Thursday, October 21, 2010

simply happy*Happy simple

" As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness. -Henry David Thoreau-

simple photos along with a simple yet delicious bread recipe, tried n true*

THis is the *SIMPLE*staple bread at the cool homestead. I make ALL of our bread fall through spring and most of summer(I Do slack on the bread makin in the summer months)

this recipe is nothing fancy, but sure to please.. does not require all kind of crazy ingredients(if you are trying to live simple, the last think you want is a recipe that ask for everythng but the ktichen sink:o)


remember homemade bread dries out easily , this recipe is for 4 loaves, i usually half it.

Wholesome Homemade honey Wheat Bread

2 envelopes yeast

4 cups water

1/2 c butter

1/4 c molasses

1/2 honey

2 tsp salt

6 c whole wheat flour

4 c white flour

*dissolve yeast in warm water

* in a large bowl mix butter, molasses , honey n salt

*add yeast mixture and then gradually add flour

* turn onto floured surface and knead until smooth

*place in buttered(or oiled) bowl and let rise until double(about an hour)

* punch down and let rest for a few minutes

*divide dough into 4 parts and shape into loaves

*place in greased pan and let rise 1 additional hour

* bake at 375 for 35-40 minutes

rub bread with butter after it is out of the stove<

Wrap tightly with saran wrap and put in ziploc bag( we wash n re use our ziplocs over n over) to keep from drying out**


  1. Yesss!!! I've been lookin for a good bread recipe. Thanks oodles for sharin'. It looks super tasty!

    Btw, those eggs are beeeauutifulll! I miss having chickerdoodles. I think some are in order for next spring.

    I read in a survivalist book that chickens absolutely LOVE sunflower seeds. I'm thinking of growing a bunch. It said that they lay more eggs when they eat sunny seeds, eh? It'd be a good cheap food source as well. Just throw a dried sunflower head down and let em' go at it! I'm looking for alternative ways to feed livestock. I want some but want to prepare for the situation first with growing feed. ;)

  2. Beautiful photos and i love the quote! i caqn't wait to try your bread recipe. i make pizza crust, bread bowls, and a few other rolls from scratch...but rarely just make bread.It would be a nice habit to get into.
    Su, chickens also LOVE kale. If your chickens are free ranging, they'll be eating what they need bugs, greens and you do not have to worry so much about feeding them.