Making basic bread from scratch for the first time bread baker

I decided to make this story in the first week of the COVID-19 pandemic when it became obvious that there were going to be people who did not have the ability to go to the store to get bread. The video is a walk through of making the most basic of breads, but one that is still tasty and better than what you would have bought at the store anyway.

I chose to make it completely from scratch, and provide some tips on ways you might change it to work with the circumstances you are having in your own home.


  • 5 to 6 cups of all purpose flour, this could be any kind of flour but you will need to adjust your water to flour ratio with other flours.
  • 2 Cups of warm water, about 105 degrees F or the temperature you would use to warm up a baby’s bottle for feeding. Just over body temperature and under 110 degrees.
  • 1 Tablespoon of rapid rise yeast, or any yeast you have on hand
  • 1 Teaspoon (or up to 1 Tablespoon) of table salt
  • 1 Teaspoon of sugar, to get the yeast growing
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil (optional)

The video shows how to get the yeast growing so you know it is working before you mix it into the flour. I also mixed the flour completely by hand in the video to show how easy it is to do this with almost no equipment other than a stove.

The video is long, but very informative about the Why of making bread from scratch. This is aimed at the first time bread maker.

Making Bread from Scratch for the first time bread baker

Spicy Pork Salad and Artichoke

Spicy Pork, Salad and Artichoke

I bet you thought I had disappeared from the Internet. Nope, just let myself get too busy and the fun stuff like this channel took the back seat. I’m getting over that now, and so here I am with a video showing how I prepared a Spicy Pork Salad. This is not a hot spicy, it is a flavorful spicy. It uses a number of interesting ingredients and of course Doc T’s unique approach to whatever he does.

The video below also shows how to prepare and cook a fresh Artichoke.

Spicy Pork Salad

Grinding the edges off of slate tiles

We have a bathroom project going that involves quite a few slate tiles. Part of the process is to knock off the corners of the 90 degree cuts to make the lines softer, more natural, and to bring out the beauty of the hidden layers of slate.

We put up a lot of dust in the process. Today, Doc T is going to show you how that process works.

Puttin up slate dust with Doc T.

Cold Weather Hot Tubbing

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A Hot tub in Bitterly  Cold Weather

Damn, it is cold outside!

In case you haven’t noticed, it is cold outside.  Winter in Wisconsin has seen many days and nights with bitterly cold weather.  I will be the first to tell you that my tolerance for winter gets lower and lower each year.  But if you are going to live in Wisconsin, you are either going to learn to embrace winter, or it is going to bring you down.

There are a lot of ways to embrace winter.  Many people use winter sports like snow shoeing, skating, skiing, sledding, snow snowmobiling, ice fishing and really anything that gets you out and doing something in the snow.  I enjoy many of those myself.

But most days I can’t do those things.  On those days, I turn to my hot tub.

Cold Weather Hot tubbing

So in Puttin’ Up style, I have taken to the video.  After going out at 0 F and throwing snow for an hour, I decided that it would be a good time to head for the hot tub.  This next video talks about one of the best ways to combine a few of my favorite winter things.

Cold Weather Hot Tub Survival Kit

When it gets bitterly cold, got being prepared can actually be dangerous.  In the video below, I give some suggestions for things you should use to safely enter your tub when the temperatures are so cold your hand will freeze to the cover lifter.

Alright, so some of you may be asking, is Doc T wearing clothes in that Hot Tub?  If you can’t tell, it doesn’t really matter does it.