Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Nifty Nickel Knits?

 but NOT very well. :) I'll show you my messed up washcloth when it's finished. I started this weekend. I've almost mastered "casting on" and the "knit" stitch. This will help me be able to enjoy movie time with my husband. It seems that my ADD is in full glory so it is difficult for me to stay still when my husband would like to veg out with me. This will keep my hands busy and hopefully counteract the jitters that I get five minutes into a movie.

My other accomplishment this week is making the perfect loaf of sandwich bread. PERFECT! The texture was exactly right and it was just soft enough. It made the most amazing grilled cheese sandwiches. Notice the use of past tense in that sentence. The FOUR loaves are no more! I was definitely impressed with the recipe and the site even has a pictorial for newbie bread makers. I think I am going to cut back a smidgen on the salt and try it out with whole wheat next time.

You can find the recipe here.  I followed the recipe fairly well, though I will admit that I did not measure the flour.  I've been baking bread for years and can tell when it's enough. The dough was just a bit sticky when I switched it from my mixer bowl to my bigger bowl to rise.  I made three regular loaves and the fourth I rolled out into a rectangle, sprinkled cinnamon and sugar over it and rolled it up into a loaf shape. Then let it rise just like the recipe said. They were perfect, did I mention that? :)

And before anyone starts to think that I'm superwoman..ahem..Andrea...the only reason that I made bread was that I did not want to have to go to Walmart. I chose staying home and making bread in my pjs over an hour of shopping in regular clothes.


  1. SUPERWOMAN!!! Lol, I like to make bread from time to time. Although when I went to make dinner rolls a few weeks ago, they were little bread rocks. My yeast wasn't yeasty anymore :(. I bought some in bulk when I was in a baking frenzy, and then as soon as I got it I quit baking for awhile hahaha

    1. I buy my yeast in bulk and store it in the freezer. It stays yeasty for over a year that way! :)