Have you changed? and Dark Coffee Rye Bread

by Joanne on December 13, 2011

How Have You Changed?  Do you ever look at yourself and think “Boy! Have I changed.” I don’t mean just physically but internally as well.

Take notice of how different you are today than you were last year.


Did you jump on the “get fit” bandwagon?  Did you take up a new sport?  Did you get a new job? A promotion? Lose a job?  Are you in a new relationship?

Changes define us.  Some are HUGE! They can really bring our lives to a halt and others are simply notations in our daily journal of life.

As we get closer to the new year which marks new beginnings, take note of how the changes in 2011 have either made you stronger and more confident or have brought out something in yourself you don’t really like.

Do you laugh more? Less? Do you smile more? Less? Did your styles change? Did you get rid of all that clutter? Did you collect more clutter?

Most importantly, if any of those changes don’t have you loving and appreciating yourself, it’s time to stop the change. Do something about it. We can make alterations in ourselves when we are determined and 100% committed to doing so.

Dream. Set goals. Life is too short not to make it a beautiful adventure.


The nasty change

bulging middle

Have you seen and increase around your waistline this past year? If so, and if you’re feeling defeated especially with the holidays rolling in, check out Pam’s Healthy Holiday suggestions. There’s some terrific food going on in that house along with suggestions on how to maintain your healthy eating goals.  *Pam has a great plan to get you on the road to a healthy 2012. Check it out. Send her an email.  She’d love to talk to you about your goals.

Dark Coffee Rye Bread

A hearty bread with rich, bold flavor.  Easy to make in the bread machine.


Easy to slice in the West Bend Bread Slicing guide.


Good with your morning omelet.

Makes a 1 1/2lb loaf – Using bread machine


  • 1 cup cooled black coffee
  • 3 TBS olive oil
  • 1 TBS molasses
  • 2 TBS brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 cups rye flour
  • 4 tsp vital wheat gluten
  • 1 TBS active dry yeast
  • 1 TBS caraway seed

Add all to your bread machine basket.  Use Basic Setting 2.


The perfect recipe to get the house smelling wonderful.  The perfect recipe to eat and enjoy and know that it’s homemade.

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  • At 2011.12.13 07:28, Heather said:

    Funny, I was just thinking this morning about how different I am this year than last. I feel like I’ve grown up a lot this year. 🙁
    Homemade bread is seriously the best! Plus, the smell is amazing when it’s cooking!

    • At 2011.12.13 13:24, Joanne said:

      It’s amazing how we change year to year.

      • At 2011.12.13 13:41, Hannah said:

        Rye bread is one of those things that I adore when done right, but have been intimidated to try making myself. This looks so easy and delicious, I’m craving those flavors all over again now. Sounds like the perfect project for those cold, snowy days sure to come!

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