Thursday, 26 November 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the States and anyone else celebrating on this last Thursday in November.
Welcome to Lisa, number 326 on the followers chart and thanks for comments. Cro corrected the story about St Catherine - thank you for the info.

Yesterday was a lovely sunny day until we had a phone call to ask if we knew a friend had had a stroke last week. No we didn't know, as she was a friend who came round every week for eggs and of course with no eggs to sell we hadn't seen her for a  few weeks. She has lost the use of one arm and her speech. Such a shock for someone who has been fit and well for most of her 78 years. She lives with her sister who was a nurse so that will be useful, but it's sad news.

Nothing much happening here at the moment  so I'll just mention...........

...........£1 saving tip number 26 is:- Make your own bread, it's easy and could save a lot of money. I first started making bread way way back in 1976 when, for a reason I don't remember, there was a bakers strike. I didn't bake bread often while the children were at home but started again a few years ago. Now that my wrists are not as strong as they used to be I use the dough hook on my Kenwood chef to do the hard work. I use the cheapest white bread flour which at present I'm mixing with the second huge bag of  malted wheat flour bought from Approved Food quite a while ago. Flour keeps well as long as it's cool, dry and out of the way of critters. I use Doves farm yeast which keeps in the fridge for ages after opening. I bought 12 packs off Amazon and they are still OK after a year. The only other ingredients are tepid water, a pinch of salt, a pinch of sugar and a knob of butter. I expect the last three could be missed out, but I stick with what works for me.
I see the 3 bread a-rising ( to the tune of Bad Moon Rising!)
One last thing, connected to my post about The Stuff sent from the Red Cross. Look what came through the door yesterday -
A very nice calendar from The Guide Dogs Association charity -How much did this cost them? Will it make me donate?

Back Tomorrow
Sue

33 comments:

  1. Hi Sue. I wroe a post this morning which included a bit about bread making. I have always been impatient when it came to bread making so have made soad bread for a number of years. I love it as you can flavour it with anything and everything - one of my favourites is fresh time with poppy seeds on top. However, I am properly into making bread and not buying any and loving it, as are my boys and hubs.

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    1. I've never made soda bread which is weird as I know it's quick and easy

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  2. My breadmaking is haphazard because of my work pattern, perhaps when I've give up work it will be on a regular basis. I do love fresh bread.

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    1. The fresh crust is my favourite bit - we argue about who gets it!

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  3. I try to make bread for us when I have the time, but on occasion it's grab a (good) loaf. OH likes Walnut Bread especially so I always make that for him.

    Sorry to hear about your friend and her stroke.

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    1. I'm very boring - just bread with no extras- every time

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  4. Thanks for the tip about the yeast i will look to see if its any cheaper than the Allison's tub we use , xxx

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    1. I put the spare packs in a plastic bag in the cupboard and the one I'm using in the fridge.

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  5. that is sad about your friend.

    mmm. bread. Love the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven. you will tut tut at me, but I love buying the part baked ones you finish off in the oven at home. Get the smell and fabulous 'fresh from the oven' thing without the hard work!
    :O)
    x

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    1. I remember buying the part baked rolls - they were delicious.

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  6. Another on the list of things I'm way too klutzy to do

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    1. Anyone can make bread - honestly - have a go - surprise yourself!

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  7. I make 12 Lbs of bread dough at a time, bake and freeze. Always have homemade bread, saves money baking in bulk. Not bought any bread for nearly forty years. When having tasted shop bought, even artisan bread when visiting friends it is YUK! Over priced yuk to boot.

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  8. I've gotten out of the habit of making my own bread, I think I need to make it a New Years resolution for next year, at least one homemade loaf a week.

    I've just received two duplicate letters from the Red Cross with in each a pen, two coasters, two Xmas cards and a bookmark, will they get a donation from me - no chance. If they can afford to waste money on this crap they aren't wasting any of my money on it for sure, it makes my blood boil.

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    1. 2 pens always handy, but as for the rest..............

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  9. If I make bread, it's gone before the oven is cold!! Plus I likes it with too much butter!

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    1. I do get asked in a sarcastic way if I have enough butter!

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  10. Sorry to hear about your friend. It's funny how quickly we can lose touch with each other when daily routines stop.I dropped off the radar pretty quickly when I finished work, not that I was bothered.

    I don't make bread very often but when I do I always think, that was so easy I should do it more often - then of course don't!

    We get lots of charity drops at Number 38. It doesn' t bother me too much but like Sue says, when they start including all the bits and bobs it makes you stop to think just how donations are being spent. xx

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    1. I like making bread it feels sort of basic and good - even if I do cheat with the dough hook!

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  11. Yep definitely bake our own bread - I use the no-knead method in a romertopft or dutch oven. I now have the 'bad moon a-rising' song stuck in my head - thanks for that :-)

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    1. Sorry about the song - I'm having the same problem!

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  12. Sweet calendar Sue but no, it would not encourage me to donate. I have my two charities - Great Ormond Street Hospital and Unicef - there is only so much money one can give. I really disapprove of all these freebies coming through the letter box from charities, but Anne (The History Anorak) works for such a charity and did explain a few weeks ago why they have to do it. I will visit her site and ask if she can explain it to us all again.

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    1. It was what we call postmans junk - un-addressed, so I don't know how many were delivered, a big waste of money that could have been used for the dogs

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  13. Bread making is definitely one of those things I would like to get the hang of. I have a couple of books on my book shelf so no excuses really!
    Lisa x

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    1. It's really easy and most of the time it takes rising can be used for other jobs

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  14. I remember the bakers strike and having to stand in a queue to get a small loaf or half a dozen bread rolls with a baby in the silver cross pram and a toddler strapped to the pram seat........the 70's were happy days weren't they? lol! Xxx

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  15. It wouldn't make me donate. I get lots of cards, bookmarks, coasters and the like. Must cost the charities a fortune,
    Re. your friend. It is early days yet for her. She may well get the use of her arm and her speech back yet, with the help of Physio, OT and Speech Therapy. Second to none from the good NHS.

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  16. I recently saw Paul Hollywood making Ciabatta bread, and thought I'd try that for a change. It looked so good, and the process not over complicated.

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  17. I would just like to reiterate what Frugal in Derbyshire has said. My husband had a serious stroke a year ago. His whole left side was affected but he is steadily improving and last week took his first few steps without a stick. The thinking nowadays is that with physio improvements can be made for years.

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  18. I expect my calendar to come through the door at anytime then. Since I put The Blue Cross in my will, I have been bombarded by other charities with begging letters. Annoying how they pass information on.

    I was just thinking about making a charitable donation for Christmas, it will be a charity of my choice.

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  19. Thanks for reminding me to bake some bread again... ;-) With working part-time, the household plus a handicapped daughter with her special need, I often run out of time. What is Definitely planned for this wirkend = chocolate muffins.

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  20. I have never made bread "from scratch", although I used to use a breadmaker. It still smells amazing even if I don't knead it myself! My father used to make potato bread. I absolutely hated it as a child, but I imagine my feelings would be different now. -Jenn

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