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Friday, July 22, 2011

From "Big Fat Chicken" to "Little Red Hen"

I finally ordered my grain mill.  Finally. 

I've only had my hard white wheat berries since January.  Don't even start to count the months! 

I researched and procrastinated...
...and researched some more...
...and procrastinated even more. 


I tend to do that (the research and procrastinate part...oh, who am I kidding?  I do the sighing thing, too.) when I'm not sure what to do about something.  I recognize it as a flaw.  That's the first step to recovery, right, admitting you have a problem?

I got the WonderMill grain mill.  Love it!  It cost the same at every reputable dealer I checked, and because we have Amazon Prime (which I got for free!  I need to do a post on that one!), shipping was free. 


Side note --  If I'm going to order something online, Amazon's one of my go-to places because we have free shipping, and their return policy is great!  (No, they have no idea I'm writing about them right now.)

So I got the grain mill on a Saturday determined to open the box and start grinding that wheat. 

Monday...Tuesday...Wednesday.....nothing happened.  Are you sensing a pattern here?

Thursday...Friday...Saturday...Seriously?  Oh for heaven's sake!  Just grind the darn wheat!...

Sunday...Monday...Like the title says -- "Big Fat Chicken!"  I certainly qualified. 

What in the world did I think was going to happen? 
Was I afraid it would explode?
burn down the house?
spray flour everywhere? (not a completely unfounded concern)

I was unsure, so I procrastinated. 

I really don't like that about myself.

So, the Monday 9 days (yes, 9 days!) after I got my grain mill, I finally ground my first batch of wheat to make my bread (hence "The Little Red Hen"). 

And nothing bad happened.  No wheat spewed; there was no fire or explosion; it actually was over relatively quickly.  It didn't even make the baby cry.  Huh. 

Then I made my first loaves of whole wheat bread. with wheat I had ground.
What an accomplishment!
And...since I had some over ripe bananas, and once I get my  booty in gear I tend to be an over achiever I made two loaves of walnut banana bread and two loaves of craisin applesauce bread. 

It rocked.  This week, I actually made whole wheat bread...twice. 

Oh my.  This could get dangerous.


  1. That's exactly my process of deliberating over a purchase. It's tiring, isn't it?!
    Since March when I was in Germany at my aunt's, I've been thinking about getting grain and grinding it myself - for baking, but also for fresh muesli. I finally found a company here in the UK that sells 'sack grain' after a lot of internet searching, but now am feeling a little too stingy to buy a mill. Have been thinking for some time about buying a KitchenAid - which you can also get a mill attachment for - but have space and electrical 'challenges' in my kitchen. Hope you keep enjoying your freshly milled flour. :-)

  2. I hope you find one you like! If you haven't checked out amazon.com to read the reviews, I highly recommend it! Even if I'm buying something elsewhere I check their reviews. It's been eye opening! (Nice to know I'm not alone in my methods!)

  3. I'm proud of you Carrie...I didn't know you had a blog...I'm looking forward to getting to know you a bit better through it. I make bread daily and sell it even (on Thursday and Fri. I grind about 10 hoppers full in our Nutrimill.) Love, "Aunt" Val Colvin

  4. Thanks, Aunt Val! It's a new season for me, & I'm really enjoying it!