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Does anyone have a good recipe for a "foreign" (for lack of a better word ) cookie?

Thanks.

Oh, meal planning, I print out a grid (for the month) and pencil dinners in. That way I can grocery shop for perishables once a week (we have a well-stocked pantry) and I'm never stressed. I'm always surprised at how many days I have to designate for leftovers, though.
Bunuelos! Not really a cookie...closer to a doughnut I guess. Not healthy in the least but soooo good.

4 eggs
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup vegetable oil for frying


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In a large bowl combine eggs with 1/4 cup sugar and beat until thick and lemon-colored. Add the oil. Combine separately 1-1/2 cups of the flour, the baking powder and the salt. Gradually add this to the egg mixture and beat well.
Turn dough out onto a floured board (use remaining 1/2 cup flour) and knead thoroughly until dough is smooth.
Shape dough into sixteen balls. Roll each one into a circle about 5 inches in diameter. Let stand uncovered on waxed paper for about 10 minutes.
Heat oil in a deep fry pan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Fry circles until golden brown, turning once. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Store airtight.
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My goal in life is to do montly meal planning and cooking. But this has not been realized yet b/c it is hard to adjust the money to buy that much stuff at once. But I have managed to start going grocery shopping about once every two weeks. I actually only meal plan for a full 7 days, but I find that there are lots and lots of leftovers and the plans change up. So things always get used up. I do like to have a menu for the week to follow more or less and I keep it and the recipe pg notated on a list on the side of the fridge. I also keep my freezer stocked. So whenever I make stuff I make double batch usually. I also try to keep the pantry stocked but it's getting low as we speak. Mostly what is in their is canned tomatoes as we us a lot of those.

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i *did* have about a month's worth of meals put together and was all organized (finally!) and then I found out I have Celiac and my girls (and I) can't have dairy either : so about 3/4 of the meals are out and I'm having to start over.
I feel your pain, too. I do have a bunch of recipes, though. Maybe we should share?

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i *did* have about a month's worth of meals put together and was all organized (finally!) and then I found out I have Celiac and my girls (and I) can't have dairy either : so about 3/4 of the meals are out and I'm having to start over.
Oh, I've been there! When we were figuring out my allergies, I first made out a month of menus for gluten-free, then had to scrap most of it when we found out about the dairy allergy- I ate dairy at just about every meal. Then did it again, only to have to scrap one or two a week due to the soy allergy. Went about a month, then had to scrap another month's plan because we discovered a corn and egg allergy... Corn's in practically everything and no eggs makes baking hard!

At that point, I felt hopeless and just quit planning for more than a few days ahead! LOL After that, we only discovered an apple and cashew allergy, so that wasn't a major dent at all. I soon felt like I was stable enough to go back to planning a month out. Now, due to my business and budget, I typically have no choice but to plan several months out.

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Sorry to all you mamas dealing with all those allergies! I know how it is for a short time. I had to do complete elim diets while BFing the first few months with my boys. It was hard. (HUGS)

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Hey all, I know there was some discussion on Home Management Binders earlier, and I just now got around to posting about mine in my blog here.

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Welcome Rebecca! Your blog is great and your apron is so pretty! How is everyone doing?

How does everyone do their meal planning? I haven't been that successful in that arena yet. I tend to get sidetracked as the week progresses. I will be good for Monday, Tues, maybe Wed, but by Thurs and Fri I am kind of burned out. Any suggestions? I put ideas in my HMB section on meals but I lose interest in making a whole meal 5 days a week.
I also recently did a post about meal planning here. I'm really bad about doing it regularly, but things go so much smoother when I do.

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wow this thread is so hard to keep up with!

I feel like such a domestic goddess right now. Today I made cornbread for breakfast (which will be enough for tomorrow's breakfast as well) and made my first loaves of whole wheat bread. It came out beautiful!

I have to say that I think bread making is amazing. There is something so womanly and traditional about making bread. It was harder to knead than I thought it would be! But while I was making it I really feel like there was a connection between me and my female ancestors. I was thinking about how 50, 100, 150 years ago my little Hungarian grandmother on up to my great-great grandmothers probably stood in their kitchens doing the same thing, just working the dough that would feed their families. Sounds kind of lame as I type it but it was a good feeling.

