Several weeks ago I began posting photos from a "Photo a Day" challenge. I was pretty diligent about taking my photos when I began to realize I just don't care to take the photos the challenge was asking. I have no interest at all in self portraits, and it was asking for a whole lotta self portraits. Yawn. Needless to say, I've given up on the challenge completely. I do still try to take photos everyday, but I only take them of things I enjoy taking pictures of--like my kids and Utah's natural beauty and food. Ya know, if it's something I enjoy photographing, the photos are much more interesting.
I saw a post on Pinterest for bread baked in a crockpot. I was intrigued and after some further digging, I discovered this awesome little cookbook called "Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day". I bought it and we are sold as a family. Not only are the recipes easy, they use so few ingredients, and the bread is out of this world yummy! The concept is simple; make up a huge batch of bread dough from one of the recipes (most will make 4 one pound loaves) and keep it in the fridge in a huge tub. An hour or so before you need a loaf of bread, take a nice chunk of the dough, shape, and let it rise while your oven preheats. Slide it into the oven bake 30 minutes and you have a nice piping hot loaf of bread. There are dozens of recipes from boule to baguette; from challah to brioche. I even plan to making all of our sandwich bread from now on. With just a little effort and fore thought, we can have lovely fresh baked bread at hand and will save close to $12 a week by not purchasing store bought bread. Win, win, win.