Fresh bread and a fun gift idea

One of the things that was on my heart and mind as 2017 started was to find ways to be more generous. I find as a new Mom, it can be so so easy to get absorbed in our little family’s needs and day-to-day life from budgeting to ensuring we get enough playdates. When I think big picture for our family, one thing I want Elizabeth to see and learn to model is generosity. I wantย her to see the blessing in giving – for both the giver and the receiver.

Well, I love bread. Like, it’d be the hardest thing for me to give up!! Ever. Last summer I was experimenting with sourdough bread, thanks to a friend who lent me some starter and her recipe. Around the same time, I also started making my own kefir, and learned to make kefir bread, using this recipe. (WARNING: You will get hooked!). I was doing a bunch of research and experimentation on fermented foods and their health benefit. But as Elizabeth started to eat real food, and I wasย learning to cook healthy for a baby, Troy and I, and daily feeding sourdough starter AND kefir, on top of making bread every couple days just to keep up with it – I couldn’t do it anymore. Insert ๐Ÿ˜ฆ face.

Enter the new year, a new idea, and new oomph to try making bread again.

I was browsing The Magnolia Journal, and saw a cute idea for a hostess gift – fresh homemade bread wrapped in parchment paper/twine and a thank you note. I took a picture, saving it for later. Then recently I was reading this blog by Nesting With Grace, and she had a super easy bread recipe from her Mom, who bakes bread EVERY DAY and gives it to someone; using the verse in Acts as her inspiration where the early church “broke bread together” (Acts 2:46). It got me thinking about making bread again. And the two ideas merged – giving bread in general as kindness to others.

Just this week two friends had babies and our dog groomer’s Mom died, so I thought this was a perfect time and inspiration to start baking bread again. I have my sourdough starter started (here’s an easy starter guide)ย , but I use a friend’s secret recipe for the bread itself ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย The dishtowel in the picture is from IKEA, and I think they’d be a great addition to the gift – to wrap the loaf in. You can get four for $4, so it’s super economical!

Since sourdough starter takes about a week to be ready for use, today’s bread was baked using this SUPER simple bread recipeย from Nesting with Grace. We walked over and gave this to some new friends’ who just got home with their baby girl yesterday. Who doesn’t love fresh baked bread? So my new goal is to make 1-2 loaves a week to give to someone else. Take Elizabeth along for the ride, and show her bread love in action ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure this won’t happen every week (as many goals ebb and flow), but I’m inspired to give simple joy.

I can’t take credit for the recipes or the ideas, just wanting to pass along some merging of ideas, and inspiration!

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