Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thrifty Thursday: Pedestals

I'm thrilled with my thrifty find this week. We were at Goodwill and I came across what I thought was a refrigerator for a truck or RV, but when I climbed over a few dressers and chairs with missing legs what I found made me squeal with delight!

Check out theses super-duper front load washer/dryer pedestals. They were almost brand new and had all the brackets and even a sample of tide in the washer drawer. And the best part? They were only $24.99 each.

At the time we bought our washer and dryer last year we just needed the basics. The stands were not in the budget. Since we were doing a 12-month no interest deal we needed to make sure that our monthly payment was reasonable enough to avoid going over that time and getting charged for back dated interest. Just the washer and dryer, please. I knew I wanted the pedestals, but not at $200 each. Not gonna happen.

I love the height now. It makes laundry fun. Okay, so not really, but I'm enjoying my thrifty high. As a bonus I get storage space galore. I have all the extra dryer sheets and stain sticks in one of the drawers and borax, baking soda and laundry samples/freebies in the other drawer.


Monday, January 18, 2010

Hoarders Meets Craft Room

I took a "before" picture of my sewing room. I could have taken more, but really that old adage about a picture being worth a thousand words has never been truer than it is in this shot.

I had a few more, but I can't find them right now. Can you see why? Really though how many shots of a pure chaos do you need?

Stay tuned for the updates. I'm almost done with the organizing and will be ready for the Big Reveal, but I need to make y'all wait a bit for the suspense factor.


Friday, January 15, 2010

I Spell Love D-Y-M-O

Aren't these cord i.d. clips really cool? I thought so too when I saw them at The Container Store. I wanted them, but at $9.99 for a set of 6 my cheap self just couldn't justify the purchase. I figured between cell phone, iPod, camera and other charger cords we have around the house I'd have to buy at least 10 packages of these identification tags, and well, you can do the math.

Here's how to tag your cords Laineypoz style.

All I did was take my Dymo labeler and print out the kind of cord I was labeling from the Dymo. Then I wrapped the self-adhesive label around the part of the cord that connects to the computer so I knew *which* cord I was disconnecting. Above you'll find the USB ports on my computer with my son's SD card reader and my Juice Pack cord. Having each cord labeled really helps when it's time to unplug from the mothership.

You also can't beat the price. A 2-roll package of the paper labels, which work just fine for this kind of labeling, is only $8.99. You could label the whole house with that kind of alphabet power! So once again, Dymo, you have been a good and faithful servant.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Super Dooper Looper!

Hey locals! I wanted to let you know that a new session of Loopers! is being offered this Spring. Head on over to Tracy's Loopers site and check out the details.

Once again I will be co-pilot on this fun ride.

So far we have 3 boys that will be coming to the class so don't feel like this is a girl's only gig at all. Crochet and knitting helps with counting, figuring out equations and hand-eye coordination. It also allows the kids to see cause-effect relationships and the development of 3D objects.

And you can make fun little yarn animals!


Friday, January 8, 2010

Knock Off Golden Corral Buttered Rolls

Lovely sentiment, isn't it?

For quite some time I've been looking for a buttered roll recipe. Everyone I've tried so far has come out more "biscuity" than "rolly". I'm looking for a light-a-feather roll a la Logan's or even Luby's. So when I saw the Copycat version of the Golden Corral roll I knew I had to try it.

First I put put warm water and yeast in the mixer and let it sit a bit to get to know one another. While love "bloomed" I started on the milk mixture.

After the water and yeast had made friends I poured the milk mixture into Rosita's bowl and then added my flour bit by bit. The dough rolled about on the bread hook for awhile and then I put it in bowl to rise.

The dough didn't quite double in size, but I'm told the humidity makes a huge difference (it's raining). Then I rolled the first rise dough into little balls and placed them on the parchment lined pan. I covered the little guys and let them rise again.

Then they took a 20 minute warm nap in a 375 degree oven. Look it's a party in a pan!

Eh. They were okay.

They're still not the light, airy Logan Roadhouse-style rolls that I want. Although these are the closest so far. This recipe produced a pretty dense roll, almost like a biscuit.

Making 1.5 to 1.75" diameter balls makes waaaaay more than the recipe states so I can't help but wonder if the size is off or the "makes" is wrong. I'm inclined to think the balls should have been rolled bigger, but again the humidity may have been a factor. I will try to make these again when it's not raining outside.

