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Old 11-09-2013, 12:10 PM   #14641
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Earlier start than usual for a Saturday. We were up at 6:30. Had showered and had breakfast by 7. Glenn's already on his way to his son's house to help with some of the last construction work on his huge two-bay garage. Not your typical 2-car structure. It's commercial-size, which will allow Kenneth to pursue his car business on the side when he wishes to.

I have some dough in the bread machine doing it's first rise before I turn it into French bread. As of last night I had orders for 28 loaves. I'm helping a friend who teaches at the area university. His class is going to London next month and they are raising spending money for their trip. They've created a very upscale bake sale concept tailored to people's Thanksgiving meals. All the goodies are to be delivered to the customers on Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

They just started selling their items this last Wednesday and if I've already gotten orders for 28 loaves by now, I imagine I'll be quite busy by delivery time.

Today is more of a "test" for me so I can determine how much time I'll have to set aside to fill multiple orders. I have two bread machines, each of which can process dough for 2 loaves. In theory I can make 4 loaves in a relatively short time if I stagger their start times.

It's fun for me and the bonus is the awesome way the baking bread makes the house smell.
That sounds fun Katie, I always had a blast making several things at once and doing the juggling with times, etc. Frustrating for some, but it's like zen for me.
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Old 11-09-2013, 12:15 PM   #14642
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As I look around the house, there's a kabillion things to do: clean off the dining room table that's become a holding center for all things not dining-related; pack up more stuff for Goodwill; pick up all the junk in the sunroom; put away laundry and do more; finish cleaning up the gardens; make a wreath from the evergreen prunings; etc. etc.

So what am I doing? Of course, watching "Chopped" and playing on DC....
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Old 11-09-2013, 12:47 PM   #14643
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That sounds fun Katie, I always had a blast making several things at once and doing the juggling with times, etc. Frustrating for some, but it's like zen for me.
That can be a hard concept for new cooks to grasp. Starting different foods at different times, and yet getting it all on the table at the same time and completely cooked.
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Old 11-09-2013, 12:49 PM   #14644
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As I look around the house, there's a kabillion things to do: clean off the dining room table that's become a holding center for all things not dining-related; pack up more stuff for Goodwill; pick up all the junk in the sunroom; put away laundry and do more; finish cleaning up the gardens; make a wreath from the evergreen prunings; etc. etc.

So what am I doing? Of course, watching "Chopped" and playing on DC....
The kids had all gone out on their own, I could finally use the dining room table for "projects!" Making reindeer candy canes, cutting out quilt squares, etc. There was always a project going on.
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Old 11-09-2013, 01:43 PM   #14645
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That sounds fun Katie, I always had a blast making several things at once and doing the juggling with times, etc. Frustrating for some, but it's like zen for me.
It is zen for me, too, Fi. I love to see the counter loaded with stacks of loaves of French bread. A great feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction.

I get the same feeling of satisfaction from a table filled with freshly washed laundry all stacked and folded.

Yep, I know. I'm weird.
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Old 11-09-2013, 03:08 PM   #14646
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I just got back from the farmer's market, the grocery store (just a few items), and the Feed 'n Seed store. I tried growing carrots from seed but only a few germinated, so I got a fresh package of seed and will try again. I also have some sprouting garlic that needs to go in the ground.
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Old 11-09-2013, 03:33 PM   #14647
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It is zen for me, too, Fi. I love to see the counter loaded with stacks of loaves of French bread. A great feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction.

I get the same feeling of satisfaction from a table filled with freshly washed laundry all stacked and folded.

Yep, I know. I'm weird.
That's why I love Fridays at work. My two co-workers are gone and I can strew my work over three desks, have three computers running and get so much more work done on my own. I move all three chairs out of the way and have at it. ohhmmmmmm....
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The other day SO noticed there is a new Keurig store opening at a local mall. We thought we'd check it out and maybe get some Grand Opening deals. Not so. The K cups worked out to a little over $1 each. See you later.
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Old 11-09-2013, 03:38 PM   #14649
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Sounds like a bum deal for a Keurig store!
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Went through another box of Mom's stuff. I was gonna pitch the whole lot without going through it, so glad I didn't. Most of it was blank greeting cards, but I found a bunch of photos and a number of annual Christmas letters Mom had written, all very witty.
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