Saturday, December 7, 2013

Chandy's Skin Magic Bar Soap

Needed a project today as the hubby is away hunting for the entire day and I did not feel like cleaning the house (it really needs it!).  So, I have a bunch of lard, coconut oil and Lye.  I have been stocking up and building my essential oil supply and decided I would make some  SUPER SOAP!  

Just finished putting my soap into their molds. This batch is going to be called "Chandy's Skin Magic Bars" as I researched and then combined ingredients to get the type of soap I desired. It is an all natural gentle exfoliating, skin soothing/calming, antibacterial, moisturizing bar soap that should lather-up rather nicely. My recipe makes just over 5 lbs of soap.  I have been purchasing my Therapeutic Essential Oils, carrier oils and some of my other supplies from a wonderful company called Bulk Apothecary
Using the Cold Process method the Lye gets mixed into the Milk and the oils are all heated together in a pan. 
Allow the Lye/Milk solution to cool and once the oils are mixed they need to cool. 
Do not mix the two solutions together until they each cool to 110 degrees F.  Then mix the Lye solution into the oil until they reach trace. That is when you mix the other good stuff together and then pour into your molds. Wrap the molds well to keep as much heat around them for 2-3 days until set-up (solid) enough to be able to remove them and cut into bars if bulk molding. Allow bars to cure for 2-3 weeks.   

30 fluid oz. of Milk
11.73 oz. of pure Lye (NaOH)
32 oz. of Coconut Oil
32 oz. of Lard
8 oz. of Grapeseed Oil
8 oz. of Olive Oil (Extra Virgin)
At trace the following ingredients get added:
1 tbs. Honey, 1/2 tbs. cinnamon, 1/4 cup ground oats, 2 tbs. ground rosemary, 1/2 tbs. cocoa powder.

Essential Oils: 45 drops Clove oil, 35 drops Lemon oil, 20 drops Cinnamon oil, 10 drops Eucalyptus oil, 10 drops Rosemary oil, 10 drops Lavender oil

I hope that I added the Essential Oils late enough that their scents will not evaporate. I hope that the scents remain so that I use the soaps and Breath in their beauty and they bring me peace of mind and Wisdom!

By the of my other REASONS is going to have her own REASON in June!!!  I will need to make her up a couple Body Moisturizing Bars with Shea Butter.  I can not wait to make natural soap for the little REASON!  Oh how my family is growing  :)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Taking care of the armpit stink naturally!!!

Yes, I has been a very long time since I have posted anything.  I have been making wine, canning, enjoying family plus all my other little arts and crafting that I do.  I have also returned to a position that I held for approximately 7 + years after taking a 2 3/4 years self discovery and physical & mental health break.  I have returned to my previous Clinical Administrator (Director of Nursing) position at a top notch, well respected Assisted Living Community that specializes in Dementia and Senior Aging in Place Community.  I love it because it is "home" to me and it is a Christian based organization!  I am also the Learning and Development Specialist for both that community and it's sister community in our area!  Thank you God for bringing me home renewed & refreshed!!!

So, I am very excited to say that I have found a website that sells quality essential oils and related items.  I have wanted to experiment with aromatherapy for many years but the cost of the oils has been what has prevented me in doing so.  The site I have discovered has removed the cost obstacle for me and I am thrilled.  I have started to stock up on supplies and am experimenting with various mixtures that appeal to my senses.  I will share my recipe for a natural cream antiperspirant/deodorant for under the arms as well as a few other ideas I have come up with.  The website to procure the oils is  I absolutely love them and there prices and their quality!  I have done a lot of searching and have not found better prices & quality anywhere else (even after figuring in the shipping costs).  Make sure that you buy the 19 cent disposable plastic droppers (at least one for each oil that you purchase) as the essential oils do not come with droppers and you do not want to use the same droppers in the different oils.  I soak and wash my droppers really well in hot soapy water between uses and am able to reuse them.

