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Baking warmed our hearts! 

Hello there everyone! Happy Sunday! We wanted to write today to tell you about the most awesome experience that we had yesterday! We went to a bread-making class at Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State! They have Creations Classes that the two of us go to every now and then. We really wanted to try the breads class and then share some of the fun with you. 

We were so excited when we walked in the classroom. It had individual workspaces set up for each guest. All of the ingredients were measured out for us and the recipes and a Kroger gift card were on our workspaces!

We got the opportunity to bake a ciabatta, 5 grain, and a semolina bread. We learned how to make the starters with premium ingredients & how to use the industrial mixers.

We even got to use the hearth steam and convection ovens.

We ended up taking home 18 total loaves of bread. Chef and his assistants packed up ingredients for us to make all of the loaves again at home. They even sent us home with two different compound butters to try on some toasty pieces. We were so grateful for all the work that Chef put into the class. Plus a bonus is getting to know the supplies needed for bread proofing and baking.

Chef Van Fleet taught the class and was so very gracious and kind. He is talented, knowledgeable and an expert! This class was more than informational. We took home recipes, ingredients, and BREAD. Chef even made us an amazon wishlist in case there was anything we wanted to look up supplies-wise from class.  This class really was beneficial for us: body, mind, soul and belly!


Lauren and Melissa


Our Family Garden! 

Three springs ago my hubby, some great friends and I tackled the task of starting out our first veggie garden.

We bought seeds and some little plants from a big box store. We also bought some seed potatoes from a farmers market. The garden produced some small carrots, tons of sugar snap peas and I was pretty sure I killed the potatoes.  We made lots of mistakes, had tons of weeds and not much variety.

The next spring I was having a baby so no garden happened.

The next spring I was raising a baby so no garden happened.

In an effort to get back into our garden my husband and I had been thinking of revamping our raised bed. This fall my husband and his dad took on the challenge. They worked hard and the results are amazing. We went from having a garden made of some rotting railroad ties to beautiful raised bed with a nice fence and gate around it. We even have a gravel path encircling the raised bed!

Above is a picture of the garden project as it was in progress. Now that it’s really chilly out, our garden has been tucked in for winter. We tilled in some organic manure and covered it with a blanket of hay.

I hope to use the blog this winter to help plan out my vision for our garden this spring and summer. Maybe our garden will produce more veggies for us!  Can’t wait to share the fun with you!

Hasta pronto,



I’ve been thinking…

Hey it’s Lauren here! Im really excited to join my mom, Melissa, with this blog! 

Today my little girl and I have had a busy day roaming about town, but I had a minute to check in here. I wanted to share with you all what has been on my mind today. 

I’m trying to let these words soak in today! I want to let these words guide my way every day. I hope they can be your guide as well as we venture deeper into autumn. 
Until next time,