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Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway – Day 1!

Welcome to day 1 of my Twelve Days of Christmas giveaway!

Today’s giveaway is all about the bread. Bethlehem, home of Christ’s birth, means House of Bread. And, House of Bread is my publishing imprint for my cookbooks!

We kick off the 12 days of Christmas with a glass bread pan and an autographed copy of The Walking Bread.

Here’s how you can win:

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This giveaway is open to everyone everywhere. The giveaway for all 12 days will end on December 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm est. As the 12 days progress, these links will be live:
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Monday Morning Chat – We’re Talking Cookbooks!

Hello! Welcome to Monday morning coffee and chat!

I really appreciate all of the questions that I get from my readers! Don’t forget that November 6th, I’ll be doing the chat with my boys and we’ll be discussing autism. So, if you have a question for Scott (who is autistic), Johnathan (who has a brother with autism), or me (as a parent with an autistic child), then make sure you click the link in the sidebar, which will take you to the Google form and you can ask your question!

Today I’m answering the question:

What is your favorite of the cookbooks?

Love the question! I hope you learn more about me as a writer through my response:

 

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Delicious Whole Grain Bread — Revised!

Those of you who have made the Delicious Whole Grain Bread out of The Walking Bread, the Bread Will Rise cookbook or the Hallee the Homemaker website, be prepared for a WONDERFUL revision!

This is my family’s daily bread. I make three or four loaves a week. It is perfect for day-to-day bread needs: sandwiches, toast, gravy mopper. But, the other morning, I was completely out of milk and dried milk. My husband, Gregg, was away at National Guard and I had a friend coming over for lunch, so I had no option but to improvise.

I used 1/2 cup buttermilk and 1/2 cup water instead of water and dried milk (or the way I’ve been making it lately – 1 cup skim milk in lieu of water and dried milk.) Gasp! It was PERFECT and, I think, BETTER. Look how beautiful it rose up!

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If you’ve not tried the recipe, here it is. I promise you, this will become your new go-to daily bread recipe!
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I used to make Honey Oatmeal Bread for our daily bread use. It is SO DELICIOUS and you honestly have never tasted toast as good as this bread makes toast. However, it doesn’t do well for most sandwiches — it’s a little too sweet and a little too crumbly. So, in researching writing The Walking Bread; The Bread Will Rise!, I came across a new recipe that I tried out. I have to say – I’ve never had homemade whole wheat bread that is this moist and this wonderful.

I LOVE this recipe. I modified it from the original recipe – using a fresh ground mixture of hard red and hard white wheat, removing any call for white flour, and replacing brown sugar with raw honey. It made the recipe even better, in my opinion.

INGREDIENTS:

3 TBS honey (pure, raw, local honey is always best)
1 cups warm water
2 1/4 tsp dry yeast (1 packet)
3 cups flour (I use a combination of fresh ground hard red and hard white wheat. If you don’t use fresh ground wheat, use unbleached white flour)
1/4 cup plus 2 TBS powdered milk
1 teaspoon salt (Kosher or Sea salt is best)
3 TBS butter

SUPPLIES:

two large bowls
measuring cups and spoons
wooden spoon or stand mixer with dough hook attachment
small saucepan
thermometer if desired
rolling pin
1 bread pan
towel to cover bowl while dough is rising

PREPARATION:

Lightly grease a large bowl to use for rising the bread
Melt the butter. If you are using 1 cup skim milk instead of water and dried milk, heat the skim milk with the butter until it is “just” warm – you don’t want to feel heat when you touch it. If you are using the water and buttermilk method, heat those when you melt the butter as well.

 

DIRECTIONS:

Mix 1 TBS honey with warm water (or milk or water/buttermilk combo, depending on your version of the recipe). Add yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Place 2 cups flour, the dry milk and salt in large bowl. Blend until well mixed. If using your stand mixture, turn on to speed 2 and add the remaining honey and the water/yeast mixture. Add the melted butter. (If mixing by hand, mix well)

Add remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time until the dough is no longer sticky.

Knead with the stand mixer for 2 minutes, or knead by hand for 10 minutes (see note).

