Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Stuff I make

A friend asked me what the things are that I make rather than buy and that got me to thinking about it a bit and I decided to write it down here instead of mailing it to her. Let's see. Here is what I make rather than buy:
  • Laundry Soap
  • Bread
  • Granola
  • Pancake Syrup
  • Spice Mixes (like pumpkin pie or apple pie mix)
  • any kind of baked goods, like hamburger buns, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, etc.
  • bug spray for the garden
  • Ginger Ale
  • Roasted Peanuts
  • Iced Coffee
  • Yogurt
  • Ice Cream
  • I always use dried beans and lentils instead of canned
Next on my list to try is homemade tahini and hummus, cheese (which requires a few utensils I don't have yet) and sourdough bread (one of these days I will succeed with that).

I generally look for a pattern or a recipe whenever I need or want something new. If it is non food stuff my next stop is a thrift store or flea market. There are a few exceptions to buying things used but not too many.

Okay now it is your turn, what are you making rather than buying? I am always open for learning something new.


Julia said...

I do make quite a bit of the things we use around the house and in the kitchen, I would add cheese and pasta and soap and nightgowns and most of the gifts we give and jellies/jams/pickles. I am learning to make apple cider, beer, and wine. I would love your ginger ale recipe!

Mary Grace McNamara said...

check out King Arthur Flour website for great ideas on making sourdough bread. You can buy the starter from them, or you can make your own starter and develop it yourself. It's fun!


Paula, the quilter said...

Hand cream, granola, baking mixes (a.k.a. pancake mix. I tried the homemade laundry soap, but with hubby working on greasy engines, it just didn't get his clothes clean enough.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Maria!
I make laundry soap, taco seasoning mix, pizza dough and applesauce. I would love to do more, I need to sit down a figure out what it is I can do.


Anonymous said...

PS: how do you make your bug spray?


Jackie's Stitches said...

I need to move towards less processed more homemade type stuff. I love to bake bread but rarely do it. It's so much better for us to make it ourselves!