!

    I am so with you on wearing aprons! I love them! I have not made bread in a very long time and my poor hubby keeps asking me in different ways about making some but without being obvious about it!

    I should be ashamed of myself! :)


  17. Nan! You have my applause! Do you hear me clapping! Go, Nan, Go!

    You sound just like me when I am baking…I always make a mess, especially with flour.

    So, you want A Day in the Life of Hope? I don’t know that that would be very interesting. Hmmm…I just don’t know.

    Thanks so much for coming over! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE…did I say LOVE? Yes! I LOVE seeing you there!


  18. Oh I wish I had a bread maker, because my mom has one and her house always smells like baked bread and you are right they should bottle that smell up. YUM

  19. Those loaves of bread look so, so yummy!!!! I love homemade bread. The only problem with homemade bread is that it tastes the best when it's hot out the oven and then seems to completely disappear before it's had a chance to cool down:-)

  20. I REALLY need to start making bread. I have wanted to for awhile. I have a bread machine, but haven't used it in a long time.

    We have been blessed to live in areas where we have great yard sales. When we didn't live in the nicer area of town we did drive to a more affluent area. There are those people that want to tell how much it cost originally and think that is the value. Most are just cleaning out and you get great deals.

  21. Mmmmh Nan, would you come over and bake me some bread! I would love that! They look wonderful!

  22. They look lovely. I'm glad you made them, but moreso I am sure your family is even happier for your baking venture.

    ~Mrs. M

  23. I'm so glad you finally took the plunge. There is no better smell than bread baking. My husband can never resist the first warm piece straight from the oven.

  24. I haven't had time to bake I just buy the candles that smell like freshed baked bread or cookies. lol

  25. Oh, congrats Nan! They look great. How'd did they taste?

  26. Nothing better than freshly made hot bread! Those look good too!!!

    I am pretty messy too when I am doing cakes and stuff like that (well, really anything that calls for flour :))

  27. When I saw you were doing another cooking post.. I thought " OH NO!!" LOL! "What fell!" LOL! So glad your bread didn´t fall.

    Always forget to put my apron on too and I always cook in nice clothes and i always have to clean them. Think I would learn!

    Love these posts... I smell a new meme! LOL

  28. My last cooking extravaganza resulted in banana bread made with powdered sugar instead of flour. Hey, how was I to know that these two staples look exactly alike in a clear container? I'm always on my own for cleanup too, and this time I had quite a nice mess in the oven. Did you know that powdered sugar makes banana bread raise up and leak all over the place?

  29. Oh, how I love fresh bread with butter. YUMMY!

  30. Oh mama that bread looks Yummy!
    I made beer bread once =)


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