Once the dough becomes smooth and elastic, put it into a lightly greased bowl. Turn it once and cover with a light towel. Let it sit in a warm spot until it doubles in bulk. It will take about an hour.

Punch the dough down. Roll dough into a rectangle and roll up tightly.

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formed loaf

Pinch the ends and place in a greased loaf pan.

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Cover and let rise in a warm place until nearly double in size.

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Bake at 400° degrees F (205° degrees C) for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350° degrees F (180° degrees C) and bake 20 to 30 minutes longer When you tap the loaf, if it sounds hollow, it’s done.

Remove from pan and immediately place on cooling rack.

YIELD:

1 loaf

NUTRITION: ~*~
High in selenium
High in thiamine
whole wheat bread nutrition
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NOTES:

I would love to hear any feedback about this recipe. Did you make it? Did you enjoy it? Did you make any adjustments to it?

I use a bread machine to mix my dough. I simply put all of the ingredients in the bread machine, without heating anything, and let the machine do all the work for me.

I’ve never made it with store-bought whole wheat flour — only fresh ground. If you’re using store-bought, you might to use unbleached white instead.

I have used 1 cup skim milk in lieu of the water and dried milk.

When adding the honey, if you have a source of local, pure, raw honey ask for the honey comb as well. Including the comb is good for you because consuming the comb increases your resistance to local allergens. And, in this case, I find that it makes for a more moist, melts-in-your mouth bread upon completion.

Often, yeast will not proof well in certain types of metal or plastic containers. Glass is best because it is nonporous, but ceramic or enamel also works.

How to knead dough by hand: Go to the link below to see a YouTube video with detailed instructions on how to knead dough by hand:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWj8oHMPFm0

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Save on THE WALKING BREAD during National Whole Grain Month!

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Warm up your sense of humor …

September is National Whole Grain Month! To celebrate, I’ve put THE WALKING BREAD on sale for 20% off!

For the paperback: Enter the promo code SEPTGRAINS when purchasing directly from me. Follow this link. Make sure you let me know in the notes section who I can sign the book to.

For the ebook: Enter the promo code CA76X when purchasing from Smashwords. Follow this link.

These are the only two places you can get the 20% off. Celebrate Whole Gran Month with this awesome deal!

While confronting and redeeming a recent popular secular phenomenon, Hallee Bridgeman, A.K.A. “Hallee the Homemaker” finds every grain of truth in her second whole food, real food cookbook with in-depth analysis and amazing recipes of yeast breads, quick breads, sourdoughs, and breads using grains other than wheat. The Walking Bread is a cookbook wrapped in a parody surrounded by a comedy with a tongue firmly inserted into a cheek — but the recipes are “dead serious” and may leave readers searching for all the tasty bread crumbs.

“I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” John 6:48-51

Readers, bakers, homemakers, and cooks all over the world will find themselves slathering the good stuff atop the muffins or corn bread; speeding through the quick breads; and going ape of over the banana bread. These bread recipes are so good, so healthy, and so easy you will want to pass them down from generation to generation.

Rave Reviews for The Walking Bread …

“I was in a loaf or death situation yeasterday, then I found this cookbook! Now I’m on a roll.”
A homemaker in the USA TODAY said

“I used to rack my grain for hours trying to bake. I made such great bread with this book, my husband brought me flours.”
THE TIMES this has been said are numerous

“If you knead to get serious about the zombie apocalypse, this cookbook is ammunition.”
We’re sure the DAILY MIRROR wishes they had quoted this

“Instead of loafing around, I learned how to bake! Now I don’t feel so crumby!”
Part of SOUTHERN LIVING is overhearing these kinds of remarks now and then

Muffin wrong with this cookbook. If you’re serious about saving some dough, you butter memorize it. It’s the yeast you can do.”
A reader in WEST VIRGINIA JOURNALed

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The Walking Bread; The Bread Will Rise! Is Now Available!

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Book 2 in my Parody Cookbook Series, The Walking Bread; The Bread Will Rise! is now available! It will be available in ebook form ONLY on Amazon for the time being. You can get it at this link. It will be available in paperback everywhere.

