Friday, December 11, 2009

Making Old Things New

Mira is probably the biggest inspiration for this. I envy her knack for finding the cheapest way to do everything (lessons, please?!). I'm learning, bit by bit. But really, what is more fun than taking something old and at the end of life and giving it a new one? So here are bits of some recent projects of ALL different types.

Recycled Lamb I had an old wool sweater that had finally gotten moth holes in it, and didn't want to give up on it. I found (or rather, was shown) this set of patterns for felted wool animals. Shrink, cut, sew, stuff - cute new toy :)
Buttermilk The stuff is so stinking expensive, yet so darn easy to make - take 1/4 C cultured buttermilk, add regular milk, leave on counter overnight. Done! Use some, refill with milk, repeat. Never-ending supply of cheap buttermilk.

Gleaned Yarn Found a nifty, loosely knit (and basically unworn) scarf at Goodwill for $2. Pulled apart for three balls of yarn! I LOVE the orange (all the colors are a bit darker than the picture shows). Now to decide what to do with them.

This one's definitely Mira's idea - despite the fact I've no baby butts to cover! 

New & Improved Darrell's  My favorite cookie recipe is and has been Darrell's Forget-the-Cookies-Just-Give-Me-That-Batter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough from the Klutz Kids' Cookbook. This is my "New & Improved" version:
Mix & melt in pan or microwave:
   2 T butter
   6 T applesauce
Add & stir:
   2/3 C brown sugar
   1/3 C white sugar
When cool, add & stir together:
   1 t vanilla extract
   1 egg OR 1 T ground flax seed plus 3 T water - let sit 3 minutes before mixing in
In a separate bowl, mix together:
   1 1/2 C whole wheat flour
   1/4 t salt
   1/2 t baking soda (or a bit less, if you live way up high like me!)
   1/4 C wheat germ
   2 T flax seed (I just sprinkle some on top)
Add sugar mixture, mix well, then fold in:
   ~1 C (or a handful) Chocolate Chips
   ~1 C (or a handful) Oatmeal
   1/2 C chopped nuts (optional)
Place bowl in refrigerator for about 1 hour. Preheat oven to 375 F. Roll into walnut-sized balls and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes - don't overbake! Eat & enjoy :)

1 comment:

  1. we def. need to get together. my inspiration: my mom. and bloggers. but mostly my mom =)