slow down.

I've recently started out on a journey called "7". 7 months, 7 areas of life to stop and take notice. An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess as the book title describes. I'm reading through this book with a group of women who are also taking time to stop and consider the same - we are all friend of a friend, facebook friend of friends - connected by the interwebs.

Our first month to take stock of is food. If you know me, you know food is one of the moons that orbit my world very closely. I love to explore my kitchen, my town, and far away cities through food. It only makes sense that if I'm going to through myself into an all out "mutiny against excess" that Alicia Sturdy starts with food. I made a list of 7 areas of my life+food that I would eliminate and/or be intentional about.

My first order of business is number 5: Eliminate Store Bought Bread. So last night I made some from scratch.

I don't know if you've ever made bread from scratch...but it definitely takes time. And patience. And waiting. But when I took that first bite of toast this morning as I was (of course) rushing through my morning routine, this thought entered my mind:

"It tastes like real bread."

Have I been so rushed, so on the move that I haven't stopped to notice what bread tastes like? One thing I have been noticing has been slipping out of my daily life, is time. Time to take things slow. Time to sit and read a book. Time to sit down at the dining table to eat. Time to reflect & grow. I have been rushing, throwing things together, and leaving a messy wake as I go forward.

And these six little ingredients, they are helped me stop, even for a second. To slow down. To savor.

1/2 cup warm milk 1/4 cup warm water 2 1/2 tsp yeast 2 tsp sugar 2 cups flour 1 tsp salt