I spent the weekend with my husband and he was nice enough to take me to a quilt shop. This time we went to Thimbles and Threads in Draper, Utah. It's such a beautiful store in a beautiful building. I loved the stained glass windows that followed quilt blocks through time.
There is nothing else like a slice of homemade bread. My good friend, Jayme, gave me this recipe for whole wheat bread and it is amazing!
Wonderful Whole Wheat Bread(Makes two loaves)
(This recipe came from Education Week at BYU)
3 c. Whole wheat flour (5 – 6 cups total)
1/3 c. gluten flour
1 ¼ tablespoon instant yeast (I like SAF Instant)
2 ½ c. steaming hot tap water
1 tablespoon salt
1/3 c. oil
1/3 c. honey or ½ c. sugar
1 ¼ tablespoons lemon juice (can use lime juice if you don't have lemon)
2 – 2 ½ c. whole wheat flour
(Note: ¼ tablespoon = ¾ teaspoon)
Mix together first three ingredients in mixer with a dough hook (this recipe
can easily be done by hand, and can also be done with a regular beater
attachment, and then switched to a dough hook when adding the additional
flour at the end). Add water all at once and mix for 1 minute; cover and let
rest for 10 minutes. Add salt, oil, honey or sugar and lemon juice and beat
for one minute. Change to a dough hook at this point. Add the last of the
flour ½ cup at a time, mixing well each time. Each batch can be different;
only add flour until you have a soft dough consistency. Over adding will
make it dry. Mix for about 5 minutes until dough pulls away from sides of
bowl. Turn dough onto oiled (or non-stick spray) counter top, and shape
into 2 loaves. Place in greased pans. Place pans in oven and preheat oven
on 350 degrees for 1 minute. Let rise until desired height. This can take
anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes depending on how warm it is. With bread in
oven, turn on at 350 degrees and bake for 25 to 30 minutes (in my oven it is
20 minutes, so check). Remove and cool on racks or parchment paper,
turning from side to side periodically until fully cooled. This bread freezes
well by double bagging.
This past month I read the story of Chip and Joanna Gaines from The Fixer Upper Show. They have such a complimentary relationship. I was surprised at how brave they were in moving forward with their dreams. Very inspiring!