While confronting and redeeming a recent popular secular phenomenon, Hallee Bridgeman, A.K.A. “Hallee the Homemaker” finds every grain of truth in her second whole food, real food cookbook with in-depth analysis and amazing recipes of yeast breads, quick breads, sourdoughs, and breads using grains other than wheat. The Walking Bread is a cookbook wrapped in a parody surrounded by a comedy with a tongue firmly inserted into a cheek — but the recipes are “dead serious” and may leave readers searching for all the tasty bread crumbs.

“I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” John 6:48-51

Readers, bakers, homemakers, and cooks all over the world will find themselves slathering the good stuff atop the muffins or corn bread; speeding through the quick breads; and going ape of over the banana bread. These bread recipes are so good, so healthy, and so easy you will want to pass them down from generation to generation.

“I was in a loaf or death situation yeasterday, then I found this cookbook! Now I’m on a roll.”
A homemaker in the USA TODAY said

“I used to rack my grain for hours trying to bake. I made such great bread with this book, my husband brought me flours.”
THE TIMES this has been said are numerous

“If you knead to get serious about the zombie apocalypse, this cookbook is ammunition.”
We’re sure the DAILY MIRROR wishes they had quoted this

“Instead of loafing around, I learned how to bake! Now I don’t feel so crumby!”
Part of SOUTHERN LIVING is overhearing these kinds of remarks now and then

Muffin wrong with this cookbook. If you’re serious about saving some dough, you butter memorize it. It’s the yeast you can do.”
A reader in WEST VIRGINIA JOURNALed

50Sog3To celebrate the release of The Walking Bread; The Bread Will Rise, Book 2 of the Parody Cookbook Series, Fifty Shades of Gravy; A Christian Gets Saucy! book 1 of the Parody Cookbook Series is FREE!

Yes! FREE! On September 3-4, Fifty Shades of Gravy will be FREE in ebook form! Click this link to get the free book on Amazon!

SI_New_ebook_v1.4In other news: Sapphire Ice is 99¢ everywhere it’s sold in e-book form all month long!
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Robin’s heart is as cold as her deep blue eyes. After a terrifying childhood, she trusts neither God nor men. With kindness and faith, Tony prays for the opportunity to shatter the wall of ice around her heart. When a frigid phantom from the forgotten past threatens their future, Tony’s unshakable confidence and Robin’s new-found faith must melt the threatening maelstrom.

If you have read any of my books, it would do me such an honor if you would leave a review for them. I LOVE hearing from you and love honest reviews!!

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Exhausting Busy Week

This has been such an incredibly busy week, writing-wise:

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All of the Jewel books started the week in the top 100 Christian romances on Amazon.

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I had a feature in InD’tale Magazine for my upcoming cookbook, The Walking Bread.

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I had a feature interview in Book Fun Magazine, focusing on A Melody for James.

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I was the featured interview on The Christian Authors Show talking about my upcoming release, A Melody for James.

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I found out that Emerald Fire is a finalist for RONE Award Inspirational Novel of the Year!

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I’ve been writing recipes and discussion questions for readers’ guides, and working with my cover artist to redo and rebrand my covers.

I’ve had a lot going on away from the computer, too.

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I built a rose garden in my front yard. My vegetable garden is in the state where it requires almost daily care with new growth, weeding, and all of the things that come with a garden.

AND — EXCITING!! 0 For the first time in a LONG time, our family is going on a family vacation that has NOTHING to do with extended family, friends, or the military. We leave Thursday evening and are headed down to Louisiana, and will split our time between New Orleans and Gulfport, Mississippi. I am SO ready for a break, for relaxation, for family time.

The day we return is the publication date for A Melody for James (stay tuned for purchase links!), and the garden will need some serious care after a week’s absence. Everything will get crazy busy again. For today, though, while I’m insanely trying to prepare my house for our house sitter, catch up on laundry so that I can pack, and seriously weed my garden so that nothing dies in our absence, I’m just imagining how wonderful it will be to kick back at the pool in our resort or sip coffee at Cafe Dumond.

The next post you get from me will be the announcement of the book sale!

Have a WONDERFUL week — and don’t forget to plan to spoil your husbands and dads for Father’s Day!

Hallee Bridgeman Precious Signature


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