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A Slice of Home

During these uncertain, strange times, people have found many ways to connect, come together, and find comfort. In the fast-paced world we have become so familiar with, it’s essential to be optimistic and look for the positive when forced to pause and slow down.

Img 5559 50Connecting to our roots and going back to when our parents and grandparents lived simpler, slow-paced lives has become a common way to find comfort. … Times when families sat together for dinner every night and when oftentimes there was a warm, homemade loaf of bread with every dinner.

Baking bread creates something that brings many back to their roots. That warm, homey aroma can bring us back generations. It brings us back generations to when baking bread felt like “home” to so many. During unfamiliar times of panic or uncertainty, it’s only human of us to want to go back to simpler times and connect with family.

The English Rose Suites team wanted to enhance our Residents experience. The Leadership consensus was centered around our philosophy of those family meals and how the aroma of freshly baked bread wafts through the home, creating that comfort and warmth.

Jayne Clairmont, Owner and CEO, suggested homemade bread baking kits for the Residents and Caregivers to do together for a comforting activity. This approach was in conjunction with bread machine mixes that were impossible to find.

One difficult task was finding one crucial ingredient when it comes to making bread. We had the hardest time finding yeast. Our team ended up having to go to multiple, multiple places to find it. Then thankfully, John Haugen brother-in-law to Jayne Clairmont ended up finding some for us online.

“When coming up with this idea, my goal was to find another way to nurture the spirit for our Residents and Staff during this very tricky time,” said Clairmont.

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Cathy Clairmont, sister of owner Jayne Clairmont, researched many bread recipes to create a variety of “bread kits” with step by step instructions and pre-measured ingredients. The bread-making kits include a broad range from traditional white bread to cheddar loaf and cranberry orange walnut bread, all kinds pleasing every taste bud.  

Each house received a brand new bread machine to kick off this new life activity. The bread kits have been a fantastic way to get the Residents re-activated active in the kitchen. Many of the Residents used to make bread for their families, so it brought back many memories and the warm comfort feeling.

While the bread kits haven’t completely replaced buying bread on weekly grocery runs, it has been great to be able to substitute fresh bread for meals that call for bread.

Many of the staff have commented they were surprised at how well the bread has turned out. Some Staff shared they might even purchase a bread maker for themselves in the future.

The warm aroma has brought comfort and warmth to our homes, and we want to share that with you. Check out a few of our bread recipes below.

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Cinnamon Raisin Bread

1 C. Water
1 ½ tsp. Salt
¼ C. Sugar
2 tbsp.  Nonfat dry milk
2 tbsp. Vegetable oil
2 2/3 C. Flour
1 ½ tsp. Cinnamon
2 tsp. Yeast
¾ C. Raisins


Place all ingredients in bread maker in order except raisins. Choose “sweet bread cycle”, 1.5 pounds and press start. Add raisins at the add ingredients signal. When done, carefully remove the bread and let cool 10 minutes before enjoying.

White Bread

1 ½ C. Warm water
2 tsp. Salt
¼ C. Sugar
2 tbsp. Vegetable oil
2 tbsp. Nonfat dry milk
4 ½ C. Flour
1 tbsp. Yeast


Place all ingredients in bread maker in order listed. Choose the “express bread cycle”, 2 pounds. Press start. When done, carefully remove bread and let cool 10 minutes before enjoying.