It has been a really long time since I have written much at all. Aside from Instagram blips here and there I really haven’t found myself with the urge to write. Perhaps a lack of inspiration, the winter blahs and a bit of just not knowing which direction I am heading have held me back.
In January my right arm began to ache from constantly knitting in awkward positions and by early February it forced me to stop and pause. Being away from knitting left me feeling exceptionally displaced – now what? I needed a way to slow myself down and clearly knitting was becoming more of a hurried to do that I was causing myself pain.
In search of something new to try out I spent far too many hours on Instagram and Pinterest. I dabbled in a few new hobbies but most were duds (to me not in life) and quite costly in a time when I really need to do my best to keep things affordable. Single income living for a family of four is incredibly challenging. Factoring in the above failed attempts and need to practicality I narrowed my search down.
Cue the bread baking madness that has consumed my life! I got my hands on a copy of Bonnie Ohara’s book Bread Baking for Beginners, grabbed some of the basics from her super helpful supply list located in her profile on Instagram (linked to her website that is full of info) and just kind of dove in to it all. The book eased me in to the art of making bread, instructing in a way that just makes sense to my directionally challenged mind.
One by one I worked my way through Bonnie’s book while following her journey on Instagram and something about it all just felt… like home. Suddenly I had bread goals – sourdough and beyond! Visions of feeding my family and friends deliciously healthy breads baked with love.
I never anticipated baking much more then muffins for my children but our budget wasn’t allowing the fresh handmade breads I wanted my family to enjoy and this was the solution – making it myself! I was already accustomed to sourcing local foods including flours from places like Oak Manor and Arva Flour Mills so I knew I had basic good quality nutrient dense ingredients on hand to give it my absolute best shot.
One by one I worked my way through Bonnie’s book while following her journey on Instagram. Something about it all – the way she communicates her passion and her story, her love for community – all of it… it feels like home. Suddenly I have bread goals as I work through sourdough experiments and beyond! Visions of feeding my family and friends deliciously healthy breads baked with love.
I’ve since been able to return to knitting and am now happily balancing the pair with all of my other life duties. I am incredibly thankful for stumbling in to the bread life and will continue to grow and challenge myself with it as I do with knitting.
I have no idea where I am headed in any of it but I am thoroughly enjoying every stitch and every fold as I go along.
If you have any interest in bread baking I highly recommend Bread Baking for Beginner’s. This is my honest to goodness opinion with no strings attached. Bonnie is good people and deserves all the love.
Links to the above mentioned businesses:
* Both Arva and Oak Manor Flour can be purchased direct from the businesses or from retailers such as the Mustard Seed Coop in Hamilton, Ontario. Cake and Loaf Bakery in Hamilton also carries a handful of Oak Manor items in their Dundurn shop.