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Stubborn curmudgeon - I ain't budgin'

This is not to brag just so’s ya know but the last time I was out of here for any reason was 66 days ago -5/27/2016.  No trips to the HEB, the corner cold beer store or the post office.  Nada.  Mind you, nothing has prevented me from going except my own want-to.

Homemade bread -pictures don't lie

Homemade bread -pictures don’t lie; I really cook!

A normal supply run means beaucoup money spent.  Groceries, fuel, some jingle for my pocket and paying my relief guard adds up. Funny thing is whether it has been 15 or 30 or 60 days, the list is just about the same and so is the money spent.  Now, just how does that work??  Well,  I buy the same 4 loaves of bread and the same 3 packs of lunchmeat and the same 3 dozen eggs regardless of the time in between supply runs.  Supply runs are mainly about buying perishables and there is only a certain amount of life left in them once they get back to the NO Princess Palace.  Experience teaches you that after awhile.  Lord knows I would buy six months of supplies at a time if I could.  If I was content to eat out of a can all the time, I could make that work.   But fact is I crave the fresh stuff after a certain amount of time because those cans just get damned old after awhile.  One thing I ain’t missin’ is human contact  – for damned sure. Gettin’ by just fine in that respect thankyouverymuch!  So if y’all were thinkin’ I was missing out ’cause I ain’t never seen a pokemon hunter you can rest easy.  Already know what I would do if one was to wander up to the gate……..  Just bettin’ they would look up from that screen when I set Vela Vonkachu on their ass!

Ain't no bigger cookin' mess than bread

Ain’t no bigger cookin’ mess than bread

I like to eat sandwiches during the heat of the High Summer down here.  Ham sammiches, peanut butter, tuna fish – yep, it is all good.  The other day I went to make a tuna fish on toast sandwich and discovered the very, very last of my store bought bread had gone moldy on me.  That left me little recourse other than makin’ up some homemade bread and man, do I hate that job.  I have proved up some decent recipes for Amish white bread, honey white bread and raisin bread over the years.  Hell, I even have my own sourdough starter for better than 2 years now.  I still hate the mess, the frustration of cooking in a cheesey RV oven and the way it heats up the inside of the RV.

So I did something I should have done a long time ago;   I dialed up Amazon and bought the Sunbeam 5891 2-Pound Programmable Breadmaker along with The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook and a hunnert Bread Loaf Bags and Ties to finish it off.   I have to say this bread machine is one of the better purchases I have made this year.  It is not expensive,  the mess is minimal, it doesn’t heat up the Palace AND it makes a tasty loaf of bread.   I was actually pretty ignorant about bread machines.  If you woulda told me you just dump everything in there, turn ’em on and get a loaf of bread outta there 2 – 3 hours later,  I would’ve said “no way!”   What a dumbass, huh?

Machine bread

Machine bread

So yep, I am a big fan!  The only downside if there is one is the shelf life.  They must be pumping that store bread full of preservatives for it to last a week out on the counter!  Homemade bread is not gonna last that long.  But there is ways around that;  me and Vela Von like a big breakfast on Sundays.  Otherwise, the scenery don’t change much day to day.  Today, we took us some 3 day old sourdough that was getting a touch stale and whipped up some more than passable french toast. It went good with a dasher of bacon even if we did use canned milk and powdered eggs!

 

Maybe a telltale sign I have been too long in the Puckerbrush is the long and detailed conversations I have nowadays with Vela Von.  She is an outstanding listener and generally gives me her undivided attention; much more so than any of the EXes.  She will look at me and cock her head sideways when she knows I am talking at her…….  and that is just exactly what happened this morning when we were chowing down and I said “Hey Little Boog, there is more than one way to skin a cat!”  So I reckon you can add one more thing to our self sufficient list.  It gets longer with each passing month and that is a good thing.

 

End Note: I’m Alive by Janiva Magness from the Stronger For It cd.  This gal can sing the Blues.

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4 comments to Stubborn curmudgeon – I ain’t budgin’

  • Bryan

    Outstanding post. I’m just waiting for the day Vela Von decides to answer you.

    Be good, if you can’t manage that, be good at it

    Stay safe

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    • Andy

      Thanks Bryan.

      Vela Von knows how to complain for sure. If I tell her to do something she does not like, she will ‘fuss’ at me loudly.

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  • Joel

    Years ago, my brother rigged up a bread machine to run in his van during the family T-day trip from CO to MO. He hooked up a spare car battery to an inverter and plugged in the bread machine. They arrived curbside just as the bread finished baking.

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  • Cat

    Love my bread machine and you can make so many varieties with simple ingredients.

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