Today we're under a blizzard warning and so everybody's been indoors doing things. The guys have mostly been on the couch watching football and I have been puttering around in the kitchen. I had wanted to try to make some rosemary maple-glazed nuts and so I gave that a whirl. They would have been so good, but the last step of baking them in the oven turned out to be much too long and the nuts have a burnt taste to them, even tho they are still pretty good eating. Note to self: the next batch gets only 10 minutes in the oven. I thought about doing something with the half sack of peanuts and decided to make peanut brittle. (I love peanut brittle) I used a microwave recipe for it and made it according to the directions. The time before when I made it, I cooked the sugars first and added the peanuts later in the cooking process so guess what? It burned. Bah! Note to self: Cook sugars first, then add peanuts.
Tom asked me to make some divinity. I usually don't make that. The boys always have in the past and they're good at making it. I gave it a try. It was just OK. Nothing fabulous, but Hubs and J. are eating it up. I'm not a huge fan of divinity anyway.
On a good note.....J (youngest child) and I are starting Cooking School, that's what I'm calling my cooking lessons for a young man who needs a few basic cooking skills under his belt. I think it's important that every man learns to cook a few good things to feed himself. Our first lesson was last night and we threw together a dandy roast beef hash. We chopped up left-over roast beef and the potatoes, added in some peppers, onions, garlic, and mushrooms and sauteed it in the cast iron skillet in some olive oil. Deee-lish-ious! Today we made Mandarin Chicken -- J's request for lunch -- and served it over hot rice. YUM! Definitely a do-again. We did alter this recipe too. Both of us decided it needed a whole sliced onion and a tiny bit of lemon zest, and we decreased the sugar to 1/4 cup. We also added in a tablespoon of Hoisen Sauce and at the end, threw in a handful of cashews.
Another recipe I tried today is one for homemade deodorant. I know.....weird. But I'm one of those people who always stinks and I thought that maybe trying something different would help. The authors of the recipes I found all swore that the homemade stuff worked very well, so I stirred up a batch this afternoon. I tweaked two recipes, this one and this one, so that I could use the ingredients I had on hand. Now to test it out over a few weeks and see what it does!
Here's my original recipe based on their recipes.
Busy Bee Deodorant
1 t. beeswax beads
3 T. virgin coconut oil
3 T. corn starch (or arrow root powder)
3 T. baking soda
2 capsules of vitamin E oil
essential oil for fragrance (opt)
In a pyrex measuring cup or bowl, melt beeswax for about 1 minute in the microwave. Add coconut oil and melt. Stir in the rest of the ingredients with a fork or small whisk until smooth. Pour into half-cup mason jar.
To use, take a little in the fingertips and rub into arm pits.
This recipe fills a half cup jelly jar perfectly, but I've read that it can spoil so I only put half of it in my jar and put half in the frig. I added the beeswax to firm up the mixture and keep it in place. If Burt's Bees can make a deodorant out of these ingredients, so can I.The wind is still blowing and the snow is blocking the view. It's getting dark now and all I can see is the yard light. I'm looking forward to nicer days soon.
What are you doing this Sunday?