Thursday, October 30, 2014

Homemade Ritz/Town House


The kids and I made the very easy very good fake Ritz crackers. Recipe at:http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2011/03/homemade-ritz-crackers-recipe.html    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 (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/hummus-for-real-recipe.html) 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, vinegar...so what in what quantity? I found something acceptable on my first try so I'm not going to do a scientific study:
Mix 
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 http://lancaster.unl.edu/home/articles/2003/windowcleaning.shtml

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.