Golden Corral Rolls

1 envelope Active dry yeast
1/4 cup Very warm water
1/3 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Butter or margarine
1 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Scalding hot milk
1 Egg −− lightly beaten
4 1/2 cups Sifted all−purpose flour
2 tablespoons Melted butter or margarine −− for brushing rolls

Sprinkle the yeast over very warm water in a large bowl (Very warm water should feel comfortably warm when dropped on wrist.) Stir until yeast dissolves.
Add sugar, the 1/4 cup butter or margarine and salt to hot milk and stir until the sugar dissolves and butter or margarine is melted. Cool mixture to 105 to 115 degrees.
Add milk mixture to yeast, then beat in egg. Beat in 4 cups of the flour, 1 cup at a time, to form a soft dough.
Use some of the remaining 1/2 cup of the flour to dust a pastry cloth (laineypoz note: I just used a cotton towel).
Knead the dough lightly for 5 minutes, working in the remaining flour (use it for flouring the pastry cloth and your hands). Place dough in a warm buttered bowl; turn greased side up. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours.
Punch dough down and knead 4 to 5 minutes on a lightly floured pastry cloth. Dough will be sticky, but use as little flour as possible for flouring your hands and the pastry cloth, otherwise the rolls will not be as feathery light as they should be.
Pinch off small chunks of dough and shape into round rolls about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 inches in diameter. Place in neat rows, not quite touching,in a well−buttered 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Cover rolls and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 30 to 40 minutes. Brush tops of rolls with melted butter or margarine, then bake in a 375 degree oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until nicely browned. Serve.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

IKEA Warm Fuzzies

I love the IKEA hacker blog. It's so much fun it's fun to get inspiration in what is sometimes a very mechanical venue, but nonetheless it's own kind of creative.

today IKEA hacker is asking readers to vote for their favorite hack. Go poke around if you're not a regular reader and then cast your vote!

Monday, January 4, 2010

My Own Version of The Polar Bear Swim

At the beginning of every new year there are brave souls who jump into a freezing cold body of water. I'm guessing it's more symbolic than recreational otherwise I just don't get it. Today's post is my version of that famed swim sans the water.

This year my walk leads me down a crafty path. I've always admired people who blog about crafts and share their creativity. Blogging about crafting combines my two loves, sewing and writing, both of which have been put of the back burner post-kids. Getting back into the swing of fabric and words has been amazing. Truth be told I'm very much hoping to make a few coins off the endeavor, but I'm not going to go all Oprah-like and say that if I follow my passion the money will come. We will see.

So for today I turn you towards Skip to My Lou. I love this site. The blog has been an inspiration to me to start blogging my own creative attempts. I hope to continue to participate in Made By You Mondays with fresh new material, however since 5 days ago I did my cat door tutorial I'll do a repost for this Monday just so I can dip my toe in that icy cold water.

Cowabunga, dude!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Making My Own Pizza Bagels

I picked up some Bagel Bites because with a sale and coupon it was quite reasonable for a quick snack. The boys had of course seen the ads on t.v. and had it in their minds that their childhood wouldn't be complete without the opportunity to at least try this preadolescence delicacy.

So I let them. And they loved them. I didn't love the price per serving and how little of the good stuff was on the ready-made version.

Time to raid the pantry...

With a jar of homemade pizza sauce, some cheese we had in the freezer and these really cute mini pepperonis we had bites of bages for days. I will say I made some minor modifications to the sauce by adding a teaspoon of sugar to balance the flavor and a teaspoon of baking soda to take the "acidy" feeling that comes with any tomato-based product. Let the sauce sit before closing the jar since it will bubble a bit, but this did not affect the taste.

To put these darlings together I sliced the mini bagels found in the refrigerated bread section, but I think any kind of bread would do (think old school English muffin pizzas of yesteryear). I smeared a tablespoon of the sauce on the one half of a mini bagel and then topped with cheese for my 8-year-old. My 10-year-old prefers pepperoni so I topped his with those itty bitty pepperonis.

Then I threw them all on the stoneware pan and into a preheated 350 degree oven and waited for the cheese to get all melty and gooey. Served with a sliced melon.