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12/18/14 2:03 P

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Welcome Tom!! sorry to be so late in saying hi..i own a small bakery and i'm my only employee and its Crhistmas so i dont get much time to sleep or breathe or say hi....
if you want to come help me fill the mega cinnamon roll orders i have for next week and be my slave i promise to double in size for you..LOL!! just kidding in case you dont get my humor...

anyhow glad to have you on board!!
Holly

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12/8/14 9:21 P

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You are obviously a wise and honorable woman to pick such a superlative name for you son! emoticon

So what type of baking do you enjoy? Any favorite recipes? Please share!!! emoticon

Peace,

Tom

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12/8/14 2:02 P

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Hello Tom! (A great name~my son is Tom).

Welcome to the team, and to SparkPeople!

I am new to this team too, and I laughed when I read that your interest in baking was rekindled at the same time as your desire to lose weight, because that has happened to me as well.

I am going to embrace it.

Congratulations on your 4 pound loss!!




Peace and Many Blessings!



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12/6/14 4:46 P

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Howdy!

I find it ironic that I finally decided to address the weight issues about a week after I began to rekindle my interest in baking! Great, eh? I guess I'll learn how to be more responsible about EATING what I bake!

Oops, I should probably introduce myself. My name is Tom, a 49-year-old man with a wife and 3 kidlets living in the desert north of Los Angeles, Ca. I won't introduce myself more here for now, but please feel free to check out my blog, where I've talked about myself too much (I'm really not as narcissistic as it makes me seem), or ask me anything about myself, and I'll be happy to answer.

As for my baking hobby, while I'll make an occasional muffin or cookie, my wife tends to bake the sweets more. I'm more interested in breads. My kidlets are urging me to make a Challah sometime soon (I've only made one once before, but it came out pretty well, and the whole braiding thing is kind of fun) so I'll probably do that before Christmas.

Also, last Sunday I began a new sourdough starter. I am now it's slave, as it forces me to feed it regularly, keep in in a nice warm (but not too warm) place, and basically cater to it's whims. My wife and I call it "Shirley." It rewards me by doubling in size every 8-12 hours, and hopefully, preparing itself to make light, fluffy, sour and delicious bread. I figure it will be ready for the first loaves in time for the family Christmas dinner, but I plan on keeping it around beyond that. The longest I've kept a starter thus far has been about a month, and I'm curious to see how more time affects the resulting bread.

My wife also wants me to try a pretzel bread some time. I'm nervous about working with lye (it seems strange to be cooking with Drano), so I'll probably try the recipe with an egg wash first, before going the lye route. There is so much more I want to try: Bagels, Home Made Engligh Muffins, Biscuits (my wife makes Amazing biscuits, using Alton Brown's recipe, but I'd like to see if any of the recipes in the "Bread Bible" are better) and a ton of other yummy baked goods. I'm also looking to learn to make a nice strudel. I'd also like to experiment using my starter to make yummy things like Sourdough Pancakes, Muffins, and other sourdough applications (e.g. I once used my leftover sourdough bread to make a killer bread pudding). All of this experimentation while trying to lose 130 lbs or so!

Anyway, I've really talked too long, haven't I. I'm looking forward to getting to know some of you, trading baking tips and recipes, I'd be especially interested in networking with any sourdough experts, as I've only been interested in it for about a year, and this is only my 3rd time making a starter completely from scratch (although I have tried commercial starters a couple of times).

And, of course, I'd love to hear about how you all manage the healthy, weight-losing lifestyle while still enjoying and indulging your baking hobby.

Oh my, I've gone and blabberred on uncontrollably again, haven't I? Sorry.

Peace, All!

Tom

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