Homemade Natural antiperspirant/deodorant (that really works!):

What you need:
3 tablespoons of baking soda
2 tablespoons of corn starch
2 tablespoons of coconut oil (it is in a solid state at room temp. of up to 76 degrees)
1 tablespoon of Shea butter
optional:  20 drops of lavender essential oil, 10-15 drops of clove essential oil, 10-15 drops of rosemary essential oil, 1-2 drops of patchouli essential oil.  Or you can use no essential oils or any blend of essential oils of your liking.  Perhaps you would like to use a citrus essential oil.  I like the spicy blend and also like the blend I listed for their antibacterial/antiseptic properties.
1 Ziplock type bag to mix and mash up the ingredients.   You  could use a bowl and a spoon if you prefer.
A small container with a lid to store your product.  I use a short flat type of mason jar because I love mason jars.  Do not use the taller jars as it will be harder to dip your fingers into the finished product when applying.

How to:
1.  Mix your baking soda and corn starch in the ziplock type baggie.  I make sure to crush as many of the baking soda clumps up into powder as much as possible.  You will not get it perfect and that is okay!
2.  Drop in the coconut oil and the Shea butter and close the bag.  Mash/knead the contents until you have a toothpaste consistency.  It is possible that you may need to add a little more baking soda or oil to get the right consistency.  Add in small amounts at a time or you will be going back and forth.  The paste needs to be easy to spread into your skin with your fingers.  You may want it to be a little thicker if you are going to add essential oils as the oils will slightly thin the finished product.
3.  Add the essential oils of your choice or the ones I recommend above and again mash/knead until all ingredients are well blended.
4.  Cut a small corner from the bottom of your bag and squeeze out the product into your container like you would do with a pastry bag.

How to use:
After bathing dip your clean fingers into the jar and apply a thin layer of your finished product to your armpits.  Allow approximately 5 minutes for the product to absorb into your skin.  It will feel slightly gritty and oily  when you first apply.  This is how it should feel.  It will absorb into your skin and you can then dress as usual.  It is suggested that if you have shaved your pits you should wait approximately 30 minutes to reduce the chance of skin irritation. Make sure that you wash your pits well with a wash cloth every morning.   I have read on several posts for blends similar to mine that some people get a slight dark coloring of their skin from either the baking soda or coconut oil or the darker essential oils that are easily alleviated by lightly exfoliating or using apple cider vinegar or lemon juice.  I have not been using the product long enough to notice a discoloration.  The product is working extremely well and if the discoloration occurs, I will deal with it then.

A great by product...  I discovered this by accident.  The essential oils are so potent.  When I am done using my droppers, I keep a glass cup of warm water (about 1 1/2 cups of water) and a drop of dish-washing detergent handy.  I put the used droppers into the cup and squeeze the water in and out of the droppers to rinse the inside of the droppers.  I also will dip clean droppers into a bottle of cinnamon bark essential oil, a dropper into eucalyptus essential oil, and lemon (5-fold) essential oil just enough to coat each dropper with a scant amount of the oils.  I then place the droppers into the cup of warm water with the other droppers and let them sit over night.  The drop of dish-washer soap will cause the oils clinging to the droppers to mix into the water (creates an emulsion).  The water can then be placed into a small clean spray bottle.  It is believed that this blend of oils is an excellent antibacterial. You can spray it as a room freshener or  lightly onto clothing to eliminate odors or onto surfaces that need to be disinfected.  I have nothing to validate its effectiveness but I light the light fresh scent.  It is a wonderful scent for fall and winter.    Please make certain that after allowing the droppers to soak overnight and putting the scented water into your spray container that you then fill your glass that you used to soak the droppers back up with warm water and a liberal amount of dish-washing detergent and allow your dropper to soak in this solution until you need them again.  I found out the hard way that the oils are so potent that they will "melt" plastic disposable cups so make sure you use glass.  Also, make sure that you rinse the droppers really well before using them again.  You do not want to dilute and/or contaminate your essential oils when you reuse your droppers.

