Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Yays and Boos

It's been a while since I've done one of those, but today it seems deserved.

Yay! I love the post office by my office.  There's never a line, even during the lunch hour, and the postal worker who mans the desk is the cutest old man.  And he's ridiculously helpful.  It seems like something small, but being able to run a quick errand that actually turns out quick is kind of a big deal.

Boo!  The new law clerk is driving me nuts.  Was I ever that young and clueless?  I now spend half my day giving him direction/redirection. 

Yay! Another case gone.  Granted I only got involved with it last week, but we got word today that the appellate counsel is officially taking over, so I don't have to worry about more being tossed on my plate.

Boo!  Thatbaby has gotten into the habit of sneaking in a last nap after daycare.  And somehow that translates to a late dinner while we wait for him to wake up.

Yay!  With our fridge and freezer officially stocked full of bread, at least we have something to snack on while we wait for dinner!

Whole Wheat Bread with Wheat Berries (From the Fannie Farmer Cookbook)
1/2 cup wheat berries
1 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp salt
1 pkg yeast
2 cups cups wheat flour
4 cups white flour
  1. Simmer the wheat berries in water to cover for several hours or until soft.  
  2. Bring 1/2 cup water to a boil, mix it with the milk, sugar, and salt in a large bowl and let cool to lukewarm.
  3. In a separate container, measure 1/2 cup of warm water, stir in the yeast, and let stand 5 minutes to dissolve.
  4. Add the dissolved yeast, the whole-wheat flour, and 2 cups of the white flour to the first mixture.  Beat thoroughly, then turn out onto a lightly floured board, adding enough flour so that the dough handles easily.
  5. Knead for a few minutes and let rest for 10 minutes.  Add as much of the remaining flour as necessary to keep the dough from being sticky.
  6. Resume kneading for 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic.  Place in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm spot until double in bulk.
  7. Punch down and knead in the wheat berries.  
  8. Shape into two loaves.  Place in greased loaf pans, cover,, and let rise again until almost double in bulk.
  9. Preheat oven to 375.  Bake bread for about 45 minutes.  Remove bread and cool on racks.


  1. Oh that bread sounds so amazing!!

    And seriously... lucky about the post office by your work! The lines at the post office are the WORST!

  2. Ugh. I have to go to the post office tomorrow. I am seriously unthrilled about this!

  3. The post office by my apartment is always a disaster. It's no wonder I dread mailing ANYTHING. I love the crunch of wheat berries in bread! (and in life in general)

  4. I like your last Yay... like my fridge to be stocked with lots of food :D I have try baking with wheat berries before and this bread looks amazing.

  5. that bread sound delicious.

  6. I really need to start making some bread. Looks too good to pass up. Sorry about the young/clueless law clerk. My gosh, I HOPE that I wasn't that bad as a young one, but I'm sure that I was. Sometimes I remind myself of that when I want to throw things at the junior associates .. .