Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Patience and Patients

Tonight Dean was "escaping" while I was going to get them water after they were in bed. I have had a horrible hacking cough all day and I just plain don't feel well, so I said, "Dean, please get back in bed. I don't feel well and I don't have the patience for this tonight."  Dean replied, "Dean have lots of patients. You, Dad, and Walter are all sick. You are all Dean's patients."


I also love it when he tells me, "Don't worry mom, Dean will take care of you."

And today after I made homemade bread for the first time in weeks (no I didn't buy regular bread, we just didn't have bread in weeks!) he said, "Oh, thanks mom! This is so de-LISH-ous."  That made me feel good. He also said dinner was delicious (homemade tomato soup, salad with lettuce from our garden, and grilled swiss cheese sandwiches on the bread I made), and after dinner he peeled his own carrot and said that was delicious also. He's usually not so generous with his food compliments. =)

And since we're talking about bread making, I did make a decision on my grinder. I decided to go with the wooden German mill, the Fidibus 21. So far I love it! I loved the direction booklet. "Plug in the mill. Turn on the mill. Put grain in the mill. Adjust the hopper to how fine or coarse you want your grain." That was it!  It should have included "Don't use the first X cups of flour due to grit from the stones." like my hand mill said. Our first batch of pancakes tasted more like sandcakes. After ginding 5 or so cups of grain, no more grit.

I love, love, love that I can grind every bit of my flour when I need it. I don't have a bucket of ground flour in my fridge because I can grind 1/2 cup of flour if I want it when I want it.  I'm happy with my purchase, even if it isn't the most "practical" of the options. Sometimes I just want something nice, and I want what I want. Ya know? It's the least annoying sounding mill I've ever heard! It has no whiny pitch when it doesn't have grain, and the frequency of the grains being ground is lower than other mills, so it's not nearly as ear piercing.  I figure by making my own bread and pancake mixes and muffins etc., I will have paid for my mill within a year easily, and I plan on having it much longer than that.


mad white woman said...

We haven't had bread in months. (I hate store bought bread and I've been too lazy to bake it). But, I made some today. Which means I also ground wheat today. AND we had grilled cheese for dinner. Ha.

I actually was thinking about you when I was grinding my wheat. Did you ever get a hand wheat grinder? What kind did you get? Are you happy with it? I don't really want to buy one, but let's be honest, if we were ever without power it's going to be tough to use 100's of pounds of wheat. :)

Celia Marie (W.) B. said...

Yes, we do have a hand wheat grinder and it's a good one. It takes about 1/2 hour of good grinding to make about 4 cups of wheat, but it makes good flour. We had the very same idea about electricity, so we bought our hand grinder first. We bought a Wonder Junior Deluxe. My only problem with it at all is I don't have a counter or table surface it can easily hook to since it's so deep to get a good grip on the counter and not slide around. Our table has a little "wall" thing that sticks down from the table top, and our counters don't stick out at all.

You can always cook or sprout the wheat if your can't grind it into flour. =)

Laura said...

How neat!!! I'll have to keep this brand in mind when we're in the market for a grinder.

Becky said...

I've never heard of that grinder...what made you choose it? I'm very intrigued, I've wanted a grinder for years! I use quite a bit of cooked wheat in my recipes, which we actually really like, but some day I'll make the leap to a grinder.

I looked for you on fb the other day and couldn't find you...where are you hiding??

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