Friday, April 11, 2008

Cousin Consortium

Every now and then my cousin Piper kindly hosts a Cousin Consortium. This is where all the cousins from the O.M. "Spud" Jones side of the family get together for good old-fashioned food and fun. (Okay, so there are only 5 of us cousins in the area, but if any other cousins decide to visit, we will hold a Consortium in their honor!)

Last week, in the spirit of General Conference, food storage, and a sudden spike in the price of wheat, we held a special Friday night edition of the Cousin Consortium during which we made wheat bread completely from scratch. It turned out to be so fun, not too difficult, and, possibly most important, incredibly DELICIOUS! (Now, if you were starving and really had to dip into your food storage and make this, "delicious" would not be most important--just a bonus.)

My in-laws got me this wheat grinder for Christmas. Turns out it's very easy to set up and use.

So easy (borderline fun, in fact!) that the boys had no problem turning out mounds of wheat flour in a matter of minutes. (Okay, well, the Manesse boys could grind it out pretty quick; Evan just had fun.)

Evan wanted to keep grinding wheat after we were finished. He was actually getting pretty good at it. It was funny to see him dip his finger in and taste it every so often. He must have enjoyed it because that turned into him dunking his entire hand in and then licking it off.

When Piper gets me the recipe, I'll show you the step-by-step process. Until then, let's just skip to the important part:

Now that's what I'm talking about! YUM!

Evan had so much fun holding the guinea pigs (which he called piggy pigs when he saw these pictures today). Cute!

And here is a picture Piper took of Owen, just looking cute like he always does. Thanks, Piper!

And thank you for hosting our Consortiums and feeding us and cleaning up after us when we make a disaster out of your house. We always have so much fun and this time, I came home with priceless knowledge and a feeling of confidence in actually knowing what to do with the wheat that I will now be adding to my food storage.


Becky's Place said...

I have so much fun reading your blogs. Thanks for sharing. I'd love to get your bread recipe.

katealyson said...

Ok first of all wow...that bread looks amazing! I'm a bit jealous! Second, holy cow...that picture of Baby Owen is adorable!