Mini Swiss cheese loaves

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Posted: Friday, September 28, 2018 6:00 am

My kiddo came downstairs earlier this week, more tired and crabby than usual at 7:30 a.m.

Trying to perk him up, I said, “I had the weirdest dream last night.”

“I did, too!” he chimed in.

After chatting about our oddly detailed dreams, I mentioned that I’d slept poorly, tossing and turning all night.

“I did, too!” my kiddo said.

We eventually arrived at the reason why: The hubby had turned on the furnace before bed.

I don’t sleep comfortably when the furnace runs overnight, regardless of the temperature outside or where the thermostat is set inside.  

I understand the furnace is necessary at some point during the year merely to keep the pipes from freezing, but I sleep more soundly snuggled under my duvet while the air in the house is downright nippy.

My kiddo is the same way; we both have an aversion to heat.

In fact, few things in the world make me happier than a weather forecast of “unseasonably cool temperatures,” especially if the word “overcast” is tossed in for good measure.

Needless to say, I’ve been walking on unseasonably cool air this past week because the weather I’ve been waiting for all year has finally arrived.

Yes, I suffer through those hot, sunny summer days with all those tank tops and flip flops just because I know fall is on the horizon.

And the advent of fall (and yes, even the inevitable winter that follows) means a warm welcome to all of my favorite things – sweaters, stocking hats, snuggly blankets and fall baking.

I bake year-round, but nothing beats homemade bread rising in the oven on a cool fall. It’s a pretty common feeling, which I’m sure goes back to the days when people needed their ovens running to heat the house on cold days.

(Of course, some people, like my mother, still do this in the summer.)

These mini loaves are as tasty as they are adorable. This bread is fantastic with a bowl of soup, or to make world’s cutest little ham sandwiches.

And, despite the extra heat from the oven, I’d take the scent of freshly baked bread over the smell of the furnace any day.

For the recipe, see the Banner's online or print edition.

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