Monday - I made some decorated envelopes using rubber stamps and some super cheap business envelopes. They look much more fun for writing letters. I also crocheted a couple more wash cloths.
I ordered two magazines for free through My Coke Rewards. We do not drink much soda, but my neighbor brings over bottle caps. In return I share magazines with her.
Tuesday - This was my busy day in the kitchen. I made bread crumbs with the remainder of the white bread I had made over the weekend. I used part of the bread crumbs to top my jalapeno poppers. I ground wheat berries into flour and made two more loaves of sandwich bread. I shredded a large zucchini. Two cups of the shredded zucchini went into the freezer. The other two cups went into zucchini cranberry muffins using cranberries from the freezer. I saved money by reducing the sugar amount by half. A Japanese friend recently mentioned how very sweet American desserts are and how she always reduces the sugar. I have found this to be very successful. I am not a fan of super sweet desserts.
Lunch was big salads using odds and ends from the fridge. I made a tomato tart for supper using a quart of yellow pear tomatoes.
Wednesday - W had to go to work for a few hours. The only thing I needed from the grocery store was milk (on sale) so I asked him to stop by. That helped avoid any extra purchases.
At the suggestion of Brandy from The Prudent Homemaker, I made fig preserves. We always have an abundance of figs. When I mentioned my plans to W, he commented how he liked fig preserves. I had no idea. I used the Pomona Pectin which uses less sugar than conventional pectin.
I made several birthday cards with materials on hand. I love sending cards and prefer to make them rather than buy them. Pinterest is wonderful for ideas. I discovered several cards using embossing folders that I already owned.
Thursday - I picked a basket of tomatoes from the garden. Some of the tomato plants are starting to look a bit sad. I took some cuttings from the better plants to root for new plants. These will produce much faster than starting plants from seed.
Friday - I had to be away from home a bit so I planned an easy, eat whenever lunch. I made chicken salad using a large chicken breast from the freezer. This gave us enough for lunch and for leftovers.
The rest of this week has been the usual: line drying clothes, staying home, cooking meals, etc. Overall it was a very quiet week.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
I tried out two more recipes this past week. I do not know if any of y’all are enjoying this series, but it is certainly helping me out. I am making good progress with the online recipes that I have saved. It has also helped me to decide if I am serious about ever trying a recipe. I keep some recipes for ages. I am either making them or tossing them.
First up is a recipe for homemade cheese crackers. I love cheese crackers. I can mindlessly snack on the store bought version. I did decide to take a serious look at the ingredients on the side of the box. It is a long list so I set out looking for a homemade version. There are piles of recipes out there and most are basically the same. I opted to try this one. It uses 5 easily pronounceable ingredients: cheese, butter, flour, salt, and water.
The recipe is a bit like making pie crust dough. I used my Kitchen Aid, but it should work just fine in a food processor. I did not roll my dough quite thin enough so I needed to bake them a bit longer. They were still delicious. I stored half of them in an airtight container, and they were still crisp for 3 days. They might have been crisp longer, but I ate them all. I put the other half in the freezer. They would get soggy if frozen and taken out. I have been eating them straight from the freezer.
The second recipe is egg-less chocolate chip cookiedough. I wanted to try cookie dough ice cream and remembered saving this recipe. I did only make half of the recipe. I used regular chocolate chips as I had no mini ones. The minis would have been better though. I used a mini cookie scoop to make small balls of cookie dough to mix in the ice cream.
I thought on its own the dough was a bit too salty. We do not eat piles of salt so it could very well be my adjusted taste buds. Apparently there is a small risk of getting sick from eating raw flour. I decided to risk it, but the choice is yours.
Both of this week’s recipes are keepers. The cookie dough will be a more occasional treat, but I can see myself making the cheese crackers on a regular basis.