Friday, May 15, 2015

The Problem of Bread

Giveaway of $10 Amazon gift card!

I don’t know about you, but carbs are my downfall. I love every little gluten-containing baked good out there but none so much as bread. Because it’s The Best.  

And fortunately – or unfortunately – I also enjoy baking. When our family was young and growing, I baked a lot: French bread, brown bread, focaccia bread, I can even make a luscious high-fiber, high-protein multi-grain loaf that I refuse to feel guilty about.
Now, however, with our last chick poised on the edge of the nest, and my husband determined to avoid middle-aged spread (and the carbs that cause it) that leaves only me to eat it all, an option frowned upon by my doctor.

So I rarely bake anymore. Now, I make my characters bake! And I’ve got to tell you, it’s almost as good as doing it myself. There’s nothing sexier than a man who knows his way around a kitchen, am I right?

Below is an excerpt of my latest hero, a brewmaster and restaurateur, baking bread for a little girl who won’t eat and an executive secretary who thinks she can turn him into a daddy. What do you think? 

I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to one lucky commenter, so tell me your feelings about bread. Love it, leave it, bake it, buy it, how do you take your bread? And how would you feel if you got up in the middle of the night and found someone like Dane in your kitchen, with flour on his cheek?

Dane turned back to his dough viciously, taking out all the sexual frustration over Pam, all his helplessness with his daughter, all his self-loathing onto the mess in front of him. The darkness outside the window mirrored the bleak state of his heart and mind, but little by little, the peaceful night sounds worked their soothing magic.

He’d forgotten just how therapeutic kneading could be. The rhythmic motion, throwing your strength behind your hands, pound, lift, turn, pound, lift, turn, over and over, until the sticky lump coalesced into something else.

A few plain ingredients, transformed. 

Making something wonderful out of nothing. 

Dane stopped kneading and straightened up. His hands were nearly clean, all the bits taken up by the dough, now silky smooth, warm, and yielding.

He set it into a greased bowl and covered it with a cloth. 

Once his life had been like this. He applied strength and determination to a messy problem until the stickiness went away, strands of sense formed and suddenly a hopeless mess was transformed into something beautiful, delectable, something everyone wanted.

Now, no matter how hard he tried, no one wanted what he had to offer.

The Millionaire Daddy Project 

Sign: Leo

He takes control...and gives all kinds of pleasure

In the space of about a second, successful restaurateur Dane Bergman has gone from millionaire playboy to daddy. Now he's the sole guardian of a very adorable and willful four-year-old child, and he's counting on his executive assistant, Pamela Atwater, to save his ass. Even if it means bringing her along on a month-long ocean-side retreat...

Pamela Atwater prides herself on being the perfect assistant. Whatever Dane wants or needs, she's there—pretending to ignore Dane's golden charm and drop-dead gorgeousness. On vacation, however, Pamela sees a side of Dane she never imagined. And it's a side that tempts her to cross the line between professional and personal. But is one month enough time to prove to Dane that his perfect assistant might just be his perfect match?


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  1. When I was a kid, our family had hamsters growing up and when they passed, my parents tried to adopt a kitty for the family. Unfortunately, that's when we found out I was really allergic to pets. But a lot of my friends have pets and one of my good friends has adopted shelter animals and she loves them to bits.

    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

  2. We always had some kind of pet in our home when the kids were young but the one that sticks with me the most was a chinchilla. He loved popcorn! His cage was in a corner of our huge country kitchen so when I made popcorn, he would stand at the side of the cage and squeak at me to give him some. Two pieces was a meal for him.


  3. We always had some kind of pet in our home when the kids were young but the one that sticks with me the most was a chinchilla. He loved popcorn! His cage was in a corner of our huge country kitchen so when I made popcorn, he would stand at the side of the cage and squeak at me to give him some. Two pieces was a meal for him.


  4. We fed a feral cat for many months. Sadly she stayed feral and was killed when a car hit her. yenastone at aol dot com

  5. I have always had pets around... many were adopted... dogs, cats, birds, rodents... a few we rescued... this one parakeet I have... so beautiful... came by my sister's ex-boyfriend... he returned from a trip and found that his roommate got tired of having the parakeets and tossed them cage and all in the shed outside in the middle of Winter... sadly one had died and was at the bottom of the cage... how cruel can people be... well now Lemon has been with me a few years still has some signs of trauma, but he has made friends with the other birds in my house... talks to them everyday.

  6. no to either

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  7. I buy my bread but I wouldn't turn down someone like Dane in my kitchen

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  8. oh I am a bread lover, I littereally had to stop buying it all together because I just crave it lol, homemade or fresh baked is the best :D

  9. I confess..Imam a bread addict!

  10. I love bread the sweeter the better. Years ago I found a wonderful recipe that uses mash potatoes, they are so sweet and moist you do not even need to drink when eating. I love to bake but as you with the kids gone I do not bake as much as I used to.

  11. I love bread too, but I avoid carbs most of the time due to blood sugar issues, so bread is an occasional treat.

  12. I'm not much of a baker but I love the smell of fresh baked bread. If I can't buy it, I'd definitely take a Dane in my kitchen making one :)

    thebigbluewall77 (at) gmail (dot) com

  13. I used to do pottery and loved wedging the many pounds of clay almost as much as working the clay on the wheel! And I love kneading bread dough - one day I managed to bake 42 loaves of bread (4 different varieties), using my bread hook (Braun), my microwave (to do a very fast first rise), and two ovens! The place smelled wonderful for another day or so... Fresh, with butter of course. Perfect.

  14. I love bread, especially sourdough, though I probably should be more conscious of my intake now that I'm older and apparently can no longer process all the yummy foodstuffs as easily as in the past. No baking here, unless someone like Dane were to drop by and put his skills to use. kateivan {at} aol {dot} com


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