Friday, February 15, 2008

Dr. Atkins is probably rolling over in his grave

I married one of those guys who is always thinking of long-term financial planning.

I know.

We're like the ant and the grasshopper. One guess as to who the grasshopper is.

But when he recently figured out that we are spending about $800 on just bread every year, something had to be done.

My man loves a good research project, and decided that this would be the machine for us. I have no problem making my own bread every day, provided I am not spending hours kneading, mixing, baking, and wiping up flour. I mean, hello? Precious time that could be spent blogging?

Yeah, I know that you know what I'm talking about.

Well, we have spent the last week with our new toy, and I have to say, I'm smitten.

I mean, look at this. Hello, lover.

Now imagine that your kitchen has that just-baked-bread smell every day and you find yourself staring down a warm loaf of bread that just begs to be eaten.

See why my daughter is regulating my healthy eating?

Anyway, it's farewell to my friends at Great Harvest. Goodbye strange guy with the funky t-shirts and the colorful rasta hats. I will miss our weekly chats, and I hope you and your girlfriend can work things out. Oh, and if your revenues go down, say, to the tune of about $800, feel free blame the Husband's sense of fiscal responsibility, and my love of warm, soft, squishy bread smothered with butter and jam.

Oh, and by the way, tomorrow I will post instructions for the lovely pastries that you all are asking about. I need to make a fresh batch (cause we ate all of the last one) and take pictures of the process.

I'm only thinking of all you, my interpeeps (hi, Lisa! Best word ever). Not myself and those delicious mini-cakes covered in sprinkles and frosting.

I'm just so unselfish.


Bridget said...

Wow, bread machines have changed over the years. We got one for our wedding and it was awful. That looks way nice. I would be all over that bread.

Tell Josh that $800 you save each year will pay for a nice girls trip for you. I'll meet you somewhere.

RobynandJoe said...

That is so thoughtful of you to go to the trouble to post the instructions for all of us to enjoy! Can't wait... We got a bread maker for our wedding, but it's still in the box...maybe I should get it out so we can have the homemade bread smell in our house! I think I'm craving more stuff now that I've had my baby than I did when I was pregnant...partly due to your blog! Thanks a lot...really!

Amz said...

How is it that you can post about a bread machine and make it seem as though you are posting about castles and the windswept moors in Ireland??? You are so creative! I love it!

Lauren said...

I love the title!!!!!!!!!!!!


I love your writing!!!!! You are very talented. I'd be smitten with that bread maker, too!

I am thrilled to be included as one of your "interpeeps". That is a great term! I love how you gave your friend, Lisa credit.

By the way, I have always adored you...since our internet relationship started but...NOW, I adore you and all but, WORSHIP you because you called me beautiful on my blog! *sniff* *sniff*, thanks.

Holly said...

I love my bread machine. I don't bake the bread in it, but I let it do all the work and then I bake it in the oven. MMMM....

John Holly Levi & Faith said...

Bread is a major weakness of mine. I'm always the one that takes the last roll in the bread basket. I'm that kind of girl.
And I like that you said "hello Lover" a' la Sex and The City. You and I are a lot alike.

Rochelleht said...

Ya think I could make my own gasoline? Cause that's about how much we spend each month on that!

gab said...

Mmmmmm. My bread machine walked off the counter one day and I have never replaced it. Yours looks good. I would be even more pudgy if I had that smell tempting every day. I cannot resist.

Jenny from Chicago said...

Um, no complaints but how do you get drool out of a laptop?

Jenibelle said...

Oh girl...shame on you! Now I've got the cravin's. Stink. I feel another two pounds creeping up on the backside.

katie said...

are you churning butter yet?


Lisa @ Take90West said... can have the breadmaker, I can definately pick up the slack in the sales at Great Harvest, but when you start doing your laundry on a wash board and hanging clothes on a line, I'm coming down there to do an intervention.
Because you are my interpeep.

Vintage Dutch Girl said...

New to your's lovely!

My husband used to work at Great Harvest between classes, and we got bread for free! That was hard to say goodbye to when he quit there. MMMMM...cinnamon chip, chocolate Babka, good old fashioned white...sorry Dr. Atkins, I LUV carbs!

Marty said...

I can almost smell the warm slice dripping with butter.

i'm kelly said...

i love the bread maker! how did people every bake bread before? it is awesome! yum yum yum!

Ashlee said...

So, share what kind of bread maker it is so I can convince hubby we need one here. I am now craving freshly baked bread. I must eat some now.

2happy+2 said...

I had a lover like that once too. But Shane loved it more than me. Luckily for me I accidently through the spindle away. It broke his little heart!!

Rosie said...

Next step: bean based fudge! (I love you Kathi!)

Sparky said...

$800 a YEAR!? If I were Josh I'd have put a stopper in that one months ago!

Missla & I already have a bread machine, but it doesn't make that squishy wonderbread crap. It only makes the good stuff.

Becky said...


Laura C. said...

happened upon your blog while blog hopping. We have that same bread maker! For over a year now we've been making our own bread every 2 or 3 days. My husband has found what he refers to as his "heavenly loaf" which has never failed us. In between he plays with other bread types with extras and all that - but whenever one goes horribly wrong, we always fall back to this one:

1-1/2 cup water
1-12 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup honey
2 cups white flour
2 cups wheat flour
1-1/2 Tablespoons wheat gluten
2 Tablespoons dry milk
2 Tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons yeast
In that order. Thought I'd share. Hope you like it!