Projects on the Go!

Today is officially the last day of March Break so I am trying to get some things done, or at least started. So far I have started three projects today.

Firstly I’m making yogurt. Okay, I do this fairly regularly so it isn’t really a project, but it is one of the tasks I started today. I make my yogurt in my slow cooker by putting in some milk (I used some that was in the freezer from before we left, so I’m hoping it still works the same), heating it on the low-level for an hour or so, then letting it cool for a while. Next I add some already made yogurt, stir it in, cover the whole slow cooker in a towel and leaving it for about 8-10 hours.

I will keep you posted on the other projects a little later!

New Projects

I’m away right now, happily enjoying my March Break. Today I went shopping with my Mom. We hit a few fabric stores. I’ve never been a sewer before, but I’m going to attempt to jump in with both feet with a quilt. I’m not exactly sure what colour scheme I want yet though, so I’m just trying to build a little store of fabric so I have something to start with. Above is what I have so far.

I’m also hoping to make new cases for the pillows on our couch. I’ve been perusing fabric for a while online, but I can’t make up my mind. The couch is brown so there are so many options. I also wanted to make a long skinny pillow to go in the middle of the two square ones, but pillow forms are so expensive. Luckily, today at the dollar store, I found this little guy:

It isn’t exactly as long as I wanted, but it was $2 so I really can’t complain. Plus, the cover zips off so I won’t have to worry about cutting it off or anything. Now I seriously have to choose a fabric!

Hey, I Remember You!

Ah, Spring! Well, at least Spring-like days. They are so beautiful. Not asthetically, but as least they feel really good. Spring in Ontario isn’t pretty, with all the mud, and dead grass, but hey, if a snowstorm can look great but be horrible, than Spring can look horrible and be great. Even though this Winter was the mildest I can ever remember, it’s still nice to get outside with just a sweater.

Breakfast Quinoa

I like quick breakfasts, as in pour and eat, or heat and eat. Instead of just eating cereal, like I have done for so long, lately I’ve been trying to have options prepared so that I can eat healthy in the morning. This week I made a huge pot of quinoa. Here’s how:

Rinse the quinoa really well (I put it in the blender with water and pulsed it a few times, then strained it, added new water and did it again) because if you buy it bulk there could still be some of the outside coating, which apparently tastes really bad.

Put milk (or water) and quinoa in a pot (ratio is 1 part quinoa/2 parts liquid). I also added some cinnamon.

Boil, them reduce the heat and simmer until all of the milk is absorbed. It took about 15 minutes for my huge pot.

Once it’s cool, refrigerate.

In the mornings I just put some in a bowl with frozen blueberries, add a little water and microwave for a minute. I also add a little maple syrup before I eat it.

Quinoa is crazy healthy and it keeps me full for a really long time. Try it, you’ll love it.

Making the Switch: Brown Rice

A few weeks ago I picked up some brown rice from the bulk store. I think it was to use in a recipe I wanted to try, but I don’t remember for sure. I wasn’t sure that I would like it because I figured it had ‘a flavour’. As it turns out, I absolutely love it. I like that it has more of a texture than white rice, and obviously that it is healthier. It also seems easier to cook, though this might just be me. I’ve always had trouble with rice burning or sticking like crazy, so for the past year I’ve been using a rice cooker my dad got me. This wasn’t ideal either though because I couldn’t check on it without letting out all of the steam and slowing things down. With brown rice I just put it in the oven with some water in my cast iron enamel pot. It doesn’t stick and you don’t have to use it right away, the pot keeps for it perfect for a while. It does take a little longer, but I’m fine with that. We aren’t usually in a hurry for dinner. The first batch I bought it all gone and we still have one of those gigantic bags of white rice to use up before we will be buying more. So sadly it will probably be awhile before we have more. Luckily, we recently discovered the delicious world of paella.

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