I have to confess something to you all. I have given up on making our bread.
It just isn't working for us. We don't eat it quite fast enough so it goes stale and ends up getting wasted. I also feel like I am spending all my time making bread, even with the bread maker.
The choice has been made to buy the store brand all natural bread. It's about a dollar more than the artificial dyes and preservatives loaf I used to get. It is also about 3/4 of the size. But I feel like it is worth it to spend a little more. Better for my family to eat and less stress on me to always make sure there is bread.
I generally have a lot going on. Taking care of Abby and the house, making most of our own food, working on Abigail's Attic, working on random house projects that need doing (still need to get going on painting the hallway and finishing refinishing the kitchen table), and random other things. Then this time of year where we are coming into lumberjack season, I will be busy with that.
Something had to give and bread making was a source of stress for me. It is perfectly fine to say "This is something I would like to do for my family but I just can't swing it."
I was feeling guilty over having to give up but really, it isn't a big deal. I do my best to be frugal in most every area of life and I'm trying to feed my family healthier food. To give up on making our own bread, is not a life or death issue. It's pretty minor really. The grocery bill will be all of $5 more each week. That is doable.
What is your "making bread," that one thing that you just can't do even though it is a money saver, healthier, etc? Whatever it is, it is okay to say "I can't do this." I hereby give you permission to give up. :)