Losing my mind…


Like the title says, I am losing what little of my mind there is left. Fast.

I went to order a new batch of 10-grain bread mixes the other day at that big online store in the sky, where Prime rules… and last night I got the box. I ordered 3 cartons of 4-each, so that’s 12 packages of it. Paul goes thru this 10-grain bread mix from Bob’s Red Mill quite fast, one every 4 days to be exact, so I wanted to stock up.

Well, as you can see below, the one on the left is the last of the old mixes I just used up today, and the one on the right is one of the new ones that arrived yesterday (of which I now have 12).


Where is my brain lately? I had been looking around for bread mixes for a while that day, and I also had ordered some sourdough mixes for myself, so probably when I saw the 10-grain I just clicked – without looking closer.

This is 10-grain flour, not bread mix!

So, just when I’m trying to cut down on expenditures here, I go and do this! I am not sending them back, either. I will bite the bullet, and follow the directions on how to use this flour to make homemade from scratch 10-grain bread…

I do have a recipe to follow, in the bread machine cookbook. There’s one called BASIC HONEY WHOLE WHEAT BREAD that I think I’ll try for his next bread, in 4 days’ time. All I’ll have to add is this flour as well as water, salt, unsalted butter, honey, and yeast. Not too bad, huh?

when I use the mixes, I have to add:

1) water (at 80-90 degrees F)

2) oil (3 TBSP)

3) the mix from the bag

4) the yeast (also included in the bag)

So really, not too many extra items. But I need to get some new yeast because I think the yeast that I keep in the door of the fridge may be too old. Not sure. Better to be safe than sorry. New yeast it is, onto the shopping list!

I’ve just put a loaf into the oven (using the bread machine to do the kneeding/rising bit and then transferring the bread to a loaf pan)… so the house will soon be smelling yummy again.

The older I get, the more stupid things I do like this. I don’t pay attention to every little thing.

I made a batch (it’s my 3rd batch) of that glorious TUSCAN CANNELLINI BEAN AND KALE SOUP that I told you about a while back. I keep thinking that each new time I make it, it won’t be as good as that first batch was, but I would be wrong there! It’s been perfection each time, and last night’s soup was no different. Wow, that is the best soup I think I’ve EVER made or eaten. No meat in it, just the beans and the lovely kale and veggies, etc. If you want the recipe, I’ll try to locate it now for you. It’s quick and easy to make, as well. I started mine last night at 4 and by 5:15 we were eating it.


Tuscan Cannellini Bean Soup with Kale [serves 6]

Besides all the goodness of kale, the cannellini beans in this soup make it an excellent source of protein and fiber.

1 T extra virgin olive oil

1 small onion, diced (1 1/2 cups)

1 large stalk of celery, diced (1 cup)

1 large carrot, diced (1 cup)

2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)

1 T of chopped garlic (about 3 small cloves)

One 14.5 oz can of organic diced tomatoes

4 cups vegetable or chicken broth

1 bay leaf

4 packed cups raw kale, cleaned and sliced

2 – 15 oz cans of cannellini beans

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

3 T of grated Parmesan (omit for a vegan version of soup)

Heat olive oil and saute the onion, celery, carrots and rosemary over low to medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic and cook another minute. Add tomatoes, vegetable broth and bay leaf. Bring to a boil then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Wash the kale well, removing and discarding the center stalk before slicing. Add sliced kale and 2 cans of beans to the pot, bring back to a low boil and simmer, covered, until kale is tender (about 5 to 10 minutes).

Turn off the heat, remove bay leaf, add lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.

Top each bowl of soup with 1/2 tablespoon parmesan cheese if desired. Serve with a nice loaf of crusty, whole grain bread (or better yet, some homemade sourdough bread!!!)

OK. Paul’s home. I’ll have to tell him the whole long story of the bread/flour saga… wish me luck!



I think I could turn and live awhile with the animals…

They are so placid and self-contained,

I stand and look at them sometimes half the day long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,

They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,

They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,

Not one is dissatisfied… not one is demented with the mania of owning things,

Not one kneels to another nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,

Not one is respectable or industrious over the whole earth.

~ [Walt Whitman, from “Leaves of Grass, No. 32”] ~

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8 Responses to Losing my mind…

  1. Bex says:

    I had always turned my nose up at “kale” but lately, the kale is gorgeous, thick, dark green, you get a huge bunch,and it lasts forever in the fridge almost! It’s chock-o-block full of vitamins too… very very good for the bod… I am going out to re-heat the remains of the soup for supper now…


  2. The bread flour will be a bit more work to transform into bread, but you never know, it might be even better than the mixes. You won’t know until you try.

    The soup sounds yummy! I am no lover of kale, but this soup recipe could change that.


  3. Bonnie says:

    While out eating lunch with the ladies I ordered a Vegetable Tanjine, my favorite. Out she came with a lamb tanjine. She was sure I ordered that. Ladies on each side had but had I? I ate it and I never had eaten lamb. Since I often say a word I don’t mean, perhaps…


  4. TopsyTurvy says:

    Are you sure that you’re the one who made the mistake, Bex? Could be Amazon made the mistake.

    I have noticed that you can go to your Orders page on Amazon and then select Re-Order from there, so you’re sure to get the right item.

    Sounds like you’ll do just fine with what you’ve received, though. You’re a really good baker, so I think Paul will be okay. 🙂


  5. WendyNC says:

    Bex, I’ve done similar things often enough. Frustrating, but okay when it’s something you can work around, as you’re planning on doing.


  6. Sandy Freel says:

    BUMMER on the flour but Yippy on the good soup you made…thanks for recipes


  7. Bex says:

    Snow Nora? Where? Not here! Nosiree… no snow… (did you mean in the top picture? No, that’s a curtain over the sliding doors behind the bread mix/flour packages.)

    But hey, I put up my two “feel-good-trees with lights” yesterday. They were in a brown paper bag in the basement and all I did was plug them in. That’s as far as I’m willing to go in the holiday decorating department. I have one in the Reading Room that is multi-color lights and one in the Living Room that is blue/green/white lights. Cosy.

    My bread just came out of the oven… (deep breathing… smells divine!)


  8. Sleeps_With_Rocks says:

    Hi Bex,
    I’ve done things like that too. With me it is fading eyesight. The bread you plan to make sounds good. I keep meaning to make that kale soup as I have kale here all the time for a smoothie. Maybe tonight! Looks like you have some snow…..


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