Tuesday, August 28, 2012
homemade bread & sidewalk chalk on a rainy tuesday
I met a new friend who lives just down the street from me. (All the sudden I have all these wonderful neighbor friends... It's so nice!) A few weeks ago her and her Hubby and their kiddos were walking past our house when we happened to be outside, so we said hello and made introductions. She has two two-year-old little boys, which is perfect for us because the L. Pirate has been needing some playmates.
Monday we were able to get together and I found out that she makes her own bread, and even grinds her own wheat because it's so much healthier that way. I've "learned" how to make bread so many times in my life, I can't even count. I know I had more than one YW's activity that included making bread and I know that I have been to more than one Enrichment night where we've made bread, but until very recently it was something I never saw myself doing.
Recently I've had this complete attitude change. I used to me more of a "Why make it if you can buy it?" person, and now I'm learning how to be a "Why buy it if you can make it?" person. Yes, there's budget perks in this, and also huge health benefits in this, but it goes even further than that. There's something very satisfying about making things from scratch. For me it's like I'm really connecting with what I'm doing & not just walking through the motions of life.
So, anyway, making my own homemade bread has been towards the top of my learn-how-to-do-and-then-do-it list for awhile now. When she said she made bread, I was so excited and asked if she'd teach me & so this morning I hauled my new stand-up mixer (gifted to me by a friend who recently PCSed) and we made bread, beginning with the grinding of the wheat. (I'm a little concerned about inhaling wheat since the gluten thing. I think I'll wear a mask when I do it.) Anyway, I came home with a loaf of warm bread which made the Pirate and Hubby both very happy.
This afternoon I decided to put down the books and close the computer and spent some real one on one time with the Pirate. We read books and built a fort and played with the sidewalk chalk outside until it started to rain. It was wonderful. It kind of reminds me of that lesson where they put the rocks in the jar first and then fill in with the sand... I think I had my priorities right today. I should try for that more often.