Bread

Submitted by Dave on Thu, 01/12/2017 - 21:02

Bread is one of our bigger food expenses. We go through at least 3 loaves a week, and at $2.50 - $4.00 per loaf it adds up. I've been trying for years off and on to get a good whole wheat recipe that would come out soft as no one will eat the dense loaves I've made.

I finally did some research and found that Vital Wheat Gluten is the key. I used a recipe I had kicking around and added the gluten for a nice soft loaf!

Values

Submitted by Dave on Thu, 01/12/2017 - 09:51

At times, life seems to be an endless treadmill. I get up, go to work, come home, do chores and go to bed so that I can get up and do the same thing over again. Sure I find time to watch TV, or to take the kids somewhere every now and again, but I can't help feeling that I'm just going in circles. It's not that I hate my job either, the work is interesting, the people are nice, but I always want to be doing something else.

Fruit Leather

Submitted by Dave on Tue, 01/10/2017 - 10:01

I've been experimenting with making fruit leathers and have made a couple thus far.

Basically you take fruit, blend it and spread it on a drying sheet. Since my fruit is mostly frozen from last summer, I bring it to a boil first and boil off some of the excess water

Not wanting to under-dry I've made some pretty tough leather so far, but it still tastes good.

Yorkshire Puddings

Submitted by Dave on Sun, 01/08/2017 - 10:00

It took me a long time to figure out how to make good Yorkshire puddings but thanks to Jamie Oliver I've finally got it right. The secret is in the proportions.  Equal amounts of egg, milk and flour. I like to make these with roast beef, but also to add sausages for an individual "Toad in the Hole" or make it in a 9inch square pan.

Don't Yell!!!

Submitted by Dave on Wed, 01/04/2017 - 09:15

I'm guilty of this far too often. Especially at the end of the day. Usually when I'm trying to get out the door to get to some event, when chores need doing or when the children are screaming bloody murder because their toast was cut wrong. Someone is fussing, someone else asks for something and gets impatient and starts screaming, then I respond louder so that I can be heard, then it gets louder and louder, then other kids join in. Unfortunately, the kids copy what they see me doing so it's a never ending cycle.

Self-sufficiency

Submitted by Dave on Mon, 01/02/2017 - 15:28

Ever since I watched "The Good Life" in my teens, I've had an interest in self-sufficiency. The show is about Tom Good and his wife Barbara who live in 70's suburban England. Tom is unsatisfied with his career working as a draftsman creating plastic trinkets and on his 40th birthday he decides to quit his job and go back to a life doing things for himself.

Adjusting to life with 7 kids

Submitted by Dave on Sat, 12/31/2016 - 16:22

The last few years have been rather busy; moving back to Kelowna, getting kids in schools, changing jobs and working in a start up while also trying to develop my own businesses.

Our day-to-day life is not quiet either. Getting 9 people to work, school, events, appointments and friends houses while breaking up fights and mediating disagreements while also making sure homework is done, food is on the table, lunches are made, clothes are washed, people are in bed at a reasonable time and that the house is somewhat clean is very challenging if not overwhelming.