During the winter months I bake a LOT of bread. In fact I don't think I bought any bread products from January-May of last year. Once summer rolled around I just didn't spend enough time at home to go through the rising cycles.
Sunday was always my bread baking day, and will be again as soon as my fall softball league finishes up (end of October). Fresh bread is so much better than store bought. My white bread recipe makes 2 loaves, so I would usually bake on Sunday, freeze a loaf, and then pull it out of the freezer the following Sunday. Fresh bread gets stale pretty quickly compared to store breads, but I found that fresh croutons made with the stale bread are freaking awesome. It's not as versatile as the basic sandwich loaf, but if I'm making Italian food, I also LOVE fresh ciabatta.
I also make a lot of Pizza, Calzones, Stromboli, etc.
Bread is pretty much the main reason why I bought my mixer last year, and it's what it gets used for the most. I have a bread machine but it didn't offer the capacity I wanted, nor the versatility. You need to be able to feel the dough to know if it needs a little more flour, bread machines don't offer that. I think I only baked in my bread machine one time, I don't like the weird shape of the loaf, doesn't work well for sandwiches. I used it as just a mixer/kneader/riser for awhile, but soon realized a mixer would do a better job. If anyone wants a slightly used bread machine, it's all yours