Monday, March 03, 2008

Can't Get Enough Homemade Bread

Over the years, my father-in-law would occasionally bake bread on the weekends. Two Decembers ago, my mother-in-law passed away. Sadly, this left FIL with a lot more time on his hands than he knew what to do with, so his bread-baking productivity got bumped up a notch. Or two.

So what has been a weekend blessing for many months has now become a three-loaf-a-week blessing and bathroom scale curse.

There is no aroma in the world like freshly-baked bread.

However, large hunks of warm bread are not on the MUFA diet, or any diet, except the beloved but very ineffective "My Dream Diet."

We are buried in bread. Really good-smelling bread.

And then yesterday, my husband walked in the door with a new FIL homemade treat:

Doughnuts.

Help.

20 comments:

Kim said...

Linda, I can so totally feel for you. When we were in Uganda, Mama Daisy helped me in the house. And she LOVED to bake. Since she didn't have a stove or oven herself, she really enjoyed coming to work and spending at least half the morning baking...bread, cookies, cake... Needless to say, we did not need DAILY supplies of baked goods. Now for me it was fairly easy to give the excess away because we lived in community. But you can still find folks more than happy to help you with your homemade treats :-) Neighbors, friends, co-workers, your pastor... And I'm sure the FIL would be flattered that you are sharing his wonderful baked goods with others.

Teri said...

YUMMY...doughnuts!!!! Poor girl, once it is in the house, yikes, not a fun distraction. I personally exsist on carbs. I don't know how I would resist a nice slice (read:loaf) of fresh warm bread with melty butter on it. Makes me want to bake a loaf...almost.

BethAnne said...

You know what I say?????? I say Praise the Good Lord for FIL's!! If my FIL brought me homemade bread and doughnuts, I would jump for joy (I would also weigh 800 lbs, but how fun is a baking FIL?)
I feel your pain - see if FIL can make some of that MUFA chocolate for ya!

Ruthie said...

I'm happy to help, as carbs are my life. Just send 'em this way. My pear bottom will thank you.

Kelley at Aroma of Joy said...

This is where having 7 kids comes in handy. People don't bring food to us (in fact I think they avoid us)and if they did, no food lasts long enough in this house to tempt me for long! That is a very good thing because I do not have any willpower.

Love, Kelley

Melanie said...

My husband is a huge bread fun. He and daughter would eat most of it. But doughnuts, well...those would be mine.

Mocha with Linda said...

I think this is your ministry. Your spiritual gift. Making your FIL feel loved and kneaded.

And of course the doughnuts are important.

Man shall not live by bread alone.

But being the caring person I am who follows the biblical insturction to "bear one another's burdens", I will send you my mailing address if it would help...

samurai said...

I actually smelled bread baking as I read your blog today! 8-|

LOL - I am so jealous, and so sorry for you... LOL

I am glad to hear that your FIL is able to be around as much as he is though.

Kelly @ Love Well said...

Oh, the very pit of temptation. At my house, I'm the maker of bread and donuts, so I'm (somewhat) able to control what's in my kitchen from week to week. But I so love my carbs. It's hard to restrain myself from an all-out baking frenzy at times.

T said...

I love a dad who can bake. My dad is great at it too. Although he doesn't do it quite as often.

Enjoy it!! Some day you will be cherishing the idea of his efforts and wishing for them back.

annie's eyes said...

Oh my gosh Donuts and bread--my two favorite carbs in the whole world. When Mike got laid off one year, he made 87 jars of grape jelly. 1994 it was, and I still occasionally run into a case. You know what your father in law knows, Idle hands are the devil's workshop...wished you lived closer; I would definitely help you out with that problem all in the name of being a good friend. Spread the love. Love you, annie

Macromoments said...

Linda, sorry. I am laughing. Your description of being bombarded by bread reminded me of a re-run of Everybody Loves Raymond--you know, the one about the Fruit of the Month gift? Marie was drowning in fruit and she was begging Raymond and Debbie to STOP. I didn't find out until recently that Harry & David's actually has a Fruit of the Month club. (Want some to go with your doughnuts?)

Miscellaneous From Missy said...

He should start a home business! Then he could share the money with you...and you could buy MUFA CHOCOLATE! :-)

dcrmom said...

Omigosh. YUM!! My mouth is watering.

YAY, Idol tonight! :-)

Jenny said...

That bread looks good! But I want to see the doughnuts!!!

Maybe he can sell the bread to the neighbors??

Jen

Jenny said...

yum. my. Ya gotta love the idea of a baking FIL. What a sweetheart! And did I say YUM?

Jenny said...

yum. my. Ya gotta love the idea of a baking FIL. What a sweetheart! And did I say YUM?

Connie@Little Red Hearts From God said...

Did you say Donughtnuts?... dear Lord... can we be bestfriends?

those are like my major sin... flesh.... curse...whatever... to die for... eat myself sick over...

all kinds... I would like to sit down with all kinds... and take a bit of one of each kind... sip some hot coffee.... oh my gosh...I'm sure there will be donuts!! in Heaven

Lois E. Lane said...

My wee one inside likes the bread...so this post made me a little jealous :) Stay strong!

Life In Progress said...

Oh, honey! The breads & donuts & cakes are on "My Dream Diet" as well. I have never fared well with any attempt at a low-carb lifestyle. In fact, in tonight's blog I wrote about how my husband ministered to my very-bad-day with carbohydrates. That's true love!