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My 4 Week Bread Challenge – Evaluating the Time

Whenever I am trying something new in our home, I try to evaluate my time and effort into that project.  Just like I evaluated the cost for making homemade bread, if a project/challenge takes too much time away from my priorities – was it worth the effort? What can I learn from it? Is there a way I can streamline the process to make it faster? Or is it something that needs to be pushed to the way side. Therefore, I believe that evaluating my time is just as essential as evaluating the dollars spent.

This month I calculated that it took me an estimate of 3.5 hours to make all of our bread this month. The break down goes like this:

  1. 2 hours was dedicated to prepping for the month
  2. 10 to 15 minutes once to twice a week for preparing bread for the oven

This time does not include the rising of the bread or the baking time because I was able to do other tasks within my home during those time periods.  Since I am a stay-at-home wife and mom and this month was relativity slower around here, September provided a perfect opportunity to practice my baking skills, hone a bread making routine and identify what recipes my family truly enjoys.

I found the key element to making my challenge work well was planning ahead. Even though planning took time as well, it created a plan of action. A forward moving process that actively let me be successful in the goal I wanted to obtain: make our bread for one month.

I learned far more then I had hoped, I learned I will not be able to make all our bread every month.  Some months (especially as we enter the holiday season) will require other baking and projects that will require my attention in the time slot I allotted for this months challenge.  I will continue to use the Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a Day as a go-to-option because of it’s quick prep time and provision of at least 4 loaves of bread per batch. For special gatherings I will enjoy making hamburger buns for mini sliders and more then likely enjoy a piece of english muffin bread with my morning devotional time.

I really hope that you have enjoyed following my journey through making our bread this month.  I hope it inspires to try something homemade in your home, even if it is just for one month.  I’m sure you would find just as much joy and energy from doing something just as fun!

If you were to try one thing homemade for one month, what would it be? Write out a plan of action and try it out.  Share what that one homemade item would be, I’d love to hear! 

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  1. I’m writing out my goals/steps for October Unprocessed. One really big goal is getting a regular supply of grassfed meat. I included evaluating our purchases at the end of the month to make sure we were happy with the meat and the process of getting it.

    I had to stop getting raw milk even though it was a great price, and my kids loved it. When I looked at how much time it took, and when I had to pick up the milk, it was becoming more difficult. Several times I went to pick up the milk, and it wasn’t there yet. And no email to let people know. I appreciate the effort of the volunteers, and I need to be aware of my own efforts.
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    • I love how you have goals for unprocessed food! What a great way you show your love for your family! :) For some reason your comment went into the spam inbox so I apologize for the late response.
      Do you have your meat shipped to you or do you pick it up? What is the name of the farm? Do they ship meat? I would love more info on grass-fed beef!