I am planning on making some scented natural soaps for bathing and moisturizing bars that you just rub on your skin (both for aromatherapy and for therapeutic pain relief) in the near future.  I also have a recipe or two or three for some wonderful blend of body oil and body cream and butter.  I am planning on making some of my own flavored lip balms.  I am just waiting for my next delivery from so that I can accomplish these new ideas.

Having all of these wonderful essential oils makes it wonderful to continue to have a Sentsational reason to have the Wisdom To Breath!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

FIVE GENERATIONS! Life is busy around here!

Obviously I come from a very busy and prolific, longevity family!  Yes I know, we are also very goofy.  In the above picture is just part of my Paternal side of the family.  My family is a very mixed-variety type and it is really a little complicated to explain but the five generations in the above picture are (in order) Great Great Grandma Hazel, Great Grandma Deanna, Grandma Chandy (me), my son Nick, and his princess daughter Addison.  Of course the family could not have grown without our significant others to supply the other half of the DNA possible to create each generation.  Listed from left to right starting with the back row and relationship to the little princess (5th generation maker) is Aunt Rachael, Great Grandma (ShaNaNa)Deanna, cousin Abbie, Great PaPa making a peace sign, cousin James, Uncle Mike (with an "M"), Great Uncle Jim, cousin Joe, cousin Jake.  Next row kneeling behind the sofa: cousin Jess (James wife soon), Aunt Becky, Great Great Aunt Diane.  On the couch:  mommy Michelle, Princess Addison, daddy Nick, Great Great Great Grandma Hazel, Great Aunt Dandy, Front row and looking like dorks:  Grandma Chandy "ME" and Grandpa Brian!  Missing are my brothers and Great Uncles Mike and Joe (and Joe's wife Great Aunt K.D. and their twin boys and cousins George and Clark) and cousin Gaby (she had to work).
First rising
Final rising

So, I woke-up today with the headache I went to bed with.  Bummer!!!  I decided that it would be a good day to make bread since I am down to only two slices left of my last loaf of two days ago.  Today it is a sour dough (my own homemade starter) enriched with ground flax seed, oats and hemp seeds. I am thinking that this will be very tasty.  Problem is I love bread loaded with all it's carbs and I am diabetic!  Another Bummer!!!

We have been busy around the house the past week or two.  I saw a really cool "vertical" veggie growing idea that frees up twenty spots in my garden for other plants.  I emailed Brian pictures and asked him if he would help me make one.  He is my McGiever (sp?).  Together we make a great team.  On his way home from work that day he stopped and bought the materials I needed ($20) and we set to work.  It is an 8' long 6" diameter PVC tube.  It was cut down to 7'.  On two opposite sides starting at one foot and 2" from the bottom of the tube we cut 2" diameter holes 16" distance from the next up to the top of the tube.  Then on the other two opposite sides starting at one foot 34" we did the same. This gave us 20 holes in the tubing.  The tube was then buried one foot into the ground and filled on the inside of the tube with soil up to ground level.  That put our first two holes 2" above ground level.  We filled the tube with a water retention enriched soil to the bottom of each hole planting a seedling as we planted up the tube.  When we got to the top I planted a basil plant in the top opening.  21 plants planted in the space we would usually use for one plant.  It has been almost three weeks since we planted and my seedlings have been growing into healthy plants.  I planted acorn squash in the bottom two holes and then various hot peppers and three cherry tomatoes in the other holes.  I may need to add some support such as ties to the tube to support the growing plants at some point.  I will watch this.  Here are some pictures:
The black spots on the tube are from where I first marked the tubes to be cut and then decided that I wanted them spaced differently.

