Stuff and stuffing……

Steven and I were talking about all the changes and adjustments we have made over the last 5 or so years.  When the economy crashed some years back, the construction industry was the first to feel it.  The work was intermittent for a year, then sporadic for a while, then layoff’s hit.  Steven was with out work for the first time in 20 years!  The industry didn’t recover and go back to work for almost 2 years.  In those 2 years, we made so many adjustments.  We really went back to the basics, got rid of any unnecessary luxuries like the cable, Netfliks, movie dates, etc.

Our garden became a life line!  We joked about going shopping in the garden.  If we couldn’t grow it, we went without it.  During that time we learned to make a package of chicken breasts stretch to four or five meals.  I have always been a baker and thank goodness I was because it was imperative to cut costs.   The Franco American Bakery is not too far from our home.  We had never really gone in regularly, just at the holiday’s.   Now we were going in once every two weeks and buying the day old breads.  I couldn’t make bread for a buck a loaf.

Leading up to our first Thanksgiving during this time period, we got the idea to try drying our own bread for the stuffing.  We had a dehydrator and the french bread loaves from Franco American.  Seemed like the perfect solution.  The bags (small bags) of stuffing mix were over two dollars each and a loaf of bread was a dollar.  The loaf made the equivalent of 2 plus bags of the store bought kind.  What the heck……


So, together we diced up two loaves of french bread (extra sour of course) and spread them out on our trays.


Each loaf filled 4 trays.  In about 4 hours we had our bread cubed and bagged for our Thanksgiving feast.

Since then, Steven was called back by the Union Hall and working steadily since.  I stumbled into a new job, with the aid of our son, Shamus.  I started working around 6 to 7 months before Steven went back to work.  Some of changes and adjustments we made during those years have stuck.  We still have no cable, the garden is still a place to shop, and we still visit the Franco American Bakery regularly for the day old bread!  At the beginning of every November, we also dry our bread for stuffing.  It was the best tasting stuffing we ever had and it has now become a tradition.

Is necessity the Mother of invention?  Truly, that is an undeniable YES!    Cyn


About designbycyn

Sonoma County, California ceramic enthusiasts Cyn and Steven Gradek have worked in the clay medium since 1996. They had a retail store where they held classes and provided the essentials for fellow ceramic enthusiasts. The business evolved into producing for other retail outlets and artist. Which quickly grew and they closed the retail storefront and concentrated on the wholesale business. With their 3 children raised and on their own, they had time to pursue their own creativity. Cyn learned how to embroider from her Grandma Cirner at a young age. After that she found sewing, cross stitching, crocheting, well you get the jist, LOL. She hasn't met a craft that she hasn't liked. Blogging was suggested by her youngest daughter, Colleen. At first it was a battle to get her to try it, but eventually Cyn started to enjoy the exercise. The blog on Cyn's website was limiting, so Colleen got her started with Wordpress. Hope you enjoy her Adventures with Creativity!
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