I love digging through my scrap bag and seeing what looks good together. And the spiral quilting on these hotpads was fun.
I also wrapped a pair of hotpads for a friend - and wrote "brown paper packages. . . " all over the brown paper. Fun, and rather pretty, I think.
The children are very happy to be building a clubhouse in the backyard with their daddy. It's almost done- pictures soon!
These last two are both a combination of funny and real. I bought too much garlic for storage, so now it is shriveling up and rotting. The basement has an odd garlic smell. From each bulb, I can extract only 1 or 2 cloves that are useful. Lesson learned - like manna - don't be greedy and think it's never coming again!
I used some of the garlic when I made oven risotto. I'm always looking for a shortcut or an easy way, but I should not have used brown rice in the time I allotted for the risotto. It was not creamy and tender, but it was still flavorful. However, I'm not going to be having the oven on for over an hour until cool weather hits again. It's supposed to approach 100 here today.
I am a wife and mother of two. I am a stay-at-home mom, part time cookbook editor, a Mennonite, and a city dweller. I like to make things (see the blog categories below). This blog is a record of what I make and the ways I try to be thrifty. Welcome!
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"Thrift is the really romantic thing; economy is more romantic than extravagance...thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste...if a man could undertake to make use of all the things in his dustbin, he would be a broader genius than Shakespeare."