So far menu planning is in its infancy for me. I can plan about 3 days ahead tops. It's a work in progress.
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hi girls,

I thought I'd share a crockpot recipe we've been enjoying the past two nights. It's just perfect for this freezing weather:!

I'm pretty short on time at the moment, so I'm just going to link to our blog, since I posted about it there, if that's okay.

http://ittybittymiracle.blogspot.com...ers-night.html

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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hi girls,

I thought I'd share a crockpot recipe we've been enjoying the past two nights. It's just perfect for this freezing weather:!

I'm pretty short on time at the moment, so I'm just going to link to our blog, since I posted about it there, if that's okay.

http://ittybittymiracle.blogspot.com...ers-night.html

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
That looks SO beautiful! I always hate how lentils usually look so blah in a dish, but that is lovely!
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hi girls,

I thought I'd share a crockpot recipe we've been enjoying the past two nights. It's just perfect for this freezing weather:!

I'm pretty short on time at the moment, so I'm just going to link to our blog, since I posted about it there, if that's okay.

http://ittybittymiracle.blogspot.com...ers-night.html

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
That looks fantastic!
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i have been using a HMB for a couple of years now. I have each month's calendar in a clear sleeve. at the end of each month, i plan for the next month. i make sure to fill in all of our activities and work schedules. then, i pull out a list of meals that i've written down and start filling in the blanks - making sure that if i have to work 7pm to 11pm (the only shift i work one or two days a month as a mama-baby nurse!) that i have a meal that can be prepared early in the day of that it's a day of leftovers from the night before.
we are vegetarian which makes it very hard to come up with ideas - i'm not very adventurous. i usually find something traditional that i can adapt. i'm not a slave to the menu. i'll frequently swap nights - i just circle what i didn't make that night so i'll know i still have those ingredients ready for another night.
we're also "stockpiling" which helps when the night's planned dish isn't appealing or we had something get in the way of making what we'd planned and need something quicker.
stockpiling makes me feel very domestic i don't want to romanticize the great depression but i truly think there's something in me that is connected to that time. blahblahblah....i'll stop now!
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i have been using a HMB for a couple of years now. I have each month's calendar in a clear sleeve. at the end of each month, i plan for the next month. i make sure to fill in all of our activities and work schedules. then, i pull out a list of meals that i've written down and start filling in the blanks - making sure that if i have to work 7pm to 11pm (the only shift i work one or two days a month as a mama-baby nurse!) that i have a meal that can be prepared early in the day of that it's a day of leftovers from the night before.
we are vegetarian which makes it very hard to come up with ideas - i'm not very adventurous. i usually find something traditional that i can adapt. i'm not a slave to the menu. i'll frequently swap nights - i just circle what i didn't make that night so i'll know i still have those ingredients ready for another night.
we're also "stockpiling" which helps when the night's planned dish isn't appealing or we had something get in the way of making what we'd planned and need something quicker.
stockpiling makes me feel very domestic i don't want to romanticize the great depression but i truly think there's something in me that is connected to that time. blahblahblah....i'll stop now!
Would you mind sharing some of your meals that you make on a regular basis and the foods that you stockpile?

We're a mostly vegetarian household, and I'm having a hard time thinking of more than a handful of meals that everyone in the family enjoys. I'm also trying to start filling my pantry and would love to compare notes in that regard.

