Saturday, March 28, 2015

All these things that I have done

First, a little explanation of the personal goals. I purposely made them specific. Too easy to say I did it if the goal is vague. 
  • walk 10,000 steps daily - got a pedometer from someone on FreeCycle. I realized that I am nowhere near 10,000 steps a day but the pedometer is junk and so I'm just back to trying to move more without any numbers. One day, after moving A LOT, I looked at it at bedtime and it said 274. I use an app called Map My Walk when I go on walks outside but I often forget to turn it on.
  • do CBS lesson each night - not doing so good with this one, but it definitely better than before.
  • zero waste - more on this later but basically we're trying really hard to be conscious about making less trash.
  • go to bed by 10 - yeah, that's not going to well. I'm too side-tracked.
  • finish old sewing projects - I have a list in my little notebook for this one. Unfortunately the facing page also has a list now that says "New Projects" and I've already done one of those, but only 1/2 of one of the old ones.
  • read every day - not a problem, but sometimes the reason I don't get any of the other goals done
  • use up fabric stash - lots of new babies at church so the flannel pile is shrinking, but that also means more new projects
The goal of making less trash led me to making some changes in the groceries I buy. We eat a LOT of yogurt and with all the little plastic containers I was getting kind of sick to my stomach thinking about how much trash we've produced over the years. I started making yogurt and thankfully no one has complained about it. I use a recipe from our friend from church and it makes really nice, thick yogurt, as thick as the Greek stuff I was buying. I've also been experimenting with fruit sauces to add in - so far lemon, raspberry, blueberry and cherry. Lemon seems to be the favorite, but Erin usually just eats her yogurt with honey. A nice side bonus is that this is MUCH cheaper.

I've also tried my hand at English muffins. Very easy and cheap.

Don't those look nice?

The girls liked them. Luke not so much, which surprised me since the girls are usually my picky customers.

I decided to make the kid's sandwich bread now too since it's cheap and I know that it doesn't have any yucky stuff in it (Alec doesn't eat bread anymore). I'm on the 4th batch and I think I've finally found one that will work. The first batch feedback was "too crumbly." The second didn't taste good (it was whole wheat). The third was OK, but still a little fall-apart. This 4th one has a small amount of whole wheat and oatmeal so it seems to be sturdier. We'll see. Erin keeps asking for "regular bread."

I've also made tortillas for taco night. I'd like to try corn tortillas but I think I need a tortilla press first.

The 1/2 completed project. I still need to do the other window.


MLE said...

Those English muffins look really good! Are they hard to make?

Gayle and Rob said...

would you share the recipes for the yogurt and the English muffins?