Monday, February 08, 2010

cute, crafty AND homemakey

that is a string of words that my friend HiccupMel just used to describe me as we were discussing the greatness of making your own marshmallows.  I have decided that I must make these sometime in the near future. Maybe for St. Patrick's Day! Speaking of St. Patrick's Day, I'm in need of cute crafts for this fun day. (I love St. Patty's day!) So, if you know of any fun things, please send them my way!

Anywho, back to my homemakey-ness. I know that I bought a cookbook not too long ago (okay, maybe it was 3 years ago. Give or take some months here and there.) and I don't believe I've ever really used it.

So, to go hand-in-hand with my New Year's Resolution which is to have a meal-plan for a month and stick with it. January was going well until I got super sick, and I haven't had a chance to make February's plan yet, but I can say that I have been eating well and not eating out as often (which is the whole point to the resolution). SO back to the hand-in-handness - I've decided to try one NEW recipe a week. Something I find online, in my cookbook, or wherever, I'm DETERMINED to try something new each week. This recipe has to be something that I've never personally tried to make before, because THEN I'll have more variety to my menu planning AND I'll be learning new things.  Since I'm no longer in school I'm trying to find new things to learn about and do with myself so I can continue to grow and all that great stuff. Right now my areas of study are cooking and crafting because I LOVE those things and I haven't had time to really pursue them in the past several years DUE to my schooling.

What are YOU currently learning how to do? (and do you have any fun recipes that I should try?!?!)


Giovanni Schwartz said...

Oh, I love random internet recipes! One of my favorites that I did was whole wheat pasta with a from-scratch alfredo sauce and some yummy seasoned chicken. I highly recommend it. Then another time, we tried to make orange chicken in a skillet. That didn't work so well, but we put it on some white rice and called it stir fry. And it was delicious. And spicy, because I put too much red pepper in. Another thing you can make that is fun, tasty, and easy, is a super-moist cake. Take a cake mix (I did yellow), and add a large thingy of Jell-o pudding in to it. (I used vanilla. I've heard double chocolate is really good too, but I'm more of a yellow cake guy. The dessert, not the radioactive chemical). You add all the things in the directions on the cake mix. Then you add in some extra milk and a liiiittle tiny bit of extra oil. Mostly, you just eyeball the last part. And then you bake it. And it's delicious. If you ever seriously want some real recipes, I've got some other fantastic ones that I can give you. Ask chilly for my email address if you actually really want them. They come in all varieties: Soups, Crock Pot Meals, Bake 'em in the Oven, Casseroles (mmm... Chicken Enchilada casserole is one of my faves), and appetizers (Some way easy to make and DELICIOUS bread sticks are among the few of these that I have made).

I wasn't planning on making this comment so long, but I really love cooking and trying new recipes, so I thought I'd share.

Oh, I also think that if you have any recipes to share, you should post them here.

The Boob Nazi said...

I'm learning how to not eat so many cookies. hahaha