Cheddar Caraway

While I have been busy at my house grading papers and making sure I have work caught up before my holiday vacation, I managed to find a few minutes to load some ingredients into the bread machine and create yet another warm and tasty loaf of bread.

It's always better when you shred your own cheddar...

Good thing we had some caraway seeds in our new spice rack.

You can even see some of the seeds here.

Delicious as always.  This loaf recipe came from the Betty Crocker cookbook that ryan gave to me for Hanukkah.  Great cookbook, so if you have a bread machine, I do recommend this book.

Tonight is Christmas Eve, and although I do not celebrate Christmas, this island is very Catholic and so there are lots of decorations here, lights and hanging/dangling Santas.  Yesterday we stopped by our landlords store to drop off a gift for them and a gift we got for their young son.  They have given us a gift too, which for now remains wrapped (ok, I can tell by the shape what it is, but I can't tell much more than that).  They also told us on Saturday we could stop by for food and beverage, as they say the home is open so stop by to see what baby jesus has to offer.  Not really sure, but I think that people here may just stop over to visit with friends in the days after Christmas.  So, to get in the spirit, Ryan brought home some of this...non-alcoholic...

I don't really like milky things to drink, but I did have a little.  I think it was fat free too which is good.

OK, so I guess I need to get back to grading.  I have just a few more things I want to get done before the holiday break.  I also started my work for a class that I have late January and so I have written 3 papers so far and read a lot from my text book.  I am trying to get this out of the way since I also start an 8 week class online with Oklahoma and I would like to only have to worry about that work, not the work for the second class I will be taking.  I have a friend coming to visit in February so I don't want the homework and papers to build up.

I hope everyone has a nice Christmas Eve and enjoys time with their family and friends.

QUESTION:  Do you get time of from work or school for the holiday?  I have 2 weeks off from the middle/high school and 2 weeks from Kaplan.  I can't wait since Ryan has some days off too!
Do you like caraway seeds?  (just had to ask...they are growing on me)


Anonymous said...

That's funny that caraway seeds are growing on you because I didn't used to like them, but now I really do! Hubby is still not a big fan though... I love all the good use you get out of your bread machine. It looks & sounds like so much fun to make fresh baked bread!

I'm off right now but starting a new class January 4, and I still have lots of prep to do... Better don't prograstinate too much...

I hope you get all your work done quickly; enjoy your break! :)

Gina; The Candid RD said...

Wow, two weeks?! I'm more than jealous. I am not full time yet in my job (we need more clients first) therefore I don't really get any "days off" but I can take a day off if I want, but that will just mean I don't get paid, which is a bummer.

I am not sure if I like caraway seeds, but I can imagine I would like them with cheddar, inside a yummy homemade bread!! Looks fantastic.

Enjoy your break Melinda!

Anonymous said...

Oh man your bread is so perfect it’s crazy…I thought it was one of the model bread loafs…like the kind made out of plastic? Hahaha OK OK that’s a compliment, sorry my explanation isn’t helping. I’m taking 3 weeks off work to go to Hong Kong and hang out with my family!! That’s technically not so good because I have no holidays in 2010!!!

chow and chatter said...

great bread looks like your enjoying your bread maker have a great break

love Rebecca

Melissa said...

Working in Higher Education, I get 12 days off for the holidays. I'm thrilled that I have a vacation with NOTHING major to do.

I've always wanted to try making my own bread...but there isn't enough room in my apartment for a bread maker. Yours looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

I don't think I've ever cooked with caraway seeds before...but I would LOVE to eat that amazing bread! Yum!

Merry Christmas!!!!

Anonymous said...

I love caraway seeds. Rye bread and tuna is my favorite. I would love a bread machine. Homemade bread is the best!

Naomi(Onefitfoodie) said...

I have 2 weeks off too! yay!

are you going to the movies and eating chinese?? haha we are going to teh movies today and had chinese last night yay!

caraway seeds are delish! love my some jewish rye :)

Melissa said...

Your bread came out fabulous! I completely agree that the cheese tastes better when you shred it yourself. It looks like you're enjoying the holiday season to the fullest. It doesn't matter what holiday you celebrate, it's about spending time with those you love and being grateful for the good things in life. Enjoy your time off you lucky duck! I'm off until Monday weeee! So excited!

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