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Month: March 2017

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

We have been making bread for over a year now! It’s an exciting venture because we no longer rely on preservatives and can add ingredients that we love. I was working with white bread and decided I needed to find a way to make a softer wheat bread that my kids would LOVE! I am sharing some top secret tips (not anymore) to making soft bread. First, I really believe the bread machine is the key ingredient. We love our Zojirushi bread maker. The 2lb maker has 2 paddles and is similar to what you get at the store. Next, I needed to design a recipe that made a 1 1/2 lb loaf because my kids need smaller portions for now.

Love these 2 paddles to make great even loaves, though I don’t like that no matter how much I soak and scrub I cannot get the pan perfectly clean. Luckily, this does not impact the bread at all.

Always be sure to list the ingredients in order when using a bread machine. I also use warm water to start, even though my bread machine does preheat.

Add water, then your flour…..then I add the other ingredients to the side, EXCEPT the yeast.

Then I make a nice well with my finger, really no need to be technical. Yes, I did wash my hands.

I buy the larger containers of yeast because we make a TON of bread! When I first open the yeast it is really fresh so I just add 2 tsp of yeast. Towards the end of the jar, I end up adding more, almost 3. Told you I was giving away all of my secrets to perfect bread every time.

Add the yeast to the well you made


Throw that baby in and get ready for the magic. But first, check your settings. I use whole wheat setting and take it out 30 minutes prior to end of cook time so that I get less crust and more of a soft bread. The only issue I have noticed is that the bread is not usually uniform on each end. But it tastes better than perfect in a sandwich!

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Honey Whole Wheat Bread
This is a nice soft loaf of bread that kids will devour! There are no preservatives, just really great bread for sandwiches.
Course Bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
  1. To make your bread, add all ingredients in the exact order listed. For a better rise, be sure to use warm water.
  2. Program for basic wheat bread. Adjust the cook timer so that it takes off 25-30 minutes of the actual bake time. I time the bread and take it out when I see that it is not yet brown. Almost always 30 minutes prior to done. If you like a crusty bread you make let it cook the entire time.
  3. Take bread out to cool. The "keep warm" function keeps your bread warm but also continues to cook it! Set on counter. While still slightly warm I bag my bread to keep it soft.
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Operation rescue muskrat

Yesterday my kids were playing in our basement when they came running upstairs screaming “MOM, a hedgehog is getting into our home!” I rushed downstairs to find said “Hedgehog” chewing on our glass window trying to get in.

He did not appear to be very friendly so I decided NOT to jump into the window well to save him……..he also had really sharp teeth and nails. YIKES! I devised a plan to build ladder to climb out. I figured I could have him put those sharp claws to use. The kids were convinced we should just keep him as our pet in our window well.

So I ran outside and put in a ladder to see what would happen……

Sure is a cute little guy, I see why the kids wanted to keep him.

The first ladder resulted in a pretty confused rat….


So there we were….hmmmmm, maybe he will become our pet.


It was snowing and the wood was getting wet and slippery. I added a second ladder and then this happened.


I guess I was a little excited that my devised plan actually worked……and in less than 15 minutes.

Ah yes, life on the farm is always interesting.

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