Friday, February 17, 2012

Pintrest is making me domesticated

When I originally created this blog in 2010- is was pretty much all about Homemade Crafts, home décor and sewing projects.  I have never claimed to be a good cook nor will I ever, but I have to say Pintrest is making me feel like “maybe I can cook” and do it Strictly Homemade at that!! 

Here are some of the things I have been up to this week. 

First, I have decided I am going to start making homemade bread for my family.  Not only is it cheaper but I know what all the ingredients are!  I found this wonderful recipe from Blogher for White Sandwich Bread for the Bread Machine.  It is WONDERFUL!  I make mine with coconut oil and the kids are loving the switch.   Thank goodness for my neighbor’s bread machine because there is NO WAY I would do all this by hand.  I might like things homemade but my time is valuable!

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Next, I decided to try my hand at homemade yogurt.  I found this recipe here from Pintrest and it gave great instructions but while I was in the middle of making my yogurt I realized her math equation of adding starter was OFF!! She says: 1/4 cup of yogurt starter per quart or 2 cups per gallon.  Hello Mcfly, 4 quarts to a gallon would equal 1 cup not 2 cups.  I panicked... I decided to call my friend Elizabeth.  Sometimes you really can’t believe everything you read. Luckily I talked it through with the expert and everything turned out great.  You only need 1-2 tablespoons per quart.  I am loving the fresh homemade yogurt.  We have eaten 2 quarts of yogurt this week!


While I was making homemade yogurt I was jamming to some Pandora 80s music!! I kept on thinking to myself how cool it this I AM MAKING YOGURT!!!  I think the next batch I am going to make is a Greek Yogurt version from Pintrest.  I like this yogurt but it is a little thin. I will let you know next week how it turns out!

Next, I am looking for my kitchen time to be more efficient.   I have 3 kids, I am busy.  My friend has a wonderful blog named Feeding Four and she shows us a recipe to Stock up Brown Rice in the Crockpot and then freeze it.  It is wonderful.  I made 18 cups of brown rice ready for 6 meals!! I did this the same day I made my homemade yogurt!  Now whenever I want rice I just pull out a bag and place it in the microwave.  It takes 3 minutes total verses 40 minutes per batch.  DSC_4138

I have also made homemade granola bars, 2 crockpot meals from Pintrest, and Kale Chips.  Some have been homeruns others have been disappointing. 

I don’t want to slam anyone’s recipe but here are the two recipes that failed this week for me.  It could be the cook not the recipe!!!!

Teriyaki Crockpot Chicken.  Too many steps for a crockpot meal (if you ask me)

Granola Bars (mine turned out really crumbly but it does taste good on my yogurt)

Other recipes that are fabulous…

Olive Garden Salad Dressing (pretty sure I could drink this stuff)!!

That is my summary of Pintrest stuff for this week.  I like the fact that I am not just a stalker and pinning to  just pin.  I am a pinner and I am MAKING the things too!!! See Pintrest is making me domesticated!!  How is Pintrest helping you????

Have a fabulous weekend!


Elizabeth said...

Here's a tip to make your yogurt making easier. Put the cold milk in the jars and put them in a pot of water and bring to a boil...sort of making a double boiler. No worries about milk getting scorched and less cleanup.

Melissa said...

I love my bread machine - I make bread several times a week - our favorite is probably the pineapple bread that I make...I've never quite gotten together the courage to make my own yogurt.

Veronica and Daniel said...

I also LOVE pinning recipes. My "food" board is by far the largest! Side note: if you want to give granola bars another try, I have a super easy recipe on my blog
If you try it, I would love to know how you like them :) Happy Friday!

Bates family said...

I am LOVING all the recipes I have tried on pinterest as well!! Here is a bread recipe I found and made Friday. IT was GREAT!! If you want to try making bread without the machine...

Christa said...

Thanks for featuring my rice recipe Maridith! I'm going to try the yogurt too.

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