Holy moly, I actually did it. If you haven’t read my previous post , then let me fill you in quick. Or you can also scroll down and just read it. But basically I’m setting out to make some different decisions for my family. This is a NEVER ENDING battle for me and something I think I’m always going to struggle with. FOOD. I’ve struggled with food since I was in high school, really. I mean, really, really, really struggled with it through college. BUT, that’s for another blog post. I don’t struggle with it in those ways anymore, but my health, finding a balance and making good decisions is a constant battle for me.
For all of us, right? I know I’m not alone.
So I’m setting out to try to set myself up for success. So I took a few hours on Sunday and set it aside to COOK. And man alive, I DID IT. I cooked FOUR loaves of bread. Yes, FOUR. I made two loaves of white sandwich bread (the recipe will be below) and I made two loaves of Amish Friendship bread. If you’ve never had Amish Friendship bread, hit me up and I’ll pass some to you in ten days. OMG YUM. I cooked about three pounds of shredded chicken to have on hand, I cut up ALL my fruits and veggies for the week, I made breakfast cookies, no-bake energy bites, quinoa and rice to have on hand. I stocked and prepared my fridge for this week and I am SO proud of myself. Carving out three to four hours to do all of that was a huge discipline for me. But it was super energizing because now I can confidently make quick breakfasts and lunches for us. And this week has been SO MUCH EASIER in that regard. Usually I run through Chickfila because I don’t have time to cook during the lunch hour. It’s just easier to grab stuff out. But this time I’m prepared. So I’m going to work hard to make this a new habit for myself. It’s a constant discipline in my life. And it makes it harder that cooking isn’t my most favorite thing to do. But I do feel more confident as meal time approaches because I’ve prepared my meals and I can know with full certainty that my kiddos aren’t eating checmicals and preservatives.
I’ve had a few people ask me for the homemade bread recipe that I used. I never realized how EASY making homemade bread was!! Time consuming, but easy. This recipe made one loaf for now and one to freeze for later. So I’m hoping to do a huge bread making day soon and so I can stock my freezer of bread. Then I won’t have to make it every week. But there’s something very satisfying to me about making your own bread, and I really found it fun! I actually JUMPED up and down (kind of high in the air, actually haha) when my bread came out looking and tasting perfect. I usually ruin stuff in the kitchen. So the fact that this bread is amazing is PROOF that anyone CAN do it. It just takes time, discipline and a DESIRE to actually do it.
Check it out. And leave me any links to recipes you love too! I love to share ideas!
- 2 Cups Warm Water
- 2 Packets Yeast
- 2/3 Cup Sugar
- 1 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
- 5 1/2 (or a little more) Cups Flour
1. In large glass bowl dissolve the sugar in the warm water and stir in yeast. Allow to proof about 5-10 minutes until it looks foamy.
2. Mix in salt and oil to the yeast. Mix in flour 1 cup at a time.
3. When dough has formed a ball, knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth (not sticky) about 5 minutes.
4. Wipe down your previously-used glass bowl and oil it well. Place the dough in bowl and turn to coat surface of dough with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with non-stick spray (trust me on this one). Cover with a towel and put it in a warm area. Allow to rise until it has doubled in bulk.
5. Knead the dough lightly and cut it in half. Shape it into loaves and place into two well oiled loaf pans. Cover both with sprayed plastic wrap. Put one loaf in the freezer (more on this loaf later). Cover the other loaf with a towel and allow to rise for 30 minutes.
6. Bake your bread in a preheated over at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
7. Let your bread sit for at least 15-30 minutes in the pan after it comes out of oven to finish setting up…then dig in!
8. After about 8 hours, take it out of the freezer, remove it from the pan, wrap it in plastic wrap & then put it in a labeled freezer bag. It will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months. When you’re ready to use it, unwrap it and put it in an oiled loaf pan directly from the freezer. Cover with oiled plastic wrap and a towel and put in a warm place for about 3-4 hours. The dough will thaw and rise at this time. After that, follow the instructions for baking!
Here’s my picture of my bread just out of the oven!
So fun. I found this recipe on Pinterest , but it was actually from this blog . In her blog post, she details out the cost of the bread versus store bought bread. Check it out. It averages to about $1.00 a loaf. Bread doesn’t need to be complicated, people. And it feels SO much better knowing that you’ve made and eaten something that is actually only five ingredients or so. AND that you can pronounce them. I can’t wait to make more!