We found a breadmaker on Craigslist for $5. I'd been wanting one, always scanning the local thrift stores for them because I'm too cheap to buy a new one, but without success. I'd forgotten about it for a while and lo and behold this one comes along. I mean, $5...you can't lose, really.
I cleaned the thing out and tried to make my very first loaf of bread. Maybe it's not fair to say that I made it, since the machine did the hard part. But hey, it's still "home made" and all that. I put the ingredients in and and set it up and "ta daaa!"
The first loaf came out flat (too much water?), but I didn't realize that until I made the second one. It came out just about perfect (pictured above ^). The first one tasted great, but the second one was incredible! And nothing beats the smell of bread baking in your apartment!
Tonight I used wheat flour instead of white and added some extra water and got a loaf of whole wheat bread. It didn't taste as good, so I think the recipe needs to be worked with a little (add some honey?). Anyway, this new toy has already paid for itself (I paid the same for it as the cost of two loaves of bread at the store) and it's fun to mess around with.
I can't believe I was able to write that much ^ about a breadmaker.