Saturday, July 9, 2011

Bake on Saturday

One of my goals over this year's summer break was to re-establish some good homemaking habits.  One of those habits was to start baking again.  With the last two years eaten up with being pregnant and having a new baby, baking fell hard by the wayside and was scorched up into oblivion.  However, now that I am predictably getting a good night's sleep and not having to sit down every two hours to nurse Monkeyboy, my desire to bake has re-surfaced!

Last week, I discovered some online baking clubs.  What a fabulous idea!  I'm always wanting to expand my culinary skills and repertiore, but usually am too hurried to sit down and figure out what new recipes I want to try.  Online baking/cooking clubs solve that problem for me.  I sign onto their website, note which recipe is featured that week, look it up in my cookbook and add the needed ingredients to my shopping list.  Easy peasy.

I love the old saying:

Wash on Monday,
Iron on Tuesday,
Mend on Wednesday,
Churn on Thursday,
Clean on Friday,
Bake on Saturday,
Rest on Sunday.
Seeing how I don't churn my own butter, let alone own a cow, I've changed the routine to suit my needs by doing my cleaning on Thursday and errands on Friday.
Today marked my return to baking consistently.  It occurred to me that choosing to bake on Saturday was a conscious choice to "choose" homemaking, or "The Simple Life."  Yarn Quest is going on right now and I decided to forgo it in favor of spending the day baking up food for my family to eat througout the next week.  I remarked to Michael that it would be tons easier to live "The Simple Life" out in the country, where you weren't surrounded by your neighbors and the hustle of suburban and city life.  It was difficult for me to commit to being home baking, rather than attending the activities and sales I had heard my neighbors and friends talking about leading up to the weekend.

Fresh Blueberry Bread!
 But stay home I did.  My original plan was to bake up a batch of Potato Bread with Roasted Onion, make a batch of quick bread for a quick and easy Sunday breakfast before church, and make two batches of jam:  Strawberry and Cherry.  For extra credit, I was hoping I could squeeze in making a double batch of some dinner and freeze half of it for later consumption.

My plan was foiled by three things:
  1. The big glob of burnt sugar in the bottom of the oven that hasn't been cleaned out and subsequently lit on fire.
  2. The big burn I received on my right palm when it rested on the oven door as I tried to fish out a pan (thought to be the source of all the smoke) from the bottom of the oven.
  3. My feet started to hurt after standing for five hours in the kitchen with no shoes on.
I still managed to produce three loaves of the Potato Bread (slightly burnt, like my hand), a double batch of Blueberry Bread and a batch of Strawberry Jam, which did not gel for the third year in a row.  (I will re-process the jam using these directions in the next few days.)

The jam that will not set.  For the third year in a row.
I will figure out the answer to this problem.
I delivered a loaf of Potato Bread to a friend and a loaf of Blueberry Bread to a lady that I visit teach.  I've added "Oven Cleaner" to my shopping list and plan to wear shoes next Saturday when I intend to bake up some Olive Levain (for which I have to start the starter on Monday) and other various good stuffs.
Online Baking & Cooking Clubs:

1 comment:

  1. Super cute blog! I'm a new follower. I'm stopping by from the Homeschool Lounge.


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