 I am also trying my hand at growing red potatoes in 5 gallon buckets.  I do not have enough garden space to grow everything I would like.  I would like to be as self sufficient as possible but Brian does not want to dig up the whole yard and make it into a food producing yard.  Therefore, I must be innovative.  I have two potato buckets started and plan on doing another red potato bucket and one or two sweet potato buckets.  I am in the process of making my sweet potato slips.  Since the weather has been chilly up here in the upper Midwest they can not be planted yet.
We have drilled holes in the bottoms of the buckets and around the sides of the bottom of the buckets for drainage.  You then put a couple inches of soil in the buckets, plant your slips and cover them with just enough soil to cover.  Water.  When they have grown sprouts several inches above the soil, you then add more soil to almost cover the new growth.  You keep repeating this process until you get up to an inch or so from the top of the bucket and water until the plant has bloomed and the blooms die off.  Then, theoretically, I should have a buck full of potatoes.  Just tip the buckets over and harvest the spuds!  

So, I come up with all of my ADHD ideas and want to do all this stuff and propose them to Brian.  He is a Saint to go along with me or at least allow me to try some or most of them.  Sometimes, I think that my headaches are caused by all of the ideas that are running through my brain and I know that I can not act on all of them.  As I have mentioned earlier, I do not have enough garden space.  I had sent Brian some other ideas but he said "NO" to the pallet vertical wall gardens.  But when he made a trip to California a couple of weeks ago guess what he saw????  He saw many pallet vertical gardens all planted up at a Farmer's Market.   He thought that was pretty cool but still did not want to help me make any this year.  Perhaps next.  What he did agree to after he saw several was building me a small raised bed sweetcorn bed.  So, I now have a 4'x6' raised corn bed.  I had started about a 1/3 of my corn plants inside and then transplanted them.  Then I planted the rest of the seeds right in the bed.  I have read that if you stagger your plantings a little you will get corn to eat at a staggered rate.  I believe that I have 21 seedlings planted and then about 30 more seeds sown in this small space.  Brian said that the ones he saw had the plants closer but I would rather allow my plants to have a little more space.  In the picture below, you will see some foot prints in my raised bed from the ferrell cats that we caught last year, had fixed and released.  They are living under our shed and Aunt Diane keeps feeding them.  She even made them an insulated home to sleep in over the cold winter months.

My mixed variety Mint garden is going crazy.
If anyone wants to come over and pick mint,please be my guest.  If you look closely, on the very left side of the picture below is a patch of Horehound and on the very right of the bed is my (not yet in bloom) lavender.

Here is a picture of my general garden.  Lots of Tomatoes, cucumbers, peas and beans planted around the edge that will be trained to grown up the fencing (works like a charm every year).  This year I decided to plant some melons between my tomato plants so that they can grown low to the ground under the tomato plants. However, I am still toying with the idea to train them up on a trellis.  I have been doing research and heard that they do well that way.  The tomato plants can be trained to do that as well.  My jury is still out and I have time to change my mind.  

In the time that it has taken me to write this blog, my bread has risen to the point of being ready to bake.  So, off to the kitchen to put on my bakers cap.  While it is baking, I think that I will work on my FB Farm and take time to breath in the wonderful aroma of homemade baking bread.  

What can you find to inspire you to sit back, relax, enjoy, think about and find the Wisdom to Breath in today?

Have to share the finished product.....and how I had to have some!  Yumm, did not stop at one piece, glad I made two loaves...  ;)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Say "Cheese" this whey! (more pic's to come)

I am not sure why I pick the new things I choose to try.  I was laying in bed this morning and decided that I was going to make cheese today.  So, I got up and did some research on quick home cheese making.  I found some good tutorials on YouTube and of course decided to make some of my own modifications so that I could call it my own.  Off to the store I went to pick up a fresh cheese cloth and two gallons of whole milk (I thought I was going to be ambitious and do two batches but I only did one and therefore only used one gallon of milk).

