It's been nearly two years now since I've bought a loaf of bread from the store. In addition to baking bread, I have now branched out to other things as well. It took a couple of tries, but I've gotten bagel making down now too. I made cheese onion bagels last month that were amazing. It took a couple tries to get bagels that were really good. The recipe I was following did not call for a rising period after rolling them out, but after the first batch turned out super dense, I decided that they have to rise for awhile and my next batch turned out wonderful.
I also finally put to use the dog bone shaped cookie cutter that my friend, Crystal, gave me about 10 years ago (literally). I made peanut butter bones and beef cheddar bones also from sourdough. I made a HUGE patch and ended up giving most of them away to my dog loving friends.
I have also spent some time perfecting my cinnamon roll skills. These are sooooooo easy and taste soooooo good. I baked up a whole bunch and shared them with the staff at school. I have been working to create a frosting recipe that tastes great too. In the past, every time I've made homemade frosting, it always kind of ends up tasting like liquid powered sugar, but NOT ANY MORE. My friend Erin gave me homemade vanilla extract for my birthday and WOW...it is good. I've been using that to work on make really good frosting and I think I'm almost there.