Remember to take a breath

Sunday is bread day. It’s when I make our sandwich, and toast bread for the week. Along with the Honey Wheat Bread today, I decided to try Mini Baguettes. The baguettes have a long proving/rising time. Two hours for first prove, an hour for the second. You have to wait for the dough to double each time. This meant I had plenty of time to do both breads, as well as whatever else I needed to get done around the house. My new oven has a proofing setting, so I put the honey wheat dough into the oven for both rise cycles. I didn’t really see a difference between oven proving or counter top. It’s a warm day and the air conditioner is running so the baguette dough that’s sitting on my cold granite counter maybe went a bit slower.Bread usually takes an hour to double in size. Sometimes longer. The temperature of your house, the quality of the yeast, even the weather can change the rise of your bread.

I’m in a good mood today and feeling pretty good about my kitchen. I decided to attempt three recipes today. It’s been a much better day in the kitchen. Especially when compared to the Hot Cross Bun nightmare day. I haven’t burned anything in or out of the microwave, and I still have all of my fingerprints. Knock on wood. LOL

Perhaps I should be a bit more worried. I’m always a bit suspicious when I’m in a good mood and things are going well. Are my meds working? Are they working too well? Is that even a thing? Is this the start of mania? Why can’t I just enjoy being in a good mood!? ARGH!! I’m exhausted from typing those thoughts out let alone from thinking them on loop. At any rate, I decided to add cookies to the list today. Madness, I know.

There is a place in town that sells these delightful British cookies called Jammy Dodgers. They’re these little shortbread cookies with raspberry jam in them. YUM! A friend of mine brought back a pack from London a few years ago and I got hooked. My friend’s pack of cookies made it all the way back from London. When I get a pack from downtown, they don’t make it to my front door. I LOVE them. I have zero will power when it comes to these cookies. I made a version of them this winter, but they didn’t work out so well. I’m not sure what went wrong. Maybe I didn’t work the butter into mixture enough, or I didn’t let the dough rest long enough. I’m not sure. Since today is a day of waiting, I thought I’d give it another try.  I’m waiting for laundry to finish, for bread to rise and bake, and the dishwasher to finish.  It seems like a perfect day to work on some patience,organization, and timing.  Cross your fingers. Here we go.  

On personal note, tomorrow is the start of a brand-new week, and the beginning of a busy month for me.  So today is a good day to remember to take a deep breath and appreciate the little daily successes. Everyone… deep breath.  Remember, take one day at a time and give yourself a pat on the back for the small successes this week.  Happy Baking!