Monday, January 10, 2011

Self-Sufficiency: Week One Update

Week 1 was a success.

I made a basic pillowcase dress:

It was a super simple project, one I'd happily recommend to any beginner. It took maybe 20 minutes total. I think I might still add some cute buttons below the shoulder ties, but I'll have to wait until I have a Joann's coupon. And yep, that's nearly the last of my Alexander Henry apples and pears fabric. I have just enough left to make a matching dress for Margaret's doll.

On the baking front, I made wheat quick bread:

This is one of the easiest bread recipes I've ever followed. I even mixed up a few batches of the dry ingredients and stored them in jars so I can make more of this bread on a whim. I added a bit of flax seed for the health factor and sprinkled fresh rosemary on top before baking for flavor. It's a nice, rustic sort of bread. We ate it with honey, with jam, with cold cuts and mustard, and on its own. Easy, versatile, tasty. That's a winner in my book.

Next up were cheddar twists:

These were more labor-intensive than the quick bread, but not painfully so. I added a little garlic powder with the Parmesan on top, because we're a house full of garlic fiends. Margaret, Fritz, and I ate about 10 of them between the three of us on this first night I served them.

Finally, I made a batch of flour tortillas:
(forgot to get a picture)

These were the least fun to make. As I was rolling them out, preparing to toss them on the griddle, I mentally crossed them off my repeat list. Then I tasted them. Wow. Better than any store-bought tortilla I've ever had. I guess we'll file that recipe away in the "when I've got the energy to bother" file.

Whew, on to week two!

Oh, and I decided to give needle felting a shot. I bought a kit from Decadent Fibers, and it just came today. They included far more than the promised 10 balls of roving, and in such pretty colors. I can't wait to get started!



Medifast Coupons said...

Wow, busy lady, good for you!

Chloe said...

I have an apron out of that fabric that my mom made for me! Too cute!