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Originally Posted by Periwinkle View Post
Oooh another thing about laundry. I definitely do NOT have a "laundry day". I find it easier to do 1-2 loads a day.
Me too.

Though I have a Laundry day scheduled to do special treatments such as stain removal and lanolizing. Also to catch up on left over laundry if 1-2 loads wasn't enough during the week. Or to do special projects such as curtains, rugs, etc.
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I find it easy to run the machines every day for one load, but for hand laundry, or non-routine washing, it's easier to set aside a special day for special scrubbing.
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I am about to make my first batch of dryer sheets! Yipee!
post #585 of 618
Joining you. I really need to take the time to get my other apron made it's sitting in pieces with my sewing machine.
post #586 of 618
I can't believe I hadn't found this thread earlier! I've felt so 'at home' with you ladies as I've read through it!

Here are some contributions I feel I can add

Someone (probably back in November!) asked about a good homemade sandwich bread. I use Soulemama's WHO Bread recipe in our breadmaker. I make sure to pop it out of the pan as soon as it is done, let it cool a bit on the rack and then cool it in the fridge for a couple hours. Once it is cool throughout it will slice up nice and thin for me. We love it for sandwiches.

And here are a couple cookbooks that I have been inspired by over the past year or so (since DH gifted them to me!)
More With Less

Simply in Season


The recipes are great and the commentary is even better! Enjoy!
post #587 of 618
I think about homemaking skills a lot. I think also it takes a certain kind of skill to make a house a home...you know, make it comfortable and inviting and a haven.

as for laundry, I too find it easier to do a load nearly every day.
post #588 of 618
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I fear that we've been neglecting this thread lately. I've been in on the skills of a 100 years ago and admit that a lot of the THM mamas here on this thread do a lot of that already. I recently began making homemade pizza dough. I whipped up a homemade pizza yesterday (sauce was jarrred but frozen from last time) in less than 30 minutes from kneading to mouth My hubby loves it!!!!! It's almost faster than ordering pizza delivery and boy does it taste better as well as better for us.
post #589 of 618
We've given up on delivery as well! I make spaghetti sauce and meatballs about once a month and freeze it. Several containers get sauce and meatballs and there's always sauce left over. So I label it "pizza sauce" and no one is the wiser
post #590 of 618
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Originally Posted by tumblingstar View Post
I whipped up a homemade pizza yesterday (sauce was jarrred but frozen from last time) in less than 30 minutes from kneading to mouth My hubby loves it!!!!! It's almost faster than ordering pizza delivery and boy does it taste better as well as better for us.
Care to share that recipe? Mine is with yeast. The result is great, but of course there is some timing involved...
post #591 of 618
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Originally Posted by tumblingstar View Post
I fear that we've been neglecting this thread lately. I've been in on the skills of a 100 years ago and admit that a lot of the THM mamas here on this thread do a lot of that already. I recently began making homemade pizza dough. I whipped up a homemade pizza yesterday (sauce was jarrred but frozen from last time) in less than 30 minutes from kneading to mouth My hubby loves it!!!!! It's almost faster than ordering pizza delivery and boy does it taste better as well as better for us.
I have started doing this once a week. It's sooo cheap and easy. I usually make the sauce and then use it to make meatball subs the next day. I use the crust recipe from the Better Homes and Garden cookbook. I've been really happy with it.
post #592 of 618
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Foccacia Pizza Crust 30 min pizza

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Originally Posted by Christine&men View Post
Care to share that recipe? Mine is with yeast. The result is great, but of course there is some timing involved...
I use yeast too but only let rise 5-10 min. Let me see if I can remember the recipe
Foccacia Pizza Crust, quick and easy


2.5 cups flour
1 packet yeast
2 tblsps olive oil
1 cup warm water
1 tblsp honey
1 tsp garlic powder
1tsp onion powder
rosemary optional (I do this and throw in a few pinches of dried rosemary)
1tblsp corn meal optional

Mix yeast in water, let sit till foamy.

Mix in large bowl, honey, oil, herbs, garlic and onion powder

After yeast water is foamy (by the time you get everything else mixed up), mix all ingredients together, place in bowl, cover with towel and let rise 5-10 minutes. (If the house is not warm enough, while I am mixing the ingredients I turn the oven on slightly (about 90 deg) and set bowl inside to rise w/door cocked open.

After risen, take out of oven, preheat oven to spread flat onto baking sheet sprinkled w/cornmeal or greased w/olive oil (either is good, but greased makes a more moist foccacia like crust)

Bake for 9-11 min (11 min in my electric oven). Take out, sprinkle on tomato sauce and cheese and toppings. Bake for another 7-10 min until cheese is melted and almost browning on edges. Voila!
post #593 of 618
This thread is still alive?! :

Off to read up on what I have missed...
post #594 of 618
What kind of crusts are you getting on you bread? DH really likes the soft almost non-existent crust of store bread, and I've been doing all kinds of things to try to get that. The bread itself is coming out fine, but the crust is too tough. I've tried steam, butter, and a dry oven. I don't know what else to do.
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My sil makes that kind of wonderful no-crust bread. I love it! She says she uses xtra butter and milk instead of water. It never works for me, so I keep going to her for my homemade bread fix.
post #596 of 618
Could be:
Too much salt
Too high of heat
Using water instead of milk
or
Too long of rising time
post #597 of 618
I sewed!!! For the first time EVER. I made a T-shirt quilt for DS out of some of my favorite shirts he wore during his first year of life. You can definitely tell it's my first attempt at sewing, it's pretty rough... but I'm so proud of it!

That was my homemaker moment for the day :
post #598 of 618
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Originally Posted by rhiandmoi View Post
What kind of crusts are you getting on you bread? DH really likes the soft almost non-existent crust of store bread, and I've been doing all kinds of things to try to get that. The bread itself is coming out fine, but the crust is too tough. I've tried steam, butter, and a dry oven. I don't know what else to do.
*I use a bread machine* Just FYI.

I used to get really tough crusts...until I started using filtered water instead of just tap water. Once I switched the bread started rising much better and the crust thinned right out.
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Sadly neglected by myself. Thanks for the bump! Didn't even get to make my own batch of dryer sheets yet, despite triumphant announcement to do so some time ago... What can I say, kids!
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