Since I found that nifty post about 100 things you can make yourself, I have been reading through it and been thinking about what I will attempt to make from it. Today was the day I tried making my own spaghetti sauce, item two on the list. It turned out okay, a little soupier than I thought it would be. It is a ‘chunky marinara’ at best, salsa taking a wrong turn at the ocean and landing in Italy at worst. I figure I can combine it with a jar of Aldi sauce for next week’s spaghetti and/or lasagna. The watery consistency will be good for lasagna- mine occasionally turns out dry because I don’t put enough liquid in it.
The next thing I think I will tackle is numero uno on the list- Applesauce. Apples are coming into season soon and we will be inundated with them, if I have anything to say about it. Which I do, since I do most of the grocery shopping.
The only disappointing thing on the list I’ve noticed so far is the listing of ‘chocolate kisses’. Now, I and, I think, any other Hershey-loving female on the planet would see that on the list, start to hyperventilate at the thought of making those sweet confections in the comfort of her own kitchen, quickly click on it, only to find them talking about some kind of sandwich cookie. What?! Someone needs to tell these people what ‘chocolate kisses’ really are, and not to toy with my emotions.
Anyway, just an update on my progress with the DIY list. I feel so much more empowered, now that I have, like Martha Stewart always does, made my own spaghetti sauce. It’s a good thing.
I found this super-cute craft idea in a parenting magazine a while back- creating unique magnets from photos of your children. The picture is glued behind one of those glass gems you see in vases or aquariums, then a heavy duty magnet is glued to the back. Carol mentioned to me that I should make some more of them (these are a bit outdated, as Noah is, what, 7 months old here?!), so I went out to Hobby Lobby and got the goods. Problem is, I don’t have many recent hard copies of pictures of my kids to use. Paper copies of pictures do okay, but the traditional developed print works best. I had better get some of these digital ones developed! I had the thought of doing some for the cousins and friends, as well. If you are reading this, cousins and friends: please send me a picture of you in which your face is about an inch wide. I’ll make you a magnet. This is also open to anyone reading the blog today who wants a magnet made out of their head. Send me a picture; I’ll send you a magnet. Call it my Thursday giveaway.
This week has been too buggy for the kids to go out and play. Noah and Sam both got their backs attacked over the weekend, and Abbie looked like Quasimoto yesterday (all three swell pretty badly from bug bites). I find myself wishing for colder weather, to kill off the mosquitoes. But if that happens, we miss out on that last swim, last romp through the sprinkler, last lay in the sun. Oh, well. Good times are ahead this fall- I think we’re booked about every weekend doing something fun.
“People feel a drive to “do something for society,” to undertake huge projects- having been liberated from the “limitations” of their homes and families. What society needs more than anything else is a glimpse through a window into the family life of people who are becoming creative in amazingly diverse ways and who haven’t time to be bored. The natural sequence is a spilling over into a wider area affecting other people, even without meaning to do so.” ~Edith Schaeffer
Once A-Major and Big-S were sitting nearby as I was changing C yesterday.
Big-S: Look, he has a belly button now!
A-Major: Yeah, he got his wire taken off, didn’t he?
Wire, cord. It’s all a part of the electrical family, right? A/C adapter would work, too.
We are blessed to be living with Luke’s mom; now more of our money can be put away for the eventual building of a house. I’m always in the mood to save money, so next week I’ll be spending my free time navigating all the links on this blog post, titled “100 Things You Can Make Yourself”. Should be enlightening.
Thanks to Amy for linking to it!