I have finally taken the plunge and joined the forum! Yay! Here's some about me:
My name is Sheri, obviously, and I am from Pennsylvania. I've been baking all of my household breads since November - just the basic bread at first and then taking on more and more challenges so that now I do everything - different kinds bread, rolls, etc. - I even tried a sourdough starter that was awesome! I am a daycare provider and all of my child care bread is made by me too, so it's a continual process making bread twice a week, sometimes three times to keep up with demand! (And I freeze it too! We still use that much!) My teenage son loves the bread so if he gets on a toast binge, a loaf could be gone very, very quickly. :-) But I love making the bread, so that's okay.
My challenge lately has been home ground whole wheat. I keep tweaking my recipes that worked when I was buying KA flour, but don't work as well now that I am grinding my own. My hubby got me a wonder mill for Christmas (I think he likes the bread!) so I have been practicing to get it right. Last week I used just a basic sandwich bread recipe and did a 40/40/20 split between ground wheat, store bought bread flour and ground spelt and it was just about perfect. Very nice texture. So hopefully my burger buns and rolls will soon follow and work as well as before.
So, that's my bread making experiences in a nutshell. My other interests are running, biking, yoga - anything outdoorsy like that really and we're a pretty active family that way. It's nice to finally post on the site that has been very helpful to me in my journey!