Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Jumper for Ms. 2

Made from the same pattern as the skirts, simplicity 9854 

Got two appliqu├ęs from Joann's and some ricrack. All together maybe more expensive than store bought since the fabric even on sale was like $7/yard. 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Skirts for Ms. 2.75

Last year I bought my daughter 2 3-packs of these really neat cottony tights from Costco. I got her Old Navy denim and courduroy skirts to go with.  

This year she's actually excited about wearing the tights but isn't excited about the skirts - they're starting to get a little snug in the waist. I also made her a very simple skirt to wear with her Ukrainian top. She wore that to see St Nicholas on the 20th and she loved it. Eureka.

So I pulled out an old pattern I had made for my neice and got some fabric at Joann's with a coupon (red tagged on sale for 50% off and still $3.50 a yard!). 5/8yd for each. 

To give us a little more time I looked for button elastic but that was like $3 for less than a yard. I ended up putting snaps on the elastic and turning up the skirt another 1.75" from the nominal point. 

Should be able to wear these for a while. She seems to like them.  Ignore ugly table cloth it was cheap. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Beer battered everything

Yum. I had some cod that I got in a bag at the store and I wanted to beer batter. I checked a bunch of places including (   One of the most helpful things was a comment somewhere that was just 1:1, 1 ounce flour to 1 ounce beer. So cup and a half to a bottle for like 2lb fish. I had less fish so I made 1cup each and drank the rest. You can put some salt pepper and garlic powder in the flour before you gently whisk it together. Then, counter intuitively, you let sit from 1-5 hours. 

A very strange but unexpectedly successful thing Deen does to dust in flour after dipping in batter. Works!

Then fry in 350F oil. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Reliable dinner rolls / buns

Everytime I make a pie crust something different goes wrong but everytime I make King Arthur pull apart butter rolls ( ) they're perfect. So soft, a little sweet, fluffy, delicious every time. Today I substituted 1 cup of whole wheat for 1 cup of a/p and they were still wonderful. I've also shaped them into sandwich rolls and they were excellent. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Italian turkey meatballs

Ground beef is like whoa expensive now. So much that at $2.59 a pound ground turkey makes sense. I've been buying these 4x1.5lb packages and then cutting into 6 cubes and flattening each out into a burger. Freezing separately on parchment (waxed didn't hold up and need freezer paper) on a cookie sheet and the stacking separated by the parchment cut up. 
I was trying to come up with ideas and tried chili but that didn't work. These meatballs are a combo of Rachel Ray's, Giada's, and one on Epicurious. 

1# ground turkey
1/4 C plain bread crumbs
1 egg
1/2 to 1t  Italian seasoning
Ground black pepper
Grated hard Italian cheese (1/4C or optional or more)

Preheat oven to 400. Mix all lightly until even. Scoop out 1.5-2" balls an place them on an oiled or lined (silpat) cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20min. Serve with standard spaghetti sauce over noodles or on a bun

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Cool beans

Or cheap beans. Went to high school with a girl who used to say cool beans. 

Trying to save money used these instructions to cook black beans : 

Fast easy works well. Maybe doesn't save as much. Beans here are $1.50/pound. At least this really lowers sodium. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Homemade Ritz/Town House

The kids and I made the very easy very good fake Ritz crackers. Recipe at:    If I haven't mentioned before I'm furious at the major cracker companies for shrinking their boxes. I refuse to buy 13.3 oz boxes   

I made crackers before but they were like saltines so not worth the effort. This took 9T of butter! I think I could have used one fewer for the tops. They required more time in the oven than the recipe said. The dough was very light and fluffy - it required less water. It was sort of like biscuit stuff not like pie dough or pizza dough that I make in the food processor. 

I highly recommend. Kids can help cut and poke holes. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Confused hummus

Wow- that sucks - just lost this draft. Been looking for snacks for Mr. and Ms. 2 that have protein. I used Alton Browns recipe ( completely startling at dried chickpeas. 
First, written instructions were different from video. Second I had enough chickpeas to completely fill my 11C food processor. We didn't watch the video until too late - his was only 2/3full. So even after adding extra water, oil, and tahini, still dry. But both liked it so I guess we're cool. Next time I'll reserve some for another use. Recipe yielded like 6C for me. (3 of these- kids did eat most of that!)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Window cleaning

I don't like washing windows any lore than the next person. A set of cleaning/dusting tools with an extension pole also had a squeegee and window washing end so I finally set out to wash the windows. Being a thrifty type I figured I could make the cleaner - or really mix from supplies. I read of mixes with ammonia, dishwashing liquid, corn starch, what in what quantity? I found something acceptable on my first try so I'm not going to do a scientific study:
1/2 C ammonia
2 C 70 percent rubbing alcohol 
1t liquid dishwashing detergent. 
Add enough water to make one gallon

I made a quarter batch in a qt measuring cup then poured into. 13x9 Pyrex for use. None of my buckets are big enough. 

This recipe is from

Only issues were drippy washy thingy and being diligent in wiping edge of squeegee. 

Windows are sparkly!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Welcome - first post

Hello world! This blog is for things I do around the house that are not knitting (see Christina's knitting and ravelry when I finally get a chance to cast on again). I'm thinking recipes, sewing stuff, odds and ends. Mostly for my own knowledge management but comments are welcome.