Well, it looks like this first post will start off with a blunder... I decided to try and revisit my bread machine that has been sitting collecting dust for about 10 years (or more). I pulled it out, cleaned it up, washed and dried all the parts,and I was ready to go. I plugged it in and got ready for the taste of some homemade bread (sort of). Can you call bread machine bread homemade? Well, I think so, it will make me feel better especially when you see the EPIC FAILURE of the first loaf. Anyway, I digress, I measured and poured all the ingredients, chose the crust setting and pushed the magic button (the one that says Start). Four hours later, the wonderful aroma a fresh baked bread is wafting through our house and the beeper sounds indicating that the bread is done. Woo Hoo!!! I get so excited and I open the bread machine to find not a loaf a bread but a brick. My hopes deflated just like my bread had done. So, here is a pic of my bread blunder. Don't laugh, it's not nice. Ok, go ahead and laugh. It should make somebody smile. Since I am not a quitter, I will be trying this again, hopefully, with a much different result. I'll post pics of the next attempt.