The Hesitant Homemaker is turning over a new leaf. Whether this leaf is a result of the nesting instinct or just simply unadulterated inspiration, I have to give myself props for the steps I've taken lately to improve myself and our family life.
First, I have baked muffins in the morning no less than four times in the past week and a half. This is an accomplishment considering I actually baked them not out of a box, but with flour and sugar I actually had to measure. I mashed my own apples and bananas to boot. My last batch were Bran/Apple/Flax/Whole Wheat muffins, which are really like a meal in themselves. They are the perfect breakfast food for me as someone who enjoys carbs and the conviction that I'm feeding my family a step above Fruit Loops.
Secondly, after my banana-muffin extravaganza I ventured to the mysterious world of bread making. In this case, bagels. I spend nearly three hours preparing, kneading, rising, rolling, boiling and punching dough to make bagels. They turned out bland and flat but I haven't given up. I'm addicted to fresh bakery bagels, but not their price, so I'm going to keep rolling and doughing until I get it.
And my last venture during these cold house-ridden days in January is homemade laundry detergent. After some research, reading, and endless stalking on web forums I'm ready to take the dive. I have all the ingredients but one, and after a quick phone call to a local hardware store for a special soap I'll soon be ready. It seems easy, and the cost is incredible. My total detergent expense for close to 120 loads of laundry will be approximately $3.00.
I'll keep you posted.
Who knows, before you know it maybe I won't be eating boxed macaroni or frozen pizza everyday for lunch.