Here is what you need for ingredients:
1 gallon of whole milk
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup lemon juice
to flavor you may want a little salt, garlic powder, fresh herbs, etc.

Here is what you need for equipment:
1 large pot to hold slightly more then a gallon of liquid
1 large strainer
1 large mixing bowl
1 smaller mixing bowl
wooden or metal mixing spoon
1 cheese cloth (or clean muslin dish towel)
measuring cup
liquid cooking thermometer

Pour your milk into the pot and heat at a medium high heat stirring constantly all the way to the bottom making sure the milk is not sticking to the bottom of the pot.  Heat until the milk starts to steam and measures 120 degrees.

Add the vinegar and lemon juice while stirring. Continue to stir for about 15 seconds and then remove from heat.  The mixture will start to separate into curds and whey.  Cover and set timer for 15 minutes.

Put your strainer into a large bowl and line the strainer with your cheese cloth.  After 15 minutes, pour your curds and whey into the lined strainer.  Using your mixing spoon, gently press the mixture to remove as much of the whey from the curds.

Pick up the cheese cloth at the edges and lift from bowl gently squeezing out as much of the whey as possible.

Empty the curds into the smaller bowl and continue to remove as much of the whey as possible.

Kneed your preferred seasoning into the very soft cheese (I used about 1 teaspoon of sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder).  At this point you will have a cream cheese.  If you want to have a firmer cheese, you can put it into another clean cloth and continue to let it strain out more whey.

So what to do with all that whey??????  Well, from what I have read, it is full of protein.  So, I decided to use as liquid in my homemade bread.  I substituted it for the one cup of hot water I usually use in my bread.  Got it rising now.

I am thankful for that despite all the adversity in my life right now I still had the wisdom to drag myself from bed, try my hand at cheese making and breath!


Friday, February 1, 2013

I had found a picture of a similar scarf (neck bow) but the directions were a little difficult to follow.  So, I just made my own pattern up.  I will share it.  This is a crochet pattern using a #5 hook.  It took me about 4 hours to compete.

one ball of your favorite color basic yarn (you will not use the whole ball)  Call it color A
one ball of another color for the trim.  You do not need much but I would make sure that you have at least a quarter of a ball to be on the safe side.  Call it color B
size 5 crochet it what it is, a size 5 crochet hook or the first step towards carpal tunnel!
yarn needle

SC = single crochet
DC= double crochet

With color A:
Row One:  Chain two
Row Two:  Two SC in first chain, chain one, turn (2 stitches created)
Row Three:  Two SC in each SC, chain one, turn (4 stitches created)
Row Four:  Two SC in each SC, chain one, turn (6 stitches created)
continue as above in rows 3-4 until you have a row with 18 stitches

Now you will decrease back to a row with 6 stitches by doing the following:
Once you turn after having a row of 18 stitches you will decrease one stitch at the start of the row and again in the last two stitches of the row.  This will leave you with a row of 16 stitches,  chain one, turn.
Repeat this process until you have a row of 6 stitches, chain one, turn

SC in each of the 6 stitches across, chain one, turn repeating this row until this length of six stitches measures about 2.5 inches long.k (write down or remember how many rows you needed to make of the six stitches to make this section 2.5 inches, you will need to do this again later).

Increase again with SC's in each row as follows until you again have 18 stitches in each row Two SC in first chain, chain one, turn (2 stitches created)

Two SC in each SC, chain one, turn (4 stitches created)
Two SC in each SC, chain one, turn (6 stitches created)
continue as above in rows 3-4 until you have a row with 18 stitches

Now you will do a double chain in each SC until you have a length to wrap around your neck and then a little more.  Each row should still be only 18 stitches with a chain one, turn at the end of each row.

Once you have your desired length you will start decreasing again.

Now you will decrease back to a row with 6 stitches by doing the following:
Once you turn after having a row of 18 stitches you will switch back to SC and decrease one stitch at the start of the row and again in the last two stitches of the row.  This will leave you with a row of 16 stitches,  chain one, turn.
Repeat this process until you have a row of 6 stitches, chain one, turn.

