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Homemade tortillas

I’ve really been enjoying making my own tortillas the past few weeks.  I love the way they taste, and they are much cheaper than the ones you can buy in the store (even though mine still aren’t round at all, but that’s just a work in progress).  This is the recipe I use–don’t remember where I picked it up from, but I’ve adjusted it a bit from how I first made them.


Homem
ade Tortillas (12-14 nine inch ones)

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting your work area
1/16 tsp baking powder (I know, such a small amount)
1/4 c butter, softened
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 c warm water

  1. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.
  2. Using your hands, mix the butter in until it resembles a course cornmeal consistency.
  3. Slowly pour the water in while mixing until a soft dough is formed (I don’t always use all the water).  My dough always stays a bit sticky at this point.
  4. Set the dough on a lightly floured surface, and turn the bowl over it.  Let it rest for about 20 minutes.
  5. Divide the dough into about 12 pieces.  Roll the dough as thinly as possible, making round tortillas.
  6. Heat a skillet over medium heat.  Once it’s hot (I test by sprinkling water on it), put a tortilla on it, and cook it for 15-30 seconds on each side.  You know it’s done when bubbles form and it’s lightly browned.

These stay good in the fridge for up to a week (we haven’t tried freezing them yet–they don’t last that long around here!).  Enjoy!
What do you enjoy on your tortillas?  I’m always looking for new things to try.

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Homemade laundry detergent

I finally took the plunge and made my own laundry detergent.  I’ve wanted to try it for quite a few years now, and finally decided that now was the time.  After checking out a few recipes online, I finally settled on making one almost identical to the one on the Duggar’s website.  I’m really hoping this detergent works well, especially with our cloth diapers (it seems we run through quite a bit of detergent washing them).

Homemade Laundry Detergent
(32-64 loads, depending on amount used)

1 bar Fels-Naptha soap (I found it in with the laundry detergents)

1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

1/2 cup Borax

1 cup laundry detergent

  1. Grate the bar of soap.
  2. Put the grated soap into the food processor and mix until it’s finer pieces.
  3. Add all the other ingredients and mix until well combined.
  4. Store in an air-tight container.

To use:  start the washer with HOT water (to make sure all the soap melts)–you can switch to cold after the soap is melted.  Use 1 tablespoon-2 tablespoons detergent.

Breakdown of the cost of making this:

  • Fels-Naptha soap–$1.04/bar
  • Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda–$3.29/box, and I’ll get about 6 uses per box, which makes it $.55/batch
  • Borax–$3.49/box, and I’ll get about 21 uses per box, which makes it $.17/batch
  • Detergent–$5.99/box, and I’ll get about 15 uses per box, which makes it $.40/batch

So, it costs $2.16 per batch, and $.03 per tablespoon.  Really looking forward to seeing how this works out–look for an update in a few weeks!

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Scratch cooking

Recently I’ve become very upset with how much artificial foods we eat everyday.  It seems like so many foods now have high fructose corn syrup (I’ve seen applesauce with it in there–seriously?  Isn’t applesauce sweet enough??), or they have a slew of ingredients that I cannot pronounce.  It doesn’t seem right to be putting all that crap into our bodies.  I also shop with a very limited budget for food, and all the “convenience” foods really are expensive when you factor in how little they make.  So, I’ve been cooking a lot more from scratch.  I’ve learned to make tortillas (sure, they aren’t round, or really any shape yet, but boy are they good!) which Dalton absolutely loves.  I’ve been making muffins and storing them in the freezer to grab as a quick breakfast on my way out the door with a piece of fruit and a hard boiled egg (much healthier than a huge bowl of frosted cereal).  I have hummus in the fridge to snack on with veggies.  I have a (very spicy) black bean and corn salad chilling out in the fridge for lunches.  It takes a bit more work, but I think it’ll be a lot healthier for us in the long run.

So dinner tonight?  I think it looks pretty yummy, don’t you?  Homemade tortilla with rice and the black bean and corn salad.  I think I’ll enjoy some pineapple with it, too.

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