On our second week of school, we found 10 minutes on a Thursday to measure some ingredients in the bread pan of our bread machine. I engaged both children this time, and it became clear that this should become a weekly goal.
The Lord’s Prayer mentions our daily bread, so this will be our weekly bread. To clarify, we still purchase bread from the store, and I still cannot have gluten. But the children can learn to bake bread this school year. One loaf a week seems like a realistic goal.
When I first came to the US, back in 1993, and saw a lady “make bread” with her machine, I blurted out, “That’s not ‘making bread.’ That’s pushing buttons.” As you can tell, diplomacy is one of my growth areas. But seriously, how easy can bread making be when you have a machine? There is no excuse for bread machines to be gathering dust in your kitchen. I am writing this for myself.
Bread Machine Prices
If you do not have one, know this. Bread machines do not have to be expensive. I got mine at a yard sale for $5. I am not kidding. You see, this neighbor was having a yard sale, and my sister happened to be visiting from Romania. She had heard of “yard sales” from American TV shows and movies, so she was curious about this phenomenon. We took her and her husband to witness this event.
To be clear, I do not attend yard sales often. Our neighborhood rarely has them, and I just do not have the time or the inclination to roam through other people’s discarded treasures. But this was special, because we walked to it and my sister could witness American culture first hand. She even bought some stuff – plush animals.
That’s where I found my bread machine. I was planning on getting a new one, but when I saw this one for $10, I could not resist. The seller was feeling generous, so he let me have it for $5. I did not even bargain. I was going to pay $10. He said he had used it maybe five times, and he insisted in giving me a discount. It came with a booklet filled with recipes.
I have had fun with it over the years, and now my children get to learn how to bake with it. As we experiment with different recipes, I will let you know what happens.