Wonderful fall weather has finally come to our area, and we are enjoying it! Playing at the park is free, so we stopped by on our way home from school this afternoon.
- Hubby had a breakfast meeting, which means he ate a big breakfast and wasn’t hungry for lunch, so there was no money out of our pocket. Yea!
- Big Brother ate a hot lunch at school that we paid for last week. Big Sister packed her own lunch. The little girls and I ate leftovers and fresh fruit and veggies. I’m hoping our garden continues producing tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and cantaloupe through the end of the month.
- We are having chicken fajitas, chips and salsa, and cantaloupe for dinner. I need to share my October dinner menu. Maybe it will help someone.
- I have always hated any kind of shopping, and it has only become more loathsome with children, so I am enjoying staying home and not going to any stores. Keeps me from being tempted to buy unnecessary items too. Win-win.
- I almost forgot to mention that I sold something else for $2, so we netted $2 today. So far this month, we are making money.
This doesn’t have much to do with our no-spend month, except that I was craving bread this morning, and we didn’t have any in the house. I created a new bread recipe based on this French bread recipe that I have made so often in the last six months that I have it memorized. The original recipe is so versatile, and I have made it with all white flour, with half white and half whole wheat, and once I even added a few oats. I have formed the dough into one large French loaf, two smaller loaves, dinner rolls, garlic knots, and cinnamon rolls. This morning, I wanted to try making a multigrain bread, and it turned out wonderfully delicious. The little ones loved it too!
Honey Multigrain Bread
1/3 cup honey
1 1/2 TBSP yeast or one packet
1 1/2 cups warm water (100-110 degrees)
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 tsp salt
Combine honey, yeast, and water; stir and let rest for ten minutes. Add remaining ingredients and mix with a stand mixer or by hand several minutes until dough is no longer sticky and pulls away from the bowl. You may need to add a little more white flour if your dough is sticky. Turn dough onto a floured surface and lightly dust dough and hands with flour. Form dough into whatever shape you choose (I made rolls) and place on a lightly greased baking sheet or dish. Place baking sheet in a warm location and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Let dough rise about 15 minutes; then bake for 10-15 minutes, depending on size of rolls/loaves. Melt a tablespoon of butter and brush over tops after removing from oven. Enjoy!