Once upon a time, I baked bread nearly every week in my bread machine. I even wooed my sweetie with warm loaves of fresh-baked bread.
Then one day I thought I damaged the bread machine cord. And I was getting tired of having to work around its bulk just sitting there on the kitchen counter day after day. So I took the bread machine downstairs.
This past week, I brought the bread machine back upstairs. I checked the cord again. It seemed fine. I made a loaf of whole-wheat-oatmeal-honey bread with a smattering of flax meal. It was very good. It made the house smell very good.
In these days of $4-a-loaf storebought bread, it's kind of a win-win -- an economical alternative whose ingredients are completely in our control.