The title of this post is the sub-line on The Prudent Homemaker’s website. I came across Brandy’s website while blog surfing a few months ago and her story really touched me. Not only for the trials her family has been through but for their faith and acknowledgement of their blessings. It made me think about our own food storage or lack there of. While I always try to have some ‘extras’ in our pantry there have been times when money has been tight and there isn’t much.
This subject weighed heavily on me for a few days especially since we plan to have another mouth to feed this fall and winter as my mother-in-law is coming to visit for 6 months. Money is always tight come winter due to the high utility costs that come from living in a northern climate. After discussing it with N we decided to take the monthly money left over from our reduced summer utility bills and stock up on the basics. That way, if money becomes so tight we have to reduce our food budget this winter we have a supply to fall back on.
We’re still working on a getting a garden going this year- I’m hoping to do more on that this week.
In the meantime I decided to give Brandy’s french bread recipe a try. I’m severely yeast challenged so I just made half a batch to see if I could make it. And you know what? It turned out amazing! I used bread machine yeast because I’ve found I have slightly better results with it than the regular kind. I also used all-purpose flour because that is what I had on hand. I experimented with which side of the dough to put down and how deep to make the cuts before cutting.
One loaf was turned into garlic bread for dinner with a salad while the other one has ended up being snacks for the family. This is a recipe that is basic, easy so super yummy! I will be making quite frequently from now on.