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Date: 8/7/13 7:54 PM

The laundry soap thread has me wondering what else people find is worth their time and energy to make themselves and what their reasons are.

I have made my own bread, ketchup, yogurt, jams, baking mixes etc. over the years. Some have been worth it, especially back when there were young kids around to both help and consume, but at present I am just making laundry detergent, gluten free muffin mixes and granola.

Muffin
1/4 c. ground flax
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Put one teaspoon of oil in a mug, beat an egg in the oil, add dry ingredients and mix. Microwave for 45 - 60 seconds. Done!

Granola
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup each sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Stir in 1/4 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup maple syrup. Bake at 280 F degrees for 30 minutes, stirring every ten minutes. super simple! DH adds his own nuts, raisins or fresh fruit.

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Date: 8/7/13 8:48 PM

I make my own bagels and English muffins. The difference in taste between homemade and the packaged kind is unbelievable. Homemade bagels taste more like real Montreal or New York bagels -- crisp/chewy -- not like the squshy kind they make in most grocery stores.



I would post the recipes, but that would be a lot of typing. If anyone's interested, they can let me know.

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Date: 8/7/13 9:20 PM

Cookies. Any kind of cookies.
I want the bagel recipe!
Ooh! And the English muffin recipe!

Here's one cookie recipe, easy, delicious!

Cook's Country Chocolate Sugar Cookies
1/2 (2-1/3 oz) c sugar to roll the cookie dough in

Mix together:
1-1/2 c + 2Tbs (8-1/8 oz) all purpose flour
3/4 c (2-1/4 oz) unsweetened cocoa powder (sift it or it will be lumpy)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder

14 Tbs unsalted butter
1-3/4 c packed (12-1/4 oz) dark brown sugar
1 Tbs vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg + 1 yolk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in middle position.
Put sugar in a shallow dish (to roll the cookie dough in). Mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder.

Melt 10 Tbs of butter in the microwave. Put the remaining 4 Tbs butter into the melted butter. Cool to 90-95 degrees.

Mix brown sugar, vanilla and salt into cooled butter until smooth. Add egg and yolk. Stir in flour mixture until just combined.

Roll into 2 Tbs size balls, then roll in sugar, then put 12 on a baking sheet lined with parchment, and flatten to 2 inches in diameter. Sprinkle with more sugar.

Bake 1 sheet at a time for about 15 minutes. Cookies should be slightly puffy and start to crack, but should not be cooked through. Cool on sheet for 5 minutes, transfer to rack, let cool completely. These are better the next day. Makes 24.


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Date: 8/7/13 10:49 PM

Great idea for this thread!

Currently, my husband and I have been following a high protein, low carb diet, and one of our staples is whole milk yogurt. I make yogurt from a gallon of milk every weekend and we take it in our lunches through the week. The whole thing costs us $2, and it's easy to make! I like that I can strain it to just the consistency that I feel like.

My other favorite homemade thing is to make cleaner for our hardwood floors. I just brew some tea, add in a couple drops of lemongrass oil and then I store it in the store bought squeeze container so it's easy to squeeze out. Simple and amazingly effective.

I did make homemade carpet deodorizer...it was good in theory, but it left a mess in our vacuum. I'd only recommend this in limited amounts every now and then. It was a mix of baking soda and cornstarch with a bit of your favorite oil mixed (my favorite was lavender, my husband liked cinnamon).
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Date: 8/8/13 0:14 AM

I don't make my own skin lotion from complete scratch but do extend a store bought lotion by doing this:

start with a lotion you like
add 8 oz Vit E cream
add 4 oz Vaseline (use less if skin is not too dry)
add 1/8 cup or so of grapeseed oil (use any oil which you like)

Mix until frothy and then spoon into containers.

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Date: 8/8/13 9:40 AM

Icing... I make my own icing. mixes and the cans are nasty and you can get a lovely flavor for cheaper than nasty canned. I love using cocoa powder and peanut butter to make icing. People gobble it up and get less of a sicky sweet taste. Powdered sugar (no sucrose added), margerine, milk, cocoa power and peanut butter to taste. Mix adding liquid or solid to whip into the consistancy you want. There is nothing like peanut butter frosting on banana cake, either!

IF you melt the margerine and add the cocoa you get a real chocolate flavor and not so cocoa!
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Date: 8/8/13 10:36 AM

Janie - that sounds fantastic! I haven't made a cake in years, but I desperately want to make one now! Yummy, yummy, yummy.

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Date: 8/8/13 11:12 AM

I've been experimenting with home made grout cleaners and tile floor cleaners since we now have a septic system to baby along.

7 cups water
1/2 cup baking soda
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup vinegar

Throw together and put in a spray bottle. Spray on floor and let set for a few minutes before scrubbing.

Works very well.


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Date: 8/8/13 11:43 AM

The only thing that comes to mind for me is oatmeal. I make regular oatmeal and add extra ingrediants myself. My favorites are:
(1) cubed Granny Smith or Pippin apples, added after cooked
(2) 1/3 cup dried cranberries, added before cooking
(3) Portabello mushroom sauteed in olive oil with salt and pepper while oatmeal is cooking.
I don't add sugar or milk and favor tart or savory, so making my own is the best!

I make my own rags from old clotihng like tees and cotton shirts, but I imagine that doesn't really count.

EDIT: janimal below me, made me think of all the soups I cook from scratch, but I didn't think of it as anything unusual. My favorites are sweet potato soup, lentil soup, and split pea soup.
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Date: 8/8/13 11:54 AM

Oh my, now I must try peanut butter and cocoa! Sounds so good.

I make chocolate ganache by adding warm cream to chocolate chips. I learned a new trick this Summer to add fresh basil to the pan when warming the cream and let it simmer in there to add flavor, then take them out before mixing with the chocolate. Adds a lovely flavor to the ganache which I can use as icing or make truffles.

I make from scratch tomato rice soup and cream of mushroom soup. Just so much better than canned.



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