Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself;
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
~Groucho Marx

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bread

Old and New
The new is just to the left of the old

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This morning it was 50 degrees and windy when I walked.  Nice and sunny once it came over the mountain.
I walked the Farm Loop.  Farmer Bill has finally gotten some chickens in the hen house that he made.  I had to zoom in to get a picture.  Looks like about 4 or 5 real ones. : )
A lot of the cows were out in the field at the dairy farm and most of them were still sleeping but got up when I said good morning to them. : )

I usually walk around town after the farm loop but today I walked up the two hills right behind my house. 
Didn't see anyone else out walking today.
I walked 6.2 miles.
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Today I baked cookies and packaged them up.  Then walked to the post office and mailed them off. 

I made a new bread recipe today that I got from my blogger friend Lindy.  (If you haven't visited her blog, stop by and see her outstanding pictures.) She also told me that she uses her bread machine to make the dough but then bakes the bread in the regular oven and that's what I did today.  The texture of the bread comes out so much nicer and it's nice to have a normal shaped loaf. : ) 
The recipe is for Applesauce Oatmeal Bread.

It makes a 1.5 pound loaf.  Ingredients are listed in the order they should go in the bread machine.
  •  1/2 cup water, 80 degrees F
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (use room temperature, otherwise it will interfere with the water temp and, ultimately, the effectiveness of the yeast.)  I warmed it up in the microwave. 
  • 3 tablespoons Vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons sugar 
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup oats, quick or old fashioned
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2-1/4 teaspoon bread machine yeast 
Here are all the ingredients in the machine ready to go.  Instead of the bread machine baking the bread set it to the dough setting and press start.
An hour and a half later when the dough is done
 remove it onto a floured surface and shape it into a rectangle.  I just used my hands and pressed it into shape.
Then roll into a cylinder,
pull each end out a bit and tuck it under and place in a 9 x 4 loaf pan that has been greased and lightly floured.
 Cover with a clean dish towel and place in a warm spot (I set it in the oven) and let rise till double, about 45 minutes.  As you can see It rises out of the pan quite high.
Then it is ready to bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes and when done comes out looking like this.
Yummy and ready to eat. 
I'm always going to bake the bread in the oven from now on.  The texture comes out much lighter too.  A better loaf of bread all the way around.

Time to think about supper now and then off the Wednesday evening Church.
A happy day to you.
happyone : )
My mom says this all the time. Never realized she got it from 
Helen Hayes
If you rest, you rust.
Three Thankful Things Today
  1. Cows 
  2. Be able to walk to the post office
  3. Fresh baked bread

12 comments:

  1. Mmmm... that bread looks yummy! And now, on your recommendation I'm off to check out Lindy's photos.

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  2. At this stage of life I am beginning to believe that quote. I don't think you, however, are in danger of rusting any time soon.
    Thank you for sharing the secrets of baking bread this way. I am already a convert just from the looks of the loaf. Perfection. The recipe sounds yummy and I plan to try it soon.
    Your area is so pretty. I just love that first photo.

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  3. I love the views of the farmland and barns.. Your bread looks delicious.. I have to say I have never made homemade bread.. Thanks for sharing your recipe, I may try it someday.. I love the quote. Enjoy your evening.

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  4. What a beautiful loaf of bread! I once had a bread machine, but didn't replace it when I wore it out.

    The farmland and barns - especially the new red one - make a really good picture. I wonder how tame those chickens are.

    Enjoy your evening.

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  5. Looks like a lot of fall color going on already. Very pretty! I'll have to try that bread recipe some time. Looks good!

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  6. That bread looks great. Freshly baked bread is such a pleasure. Enjoy your day today. Art

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  7. What a lovely loaf of bread! I couldn't help but notice the salt holder--I have the same Pfaltzgraff pattern.

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  8. That bread looks absolutely delicious! It makes me want to try a piece with fresh strawberry jam :) :)

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  9. What a wonderful farm view you had there at the top. Loved that the church was visable in the shot too. Mmmm fresh baked bread, I haven't had that in years but I know how wonderful it tastes.

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  10. Your bread turned out PERFECT! :-D Not only does your bread look wonderful, your step-by-step photos are fantastic, as well. I have not mastered food photography at all!

    Lovely scenes today. I especially like the 'old' barn in your first image.

    I'm trying to get caught up on everyone's posts - we were were gone for 3 weeks, so you can understand why I'm trailing behind.

    Glad to read that you enjoyed the recipe and new 'technique.' Thanks for the nice compliment about my photos.

    Your mom's a wise woman! :-)

    Lindy

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