13. Bake all of my bread: I am happy to say that I haven’t bought a loaf of bread since December 25, 2011, when my husband gave me a bread machine. Truly, making homemade bread is a cinch with a machine. It takes no more than 15 minutes to collect and dump the ingredients into the loaf pan. Then, you plug in the machine, set it and wait about 3 hours. (Sometimes I scrape down the sides after 30 minutes, but this makes very little difference in the quality of the loaf.)
I’ve been asked if it’s cheaper to make my bread than it is to buy it. The answer is no. You can always buy a loaf that costs $1 at your local grocery store. But, I subsisted on that dollar bread when I was in school. And, you know what? That bread is pretty lame compared to the loaves that come out of my machine. I’d much rather spend a little more money on the ingredients.
This is one goal I highly recommend to everyone. Even twenty-somethings nowhere near 30. Invest in a bread machine! With the leftover slices each week you can make this:
Croutons! Cut slices into squares, drizzle with oil, sprinkle with seasonings of your choice. Bake at 350F until they become golden, crisp and oh-so-good and then enjoy!