SC in each of the 6 stitches across, chain one, turn repeating this row until this length of six stitches measures about 2.5 inches long. (refer back to the number of rows you wrote down or remembered earlier to create this length).

You will now start to increase again to back the second bow.  We will start by referring to these rows again with row one.

Row one:  Two SC's in first stitch, one SC in each stitch until end of row, chain one, turn (8 stitches).
Row two:  Two SC's in first stitch, one SC in each stitch until end of row, chain one, turn (10 stitches).
continue this until you have 18 stitches.

Now you will decrease back to a row with 1 stitches by doing the following:
Once you turn after having a row of 18 stitches you will decrease one stitch at the start of the row and again in the last two stitches of the row.  This will leave you with a row of 16 stitches,  chain one, turn.
Repeat this process until you have a row of 1 stitch.  Slip stitch and tie off.

With color B:
Pick any stitch around the back of the scarf and slip stitch into it.  Do a single stitch in each stitch that you see  all around the entire scarf.  It does not need to be perfect.  when you get to the point (bow tip) on each end SC three times in that stitch to make the curve.  When you get back to your starting point, slip stitch and tie off.

To make the strip to tuck your one bow end into and hold the bow in place you will start a new small piece.
With color A
Row one:  Chain 6, turn.
Row two:  SC in second chain from hook, chain one, turn. (5 stitches)
Row three:  SC in first chain from hook, chain one, turn (5 stitches)
Repeat Row three until length is about 2.5 inches.  Slip stitch and tie-Off.

With color A sew the strip to one side of the scarf on the section of scarf where the stitches are only 6 stitches in length.  Sew on each end of the strip you created so that you can tuck the bow through as in my picture.  Weave all your loose yarn ends into the piece.  Enjoy!

So, while I made my scarf I sat and though about how wonderful my family is.  My son and his wife has blessed us with a beautiful and healthy granddaughter.  Her name is Addison and she was born January 17th, 2013.  Thank you Nick and Michelle!

My pain in my body has been terrible lately but I continue to push on.  I have been notified that my hours at my primary source of income are being cut to perhaps only 10 hours/month.  I am not sure what I will do to make ends meet but, I have faith in our God that we will be provided for.

Until all of this is sorted out......I will find the Wisdom to breath!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Super easy adaptable bread recipe!

Okay, so here is my very own recipe which I have developed and tweaked.  You can do all sorts of add-ins.  I will give instructions for the basic white bread and then explain how to make the variations to the recipe including the yummy Rosemary, Garlic & Cheddar bread in my picture.  This will make two loaves or how every many little loaves you care to shape up.  Bread has to be one of the easiest and most rewarding kitchen projects to create!

Do not fear the yeasties!!!!!!!!

Chandy's basic bread recipe:

1 egg
3/4 cups milk
1 cup hot tap water
1/4 cup olive oil (plus extra to coat your dough while rising and to oil your baking dishes)
2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. sugar (or honey) do not use sugar substitute
5 cups flour
4 1/2 tsps of bread yeast (or two packets if you do not buy in bulk)

Extra add-ins listed after the recipe

In a large 2+ glass measuring cup break the egg and beat it with a fork.  Add the milk and then add the hot tap water to make the total in the cup equal 2 cups.  Put your yeast on top of the mixture and give it a gentle little mix to just moisten the little buggers.  Add the 1/4 cup olive oil into the measuring cup and set this aside.

In a very large (and I mean very large) mixing bowl put all the flour, salt, sugar and any of your mix-in's into the bowl.  Take off any rings you are wearing, roll up your sleeves and head to the sink to give your hands and under your fingernails a good washing.  I use a brush to get under my nails because from here on in you will use your hands.

