Trying it now: Homemade Vanilla

Trying it now: Homemade Vanilla

My fingers smell fantastic. I just keep sniffing them. I am making homemade vanilla, for the first time. I have been dying to try this for over a year, and finally, finally I ordered vanilla beans from Amazon. For 1/4lb “Premium Bourbon-Madagascar” vanilla beans, about 27 beans, I paid around $12, and also ordered some sweet almond oil (something else … Continue reading

Trying it now: Selling Our House

It has been a loooooooooooooooooong time since my last post. An embarassing long time since my last post. A few things have come up, I might post one, but I am still on the fence about it. However, I will post about the latest to occupy every spare minute of my time: selling a house. … Continue reading

Like it: Using Cloth Instead of Paper

Remember when grocery stores only had brown paper bags? And then they switched to plastic? I remember the question “Paper or plastic?” and the environmental argument that paper used trees but at least it was biodegradable, while plastic bags had to be recycled. Finally, finally it became trendy a few years ago to use cloth … Continue reading

Liked it: Homemade Play Doh

Liked it: Homemade Play Doh

One of the blog I love to read recently posted about making homemade glitter play dough. Oooo, that just looks like something my girls would love. And guess what! They did 🙂 The recipe is here on TheFrugalGirl’s blog. I did have to pick up cream of tartar at the store, but everything else was … Continue reading

Like it: Homemade Crunchy Granola

Like it: Homemade Crunchy Granola

I found this recipe in last December’s issue of Family Fun, tore it out and stuck it in my binder to try someday. Last week, I cleaned out my binder and swore to try the remaining recipes ASAP. Tonight, after realizing I forgot to buy cereal, I made granola. It is really easy, and a good … Continue reading

Like it: Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

Like it: Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

My poor bread machine works almost everyday at our house, churning out dough. Today, it made bread dough this morning, and now it is mixing and kneading dough for cinnamon rolls. I make the dough and assemble the rolls the night before, let them “rise” overnight in the fridge (the cold temps slow the action … Continue reading

Trying it now: Bissell Proheat Carpet Cleaner

Trying it now: Bissell Proheat Carpet Cleaner

We had the carpets in our home professionally cleaned before we moved in…4 1/2 years ago. Since then I have had the best of intentions on cleaning the carpets regularly. The very best intentions. We borrowed my parents carpet cleaner twice, only used it once, and only cleaned one room. Wal-Mart had this model of Bissell … Continue reading

Like it: Cooking Beans

Yesterday I made a big pot of pinto beans, and today I am cooking a pot of kidney beans. We actually ate the pinto beans with dinner last night, with chicken enchiladas, ndn then I put the rest in portions in the freezer. The kidney beans today are just because I was home all day and … Continue reading