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Snack break

Things to do at the mall

I found myself at the mall today. I can't remember the last time I was there -- it sure wasn't for any Christmas shopping!

While I was there, I exchanged a J.Jill shirt that Katie had given me (too big) for a sweater (with the sale prices and discounts, it was an even exchange) and also bought another shirt on sale.

I was mad that I forgot the Williams Sonoma gift card I also received at Christmas because I want/need a baking stone for bread! I am so anxious to try Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes A Day after all the wonderful things I've read.

I find I'm becoming more and more particular about the food I eat -- not even so much that it's "good for me," though there's been some more of that lately, but mostly that it's just plain GOOD. Good to eat. Food made fresh, with real ingredients, quality stuff that tastes good and is worth the effort to make or the money to buy. I use to LOVE going to McDonald's -- loved their french fries and fish sandwiches -- but everything is made so far ahead now, it sits there, is nuked, is yucky. I'm not willing to spend my money or waste a well-earned "treat" on crap like that.

Woo. Didn't mean to go off on all that. Best get that baking stone soon, eh?

Anyway, my nephews had a great time in the mall's play area. This is me entertaining Mack on our way out, keeping him busy at the tall/skinny and short/fat mirrors while the people we were with completed their last transactions (or made a last bathroom stop).



I've been eyeing a $20 baking stone on Amazon for a couple months now ... but you bake the bread without one, too!


I've been into baking bread lately, too. Maybe something to do with the holidays. But, I think I've gone a bit overboard. I went to Costco and bought 50 lbs of bread flour. I figure I'll use it and it was cheaper than buying it at the grocery store!


Great photo, Mack looks as pleased to be at the Mall as my boys used to be at that age ;)


The artisan bread in 5 minutes thing is fun. I use my pampered chef pizza stone and that works quite well.


Love the picture. Baking bread is such a pleasure with your hands in the dough and the smell throughout the house. It's something I won't be doing much in the future, however. Make sure to let us know how it goes!


My husband is the baker in the family, and he swears by the terracotta floor tiles he bakes on. Under ten dollars for a box of a dozen. Work just as well, and have lasted a lot longer than the baking stones we had before. Learned it from Alton Brown.

If I had a Williams-Sonoma gift card, I'd probably use it on cookbooks. I have 8 or 12 or so from them- love them!


I received the 5-minute artisan bread book for Christmas and I've baked my second loaf from my first container of batter. I love the bread. As easy as using a bread maker (almost) and the bread has much more flavor. Good food. I don't think you'll be disappointed.


Great photo!

Ah yes, the joys of home-baked bread. Heck, the joys of good food in general!

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