Tonight I had the crazy idea of turning some of our crusty bread into croutons. And since I had the bread, and all of us love croutons, it worked out really well!
I had several peices of bread that were REALLY dry and brittle, and some other pieces that were a little SOFT in the middle. First I cut the peices that were brittle and stored them in a jar. Meanwhile, Maine was looking up how to make croutons in one of the many cookbooks we have on our kitchen shelves. Since I had already cut most of the soft bread up, I buttered a pan and filled it with bite-sized cubes. Maine was helping me and she decided what herbs to use on them. After preheating the oven, I baked them until they were crisp, and mixed them to the others.
Immediately they were used with the salad we had with our spaghetti dinner. The salad included iceberg lettuce, baby spinach, and some cut apple pieces. Topped with a little ranch dressing, it was a great addition to the dinner!