Sunday, August 29, 2010

No More Squooshed Bread



(Cue Billy Mays voice)
Does your white bread often look like this after you've gotten it home from the grocery store?

Mine too. And it has ticked me off forEVER. Ask my sons, *every* time I'm in the store I wonder aloud why bread manufacturers don't use something more sturdy to package bread. Drives me nuts.

Well, no more — I have solved my problem (and maybe yours too?).

Presenting, the Bread Safe:



Inexpensive, sturdy, lightweight and re-usable.

But strong enough to protect that bread from shopping cart and drive-home mishaps.



But wait! There's more! It can also be folded up compact and portable so it's easy to stick in your purse on your way to the store on grocery day. And it's washable.



Now all I need to do is make another because we always buy at least 2 loaves at a time. And I'm thinking these will also make unique but useful Christmas presents.

Anyone interested in the directions to make one for yourself? Stay tuned!

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It's been a slow sewing week here. I was sick with a stomach flu mid-week (ugh!).

And then with the day-after-day rain we've been having, trees have been soaking up all the water and dropping branches left and right. About 3 AM Friday night/Saturday morning, one of our neighbor's trees fell on our power lines, creating a loud electrical explosion and then pitch darkness immediately after. And we have water on a well so our pump was dead without power too.

It took until 2 PM Saturday for the electric company to get here and fix it. And then "all" they did was string new cable. The old power lines the tree landed on are still holding up the tree and are about 6 feet off the ground, and I'm *assuming* not live anymore. I hope the job isn't quite finished and the power company is just waiting until they don't have to pay doubletime to a weekend crew. I'll be calling tomorrow to be sure.

But we stayed out of the fridge and freezer and the food was fine. And the rainy weather meant the house stayed cool too, without sun beating down on it. So, the only thing I lost was sewing time. It could've been worse.

31 comments:

  1. You are a genius! The bag person always squishes my bread! Who ever said it was okay to put bananas on top of bread, I ask you!

    Sorry about the rain and downed lines and everything. That sucks...

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  2. I, for one, am ABSOLUTELY interested in directions for making one of those for my "things that go shopping with me".

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  3. I totally understand about being without electric.. about 3 yrs ago SW Mo was hit with an ice storm, we were out of power for 6 days,, not fun..

    Yes, I would like the instructions as well...

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  4. The bread protector is an awesome idea. I am very interested in the directions! Thank you.

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  5. Directions! Puhleese??? Genius!

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  6. Ingenius I tell you, ingenius. And I don't mean the power company. ;) I hope you patented this idea because I can really see it taking off. Glad to hear you are feeling better too. Sounds like a rotten week.

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  7. Like Belinda, I was thinking how marketable this bread protector is! Since Billy Mays came to mind, I guess you realize that! seems like genius to me...

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  8. What an ingenious idea! I also love the infomercial pitch.

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  9. If we call now, are operators standing by? ;)
    Really, really looking forward to Chapter 2 on this, I just told DH yesterday that someone needs to invent exactly what you've made!

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  10. Wohoo... Definately interested!! Definately.. If it's no the baggers it's the kids setting things on top of them!!

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  11. Debbie, you know I think you're a friggin' genius, BUT...

    There IS bread that won't collapse in the grocery bag: whole grain, unrefined bread made with less than the twenty-five indecipherable chemical ingredients in Bunny bread and is actually good for you!

    It may not fit in your bread sleeve, but won't you give it a try....for ME? ;)

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  12. ..and then we'll talk about that Hidden Valley dressing. LOL

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  13. Sorry Peter, I never eat the Bunny bread but my guys wouldn't think of non-squishy bread for their PB&Js. We do also make our own bread here and also buy much healthier breads. But they have to have the Bunny for those PB&Js. :-)

    The Spicy Ranch - nope, we're not going to talk. We're addicted to it for our quesadillas. LOL!

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  14. Debbie...how interesting !

    @ Peter...you slay me ;)

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  15. I totally need one or two or more of these! Can't wait to find out how to make it!

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  16. Instructions, please. There you going - helping to solve another of my irritations. It does sound like you had an annoying week.

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  17. Our bread doesn't look like that because our bakers bake real bread...lol, yes sturdy real grain breads. Maybe that is what your manufacturers should be doing instead of producing spongy nutrition-less nothings and you pay for it too!

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  18. You are so smart!

    LOL @ people judging your bread :D

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  19. Maura, I wasn't judging Debbie's bread, I was judging DEBBIE. LOL

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  20. Very very smart idea..I'm interested too!

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  21. I nominate you Queen! I loved your infomercial, and did you really need to ask if we'd like a tute?

    Glad your power was out a relatively short time. I have a UPS on the SM/EM on the off chance power wavers during a design. We have "fluctuating" power here, brought to you by Duke Energy. It's very wavery compared to Florida, which I didn't expect.

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  22. Poor Billy Mays!

    Definitely want a pattern/instructions for the bread savior thingamajig. :D

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  23. I forgot to say... YUM, Spicy Ranch.

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  24. Clever idea, Debbie. Pretty, too. I don't eat squishy bread, which my mother used to refer to as "whipped wind." My husband does, though, but he does the grocery shopping, so I figure squishy bread is his problem. : ) Beautiful kitchen in the background, by the way.

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  25. Love these, great idea!

    Are you glad to see the sun shining again? I know I am. :)

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  26. Okay, I am going to sit here and stare at my screen until you post the instructions/pattern/tutorial. ;)

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  27. We just had that bread squoosh last week. YES! I'd love the pattern!

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