Homemade Bread Day, Hike Day

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November 17, 2014


★~  Today’s Quote: “How can a nation be great if their bread tastes like kleenex?” – Julia Childs

★~ Homemade Bread Day:

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Breaking bread is a universal sign of peace.

Early Egyptian writings urged mothers to send their children to school with plenty of bread and beer for their lunch.

One bushel of wheat will produce 73 one-pound loaves of bread.

In Britain, the ceremony of First Footing is traditionally observed in the early hours of New Year’s Day. A piece of bread is left outside a door, with a piece of coal and a silver coin, and is supposed to bring you food, warmth and riches in the year ahead.

The “pocket” in pita bread is made by steam. The steam puffs up the dough and, as the bread cools and flattens, a pocket is left in the middle.

Murphy’s Law dictates that buttered bread will always land buttered-side down.

The fastest “bun” in the West goes to a team of bakers from Wheat Montana Farms and Bakery who reclaimed the Guinness World Record in 1995. They harvested and milled wheat from the field and then mixed, scaled, shaped and baked a loaf in exactly eight minutes, 13 seconds.

Napoleon gave a common bread its name when he demanded a loaf of dark rye bread for his horse during the Prussian campaign. “Pain pour Nicole,” he ordered, which meant “Bread for Nicole,” his horse. To Germanic ears, the request sounded like “pumpernickel,” which is the term we use today for this traditional loaf.

Legend has it that whoever eats the last piece of bread has to kiss the cook.

I love to make bread! Here are two of my no-fail  bread recipes.

Sally Lunn Bread

Honey Bread

One of the greatest bread making tools is the EZ-Dough. And the web site has great recipes too!

★~ Take a Hike Day:

Homemade Bread Day, Hike Day

If the weather is inviting enjoy a hike around your neighborhood or local park. If it’s not inviting consider a hike around the mall or discount club store. Rain or Shine we’ll head out to hike at Prairie Wolf tomorrow!

★~ Today in History:

Homemade Bread Day, Hike Day

♥~ 1894 – The Daily Racing Form, “America’s Turf Authority…” was first printed — in Chicago, Illinois.

♥~ 1962 – The 4 Seasons, with Frankie Valli as lead singer, began a five-week run at the top with Big Girls Don’t Cry.

♥~ 1968 – The ‘Heidi Game’ happened on TV. The New York Jets/Oakland Raiders football game was cut off to begin a family show (Heidi) on NBC. The TV audience missed Oakland’s two touchdowns (in nine seconds) to win the game 43-32. NBC was flooded with calls and the concept of program delay was instituted immediately by the networks.

♥~ 1973 – U.S. President Richard M. Nixon told an Associated Press managing editors meeting in Orlando, FL that “people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.”

♥~ 1981 – Luke Spencer married Laura Baldwin in what was called “the wedding of the year” on the TV serial General Hospital. An audience of 14 million viewers watched as vows were exchanged on the ABC program.  Did the marriage last?

★~Born Today:


♥~ 1906 –  Honda Soichiro  was the enterprising auto racer turned businessman who founded the Honda Motor Company, a central part of Japan’s postwar emergence as an economic power.

♥~ 1925 – Rock Hudson (Roy Harold Scherer Jr.) actor: McMillan and Wife, Giant, A Gathering of Eagles, Ice Station Zebra, Magnificent Obsession, Pillow Talk, Written on the Wind; died Oct 2, 1985

♥~ 1938 – Gordon Lightfoot singer: Sundown, If You Could Read My Mind, Carefree Highway, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald; songwriter: Early Morning Rain, Ribbon of Darkness

♥~ 1943 – Lauren Hutton actress: American Gigolo, Lassiter, Paper Lion

♥~ 1944 – Danny DeVito Emmy Award-winning actor: Taxi [1980-81]; Twins, Batman Returns, Hoffa, The Jewel of the Nile, Romancing the Stone, Terms of Endearment, director: Throw Mama from the Train, The War of the Roses, Jack the Bear; married to actress Rhea Perlman

♥~ 1944 – Lorne Michaels Emmy Award-winning writer: The Paul Simon Special [1977], Saturday Night Live [1976, 1977, 1989], Lily [1974]; Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, Three Amigos; Emmy Award-winning producer: Saturday Night Live

♥~ 1983- Christopher Paolini, fantasy novelist, his  books have sold more than 20 million copies.  Eragon (2003), Eldest (2005) and Brisingr (2008).

★~ Pope Gallimaufry:

Pope Francis, Homemade Bread Day, Hike Day

St. Francis. What a Pope. And in case you’re worried I’m pretty sure that any lamb hanging around Pope Francis is protected from sacrifice. He also personally invited Patti Smith  (“Godmother Of Punk”) to perform at the Vatican Christmas concert.  It appears the Pope this is part of his continuing effort to make “Catholicism cool.”


Glad we are getting it out of the way early! A little more than 50% of the continental U.S. is covered in snow, with more to come in the next week, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This greatly exceeds the average amount at this time of year, and is a more typical reading for late December or early January.

Have a Merry Monday or Bah Humbug Monday  – mine is hanging somewhere in between the two.

Odd Loves Company!

10 thoughts on “Homemade Bread Day, Hike Day

  1. I’m going to have to bribe my sister into making some homemade bread. I’ve been hungry for it ever since the last Odd bread discussion.
    No hikes, no golf. My knee is out of whack so I’m resting it for the week. Might use the knee for the bread sympathy. Could work.
    Pope and the lamb both look like they are smiling.
    Have a good one.

    • Once she makes it I bet she’ll be hooked!
      Sorry you knee is hurting. That isn’t fun. Going for sympathy could work!
      The Pope and lamb do look like they are smiling!

  2. I forgot to mention we made Sally Lunn bread the other day and it was really good. The kids loved it and it was gone in one sitting. We will have to try the other recipes
    Pope Francis does seem to be a charmer. I imagine he is also ruffling a few feathers inside and outside the church. Good to see someone stirr it up a bit even if it does distract from some of the issues that deserve more attention.
    My Monday got off to a rough start but improved and ended on good note. Looking forward to a girls lunch Tuesday.

    • So happy to hear that Sally didn’t fail you! Do try the other bread. The kids will love kneading it!
      Girls lunch on Tuesday! Sounds like FUN.

  3. Love the picture of the Pope. He seems so approachable.
    I took a hike around the mall and pick up a few things before the holiday madness sets in.
    Gordon Lightfoot one of my favorites.
    Hope your Monday teetered over to the good side.

    • The Pope does seem very open to being out with the people. Especially the young at heart.
      Mall hikes are my favorite!
      My Monday turned around. Thanks.

  4. Homemade bread yum! I saw the recipe the other day and wanted to see if you had posted more. The Sally Lunn bread was so good. I made it to go with soup. I can’t wait to try the honey bread. Thanks for posting.
    Pope Francis is marketing himself well. Let’s see if any true change happens in the Church besides boosting enrollment. Nuff said.

  5. Love that picture of the Pope and the lamb — I think I’d be a tad uncomfortable with a live animal draped around my neck, but he seems happy.

    Love the photo of Cole and the campers, too. He looks like the Pied Piper!

    Freshly-baked bread sounds yummy, especially on a cold and grey day like today. Where did our sun go??

    • Yep both the Pope and the Lamb seem to be smiling. When they are at the dog park the dogs do follow Cole–A kid isn’t the same as a Mom – they want to make sure they keep track of HIM.
      Sun. It’s been awhile. But at least we aren’t in Buffalo—Well….hope all is well.

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