I have a 4 yr old who is VERY active. For those who have ever met him, they understand. So I've spoken with some SAHM who have also had active children. They all said the same thing, "Keep them busy." Somedays, I feel like all I ever do is chase him from room to room. Well, last week I got the idea to let him knead the bread dough. He loves it! He can hit, punch and squeeze the dough. An added bonus for him is that he gets his hands "dirty". The recipe that I found does NOT have you knead the dough on a floured surface like others do. You use a lightly oiled surface.
For about a year now, I've been making homemade bread from scratch. I have been solely making bread since the fall of '08. I haven't bought a loaf since then. I make about 1 loaf a day. I found an awesome whole wheat bread recipe that isn't hard as a rock. It is soft and delicious. Instead of using sugar, you use honey, molasses or maple syrup. I'm going to start using honey from a local beekeeper since it will be pure and local. It is also about $1 cheaper than the store brand. The recipe is found at www.kingarthurflour.com. There are so many recipes. I'm planning on trying the pretzel recipe after I'm done blogging. Here is the link directly to the bread recipe: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/RecipeDisplay?RID=R428. I also buy the yeast by the brick. I can get 2 bricks for $4 at our local BJ's. You could probably find it at Costco or Sam's Club in the baking aisle. It is more cost effective to buy it by the brick than in the little packets which are about 3 packets for $1. I go through that in a week. A brick of yeast will last about a month. Don't forget to put it in an airtight container in the fridge after opening.