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Today was a busy one for sure! We were super busy making three (3) different breads using two recipes!

Super Stoked about how they all came out!

First it was more bread for the house, of course, it was time for more sandwich bread to be made, so we made more! And using some of the dough from the initial recipe I posted a couple of days ago I made some cinnamon rolls.  I’ve been making cinnamon rolls with my Mom for Christmas every Black Friday for years so I just rolled the dough out, basted it with melted butter and then sprinkled cinnamon and sugar over it – rolled it up into a long form – then my son cut the roll up into pieces for rising and baking.  Check it out!

Looking forward to eating the cinnamon rolls for breakfast!

Then when the breads were done, we left the oven on and put together some Hot Dog rolls for dinner tonight, ML sent me her recipe for hot dog buns and it was super easy to make and then form them into rolls – my son handled the forming of the buns.  Less than 10-Mins later we had awesome rolls for tonight’s dinner!


The rolls were filling and made for a solid meal! I put ham steak on mine and ate it as a sandwich – I have some leftover for lunch tomorrow!!!

Was a very busy day, I am exhausted, but very pleased with what we did today!

Can’t wait to venture through tomorrow!

So I’ve been getting a LOT of requests from Facebook for the bread recipe I posted about the other day here Using our Food Stamps to Bake Bread, and with permission of the amazing author ML Gardner I am sharing her recipe here, so Thanks ML for the recipe and permission!

So go gather your Supplies and let’s have fun baking! You’ll need roughly 20-Mins Prep Time, an hour and a half of rising time and another 22 mins of baking time, so make sure you set aside a good chunk of time.


6-Cups Flour split into two 3-Cup Portions

3-tbsp Sugar

1 – tbsp Salt

2-tbsp Shortening

2-pkgs Yeast (NOT the fast rising yeast) or 4 1/2-tsp of reg. yeast

2 1/4 Cup Warm Water – NOT Hot that will KILL the yeast

You will need 2-Bread Pans, this recipe yields two loaves of bread


In a large bowl/mixer- mix 3-Cups flour/water with everything else, when all mixed together slowly add the remaining 3-cups of flour 1-cup at a time until it’s all worked in.

If the mixture is still too wet, add flour in small amounts until mixture is not as wet.

Knead this mixture for 5-Mins, should form a ball that looks like pizza dough.

Cover and let rise for 60-Mins

*hint my Mom’s used for eons, heat oven on 200-degrees for 1-Min, turn off the oven, cover dough in bowl with towel and place into warm oven for rising*

Punch down and form bread into bread pans

Cover and let rise again for 45-Mins

*re-heat your oven as you did previously*

When 2nd Rise is complete, bake loaves

If using short pans, 425 x 20 – 25 mins, my oven only required a 22-Minute bake time

If using long pans, 375 x 20 – 25 mins.

Tap the top of the loaf, it should be golden brown and have a hollow sound – this determines doneness.

And there you have it! ML suggested putting some butter over the bread top when it comes out of the oven to soften – I used margarine to do this the other day and the butter taste was overpowering – so if doing this use salted butter – the real deal!

Finished Bread Loaves

Done Baking

This bread is good for sandwiches, as a side to spaghetti or as toast! It’s very multi-dimensional!


Yes you read that right, I used my Government Issued Food Stamps to purchase the ingredients required to bake bread!  I have always believed that just because we are using Food Stamps does NOT mean we have to eat crud! They work for any and all food items inside of the grocery store and with a little effort those on Food Stamps can eat whatever they want! So I have for awhile now always used them to purchase components for meals slowly weeding out pre-made foods.  Today I used those funds to purchase the items necessary to make Bread!


This morning I embarked on my adventure with author ML Gardner to live and eat using the same techniques they did during the Great Depression.  Today’s adventure was baking our own bread – she sent me her recipe for bread and I went about making a shopping list and off to Wal-Mart I went at 6:00 am this morning!

My shopping list included:

– Flour

– Yeast

– Sugar

– Shortening

– Oil

– Instant Nonfat Milk

– Corn Starch

– Baking Powder

– Baking Soda

– Vanilla Extract

– Spaghetti Sauce

– French Bread (recipe coming later)

– Fruit/Veggies

– Eggs

– Roasting Chicken

– Deli Meats

– Gallon of 2% Milk

– Vitamins

– Cat Food

Some of these items were not for the bread, but in the same aspect I did manage to walk out of Wal-Mart having spent $92.00 – of that, $27.00 was our Savings Catcher Funds!

Simple as pie really!  Came home and got to work assembling her bulk pancake mix dry goods and then baking two loaves of bread for the house! Check it out!

So for those living on Food Stamps – don’t think you are limited to just those pre-fabricated foods in the store, use them for ingredients, take the time, cook and prepare your own foods, those monies will go that much further every month!

I am excited to see where we go from here! I’ve laid out our meals through Wednesday of next week and will need to do more shopping and baking on Tuesday when I am off work.

On next, an update on how we live and cook the next few days!