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Few Things Are Better Than This

by Courtney on March 31, 2011

If there is one thing that I have learned since this past Christmas, it’s that there are few things in life that are better than fresh baked, homemade bread!

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It wasn’t always pretty, but thankfully, I think I’ve finally found my go-to loaf: French Baguettes!

If it wasn’t for my bread machine, I don’t know if I’d have ventured into bread-baking. I seriously just LOVE this thing. It’s such a snazzy contraption. Smile

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I have yet to venture outside of using the recipe booklet that came with the machine, but there are some incredible-sounding recipes in there.

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Would you believe that there’s a chocolate chip cookie bread recipe in there? Ummm yeah, that’s definitely a must-try…along with those cinnamon rolls. Winking smile

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Tonight’s baguettes came out just as good, if not better, than my last batch. Here they are just after rising and getting ready to hit the oven…

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Mmmmm…warm, crusty French bread is my paradise. Smile

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To go along with my bread, I cooked up the Potato Corn Chowder soup mix that we bought this past Saturday.

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And I must say that, despite being a pre-packaged soup mix, this chowder had some serious flavor! The recipe called for using 2% or half and half, but I only had 1% on hand, which is why mine looks a little thinner. Nonetheless, it still tasted great AND was a little more “healthified.” Smile

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Not to mention the fact that it acted as the perfect base for some bread dunkage!

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Topped with a little butter…

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This meal was definitely the whole package! Smile

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Of course, as soon as we sat down to eat, somebody was ready to play some fetch

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So we played a few rounds until he tired out.

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But before we knew it, he was back once again…

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but this time, to cuddle. He’s my perfect cuddle buddy!

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And I intend on cuddling with him all night. Smile

Question for Tonight…Fill in the Blank:

Few things in life are better than _________________.

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1 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles March 31, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Few things in life are better than…dark chocolate & wine!

I’m sure that soup was wonderful considering the cold weather you’re having – perfect comforting meal.

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2 Corey @ the runners cookie March 31, 2011 at 7:59 pm

That looks like the perfect crusty bread, especially to go with soup! Store bought bread just does not compare to homemade. I think I should put that machine on my wish list for next Christmas :)
p.s. your kitty is precious!
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3 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 31, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Few things in life are better than summertime.

PS – that bread and soup look absolutely amazing!
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4 Lauren @ Hungry Dancer March 31, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I love that your cat plays fetch!! So funny!!
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5 Kelly March 31, 2011 at 8:16 pm

…that first cup of coffee in the morning. :)
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6 Courtney March 31, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Gooooood call! :)

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7 Tara @ The Game of Life March 31, 2011 at 8:21 pm

That bread looks amazing, but I can’t wait until you make the cinnamon rolls!!! Few things in life are better than icecream or a day of relaxing with the family!
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8 Faith @ lovelyascharged March 31, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Bread + butter, chocolate, warm cinnamon rolls…the list goes on
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9 Kate Horning March 31, 2011 at 8:29 pm

ahh your bread looks amazing I would definitely agree I love the way it makes my house smell! Your cat is precious enjoy cuddling!

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10 Kristi @ KristiAteIt March 31, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Few things in life are better than…coming home from work and your boyfriend asking if you want to go out to eat tonight! :) Yes, please!

Mmmm…your bread looks delicious!
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11 Melissa March 31, 2011 at 8:52 pm

. . . a glass of good wine after a long day.
. . . coffee and Food Network on a Saturday morning.
. . . the first time in the spring you get to sit outside for a drink or dinner.

Have a great night, Courtney!
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12 Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean March 31, 2011 at 8:56 pm

your bread looks amazing!!! i want to grab it out of the pictures ;)
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13 Alexa @ SimpleEats March 31, 2011 at 9:16 pm

I definitely want a piece of bread now. That looks amazing!
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14 Laura March 31, 2011 at 9:17 pm

avocado & a fried egg on toast
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15 Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique March 31, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I need that bread maker. We go through so many loaves of “crusty” bread as we call it in my house, that I actually think this would be an excellent investment. Thanks for sharing! :)
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16 Katy (The Singing Runner) March 31, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Few things in life are better than good friends, good food, and a few good drinks. ;)
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17 CaSaundra March 31, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Wowee..your bread looks straight outta a bakery. Super impressive :-)

Few things in life are better than cupcakes ;-)

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18 Liz @ iheartvegetables March 31, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Few things in life are better than peanut butter ;)
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19 Christina @ Food.Fun.Fabulous. March 31, 2011 at 10:58 pm

I have to agree with Liz – Few things in life are better than peanut butter!
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20 Jen April 1, 2011 at 12:47 am

Looks soooooo good! I’m so jealous, fresh baked bread really IS where it’s at, and yours has me drooling, yum!

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21 Floey April 1, 2011 at 4:02 am

Ahh sooo jealous of your fresh bread with butter :( I don’t have a bread maker and don’t have the time to make my own bread :P Send some to So. Cal? :D

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22 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine April 1, 2011 at 7:21 am

Brave soul…I’m scared to bake bread!!

Few things in life are better than chocolate!
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23 Emily April 1, 2011 at 8:50 am

…a glass of wine on the porch.
…a killer workout that leaves you feeling like you can tackle anything that day.
…hearing “i love you” and knowing it’s the truth.
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24 Presley April 1, 2011 at 10:29 am

We just went to register for our wedding and didn’t register for a bread maker… You (and chocolate chip cookie bread) have me regretting this decision! Maybe I should go back and add it!

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25 Courtney April 1, 2011 at 1:40 pm

YES! DO IT!!! :)

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26 Chelsa April 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm

that bread looks amazing… yum
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27 Sarah April 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I almost want to go out and buy a bread maker and eat bread all day long. This could be a problem
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28 Sarah Lynn April 1, 2011 at 10:01 pm

OMG that last picture of your cat is sooo cute!!! I love cats!
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