Sunday, November 16, 2008

Pantry Project, Day 5

Yesterday we enjoyed some homemade vegetable soup from my crock pot and some crunchy oatmeal bread from my bread machine.

We went out to the home of a friend to play cards and I brought some cheese spread to snack on, and had to buy some snack crackers to go with it. And with that, the first week of the project comes to an end. (We're going out to dinner tonight.)

The sum total of my grocery purchases this week? A jar of green olives, some fresh Brussels sprouts, a head of cabbage, a box of breakfast cereal, a box of crackers and a gallon of milk. The goal of this project was never about saving money, but rather to see how long we could eat just from the pantry and freezer, and to use things up that I've been hoarding there. The money saving is a nice side benefit, though!

Oatmeal Bread
3/4 Cup water
2 Cups white bread flour
1 Tbsp dry milk
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp butter, softened
1 Tbsp honey
1/4 Cup oatmeal (old fashioned or quick, not instant)
1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
In the bread machine, put the ingredients in the order your machine recommends. (The only important part is that the yeast and the water don't come in contact right away if you are using the "delay" cycle.) Turn the machine to regular (or delay) cycle and medium crust setting. Remove from machine promptly when done. For extra crunch, hold the oatmeal until the add fruit/nuts beep signal is heard.


Lynnylu said...

I love oatmeal bread and I love using my bread machine, too. I haven't used my crock pot that much, but need to as it is a great help in the kitchen. Nice looking bread! That's cool-running a garden center!

Lynn said...

Thanks, Lynnylu! I'd be lost without my crock pot in the springtime. My DH and I work well past 7PM some days, and it is really great to come home to a meal almost complete. Throw together a salad and we're good to go!