I started experimenting with baking my own bread a few years ago when I was running a home based daycare and fell in love with it. It is such a nice feeling not to need to run to the store just for a loaf of bread and I love knowing what is in the food I’m feeding my family. I use a Kitchen Aid mixer when I make my bread but a bread machine is a great alternative.
Amazon has the Breadman Ultimate Plus 2-lb Stainless-Steel Convection Breadmaker on sale for only $59.99, which is a great deal considering the fact that it’s over $130 everywhere else. The stainless-steel exterior makes it attractive enough that you can store it on your counter top if you want. This ships for free from Amazon.