In which I do all the things.

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Today I dirtied more dishes than I care to admit, but I did manage to make a whole lot of things. I made Everything Bagels (pictured above, to be boiled then baked tomorrow). I also have croissant dough chilling in my fridge to be baked tomorrow. I made some Coconut Oil and Peanut Butter Chips for a healthy treat this week. I learned how to make chocolate pudding from scratch and it is amazing! Goodbye boxed stuff! And I started my first batch of kombucha. I’m making a large batch of black tea kombucha and a small green and black tea blend for the berry lemonade.

I have some iced cashew mocha chilling in the fridge so when I wake up worn out from all this baking and cooking, I will have a little pick me up.

What exciting projects have you worked on this weekend?

Quail man

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Celery on my kitchen window…
I am growing a few items on my window in the kitchen in a desperate attempt to see something living and green every day. I have lettuce, celery, and green onions growing now. I will be adding another pot with celery tomorrow.
We have started to consider the option of raising quails. Their eggs are delicious,or so I’ve heard and they are smaller than chickens. Does anyone have experience with this?

Accidentally

I was looking around my bathroom after spending some time in the kitchen and I realized I had accidentally achieved a goal that I set for myself years ago. I wanted to become more self-reliant. I wanted to do more for myself, but I wasn’t sure how I defined that. So things started off slowly, I had a small garden. Then I learned to make soap. Next, I learned to make candles. I began to read up on urban homesteading. But over the last few months my self reliance skills have become even more honed. Last night, I made peanut butter with raw honey from scratch. (It’s amazing by the way.) Over the holidays I made coffee body scrub, I stopped using shampoo and switched to baking soda and a vinegar rinse. I made my own barbecue sauce. I made jellies and jams. I am growing lettuce, green onions, and celery in my kitchen window. I have a long list of things I would like to see in my garden this Spring. I have learned to make breads, waffles, spaghetti sauce, and so much more. I am working on a recipe I would like to share with you soon. And, of course, I have been knitting. Sadly, as I sit here writing this, it has occured to me that I haven’t finished a single knitted item in 2014 (sans a headband). This is something I will have to work on.

Insta Famous (not really)

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It took me seven months to get my library card. I am wildly ashamed of this. I spent a large part of my childhood in the Champaign Public Library and I have always loved libraries. I cannot believe it took me so long to get there. But it felt so comfortable and so familiar that I am sure I will be spending many hours there in the future.

On another note, I am always looking for new friends on Instagram (username: 409inyourcoffee) Please follow me and I will happily follow you back.

Waffles from scratch

Typically I can’t pass up a good bargain and this was no different. I found a waffle iron for $2.50. I was so excited I bought it right away. Once I got the thing home I realised that I was going to have to figure out a few recipes to use if I was going to justify bringing this home. It started with these Brown Butter Pumpkin Waffles (I added pecans). And then I altered the recipe for blueberries. I’m thinking of trying a few things from this YouTube video, which includes things like sandwiches and omlets.

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Negative Five

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It is getting colder here in the Midwest. Tomorrow promises to be worse and I could think of nothing better than to make biscuits and gravy from scratch for supper. I like this recipe because it is rustic and the biscuits turn out light, fluffy, and rich. They only have six ingredients and they are perfect for a cold night like this. Once I am done enjoying the fruits of my labor, I will be cuddled up on the couch with the pugs and knitting another hat. I have found one can never have enough hats!

Getting to work

Yesterday I got to go The Container Store. If you have never been, go as quickly as you can! It has so many wonderful things for every room in your home! I only bought one thing (colored hanging file folders), but I got a lot of inspiration while I was there! We are working slowly but surely on getting our home more completely organized and I thought colored hanging file folders would help us get our important documents organized into categories, and thus make them easier to find. I also managed to get a filing cabinet for free and I have spray painted it white. (Pictures to come) We also managed to get a small wooden desk for $5 which will have a home in our closet for me to do my hair and make up in. I am taking a power sander to that next weekend and repainting it was well.

Today, I decided to try a new recipe. I made Copycat Trader Joe’s Gone Bananas. They’re amazing!