Thanks in advance!
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well, i feel like i make the same things all the time - i'm just starting to look into new recipes to shake it up a bit - specifically paula deen's quick and easy magazine (i get defective magazines for free from the printing company one county over!). so, i tried her hamburger stroganoff with morningstar farms crumbles or you could use tvp. other than reducing sodium next time, it was great and enough for leftovers. i love planning meals that can be stretched for two nights - my family does not object to eating the same thing two nights in a row. so, my biggies are:
"cheeseburger mac" which is fake burger crumbles, tomato paste, and garlic layered with homemade mac and cheese, topped with shredded cheese and baked. serve with any veggie - makes enough for us to have lunch or dinner leftovers
chili - make a big pot and freeze extra - use for straight chili, burritos, "mexican lasagna"
veggie and tofu fajitas
crockpot tofu (chicken is what i'm replacing) and noodles - tofu with cream of mushroom soup, peas, and garlic. add sour cream mixed with a little flour at the end - serve over wide noodles
"healthier" mac and cheese - homemade mac and cheese, pureed california mixed veggies, and whole california mixed veggies, tofu, top with cheese and sometimes cracker crumbs and bake - kids love it
baked "italian" - pick a noodle, add ricotta, cooked spinach, and spaghetti sauce, top with mozzarella and bake
"veggie plate" - pick any variety of veggies, add a starch (usually mashed potatoes) and enjoy! this usually involves our homegrown and canned greenbeans, limas, or carrots -very easy for last minute or nights when i only need one night's worth (not enough for any leftovers)
i make a few soups (but am wanting to expand on this) - veggie, potato, white bean. i just canned veggie soup yesterday (good for stockpiling)

as for stockpiling, i'm just trying to get what we'd use for at least several months (minus perishables like fresh fruit and veggies, dairy, etc....though i do buy milk and cheese in large quantities and freeze them). i'm still working on this - and right now, i'm only set on health and hygiene. i'm working on food still and this will include even more gardening this year. we cut our garden in half this past summer due to the ages of our children. this year, we'll re-expand.

HTH! i can't believe i've been solicited for advice - i feel like i'm always the one asking questions!
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Thanks for the ideas. I make some of the same things you do, but I had forgotten all about Mexican lasagna and baked Italian. We've made those in the past and they were well received - need to add them to the rotation again.
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The big laundry question:
How do you do your wash?
I do whites, colors and a seperate load of reds. As well as a seperate load of towels and cloths. As well as a sep. cloth diaper load. I do all wash in cold, except I am only comfortable doing the diapers on Hot.

But how do you seperate the whites or do you? My son has so many shirts that have blue sleeves underneath a white shirt for example. Or there is red around the color. What do I wash this with? White or colored wash?

And what do you do with light colors like yellow? I put them in the whites usually.

These are my laundry questions that I continually debate every day every week. So I put it to my TH mamas. How do you do it?

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I do darks, whites, and lights. Towels and sheets are usually separate (with the white towels washed with the white clothes). Diapers are separate of course. If a shirt has a dark and a white part to it, it goes with the darks just in case it bleeds. Yellows go in lights, unless they are dark yellow and prone to bleeding. Everything is done in cold, except diapers as well. Occasionally, sheets and towels will be done on hot too, maybe after a nasty virus or something.

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I separate based on laundry additives and cycle choices. So DH's whites, that he insists must be chlorine bleached, get their own load (and because they're getting bleach, ONLY plain white whites go in that load.) I've started using a tiny bit of a dryer sheet in my regular laundry, so I'm being extra diligent to separate out towels and other things that I don't want fabric softener on. (If they're getting musty it's nice to add some oxygen bleach too!) I use vinegar and lavender oil on those instead. My husband goes through a lot of cycling clothes (spandex and the like) which can't have softener, need to be hung to dry, and often have anti-chafing ointment on them that I don't want to transfer to other laundry. So they usually get their own load too, sometimes with all my other synthetic fabrics and/or no-softener and/or needs-tea-tree (I like to add some vinegar and tea tree to the workout stuff to counteract all that man-sweat!).

If I were using color-safe oxygen bleach I might separate out the lights that show stains and need bleaching, but otherwise I don't bother between darks and lights in my regular laundry -- I've never had bleeding dye, and all the fabrics can take the same treatment.

And yes, diapers are their own load.
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Ok, well, we have to pay a $1.50 per load of laundry. I do a separate load of diapers on hot, but otherwise I just throw everything in together and wash on the colors cycle (warm) or brights (cold). It just gets too expensive to sort out the few things we have that are whites (mostly dh's socks anyway) for another load. If something is a new item, and looks likely to bleed, I'll wait to wash it until I have enough like colors for a full load. But, otherwise, I just throw everything together and haven't had any apparent issues.

