Thursday, May 31, 2012

Breaking Bread

Who doesn't have a slew of recipes they have cut out of magazines or newspapers with the intention of making them all?  I'm a serial cutter outer myself and have recipes all over the house! Last week I decided to make soda bread from I recipe that I have been staring at for many many years. Since making bread always intimidates me I was surprisingly pleased with how easy it was!  I made the green onion and cheese version and it was tasty and pretty to look at!

Soda Bread
2 cups all purpose flour 500ml
1cup whole wheat flour 250ml
2 tbsp flax or sesame seeds 25ml
2 tbsp granulated sugar 25ml
1tsp each baking soda and salt 5ml
1-1/2 cups buttermilk 375ml
1/4cup vegetable oil 50 ml

1 tbsp all purpose flour 15 ml

1. in a large bowl whisk together dry ingredients
2. whisk together wet ingredients and add to dry ingredients; stir with fork until soft dough forms.
3. On lightly floured surface and with floured hands press dough into ball; knead lightly 10 times. place on a greased baking sheet; gently pat out dough into 6inch (15cm) circle
4. sprinkle with flour and then score a large x on top using a serrated knife
5. bake in center of 375F(190C) for 45 mins or until golden and tester comes out clean.

Cheese and Onion soda bread
Omit the flax seeds and topping. Add 1 cup (250ml) shredded old cheddar, 1/4 cup (50ml) chopped green onion and a pinch of cayenne pepper to the dry ingredients.

Monday, May 7, 2012

a good nights rest and a Link UP!

Hey you guys!!!
We've had some gorgeous weather around these parts lately. How about you?
This past weekend was a weekend of finishing or getting some projects on my list done.
A while back I went and picked up some pallets to make a platform bed. I've seen some really cool ones on the web, and decided since pallets in these parts are free and frequent the craigslist free section that I would give it a go.
I originally wanted to do two layers of pallets, but the place we got them from had already been picked over, or they were pretty trashy. Nathania and I picked out 4 of the nice ones and brought them to my garage.
Then I got sick...stupid spring cold how I loathe they sat in my parking spot in the garage for two weeks. Until this weekend when I decided to do something.
I brought the pallets in and arranged them and realized that 4 together would be too much...measuring is not a skill I have yet I figured out that I would only need 2 and then to cut the 3rd one in half. By hand...did I mention we need a electrical saw...?
Once everything was cut...I put them in the place I wanted  and place the box spring and mattress on top.
Now the box spring was pretty ugly. Still functional, but UGLY...I had been looking at Value Village for a bed skirt but they wanted 14 dollars for one...too much for this dutch girl. So I looked in our linen closet and found a old sheet that had no elastic left in it and stretched it around the box spring.
 I think it covers up the box spring very nicely and I like the white on the bottom.
The linens and nightstand were all things we already had. As well as the picture and just finally got put up! I think this was a very good example of Making DO!

Now it's your turn!

Link up anything you're finally crossing off your list!
Please add a button from the side bar or link to your post so others can link up too!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Frugalista Friday: Crafting Supplies

My list for today is all about crafting/sewing/making things...
you know the things you would  buy at Joann's....except I don't go there that often!
Here we go. My tips on getting some grrrrr-eat crafty stuff, nice and cheap.

1. Hit up the local thrift store: If you've been reading this blog for a while you'll know that Value Village is probably my favorite store. I really like some of the more off path thrift store as well....but to get to the point. Look for your crafting item at the thrift store first. Seriously. I've gotten buttons, hoops, yarn, fabric, Velcro, recyclable items (sweaters) for significantly less than I would have paid at Joann's. For example: 
Velcro was $.25
Buttons were $1.00 
Yarn was $.50 for wool
Now, although I may be obsessed with buttons...yes I admit I have a problem...take a look at these buttons. At a craft store they would cost upwards of 5 dollars for 4 of them. Plus with the button grab-bag you never know what you're gonna get!

So, if you wanna save some money...hit up the thrift stores when you're starting your next project.

2. Garage Sales: My favorite garage sales are the ones where a quilter or another crafty person is getting rid of the majority of their stash. If you find one of these you've hit the jackpot. They are usually willing to give you a deal, cause they are downsizing. I've gotten some fantastic fabric at sales like this that would have cost me hundreds of dollars at a fabric store for less than fifty.

3. Steal from your sisters stash...well not steal, but check out others creative stuff. Most of us have too much anyways and are usually willing to let go of something or will swap.

4. If you must go to the craft store....use coupons. And competitors coupons. If you have an IPhone...get the app. You usually can combine or use more than one coupon per transaction if they come from different sources. ie: an app coupon, a newspaper coupon, an online coupon. Granted some stores are bigger sticklers than others...but it's worth checking out! Also if you happen to work at a school, you can get a teachers discount card. Check it out, it can save a lot of money.

Does anybody else have any other tips about getting crafting supplies? I'd love to hear from you!


Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Salmon is a fantastic fish that graces the waters of Alaska. Last summer Andy and I had the opportunity to go down to the village Storman grew up in, and while we were there the Reds (sockeye) were running.  We helped can some of the fish and they gave us some to take home.
Now, whats a girl who grew up the Midwest to do with all the fish?
Well...use some of it for fantastic salmon dip....and then let it sit in her pantry.
Great use of good fish right?
Well the other day I saw a recipe for salmon cakes....light bulb!
That's right, we've made salmon cakes twice in the last week and I think it is one of our favorite ways to eat canned salmon!

What did I put in them?

I put:
two jars of canned salmon
some minced onion
some minced garlic
Tbsp lemon or lime juice
Tbsp lite soy sauce
2 Tbsp grainy mustard
1 cup of Italian bread crumbs
2 eggs

Mix, and make into patties. Fry for 2-3 minutes a side.

Pair with homemade tarter sauce:
Mayo with chopped up dill pickles
Let it sit while you make your tastes better after you let it sit.

Serve with a salad...super healthy and tasty!


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