Author: Stephanie E.

Slow Cooker Baking – Rosemary Bread

Today is my day off and I’ve been thinking I’d like to bake some breads. Our new neighbors have given us flowers, cookies and fresh eggs but I’ve yet to give them anything so a bread would be nice when returning their dishes. We also recently planted rosemary so I’ve been dying to make some rosemary bread. While perusing some bread recipe ideas, I came across Crock Pot or slow cooker breads.  Initially sounding like a bad idea, the appeal grew on me as I thought about how hot it gets in the kitchen when baking in the summer. Poking around on Google to learn more about baking in the slow cooker, I’ve learned the following: It can take quite a long time at one and a half to two and half hours per loaf. It requires some experimentation to come up with the right process for your slow cooker. The bread comes out more dense without the burst of heat that typically causes the bread to rise in the oven before the dough begins …

DIY Drawer Organizer

The kitchen in our new place has just three drawers.  That seemed hard to work with until we considered our last kitchen didn’t have much more with its four small drawers. Plus, one of our new drawers is quite large. However, that seems to mean that anything I put in there is basically swimming in it including my expandable utensil organizer that is usually fills a drawer on its own. So I went to Pinterest for some ideas and came across this tutorial for a drawer organizer on kevinandamanda.com.  At only about $5 this is also a great bargain! I didn’t plan mine as carefully as their project but just checked the depth I would need for my drawer and picked up a couple of the 1/4″ craft boards from Home Depot. I wasn’t yet sure exactly what would go in the drawer or how much would fit except that I wanted to keep my utensil organizer. We’re renting so it could come in handy whenever we move on from here plus that’s several less compartments I …

On Making Things

I love making things. But I’m not a perfectionist and if things don’t turn out 100% how I’d hoped, I usually just accept the results and happily use my new lovely creation (of course sometimes things turn out too poorly for even that 😜). I eat the runny pie and not-so-great waffles. I ate tons of slightly inedible whole wheat recipes before landing on this one and I use the slightly wobbly shelves or table. I’ve read a lot of DIY instructions and, obviously, it’s always best if you start out with the proper instructions. It’s a real bummer when you start a project and it turns out the guide you’re following is incorrect or incomplete.  Trying to avoid falling into the second category has led me to not share most of my projects. But I’ve decided there’s another way.  Even if my project isn’t 100% publication ready, I’ll share it.  But I’ll also share the instructions that I think you should use and explain what I did that could have gone better. Here are …