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Our First Vacation as Newlyweds & How a Bread Machine Became
Part of our New Family
In my family, when I was growing up, we always took a summer vacation. My father would always take the entire month of August off because in the 60s and early 70s the offices were not air condition. Even if money was tight, my parents would take us to visit some of their old college friends or to go camping up in northern New York or up into Canada.
When Jim and I were newlyweds, the first spring I wanted to get away for the snow on vacation. Jim’s family while his father would take off the month of August they did not travel very often. So Jim was very eager when I said that we needed to take a spring vacation. I have always been very close to my first cousin Elayn and her husband Sam. They moved to Florida when I was in college. So visiting Sam & Elayne was a perfect first vacation for new honeymooners who were still in the process of building our dream home and tight on money. A road trip was in order.
I have always been very close to my first cousin Elayn and her husband Sam. They moved to Florida when I was in college. So visiting Sam & Elayne was a perfect first vacation for new honeymooners who were still in the process of building our dream home and tight on money. A road trip was in order.My mother had two siblings, and older brother and older sister, both uncle Meridith and Aunt Lois had moved to Florida about the same time in the 70s. They lived within a few miles of each other. We were excited to see the relatives and get away from the cold north.
As Jim had not done much traveling through the United States, this one week vacation was a world wind of stopping and showing Jim a lot of the places that were my favorites as a child. I had spent many summers traveling with that Aunt Lois and Uncle Louis, Elaine’s parents, on long road trip south to Florida. My best friend from elementary school went to Florida with us one summer on one of these long lazy summer trips to Florida, but that’s a story for another recipe.
Funny Things Happen with You Drive Late at Night
Two funny incidents happened on the way to Florida that first vacation. My mother had always knitted mittens when I was a young girl. For our trip, I had decided I was going to try to start knitting mittens. I brought along on the long trip my needles, yarn, and the pattern I have copied in a tote bag I took on every trip. It was time to get off the highway, I was driving and I asked Jim to wake up from his turn to sleep and help me with the directions. He reached into my bag and took out my notebook which had the directions to the house and the direction to the knitting. He started reading the knitting pattern. “Follow this road down to knit one pearl two to the end of the row”. I said, “Jim wake up, wake up I need the directions to Aunt Lois’s house.” When he finally realized what he was doing we had a very good laugh.
It was very late and very dark when we arrived. I have beeAunt Aunt Lois’s house many times but my father had always been the driver. We got to aunt Lois’s house safe and sound but it was probably after midnight. Aunt Lois was in a deep sleep when we arrived and unfortunately locked herself out of her bedroom. She was trying to make sure her little dachshund dog didn’t get out while we were moving into the house and accidentally locked yourself out of the room. We unloaded the car and then Jim had to take the doorknob off the bedroom door in order for Aunt Lois to get back to sleep.
Our First Taste of Bread from a Bread Machine
We had a wonderful time visiting family in Florida and one of those visits was with Uncle Meridith my mother’s brother and his wife Aunt Virginia. When we arrived at their house and they opened the door we had the smell of fresh baking bread waft through the air. Jim and I had never heard of a Bread Machine and Aunt Virginia and Uncle Meridith were so excited to show off their new treasured appliance. They showed us all the bells and whistles and we were able to taste some of the fabulous homemade bread. Aunt Virginia made sure to explain that it took no time at all as the bread machine did all the work. This was our first exposure to a bread machine and we knew as a new married couple this was going to be one of our first new appliances.
Family Traditions Begin with Love & Cooking with Children
Shortly after we returned to Ohio we did purchase a Bread Machine and started making homemade bread. When Christene and Katie were a little one of their favorite church activities was communion. One of the ladies at church made fresh homemade round loaves of bread for the communion bread. Katie Love to go to church as a young girl and love communion. She especially loves the communion bread. When Katie was around the three years old it was her suggestion that we make a loaf just like in church. I started making in the bread machine a loaf bread and forming it in the shape of the community bread we have on Sundays. Katie’s suggestion started a long tradition of making homemade bread in our bread machine on Sundays after church.
I have tried several bread machines and all work but my favorite and most reliable one you can find here.
Fresh Ingredients & Sally Lunn Our Best Recipe
One thing you must be aware of is that the bread does spoil quicker as it doesn’t have any preservatives. We make a basic white loaf, French bread white loaf, a Sally Lunn and pizza dough. We have tried to experiment several other types with whole wheat or with herb bread but these are family’s favorites.
I use the dough setting on our Wolfgang Puck Bread Machine and let it rise an hour on the counter in a warm place. I bake it in the oven at 400° for 15 minutes or an internal temperature of the hundred and 190°. This is been a Sunday tradition and our home for many years and we have continued it to this day especially in the fall and winter months.
- Bread Machine
- Bread Machine Yeast
- Bread Machine Flour
- Baking Stone (I only bake my bread on a round baking stone like this one)
There is nothing more comforting and reminds you of a loving home than the smell of homemade bread. I know your family will make loving memories making and eating bread from your bread machine.
- 2 eggs plus enough water to make 1 1/3 cup
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
- 2 tsp sugar
- ⅓ cup softened butter
- 4 cups flour
- 1 ½ tsp bread machine dry yeast
- this makes a 2 pound loaf in the bread machine
- Place all ingredients in order listed in the bread machine.
- Set on the dough setting
- When bread machine is finished transfer to a greased and floured cookie sheet and form to the shape of the loaf you would like.
- Let rice on the counter or warm location for about an hour until it has doubled in size.
- Set the oven for 400°
- After oven has preheated bake for 15 to 20 minutes, to an internal temperature of 190°