My joy for today is my bread machine.
As I type, there is a loaf of homemade, from scratch, whole wheat egg bread baking in my kitchen. And it took me about 7 minutes to prepare. Those of you with bread machines will say, “Of course.” Those of you without bread machines in your lives will say, “What?!”
I asked for a bread machine for the past few birthdays and Christmas holidays. I think my family did not want to get it for me for two reasons. One, it is a kitchen appliance and may not seem as fun or romantic as other gifts. Two, I think my loved ones thought I would never actually use it. However, this past Christmas was finally the time for the bread machine’s entrance into my world! I unwrapped it Christmas morning, and since I started using it soon after New Year’s, there has not been more than a few days without fresh bread in my home.
Here is the list of breads I have made so far: Basic White, Basic Whole Wheat, White Egg, Whole Wheat Egg, Italian Herb, Milk Bread, Raisin Cinnamon, Chocolate Chip, Cheese Garlic, Multigrain, and then repeats of many of the aforementioned.
I enjoy cooking at times but am absolutely spoiled by my Granny’s cooking meals for us. Because of this, I really don’t cook very many dinners each week. Making the bread is a way that I can feel like I am providing something nutritious and homemade for my family, with very little time commitment. They can eat it with dinner, at breakfast, or as a snack, which is especially useful for attempting to control my six year old’s insatiable hunger.
Today’s joy is not as deep or profound as some of my others. But it is very tasty.
Enjoy your joys for today.