This may be totally normal for many of you, but making bread and pie crusts from scratch are two of my phobias. Why? Because my female, maternal family members were able to do these things in a heartbeat, and to do them perfectly. Grandma Halter, Grandma and Mom made flakey pie crusts to perfection. Bread, mixed by hand, kneaded to the right consistancy, risen, punched and risen again were special event and holiday staples. Now I can say, I have two handmade loaves of bread cooling in my kitchen right now. I was inspired by a website called Chickens in the Road, Suzanne McMinn keeps a daily blog that I love to read each day. She has a recipe for Grandmother's Bread, she even shows her 9 year old making it for the first time. I decided I would give it a try, and now the two loaves I made are resting and cooling on the racks! LOL I am so please, and I think the maternal ancestors may be pleased too. There is nothing to fear except fear itself!