Good afternoon Folks ~ Hope your week is going well in spite of the weather wherever you are. It is very warm and humid here. Summer is here early and we just have to work outside as early as possible. It's not bad in the shade, but pretty soon even that won't feel good. DH is working on a restoration project that I'll tell about later.
Zone 10 ~ s.e. FL
This morning I got another load of laundry washed and hung out to dry. Did two loads yesterday and worked outside in the gardens both mornings. I got a loaf of Old Fashioned Oatmeal bread going in the bread machine before I headed outdoors this morning and it was done by 10:15 or so. This is one of my favorite recipes.
My bread machine is made by Oster. I've had it for 12 years now. If I ever have to get another one, it will be one that the pan is like a regular loaf, not this upright loaf. Although, that will probably be a bigger machine, and space is valuable here in our little Plum Cottage. One thing to look for when you buy a bread machine is to make sure the paddle comes out for easy cleaning.
One reason why I like the bread machine is that I don't have to worry about it rising, and another reason, is it does not heat up the kitchen like the oven would.
My bread machine.
Water, molasses, butter in pan.
Dry ingredients added and yeast into an indentation.
Ta Da ~ A wonderful, healthy loaf of bread.
OLD FASHIONED OATMEAL BREAD
1 c. water
1/4 c. molasses
2 T. butter softened
3 c. bread flour
1/2 c. quick-cooking or regular oatmeal
2 T. powdered milk
1 tsp. powdered sage
1/2 tsp. marjoram
1/2 tsp. caraway seed
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1 3/4 tsp. yeast
1 ~ Measure and add liquid ingredients to the bread pan. 2 ~ Measure and add dry ingredients (except yeast) to the bread pan. 3 ~ Use your finger to form a well (hole) in the flour where you will pour the yeast. Yeast must NEVER come into contact with a liquid when you are adding ingredients. Measure the yeast and carefully pour it into the well. Bake according to your bread machine, on sweet setting.
Thank you all for you kind comments about my little crocheted birdies. Each one takes time, but so worth the results.
I haven't found a lavender that likes our heat and humidity so I can't grow it. I bought the organic dried lavender bulk from online where I order other bulk herbs.
I will be working at my job the next three days, so have tried to get things done around here. It's now time to think about making up a meatloaf to in the oven for supper.
All the art of living
lies in a fine mingling of
letting go and holding on.
Zone 10 ~ s.e. FL