Making good bread is such a science. That can be either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how scientific you are.
I'm not very scientific. Joshua is. He's the reason we own measuring cups, and he even wants me to get a kitchen scale. He developed our 100% whole wheat bread recipe, which includes some extra fancy ingredients that make the bread turn out really really awesome.
So I just follow his recipe. With the bread machine to knead the dough, sometimes I wonder if I can even take credit for the loaves of bread I pull out of the oven!
Have you ever seen a bread pan this long? Our neighbor found it at an estate sale and got it for me. I tried it out this evening, and I like it! I think our loaves will last longer this way, and the smaller slices are cute. (It's not as wide as my usual bread pans.) The loaf I made this evening was about the size of a store-bought loaf. :)