How about a slightly embarrassing story to brighten your day?
Before I share I want to thank my brother for his service. I know he has friends he is missing and remembering this Memorial Day. Love you brother, thank you for protecting our country and its freedoms.
I spent my day cleaning the heck out of our house. I washed windows
cleaned blinds, swept, mopped, organized and alphabetized the spice cabinet.
I AM SO STRESSED AND ANXIOUS I just had to do something besides fret. J handled B most of the day so I could work out my issues via cleaning and scrubbing.
On top of cleaning and organizing most of the house (the upstairs is still a disaster) I baked bread.
A few days ago I discovered that the bread I've been eating has high fructose corn syrup. When J came home from work I told him about it.
"It's cheap bread, what do you expect?"
"I don't know, no high fructose corn syrup?"
He shrugged. "Why do you think I haven't been eating it?"
"I thought you didn't like 8 grain bread!"
"I don't like high fructose corn syrup."
"I had no idea, why didn't you tell me?"
"I assumed you read the label."
"Of course I didn't."
"J, I've been poisoning myself!!"
He laughed. "No you haven't. It's not good for you, but you haven't been poisoning yourself."
"I am going to die!"
"No you're not."
"I can't feed this to B! That's it, I'm making bread from scratch."
J's eyes lit up. He's been hoping for this.
"Great! I'll mill flour for you."
"What? Why do we need to mill flour? Can't we buy it at the store?"
"It will be SO good if we mill our own flour, trust me. And if the world ends we'll have flour."
"But, so, um, how? Won't we need wheat? Like, stalks of wheat? How does this work?"
"We'll order it online, and then store it in the basement."
And then he disappeared for a while. He was probably looking up flour mills and bulk wheat prices online. I didn't ask; I didn't want to know.
I finished off the evil bread a few days ago. I can't believe I didn't know it had high fructose corn syrup. Yes, I'm reading labels
This afternoon I whipped up my first two loaves of homemade bread.
And tonight I'll make french toast for dinner from this bread, because when life gets hard, when I feel overwhelmed I take control of what I can and find joy in the small things, like cooking, cleaning, baking, organizing and eating food that brings me comfort and warmth.
*Bread recipe from four minus one makes five*
*Cut salt to 3t, 3T way too much*