Easy Baguettes

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Baguette

Fresh, homemade bread. There’s nothing like it. As one local plumber put it, “It’s a heckuva lot better than that ‘boughten’ bread.”

I giggle when I think of “boughten” bread. And I agree!

Now don’t think I’m crazy. Of course I still buy bread at the grocery store. I haven’t figured out a good sandwich bread yet, and I don’t have the patience for sourdough.

But when I have time and am in need of a little bread therapy, I grab my copy of “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day” by Jeff Hertzberg, M.D. and Zoe Francois and crank out some Easy Baguettes.

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Double Chocolate Muffins

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Double Chocolate Muffins

I needed chocolate for breakfast. Yes, NEEDED.

And, petrified that I would soon run out of my chocolate breakfast stash, I cranked out a double-batch of these Double Chocolate Muffins. (Kindergarteners and husbands also seem to enjoy chocolate for breakfast – who knew?)

Yeah, so it’s basically chocolate cake for breakfast. It’s not packed with kale or wheat germ or any other healthy magic.

But it tastes good. And I’ve kinda figured out that’s why I eat. Because food just tastes SO DARN GOOD. (Aren’t you glad we need to eat to survive?)

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Bread

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pumpkin oatmeal bread cut loaf EDIT

I’m about to say something wild. And crazy. Hold on tight, here.

Pumpkin is not just for quick bread.

That’s right. You can make a yeast bread with pumpkin, too! I’m sure you’re all gripping the edges of your seats right now.

Okay, so this may not be a huge revolution to anyone. But when I found this recipe for Pumpkin Oatmeal Bread in the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day book, I was pretty excited. I’ve never made (or heard of) a yeast bread that used pumpkin. So I definitely needed to give it a whirl.

Let’s get started!

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Caramel Glazed Pumpkin Muffins

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Sweet, savory, salty and sensational.

Sweet, savory, salty and sensational.Autumn: Colorful, flavorful, and pumpkin-ful. Mmmmm…

Autumn: SO beautiful. Yet SO BUSY!

Between sports, school activities and attempts to enjoy glorious fall weather, autumn flits away all too soon.

That’s why these muffins MUST MAKE THEIR WAY INTO YOUR LIFE. They are quick, easy, and full of fall festivity. I just made up a tongue twister. Cool.

My 5-year-old daughter LOVES these caramel glazed pumpkin muffins. Since her breakfast is typically eaten in her car seat on the way to school, I love that these muffins are tasty and relatively un-messy.

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