In the bowl, toss the dry ingredients and mix-ins with your hands mixing it up well.  Push the dry ingredients to the edge of the bowl and add in your measuring cup wet mix of stuff to the center of the big bowl.  Start to cover your liquids with the flour mixture and then dig in.  I do all of my kneading in the bowl.  You want to kneed the stuff into a very nice elastic, slightly sticky ball of dough right in your bowl.  I promise that if you keep it up long enough (somewhere between 5-10 minutes) you will get a perfect ball of dough.  You want all ingredients well incorporated and then knead another couple of minutes.  I use my ball of dough to clean the inside of my bowl as I am kneading.  Think of this as burning off calories so that you can eat more of your bread when it is done!  :)

When you have accomplished the above, lift the ball of dough with one hand and pour about 3 tbls. of olive oil into the bottom of your bowl.  Put your nice ball of dough back into the bowl and turn it in the oil until your dough is covered with oil.  Put a piece of plastic wrap over the bowl to keep your dough moist and to keep the heat in the bowl that the chemical reactions will create while the yeast start to do their work.  You will want to set the bowl in a nice draft free location until the dough has doubled in size (about an hour but faster if it is a warm season).

Punch down the dough and divide the dough into two pieces.  Slightly rub olive oil onto the bottom and sides of the baking dishes you choose to bake your bread in.  Cover the dishes with plastic wrap and set aside until the dough doubles again in size (about an hour).  I find that if I put them into my cold oven on a the upper rack and put a bowl of hot water on a rack below them they will rise faster.

Once they have doubled in size remove the plastic wrap, put them in the oven if you did not let the rise in there and turn the oven to 350 degrees F.  Cook for approx. 45 mins or until the bread sounds hollow when you tap on the top of the loaf.  Take out of the oven, remove from the baking dishes and allow to cool on a bakers rack or on their sides on a bread board.  Allow to cool for a bit before you cut off a slice.  If you are too anxious, your loaf will be too soft and will not cut properly.  Be patient!

To make the rosemary, garlic cheddar bread  I added in 1 tbls. of dried rosemary crushed slightly in my hands to release the flavor.  1 Tbls of garlic powder (ok, maybe I put in a little more but I love garlic), and about 3/4 cups of shredded cheddar cheese.  This all gets added in to the dry ingredients before the wet stuff  is added.

I use this recipe to do a whole wheat bread.  Just substitute all or part of the white flour with wheat flour.  I have done it both ways and it is really good.

You can also add in 1/2 cup steel cut oats (just cut back a half cup on the flour) and try to use a little honey instead of the sugar.  A very good bread for peanut butter toast in the morning!

I am going to drop in some sunflower seeds one of these times.

If you want, you can use two eggs instead of one to boost the level of protein.  Just remember to cut back on the water or milk as you will want the egg/water/milk mix to equal 2 cups.  I really like the milk and eggs in my recipe so I cut back on the water.  I know that water has no calories but I want my bread to be fortified if I am going to use up my Carb. serving allotment on bread.

To make your bread fancier try cooking in it different types of oven safe dishes.  I have little individual serving baking dishes, or even corningware dishes that I use.  I also will shape my dough into a nice ball, put down a little corn meal on my cookie sheet and bake up a freestyle loaf.

I have used this recipe for pizza dough.  I only let it rise once and then spread it onto my pizza baking dish pushing it into shape with my finger tips.  I use a fork to poke little holes into it and pare-bake it for about 10 minutes before putting all my favorite pizza toppings on it.

Make them into big soft bread sticks or little crispy ones.  Just do the shaping before the second rising.

Make your own dinner rolls!

The plain white bread makes excellent cinnamon rolls.  Just bake them with cinnamon and butter topping and add some simple powder sugar & water frosting glaze.

Leave me comments and let me know what you do with it! know what is in it, who has touched it and that it is good for you!

I am thankful to God for giving me the Wisdom To Breath the wonderful aromas of this great bread while it is baking in my oven!    Amen!