One Lovely Blog Award & The Breadmaking Machine

My heartfelt thanks to Keyur Panchel at Keep Picturing, who has an awesome photography blog and was kind enough to nominate me for the One Lovely Blog Award back in mid-September … sorry about the time-slippage on my part D:

Here are the rules of the award

1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog
2. List the rules and display the award
3. List 7 facts about yourself
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on 1 of their posts to let them know they’ve been nominated.

Now I’m going to cheat and break all the rules. This is my twelfth award and I’m running out of new things to say about myself, but you can read plenty of random/eccentric facts from earlier posts via my page Blogging Awards

Before you do this, I’m going to tell you about “The Gadget” that has recently boosted my standing as a domestic demi-goddess: a fact of sorts … hah πŸ˜‰ And please do stick around to find out who I’ve nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award.

Story Of The Gadget

“What would you like for your birthday?” asked Mister.

“A breadmaking machine,” I replied.

“But women get cross if men give them a household gadget for a birthday present.”

“Not if they’ve requested it.”

Even though my birthday was still a month off, he ordered the machine straight away from Amazon, and immediately it arrived, we had to check it worked and after I’d cooked my first loaf, it seemed silly to miss out on waiting until my birthday to cook another loaf, or two or three …

Not only can this amazing machine be used for bread-making, but also for cakes, pizza dough, and jam-making. So far, I’ve cooked wholemeal loaves, French loaves, and a coffee cake. Apart from them tasting better than the shop-brought stuff, they’re also much healthier as there are no additives. As for the new topping I’ve discovered for wholemeal toast — yum, super-nutritious organic cashew nut butter with sugar-free pomegranate and raspberry jam.

PS Will be providing a report on increases in the waistlines of Mr and Mrs Potter in due course!

Homemade Bread

Β My Nominations

I’m going to break another rule and just nominate three lovely blogs I’ve started following fairly recently, which means they haven’t received nominations, or multiple nominations for awards from me before. The links I’ve provided will take you straight to their “about” pages, which describes them far better than I can!

The Eloquent Garden

A View From My Summerhouse

A Delectable Life

Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

17 thoughts on “One Lovely Blog Award & The Breadmaking Machine”

  1. Congrats on the award, Sarah. You do have a ‘lovely blog’. Before we packed all our stuff to leave South Africa, our daughter sent us her bread machine which she bought in Canada. As the voltage was wrong when they moved back to South Africa, she hadn’t been able to use it. When our container arrives some time next year, I’m sure our waistlines might expand if we’re not careful. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Sylvia, for your kind comment about my blog πŸ™‚

      Re the waistline thing in our family: I’m a little underweight but don’t like butter, while Mister is pretty well insulated (I’m trying to be being polite here) and loves his butter!

      I bet you’re looking forward to your container arriving.

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      1. Yes we are, but it can only happen once we get our ‘Green Cards’ and have finished the house renovations, as there’s too much stuff for our present house. My husband also loves butter, and it shows. πŸ™‚

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  2. I inherited (or was given, whichever you prefer) my parents’ bread machine, but it was an older, less-fancy model, but only used it many years ago, once or twice (and I was less than pleased with my results). I’ve also tried making my own bread from scratch, but only once or twice, so it was pretty flat. Congratulations on the award; you do have a lovely blog and writerly voice, Sarah!


    1. I’ve had a few sunken loaves. The ones that have worked best are when the water or milk has been luke-warm and the yeast straight out of the fridge: also, when I’ve put the things in the pan in this order — liquid, wholemeal flour, white bread flour, sugar, dried yeast. And the flour must be of a strong variety.

      I used to make bread by hand, but there isn’t anywhere with a constant, warm enough temperature in my current house to raise the dough.

      Thanks for your kind comment about my blog, Leigh πŸ™‚

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  3. Went to use my bread machine yesterday for the first time in ages only to discover it has died, a new one is now on my shopping list for the new year


  4. Now Sarah,I’m so glad I read this because I had a bread making machine once in the States, never used it and left it behind with a friend. But for some time, I’ve strongly considered getting one but this time to actually use it! I think you might have just sold me…! Thank you too very much for your lovely nomination, so kind of you to think of me – and thanks for the links to the other blogs too, I look forward to checking them out. I’m so far behind, yet to do the 777 post, but don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten πŸ™‚

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  5. As you can see from what I’ve said at the beginning of this post, I can get very behind with following up on nomination or tagging responses. So please, Sherri, take as long as you like.

    So glad I’ve sold the idea of a breadmaking machine to you πŸ™‚


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