How to Make French Bread from Scratch!

Over the past year, I’ve completely redirected myself away from writing fiction and teaching English toward a more technical future. I’ve been refreshing my HTML and CSS skills, and I’ve been learning new skills and languages, like JavaScript and Python. Soon, I’ll be tackling iOS.

Here in Portland, there is an amazing organization called Treehouse, and once Obama’s new TechHire program inspired me to keep on my current path (and even helped me believe a change of career at 45 into technology is possible), I started looking to see which languages were in the highest demand. This made me stumble upon the best job every in the history of jobs: a teacher at Treehouse.

Not only do they offer a full benefits package and an excellent salary, but they deeply value the work/life balance. They have a 32-hour/4-day work week. Lunches are free. Every day. Five-weeks paid vacation, and there’s even a doggy mascot in the office. It couldn’t be more perfect for me.

The first part of their application process is to submit a teaching demo video of 3-5min in length. I got a little too excited (as I tend to do when it comes to technology and teaching), and I made a 9 min instructional video on how to make french bread, which you can see below. Don’t worry. I followed their directions and cut it down to 5min for the submission. (I’m a former college English instructor, so I understand the importance of following directions!)


Let me know what you think of my instructional video in the comments below and tell me how your bread turned out.

Keep your fingers crossed for me. Better yet…join me at Treehouse in learning new tech skills, and code your way to a better life! All their classes are online, so you can do them in your own time and at your own pace. See you in cyberspace!

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Diana Brandt says:

    I’m very happy to see you happy and fulfilled. I was just thinking about you the other day and wondering how you are. Keep in touch? Diana

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. Absolutely! I never heard back about when the auction was at the library. We don’t have many books with us in PDX, so it’s difficult to send.

      Glad you enjoyed the video. 🙂

  2. Mmmm, now I want to pour some roasted Italian herbs and fresh chopped garlic onto a saucer of the finest olive oil, then a touch of grinded sea salt, and with your French bread-from-scratch, dip it into the mix, savor, and top it all off with a glass of Malbec or Cab!!! YUM!!! 😀

    You look & sound great Christine in your video!

    1. Thanks, Professor! ❤

  3. Ashley says:

    Love this video, thanks for making!

    1. I’m so pleased you liked it!

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