With the recent economic changes, many families are trying to find ways to get back to basics and concentrate on quality, cost-effective solutions. Whether you choose to take your kids to the local park instead of going to the movies or growing your own tomatoes instead of ordering pizza, you probably want to provide the best you can for your family without breaking the bank.In my house, we adopted pancake Saturdays instead of the usual trip to the local diner. My son, who is three, loves to help measure the ingredients and tell me when it is pancake time because the water is dancing in the skillet.
While it may seem like a very minor change, it has been exponential in the experiences my family has gained. My son loves to learn how to cook, and I know I can add extra fiber to the pancakes, swap out turkey bacon for pork bacon and keep us all a little healthier. It also allows us to sit down together for breakfast, which experts agree can contribute to combating obesity.With the changes my family has experienced from something as simple as a home cooked breakfast, I am always in search of other ways to bring our family closer together. A home bakery bread machine is my most recent find.
We have a very small kitchen, and counter top real estate is at a premium. The Mini Bread Machine still packs the power of the larger models but does not take up as much space. And, with a one pound loaf, that is more than enough bread for the three of us. I love that I can add the mix at night, turn on the machine, and all of us can wake up feeling like we live above a bakery. The mini bread machine can also make fresh fruit jams and cookie dough. And, one of my favorite features is the easy to transport carrying handle. Not too many appliances are so easy to bring with you!As with anything you cook yourself, you control the ingredients. In our house, we add extra fiber. But, we also add cinnamon, bananas, zucchinis and molasses to seven-grain bread for a breakfast toast.
For sandwich breads, I often add squash puree, wheat germ and dill. For desert breads, why not add onion powder, jalapenos and sun-dried tomatoes? The sky is the limit as far as what homemade bread you can bring to the table. And, with the home bakery bread machine, you will not spend hours looking for a place to store it or fight for counter space to use it.