Monday, February 22, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
The only things I paid for were the screws (18 screws at 11 cents each) and the can of spray paint that I decided to use at the last minute (somewhere around $4). TOTAL COST: About $6.50 Would have been about $2 had I used some of the random half-cans of paint that we have around the basement and in the closets. I'll probably do that next time.
OH HECK YES, there will be a "next time"!!
Monday, February 15, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
3 c all-purpose flour
1 pkg quick-rise yeast
1/4 to 1/2 t salt
2 1/2 T sugar 1 c rice milk or water (or milk, if you're luckier than I)
1/4 c oil (I used canola)
2 T butter substitute (I'm not sure if oil would work here or not)
4-6 T sugar
1-1/2 t cinnamon
1 or 2 cups of thin powdered sugar drizzle
1. In a large bowl, combine 2 c flour, undissolved yeast, sugar, and salt. Add the milk (warmed to 120-130F) and oil. Mix with a spoon until combined.
2. Add the remaining 1 c flour and stir well. Add more flour if necessary (probably will be). Dough will be sticky, but you should be able to pick it up out of the bowl without it falling out of your hands and making a huge mess. Knead 6-8 minutes. Divide in half and let rest for 10 minutes.
3. Roll each ball of dough out on a floured surface into a rectangle until it's around 1/2 inch thick. It will measure around 8 or 10 inches by 14 or 16 inches. Go thicker or thinner if you want. That's a personal preference.
4. Combine 4-6 T sugar and cinnamon. On each rectangle, spread about a tablespoon of butter substitute. Sprinkle half the sugar/cinnamon mixture on each rectangle. Roll them up, starting at either end, depending on how thick/how many rolls you want.
5. Slice the logs into rolls. I went about 1 1/2 to 2 inches thick. Arrange them in a lightly greased pan. I used a glass pie plate, and it was the perfect size for the whole batch. Bake at 375F for 18-22 minutes.
6. Cover them with thin powdered sugar icing. This is just powdered sugar and vanilla thinned out with milk [substitute] to the desired consistency. If you can manage, let them cool for a few minutes. If not, dig in.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Total Cost: $3 for ribbon (used nearly all 3'), $2 for belt buckle, free jeans, free elastic for waist, free leggings for lining, so.... $5 and about an hour, start to finish.
Seeing my girl in jeans without melting down: do I even have to say it??
Preheat oven to 425F. Oil a large baking sheet (I use parchment paper every time, and they always comes out perfect! Err, well, you know...) Whisk together first 5 ingredients until very smooth. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, and salt separately, then add to the peanut butter mixture with the chocolate chips and nuts. Stir to combine. Drop batter onto baking sheet by large spoonfuls. Bake for about 8 minutes, or just until tops begin to crack (I went just a touch less than this and they were dreamy!). Let cool on sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack or plate. Or eat them as soon as they're cool enough to handle.
Monday, February 8, 2010
In a procrastatory move (is that a word??), I got out the scissors and put together a fun little name picture thingy. It's colorful and fills a space on the wall, and that's all I really wanted. Oh yes, and it kept me from doing my workout video. Another plus.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Oh yeah, and also important: I consider it a payment to myself to put this fabric to use, and the entire thing only took about an hour and a half.
Rhyl's [fun]ctional bathroom addition, which Mama is probably crazier about than she is, is a hair bow keeper, inspired by this post. I made it out of a $3 picture frame from the evil WM corporation (ugh, don't even ask me what I was doing there--someone PLEASE open a craft store in Keokuk!!!) and leftover fabric from my shower curtain.
It would have been cute with satin ribbons, but I had these fabric straps on hand from the shower curtain.
The costumes I'm going to work on will be 1800s era, and will be focused more on the salt of the Earth folks than the sensational. I'm still not sure what all I'm going to have. It's going to take a lot of time, and a lot of creative investment. Once in a while, if it continues to go how I hope it will, I'll update you here. I am afraid, however, that I'm jinxing myself by letting the cat out of the bag. Seems like whenever I talk about something, it tends to disintegrate. :(
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
I do hope to make something similar (but hopefully better) soon. Even going into it blind, this is an incredibly easy, kind of hard-to-mess-up project for the beginner/intermediate sewist.