The Great Lasagna Challenge, Day 3: The Main Event!

We’ve been waiting all week for today, when we could finally craft our ingredients together into a lasagna! There were definitely ups and downs to the process: the ups being everything that wasn’t making mozzarella, and the downs being the multiple attempts at making mozzarella. 🙂 With the difficulties of first-time cheese making behind us, we were ready to put our sauces, noodles and cheeses … Continue reading The Great Lasagna Challenge, Day 3: The Main Event!

The Great Lasagna Challenge, Day 2: Cheese, Please…

Day 2, Chapter One: Ricotta So, we began the day bright eyed and bushy tailed, with cheese-making equipment in hand. Now, in the spirit of full disclosure, let it be known: we opted for a kit this first time. It was a relative value, had everything we needed and included step-by-step instructions. If you are interested in picking one of these kits up as well, … Continue reading The Great Lasagna Challenge, Day 2: Cheese, Please…

T-Shirt Therapy (a.k.a. The Great Cheese Caper)

Lesson learned for the day: do not plan on making cheese until we know where to get all of the odd little ingredients. On the plus side, we did find a place to pick up what we need and will be there at 11:30 tomorrow when the store opens. However, the fact that we didn’t get to make cheese doesn’t mean that the night has … Continue reading T-Shirt Therapy (a.k.a. The Great Cheese Caper)

The Great Lasagna Challenge, Day 1: Marinara Sauce

We wanted to start the first day of the lasagna challenge with the marinara sauce for a very simple reason: Whatever is made first will need to keep for a few days before it’s actually used. The cheese will be best if used within a day or two, and the noodles are definitely best on the same day they’re made, so the choice was simple: … Continue reading The Great Lasagna Challenge, Day 1: Marinara Sauce

The Great Lasagna Challenge: Introduction

Personally, part of the joy that comes along with making things at home is looking at the way things can build off of each other. Making ketchup, for example, can lead to making barbecue sauce, cocktail sauce, meatloaf, etc. This is the rationale behind the great lasagna challenge, which is going to be a week-long celebration of bringing projects together. Here’s the rundown of events: … Continue reading The Great Lasagna Challenge: Introduction

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Most of the projects I opt to tackle, particularly in the winter, stem from a combination of laziness and curiosity. First I look at something I need and think, “It’s way too cold outside; I really don’t feel like going to the store,” which is quickly followed by “I wonder if I could make this at home.” This is the thought process that led to … Continue reading New Spice (Simple and Affordable Bodywash)