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I do pants, underwear (and socks), light shirts, dark shirts, reds, whites, bedding/towels, and misc gentle cycle.

We sort as we go so it's not to hard except that the shirts all go in one hamper and the reds, whites, and gentle all go in another hamper and then I have to dig through them one to get the loads. But if I stay on top of the laundry it ends up being about a load a day and no one runs out of anything.
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I sort my laundrey like this:
Whites
Darks (I include my reds in this load, since it mainly all black, really dark clothing)
Colors
Jeans
Towels
Bedding
Dh's work clothes (He is a mechanic, so it has grease on them).

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Ok, I think I have the simplest system. We do lights and darks. Neither of us wear enough white to ever justify a full load of whites, and usually towels and sheets wind up in the lights. Once this kiddo is born, I'm certain diapers will be their own load.

Currently darks are cold, lights are warm.

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The big laundry question:
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I do whites, colors and a seperate load of reds. As well as a seperate load of towels and cloths. As well as a sep. cloth diaper load. I do all wash in cold, except I am only comfortable doing the diapers on Hot.

But how do you seperate the whites or do you? My son has so many shirts that have blue sleeves underneath a white shirt for example. Or there is red around the color. What do I wash this with? White or colored wash?

And what do you do with light colors like yellow? I put them in the whites usually.

These are my laundry questions that I continually debate every day every week. So I put it to my TH mamas. How do you do it?
I have 3 separate baskets, one for whites/lights, one for colors, and one for towels. Sometimes I'll separate the pure whites from the whites with colors because my H likes them to be bleached (once in awhile, def. not every time.) If it's a bright color mixed with white I usually thrown them in with colors. Light yellows go with whites/lights, bright yellow goes with colors. I also do separate loads of rags, because they usually involved pet mess or kid puke! Those I do hot, everything else I do cold.
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Ok everyone~~~~I got my aprons today!
I don't want to interrupt the laundry questions so please do let me interfere with but I wanted to put this here before I forget it.

Here is the link with the photos; http://www.flickr.com/photos/tvena/s...7612870497788/

They are vintage terry half aprons like my grandma use to (still does) wear! I love them! Got them on Ebay for a song! score! :
ETA: these are perfect for me since I am a child of the 70's
Question: the pink/psychedelic one came with 2 different round washcloth thingies with rickrack sewn on them. Maybe to tie on to the waistband of the apron and use as an extra towel when cleaning or something? potholder? What are your ideas?
I love vintage-y stuff!
Oh and those 2 books are my new faves, best recipes ever in the one book and the eat, pray, love is just plain good reading.

Back to laundry talk now,

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Ok everyone~~~~I got my aprons today!
I don't want to interrupt the laundry questions so please do let me interfere with but I wanted to put this here before I forget it.

Here is the link with the photos; http://www.flickr.com/photos/tvena/s...7612870497788/

They are vintage terry half aprons like my grandma use to (still does) wear! I love them! Got them on Ebay for a song! score! :

Question: the pink/psychedelic one came with 2 different round washcloth thingies with rickrack sewn on them. Maybe to tie on to the waistband of the apron and use as an extra towel when cleaning or something? potholder? What are your ideas?
I love vintage-y stuff!
Oh and those 2 books are my new faves, best recipes ever in the one book and the eat, pray, love is just plain good reading.

Back to laundry talk now,
they are really cute!

I found this blog about aprons
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aww, that was so sweet!

Oh, and my dh said his idea for the round things is that maybe they are pie warmers?!?

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This is my first post, but this thread is why I joined Mothering! I read through the whole thing, and in the process vaccuumed, did laundry, organized, and packed (we move next weekend!) and have been less stressed than ever.

I think most of it is feeling less lonely (as mentioned earlier in the thread, that's a HUGE downer) both from hearing of everyone else's motivations and inspirations, but also because I'm inspired to find other moms in the area we're moving to (Roseville,CA). Where we are now is smalltown, and the population is older. I am a young mom (pregnant with our second, who will be born less than a month before my 21st birthday) and older parents don't always relate well to alternative parenting, or sometimes to my age to begin with.

