Such Pretty Faces

A Space to Relate and Create

In Texas, it is snowing. This is a big news day, because honestly it just does NOT snow. It’s an even bigger news day because the temperatures are well below freezing with no plans to come back up and thus the snow is STICKING. This only happens once every 7 years or so.

This tidbit is an important part of the story, I swear.

I’ve been preoccupied this weekend with my house projects- we are officially doing a lot of things to our house to make it ‘ours’ as opposed to the builder grade home that it currently is. I’ve been working on my daughters room, and I guess (I know) I did not look at our grocery staples until I woke up and discovered that the news anchors were telling no lies about the snow.

At that very moment, one of my kids declared that they were famished and they needed cereal. To the fridge I went to discover we were out of milk.

It’s fine, I’m handy, How about an egg in a hole? To the bread box I trudge to discover we were out of bread.

I needed to regroup. I needed to think. I made some coffee and went back to the fridge only to discover that we were basically out of my beloved Sugar Free Hazelnut Coffee Creamer. What. The. Heck.

Certainly, we weren’t going to starve, but what kind of Southerner runs out of Milk and Bread during the Snowpocalypse that’s going to last for FIVE FULL DAYS?!? I legitimately would have died on the Oregon Trail with this type of tomfoolery.

I’m a working woman, and my husband is a stay at home dad- so my next absurd move was to go wake my husband from his sleep to tell him how he had one job (that he didn’t know about) and he’d failed. Lucky for me, when I make these proclamations he takes me very seriously and then starts laughing. Usually I figure out I’ve lost my marbles and all is righted in the world.

I do have some skills, though, and back in 2011 I dedicated myself to baking bread- as such, I set out to at least make a loaf of sandwich bread. I started with Sally’s Baking Addiction’s Recipe and then changed it to an unrecognizable recipe because of the ingredients I had on hand- Turns out my changes were EXCELLENT, so Blog post here we come!

First I want to say, before we get into the actual bread making that Sally’s Baking Addiction has legit recipes. I also want to say that I absolutely roll my eyes into my skull when someone says “Oh I loved/hated this recipe and here’s all of the stuff I did not do to the recipe”. Go make your own recipe if you’re completely changing it. AMIRIGHT?

I actually had all of these ingredients on hand largely due to The Mom With Wine, because she asked me to make her Pizza crust and I agreed and told her to bring me the things I would need. Like most southerners she quadrupled what I told her to buy and left it on my porch. This is very her, saving the day when she didn’t know she was doing so. She’s a glorious human in that way (and many other ways). Also, she got me bread machine yeast- which can be used like regular yeast, but you just don’t mix it with liquid and proof it, you mix it with the dry ingredients instead.

I also think it makes the bread rise A LOT faster. Honestly, my only regret is that you cannot smell this blog post- fresh baked bread smells like heaven.

Isn’t she a beauty? She’s got a bit of extra salt and I think that’s a very good thing. It’s a doughy and soft, pillowy delightful little loaf. Give it a try, and if you do, come back here and tell me all about it.

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