MIL's brown bread

It has been one of those days. Phillip, who has had the art of peeing on the toilet mastered for a very long time, peed FIVE times today in various places other than on the toilet. Three were difficult places to clean. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhhhhh. Adam says that it's because I dared to say out loud a few nights ago how pleased I was with how little laundry we had been doing for the previous week or so. (Mastering the pooping thing only happened about a month ago, and things had been going so very, very smoothly. Good grief.) So, on to a nice, cozy recipe to make me think of other, much more pleasant and delicious things.

I'm one of those people who had a bread machine and uses it. If you have one, this recipe is definitely worth trying. My mother-in-law came up with it, and it really is almost as good as hand kneaded and all that. I tried my first batch the other night, but in a funny miscommunication between Adam and I, it was in a warm-but-not-on oven for a long time and ended up a gloopy mess. (That day was a trying day, too. This is not the norm in this house!) Today's attempt (pictured) turned out much better.

Brown Bread

1 1/4 cups water
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp molasses
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 cups old fashioned oats
generous 3 cups flour
2 tbsp skim milk powder
scant 2 tsp yeast

Place ingredients in bread machine on 'dough' setting. Empty dough into loaf pan and let rise until it's pleasantly plump. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes; it's done when it sound hollow when tapped. Slather it up with a blop of butter, and enjoy!


  1. Sherrie,
    Could be Philip sees his brother doesn't need to pee in toilet, so he feels he doesn't. Being "big brother" can be stressful as he no longer gets all your attention. He does get it when he doesn't pee in toilet.
    This is as natural as air and will not last long, however , don't be too surprised if the toilet training for #2 also takes a slide.
    The good news is that Philip will teach Thomas toilet training at an earlier age than Philip learned.

  2. I've had my eyes opened for a good brown bread recipe of a while. This one looks easy and delicious. PS : Nothing wrong with using a bread machine if you have one.

  3. Thanks, Ma! I think you're probably right. And the past couple of days have been better.

  4. This looks like a great 'comfort' bread recipe. Yum! It might be time to get out the 'ol bread maker =)


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