Hi from North Carolina
I am so happy I found this site! I am newly retired as of January 1st. Soon after, a friend gave me her recipe for simple homemade French bread. Almost as a lark, I gave it a try--not fantastic, but good enough to make me poke around with this "homemade bread" thing some more. Long story short, I found "the fresh loaf" and started fine-tuning what I was doing, learning something new all the time. Most recently, I have discovered the joy of baking my measured weight, which I think will make a big difference. I'm visiting Bed Bath & Beyond weekly for new baking equipment, got a danish dough whisk off Amazon.com...you get the picture :-)
About me: My husband and I are empty-nesters who live in a log house in the northern Piedmont area of NC. Between us, we have three adult children (the eldest passed away 2 years ago) and five grandchildren. I am an early retiree at 54, and spent 32 years in the social work field--long, unpredictable hours. This is the first time I've had time to do things like learn bread-making. My husband still works and is loving the domesticity! We have a spoiled sitzu mix and two cats.
And thanks to this site, I've not bought a loaf of bread, bread crumbs, or pizza in weeks :-)