I am writing this post during a rare moment of complete calm. I’m sitting at my dining room table, watching a loaf of Irish brown bread baking in the oven. Riley has just gone down for his nap and the dog is laying in a sunny spot in the backyard, soaking in the warmth. Between the smell of the bread and the quiet peace throughout the house, I am completely content. The only thing that will make this scenario even better is taking the bread out of the oven and helping myself to a warm slice slathered with soft, sweet butter and raspberry jam.
Quiet moments like these are far and few between. In the midst of chasing after a toddler, a puppy, housework, and blogging, don't have the time or energy for complicated recipes with laundry lists of ingredients. Instead, I find myself looking for recipes that are quick and simple without being boring. This Irish brown bread recipe is perfect for afternoons when I really want to bake but don't have the time or patience to wait for rising. The ingredients are humble and few. In fact, you may have most of the ingredients in your pantry already. And the best part? The dough comes together in as little as 5 minutes. I can make this bread even when Riley is awake and playing at my feet with mixing bowls and wooden spoons. And an added bonus? This bread is super healthy!
Occasionally, I miss the days when I actually had control over...well...anything. But thoughts like that are quickly forgotten when my Cheerio-loving little boy smiles and I realize over and over again that this life I have today is better because of the unpredictable moments and messes.