Doughy Days

Part II

Luxury…what was this word? Its meaning changed right along with the person using it. If she was going to change her lifestyle step by step, she had to determine what it meant to her.

If luxury meant going out–she would only do that on specific celebrations.

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After a month, she had cut her expenses tremendously. She had previously made stops without even thinking about it, purely for convenience.
So, if she needed to focus on food more, then she was going to have to utilize her grocery bill better. She began to make things from scratch. At first, it was hard to get used to taking the extra time, but then she realized that she felt better about herself; her body, energy, & attitude had positively transformed.

If her grocery shopping only included fruit, veggies, & dairy she’d be living off of about $60-$80 a month.
Budgeting came easier to her than she thought.

Walking from the cabin to the local market was good exercise. It was really cold outside and knowing that when spring blossomed, she could put in practice her plant studies.

She let her roots go deep by reading about plants–which ones were edible and most beneficial.

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A month later, April was setting in, green was sprouting on the trees and rains were falling.

She opened the cabin windows to hear the birds chirping while she kneaded the dough for her weekly bread.

2 Tbls yeast
2 tsps sugar
2 Tbls vinegar
2 1/2 C. warm water
~~~let sit for 10 min
1 Tbl salt
1/3 C. applesauce
6-7 C. flour (half & half whole wheat//white)

Put dough in oven with pot of boiling water, when the dough rises to the top of the bowl, punch it down. Repeat 2-5 times.
Divide dough into desired bread loaf sizes
Let dough rise on pan on countertop for 30min.

375 for 30min.
(optional: baste the top of the dough with egg or butter before baking)

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