I feel for you moms who are lonely at home with the kids, thanks for keeping me afloat, and keep inspiring!:
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This is my first post, but this thread is why I joined Mothering! I read through the whole thing, and in the process vaccuumed, did laundry, organized, and packed (we move next weekend!) and have been less stressed than ever.

I think most of it is feeling less lonely (as mentioned earlier in the thread, that's a HUGE downer) both from hearing of everyone else's motivations and inspirations, but also because I'm inspired to find other moms in the area we're moving to (Roseville,CA). Where we are now is smalltown, and the population is older. I am a young mom (pregnant with our second, who will be born less than a month before my 21st birthday) and older parents don't always relate well to alternative parenting, or sometimes to my age to begin with.

I feel for you moms who are lonely at home with the kids, thanks for keeping me afloat, and keep inspiring!:
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Hello everyone! Well it took me 3 days to get through all the posts in this very awesome thread,: and I would love to join your discussion.
I currently am figuring out new ways to serve my family as I have pretty much been relegated to the couch/bathroom for the past two months with morning sickness. (Baby coming in early August). I is really hard for me to make this adjustment, as I am experiencing fatigue like never before. (Even when pg with DD.) I've been able to do a little bit of knitting and have delegated to DH but I just can't wait to get back to the things I love about homemaking like cooking, sewing, organizing/decorating. (I got a brand new serger for Christmas and I haven't even sewed a stitch! Ugh!) I feel completely lost and out of my element right now, and didn't actually realize that I had taken on the homemaker role as seriously as I had until I all of a sudden couldn't do those things anymore!
So for now, I'm getting ideas, information gathering for when I do feel up to resuming my role. I'm really enjoying this discussion.
As for laundry- we have one huge laundry pile. It drives me nuts, but at the moment it is survival mode. We do darks (cold), whites/towels/sheets/rags (hot) lights (warm), reds (cold) and every so often a delicates cycle (cold).
I do occasionally (once every two weeks) HAVE to use chlorine bleach on the whites/rags because if I don't our F/L washer starts stinking. (Even if I leave the door open between washes.) Laundry is seriously the bane of my existance- just because of the sheer volume of it. I actually don't mind folding/putting away a load or two. But we have WAY more than that.

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This is my first post, but this thread is why I joined Mothering! I read through the whole thing, and in the process vaccuumed, did laundry, organized, and packed (we move next weekend!) and have been less stressed than ever.

I think most of it is feeling less lonely (as mentioned earlier in the thread, that's a HUGE downer) both from hearing of everyone else's motivations and inspirations, but also because I'm inspired to find other moms in the area we're moving to (Roseville,CA). Where we are now is smalltown, and the population is older. I am a young mom (pregnant with our second, who will be born less than a month before my 21st birthday) and older parents don't always relate well to alternative parenting, or sometimes to my age to begin with.

I feel for you moms who are lonely at home with the kids, thanks for keeping me afloat, and keep inspiring!:

I'm surprised that you find it more difficult to find older parents who are into NFL/AP. I find that older parents tend to be more into that kind of thing than younger parents.

BTW, have you seen the younger mama tribe?
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Hey Ladies!

Well it's a full month after the holidays, and things are finaly starting to fall into a nice routine here. I think that and also blogging about my HMB has been helping me actually use it. I'm now thinking it's time for another major clutter purge though. I always have a box going for donation stuff, but I think it's time to ramp it up. Clear out the Christmas presents that were just off base, and any stuff that was replaced or duplicated over Christmas, as well as going through the kids and my clothes again. I can hardly walk through the basement, because "stuff" just keeps ending up there.

Slightly off topic, but since it was talked about earlier in the thread I'm going to share anyway...

I finally got my new tattoo yesterday! I love it. : It makes me really happy. Pictures here.

Amanda, mama to Owen (11/05) and Connor (10/07) and Aria (12/09) Recycled Wool Longies and Reusable Baggies
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