Finally a start!

Ironically I wanted to start this over a week ago. I got all excited to realize I wanted to blog again and where I wanted to head with it. And then I got slammed with “work”. Being disabled I don’t actually work and get paid. I do volunteer my time at I lead a handful of teams on Spark’s – two South Beach Diet teams, an Arthritis team, Tattooed Women, Motivation team, a GLBT team and finally I agreed to take on a “Class” team. Class teams are made up of a week’s worth of people who have just joined Spark’s – basically we answer questions, get them going, help provide motivation. Great no problem! Except that January is a wicked month due to New Years resolutions and the brains behind Spark just dropped a book and is doing all the promo for it. This meant my one week’s worth of team equaled over 27 thousand people. OUCH! I was slammed and basically felt like I needed to put everything else on the back burner. Today is the first day I have been able to breathe, play catch up with mail, upload pics and read some of my favorite blogs. I think my lesson learned is volunteering isn’t always my best friend and I have paid my “dues”. I enjoy doing my bit and giving back on Sparks but I think in the future I need to keep it limited to my “home” teams and nothing more. It just brings out the super overachiever in me which I just don’t need.

So amidst the madness, what do I decide to do to relax – cook! I have worked on my sourdough starter for the last couple weeks. I had to restart it thanks to my Weimaraner, Abe deciding it smelled too much like bread and he knocked it over (and licked it up). I found I fell into the typical newbie with my starter – I just could not bring myself to toss out the cup of starter I had to remove so I could feed my baby. This means of course that I needed to bake! I have owned a bread machine for several years. I was always intimidated by the whole baking bread by hand process. I think having baked a couple “bricks” did that for me. I dusted my bread machine off and baked a couple loaves of bread, working on experimenting with the various flours. Being on South Beach Diet, my breads need to be whole grain based, with at least 3 grams of fiber per a one ounce slice. I found this easy enough to do but ironically what is harder is slicing the bread properly…lol. I normally don’t eat bread very often but fortunately my spouse needs all the carbs and he loves the bread (and croutons for his salads). It was interesting balancing out my personal diet, seeing how the scale would react to my testing out each new creation.

I finally got brave about midweek and decided to actually try my hand at making rolls. I was going for the knead since I figured I could work out some of my stress! The result is a double batch of goodness:


Popover style rolls


Pullaway rolls

I was really pleased how both turned out! I ended up bringing the popover rolls to a friend’s house for her kids, figuring they would enjoy them with jam in the morning. I packaged up the other rolls and froze them so I didn’t feel the urge to graze my way through the pan. The recipe: Sourdough Dinner Rolls


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