Have you figured out the problem with this series?
Giving up grains for Lent will pretty effectively stall it for a while.
I was hoping to post one one recipe on Fat Tuesday, but for 3 days I stared down the Peter Reinhart process, it stared back at me, and I decided I was too tired to try it. It included both machine kneading and a “stretch-and-fold” process that’s been highly recommended by many readers, but that process means I had to address the dough every 10 minutes for 30 or 40 minutes. Since much of my bread baking begins after 10 p.m. when the kids are sleeping and the dishes are done, I just kept running out of energy.
So in some ways, it’s a nice time for a break. I’ll come back after 40 days refreshed and ready to bake and eat lots of bread, and the series can finish with the “bang” it deserves. The momentum of one new recipe a week was getting hard to keep up! Thanks for waiting during the break; the end will be worth it, I assure you!
If you’ve missed any of the 8 recipes so far, you can find the whole list at Seeking the Perfect Homemade Whole Wheat Bread.
What’s Coming in the Meantime?
We’ll be busy while we wait!
- Eat Well, Spend Less: I’m teaming up with a half dozen other frugal and food bloggers to write a 3-week series addressing the recent grocery price increases. The first 3 weeks of April will give you some ideas on how to find real food in unexpected places, how to use coupons well, how to stockpile a frugal pantry, and meals to prepare to reduce your grocery budget overall.It’s a power-packed team led by Jessica at Life as Mom, and I’m very excited to see what we all come up with! I have a great brainstorm document with lots of ideas from the KS Facebook community when I asked what they would be interested in learning about stocking a frugal, real food pantry.
- Farmer’s Panel: I still need a creative name for this, but I’ve got about 9-10 farmers from across the U.S., all who farm cattle in various ways, from grassfed to conventional, who are answering 20 questions for us. I can’t wait to learn more about the practice of farming in different styles and how much work and conscious thought all these farmers put into their practice.
- Pregnancy Talk: I’ll start with a quick 3-part series in one week on what I’m learning during my first real food pregnancy and some goals I have for keeping it natural from here on through toddlerdom.
- In the GNOWFGLINS eCourse right now: My homemade yogurt lesson, which I was super pumped to teach and turned out really well, is the class for this week, the menu plan for premium members (or a la carte) includes 3 exclusive recipes from The Everything Beans Book plus the best discounts for members only that I’ve offered yet (even better than the first 100 launch!), AND I’m going to participate in the conference call on March 25th, also recorded as a podcast.If you’ve been waffling about joining in, this is the month! It’s also a great time to upgrade your membership to take advantage of these cool opportunities. Sign up and find more info right HERE.
- Lenten reflections on Christopher West and Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body: Once a week during Lent, I’ll be sharing a summary and my thoughts on what my mothers’ Bible study is learning right now. Seriously fascinating, deep, weighty important stuff!
- Our grain-free Lent: I’ll share a bit of our journey omitting grains from our diet, along with some resources if you think it’s something someone in your family needs to try. I was listening to a podcast with Dr. Tom O’Bryan, a super gluten expert, and he said, “Anyone who complains about anything should be tested for gluten as a possible trigger.” Phew. If you’re sick, chances are better gluten is the problem over any other food. This guy is good, and I’m excited to share what I’m learning with you.
- The soaked grains FREE eBook will be out in 4-6 weeks along with the introduction of a monthly KS newsletter, something that won’t fill your inbox but will share great information. We’ve got almost 30 contributors and between 30-50 recipes, depending on how many extras we choose to include. It’s going to be a great resource!
I hope you’re as excited as I am about some of these topics and looking forward to the next few months at KS. If you’re new to the community, welcome aboard for a great ride!
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