BREAKING BreAD

bread, diet, food, health, humor

I am starting a diet tomorrow. So naturally, today I make two giant, fresh, perfectly-dense loaves of plain white bread with my mother, thaw a stick of salted butter, fix us each a cup of tea, and start brainstorming the changes that are to be made in my diet… starting tomorrow. One loaf of warm buttery heaven later, and all I have decided is that I wish whoever was Dr. Atkins’ spokesperson was wildly less successful. All diet science aside; bread is truly amazing. I would’ve loved to be the founder of bread.

The only ingredients one needs to make bread are flour, water, yeast and salt. These few simple holistic elements interact in complex ways to produce this warm fluffy ecstasy. Ingenious.

Bread pairs flawlessly with any other food choice. (In the dough, on the bread, between pieces of bread, or stuffed into the bread). Bread can be easily adjusted to suit any palate. It can sweet, crunchy, savory, fluffy, dense, nutty, chewy… the possibilities are endless! Even when it is not supposed to be good anymore you can turn stale bread into croutons or crackers.

If you want to gauge your level of intimacy or compatibility with a significant other or friend, bake it or buy it, but definitely break the bread together. That instant insulin spike and energy felt after any blissful encounter with bread always yields instant joy and focus.

Here is the link that my mother and I use to make bread: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/king-arthurs-classic-white-sandwich-bread-recipe

Generation Y’s Girl Guide to Zen

leisure, relax, tips

Since being back home in my zany household post-graduating college, bad break-up and in the midst of trying to create the start of a life plan, I have stumbled upon a few atypical ways to zen out that have proven to be wildly successful.

  1. A Time to Kiln (during the little kids school day) – It is completely empty and you are forced to choose a coffee mug, plate, ceramic kitty cat or seasonal item to paint. There are zillion different colors to choose from to paint your soon to be master piece. Because it is during the school day there is no one there, and there will more than likely be happy music playing.

2. Get your nails painted – There is absolutely no choice but to sit back, put the phone down for at least twenty minutes, and let the stress be massaged out of your soon to be pretty princess like hands.

  1. Organize the closet – If you are anything like me, the closet looks like a mad house. I recently found one of those Lizzie McGuire one size fits all scrunchy shirts that hasn’t worn since there were still new episodes of Lizzie McGuire being released on The Disney Channel. Going through these items, folding, hanging, sorting, putting aside some to donate, and maybe some in a memory bin, eventually becomes rhythmic, relaxing and extremely productive!