Why You Might Knead to Make Some Bread

One of the things that alot of people are doing since the start of the pandemic is making sourdough bread.  I came across it quite belatedly and I was puzzled.  Bread making really?

Not that I don’t like homemade bread.  I do. Until recently I actually had two bread makers (don’t ask) and there is nothing better than walking inside from the cold and  having the aroma of  fresh bread  envelope me. It immediately makes me happy and fills the air with warmth, love and togetherness.

My grandmother used to bake bread all the time.  She sent me the recipe when I was first married and it was just recently that I decided to try it.  I have baked many loaves of bread but never with her recipe.  It made me smile as I read the recipe in her very distinctive and familiar handwriting.  I saw her fussing about the kitchen with every spare spot on the counter covered with a bowl, an ingredient or a spoon.  She was famous for using EVERY flat surface and we loved her for it.

Why now though?  I had a very good theory until I read a recipe on sourdough bread and realized that it is considered an artisan bread therefore no kneading necessary.

I still think my theory holds water or bread.  You choose.   So here goes.

Since this whole crazy pandemic started we have been socially distancing, not hugging, not seeing loved ones  (especially the elderly) not shaking hands.  In other words we were suddenly thrust into a world of touch deprivation.

If you are a hugger like me it is sooo hard.  Not only do I love hugs, but I love giving them and I’m really good at it.  We humans need touch.  Babies that don’t get touch will actually die from what is called Failure to Thrive.  Human touch is essential to their well being.

It is for us grown adults as well!

So bread making is a form of touch..maybe not sourdough but it is an act of creating with your hands.  As much as I love my bread maker that has the dough cycle and does all the kneading for me, I found myself letting the bread maker gather dust as I rolled and folded the soft, warm dough.  Not only could I pound on it to relieve anxiety but the constant kneading and folding it over  and over again  was very soothing.  I imagined  my grandmother doing this daily, shooing my grandfather out of the kitchen.

Hubby’s first attempt at Artisan Bread

Much like running gets those endorphins rising so does bread making or cooking a favorite family  recipe.  I believe it is the act of creating.  The warmth, the fragrance, the memories of family gatherings and the hopes of having a house filled with laughter and our families again (even the annoying ones 🙂 brings us a level of peace.

Despite the fact that bread can add to our pandemic pudge it is worth doing. Even if you get a mix and just dump it in the bowl and follow the directions..it still counts.  It gives a texture to touch, something active to do, and then we get to share it with those in our households.

It also gives our pets a rest, although my elderly golden retriever  will take all the cuddles and pets he can get.  I do believe the big rate of new pet ownership is companionship and unconditional love and a real live being to touch.  Added bonus..pets won’t add to our pandemic pudge although they may make your wallet skinnier.

So I am challenging you to rise to the occasion..pun intended.  Grab some yeast. Funny story..last time I bought some I could not find it.  The young employee who helped me find it had no idea what it was…so bread making can be accidentally educational as well.

Enjoy the process….take your time.

What else can you do to add texture to your life?

Let me know if you want some coaching on moving forward and  making today YOUR day ,

Now go make your someday..today…you knead to do it now!   Jennifer

Hanging in there despite the odds…

I am being taught many lessons in perseverance for some unknown reason.  Well the reason is unknown to me but I did take notice.

The latest lesson came from a call to our cell phone company that will remain nameless unless you are familiar with the one that goes by three initials. 🙂

We have been customers forever, faithfully paying our bills on time and recieving reasonable service until this past month.  Despite our stellar good customer record they were threatening to cut off our service.  Why?  We returned a non working cell phone booster after they replaced it and they claimed it was never received sooo we owed them for it. My husband refused to pay and the threats, phone calls and even texts started.  By the way we sent it back in June.  We had no tracking number or photo of the package using their label ( our mistake).  AND we could never seem to get away from the call center in India where they read from a script.  After 3 phone calls by my hubby I gave it a shot.  90 minutes later, tons of hold music, 3 or 4 different people and it was resolved.  They HAD received it.  It was their error…and to be honest we were almost to the point of paying for it since we had no proof that we had sent it and chalking it up to our stupidity.  After all we were dealing with the phone company AND the post office.. a terrible combo.

Paul was so frustrated during those 90 minutes he kept telling me to hang up but I refused and I kept my cool.  I did one thing that made the difference and got me transferred to the right people.  Surprisingly it was a simple question.  “Do you know what a micro cell phone booster is?”  Please get me someone who does.”   I actually did not plan that, it just happened.  Oh we did have to make a 5th phone call to get the late charge on money we never owed removed but that is another story.

So here is my question.  What are you giving up on, throwing in the towel on that maybe you just need to give a little more time or ask the right questions?  Who is supporting you?  Do you believe you can do it?

Many of you know we spent the last year plus cleaning out my parents house.  One box at a time.  I thought it was never going to end.  Obviously it did but it was only because we persevered and kept going.

Sometimes that is all it takes.  Just keep going but also make sure you are giving yourself breaks and also credit. Credit for even the littlest things AND give yourself permission to be kind and gentle with yourself.

As I have said many times before, your health is more than your physical health..it is also mental, spiritual, and emotional health.  They are inter-related and all need nurturing.

Give yourself a pajama day like I did recently.

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It was soooo awesome and the best part is an amazing movie found me..it FOUND ME and I don’t think it was an accident that it suddenly popped up on my ipad.  It is called St. Ralph and it is all about perseverance.  Here is a link to the trailer: https://youtu.be/Rj-DDQQ0Vp8

This kid really believed in himself when everyone else just scoffed at him and his dreams.

What are your dreams, ambitions, goals?  Can you support yourself and move forward despite the naysayers.  It is not easy but doable. Give yourself credit for any forward movement. Baby steps ARE moving forward.

Need help with the next step? I am here for you !  Give me a shout out and we will get together via phone.

Now go take the next step no matter how small and make it a healthy one..in every way!

Jennifer