Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Bread and Cars

Not to be confused with Bread and Circuses, Bread and Cars is the update on life this week. Well, actually, it's bread and one car. :)

First, the bread. A few days ago, while we were food shopping, I told Marc that I'd like to make a Chocolate Cherry Bread. This is a recipe I've used before, and it's pretty easy. Also, I haven't baked a bread in the oven in ages. Instead, this is the easy way. I put the ingredients in the bread machine, push a few buttons and wait a few hours. Really tough, huh? Well, hey, I do have to put the snipped dried cherries and chilled chocolate chips in at just the right time! :)

So here we go...

Bread machine at the ready

Bernice watches for bread thieves, so I can safely make bread

Dodger is not impressed

Mandy chose not to appear in this post. Something about renegotiating her contract.

A few hours pass, and then...

The finished product

Doesn't it look nice? Tastes great, too!

Now, fast forward a few days (to last night). What is this I spy in the driveway (all wet from the sleet we got this morning)?

Doesn't it have a pretty rear end? I love a pretty rear end!

Cute face, too!

And here's a full body shot!

Of course, I liked this car, or I wouldn't have bought it. But I'm already falling in love with it. It rides and handles like a dream. Plus, the technology in it blows away anything I've ever had in a car. You can tell it what you want to do, and I love that. It works seamlessly with my iPod (complete control is from the dash and steering wheel--and I can just tell it to play the iPod, as well as speaking dozens of other commands). It has something called "Intelligent Cruise Control" which stays at the set speed, unless we're getting closer than the set distance (that's something I can adjust) from a car ahead of us, and then it will back off safely.

I could go on and on, but I'll spare you that. The bottom line is that I love it!


ATG said...

I love how Bernice is so diligent at her post. :)

(Why is my word verification: ponucki? LOL!)

Todd HellsKitchen said...

Happy New Year!

Don't eat too much bread!

Greg said...

Mmm.... That bread looks delicious!!!!

Happy New Year to you both and to the pups!

Will said...

Chocolate cherry bread sounds very heaven. Might the recipe be sent to a fellow blogger who owns a bread machine and makes most of his and his husband's bread? Considerable amounts of appreciation would be involved!

Jess said...

ATG: She always is! :)

Todd: Thanks! You, too, and we didn't!

Greg: Thanks, and to you, too!

Will: The bread recipe has been sent. Enjoy!

Pua; Bakin' and Tendin' Bar said...

Ho'omaika'i (congrats) on the new car! I'm jealous. With three college tuitions to pay, I will be driving my 15 year old van until it literally becomes roadkill! Enjoy it to the max.

God, I can smell that awesome bread!

Jess said...

Pua: Thanks, but your kids have a much better return than any car! Still, as well as I know that, and as many times as we try, we just can't seem to get pregnant! ;)

Now, as for the bread, I can send the recipe or you can just come for a visit and we'll make you some!

Pua; Bakin' and Tendin' Bar said...

Jess; Charlie and I have played with the idea of buying a bread machine for YEARS now. Honestly, after I read your post and saw your beautiful bread, I told him that I'd really like a bread machine for an anniversary gift and I'd even take back my "no appliances as a gift" rule (after 29 years!). So it looks like we may be hitting some of those January clearance sales to look for a machine. Yes! I'd love the recipe. Of course, I'd much rather visit you, but until such opportunity presents itself, I'll settle for the next best thing!

Jess said...

Pua: I only just realized that I don't have your e-mail address. Hmmm. Write to me. Now, how shall I do this to avoid getting more spam? Okay... My e-mail address is my first name together with the number 466 (all as one word) then the "at" followed by optonline-dot-net

Got that? :) Leave another comment if that doesn't work. Assuming it does work, I'll send the recipe along!