Friday, May 01, 2009

How to Lose Friends

A while back Beth came home with a bag of that Amish Friendship Bread starter. You know the one I mean - the stuff that makes you want to run away when someone comes your way carrying it. Now, I'm not complaining about the bread. It's pretty good - even when you don't really follow the recipe like Beth and use the wrong kind of pudding. The recipe calls for instant pudding, which she claimed she had used, but the box clearly said it was the cooking kind. So her bread was too soft and didn't come out of the pan very well, it still tasted good.

The problem is that she divided the batter up like she was supposed to - into the bags to give to friends. Only, she never took them and gave them to anyone. So, today was the day that those friends she was supposed to give the batter to would have added 1 cup milk, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup flour. Now, one of those bags was supposed to be mine (oh, yay) so I added my milk, sugar, and flour, but there's no way I wanted to do that with the other bags. That's a lot of milk, sugar, and flour!

Of course, the milk, sugar, and flour that was already in the bags was mine, too, so I didn't want to just toss it - so we put it in the freezer. Someday, when we're ready for more of this friendship bread, we can pull a bag out of the freezer, thaw it, add the milk, sugar, and flour, and continue with the recipe. We get to enjoy the bread without making our friends run the other direction.