Bosch Universal Mixer
I LOVE my Bosch. I use it for much more than just bread. In my opinion, it is the best mixer for the money. I use it almost daily. This morning I have found even more reasons to love it.
The other day I came home from running errands and as I walked into the house the first thing that hit me was a really bad smell. You know, the kind you get when a potato has gotten pushed to the back of a cupboard and lost until it starts to really stink. I hunted and hunted for the source of the offending odor. I cleaned out cupboards, drawers and garbage cans with no success. The next day as I came down the stairs I was hit with the awful smell again. The kids and I did a major clean on the main floor to try and find it. Finally, I realized the stink was coming from the garbage disposal. There was nothing inside, but oh boy did it smell bad. I went searching for a way to get rid of it. After a quick Google search, I decided to try the easiest method and it worked really well.
We love homemade strawberry jam. I like to make the freezer version because it is so easy. We ran out of the last batch and as strawberries were on sale, I decided to make more.
I loaded my cart with strawberries and headed down the isle the pectin should be on. Apparently I was not the only one who wanted to make jam because they were totally out of the Sure Jell pectin I have always used. After some grumbling to myself, I decided to try out the jar of Ball brand pectin on the shelf. It comes in 3 varieties: Classic Pectin (AKA cooked version), Instant Pectin (freezer version) and Low Sugar version. I chose the Instant Pectin.
I am so glad I was “forced” out of my regular habits. We love the jam we made and I will not go back to the old ways. Let me tell you a few reasons why.
I got quite a bit of baking done today, but not as much as planned. The burritos did not turn out 🙁 Lesson learned. The chicken rolls were good. I put two in a snack-size baggie. I have enough for 32 lunches. Bread turned out great! I only got a double batch of the peanut butter chocolate button cookies done. I’ve package them two to a baggie and have enough for 40 lunches. I plan to make the breakfast sandwiches, cupcakes and maybe the pumpkin muffins done tomorrow.
I’ve been doing these baking days for a few years now and I’ve gained a few insights along the way. Continue reading
If you are lucky enough to live by a Meijer, you should check out their sales this week. I went with my list and came home with almost everything. I had to get a rain check for one item. Here are my favorite deals: Continue reading
Are you looking for a way to send cupcakes in school lunches? This method works great! Cut the cupcake in half and put the frosting on the inside. That way you don’t have to worry about how to package them. These freeze well and the kids love having them in their lunches.
A while ago I mentioned using a price book
to track sales and grocery prices. I originally got the idea from a book titled “The Complete Tightwad Gazette”
by Amy Dacyczyn. It is the best way I have seen to track grocery prices and know a good deal when I see it. As Amy said,
“It quickly became evident that not every sale was really a sale. But when I did find a good buy, and I could verify it with months of records…what power! I could stock up with confidence.”
I’ve used this method over the years. I decided to create an excel file to keep track on the computer. I also printed the pages of items I wanted to track. I have made a pretty extensive list of items, some I don’t personally track but may be of interest to others. The master file is currently 146 pages (one page per item), but I only track about 90. My printed price book; which includes a grocery list and pouch for coupons goes with me to the store. I made a front cover on MS Publisher and the grocery list is in excel. Here are a couple of pictures. Continue reading