Oh Dough!

I love Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. I buy all my seeds from them for my garden. So when they came out with sour dough starter… I was intrigued.

OLD WORLD SOURDOUGH STARTER

“This highly effective dehydrated sourdough starter originated in a remote mountain village in Tajikistan. It’s the perfect choice for self-reliant homesteaders and home bakers alike, freeing you from the need for store-bought yeast. We hope you love this starter as much as we do. Each packet holds 1 tablespoon or more of the dehydrated starter. This is plenty to make a rehydrated starter that can be used and lasts for years if kept fed. (Some starters are reported to be over 500 years old.) Along with the starter are instructions on how to use and care for it.”

So naturally when I went to order, it was sold out. However, I checked back a couple days later and it was in stock. $10.95 with free shipping and a couple days later, I started on my sour dough journey.

Sourdough starter rising.

I followed the instructions included in the pack. I was meticulous. To my dismay, when the instructions said it should be ready… it wasn’t. My bread came out hard and a rock and dense as could be.

I did not give up.

I waited another day and like magic, the starter doubled after it’s next feeding. I followed a different recipe this time. Feasting at Home does a very detailed description of her process. I used her measurements, but I used my stand mixer to bring it all together. Look at this beautiful loaf.

My only disappointment is that I didn’t make more because this one went so fast. Tonight I will make another.

Dipwell Nail Kit & $10 off

I am not one of those people that gets a manicure every two weeks, not even every month. Actually the last time I got my nails done at the salon was when I was in my sisters wedding THREE years ago.

I’m more of a paint my nails once every blue moon and then chip away at the polish throughout the day kind of gal.

Well, I got the Dipwell Nail kit for about $42. I used a $10 off coupon, you can get the coupon here. I am super happy with it… so I thought I would share. This is basically an acrylic nail dip kit that is simple to do. I wear my nails for about 2-3 weeks before I redo them. I have always taken them off because I wanted to try a new color- I’ve never had mine fall off. I am a Mommy of three, so these nails really get worked. They always stay glossy and never chip on me.

The kit comes with everything you need:

– Bond

– Base

– Activator

– Sealer

– Brush Softener

– 200/280 grit foam buffer

– 100/180 grit nail file

– Double-sided wooden cuticle pusher

– 6 or 3 color powders – the color shown in my pictures is CL62 (classic dip color 62)

I did the build your own kit and decided not to get the Base and Finish dip powder… I used my sister’s one time and didn’t notice a difference.

I used a $10 off coupon, you can get the coupon here. Also shipping is free over $35. So I purchased a build your kit and got four dip powders, this brings the total up to about $54, then I used the $10 off coupon to get free shipping. This brought my total to around $44 with tax.

 

Haven’t you heard? Big poms are in.

Here’s what I use:

Lion Brand WoolEase Thick and Quick

1 Large Pom Maker

Hairbrush

Make the Pom Pom according to the directions.

Brush the Pom with a hairbrush and trim to make it a perfect ball.

Big bows step aside… big poms are taking over Winter 2019.

Baby beanie with big Pom. $20 on my Etsy store.

Easiest crochet slippers

My son is 4 years old and is modeling the slippers.

Size H- 5mm crochet hook

Double strand of 100% wool worsted weight yarn. I used Patons classic wool.

Chain 21

Rows 2-10 *Sc1, turn, SC across*

Fold slipper in half

Row 11-19  SC around

*SC1, SC 2 tog* repeat 15x

Thread through remaining stitches.

Preschool Craft- Puzzle Christmas Wreath

Christmas is just around the corner and I will use every moment crafting with the kiddos. Decorating the tree can be cheap and fun with everyday household items and a quick trip to dollar tree.

For this project you just need some glue, puzzle pieces, green paint and sparkly pipe cleaners (or something to make a bow).

My son is four years old and absolutely loved glueing the puzzle pieces in a ring. He was able to do it himself, with a little guidance. We let the puzzle ring dry over night and painted the wreath the next afternoon. Top it off with a sparkly bow and it is ready for the Christmas tree!

We used some cheap paint that is meant for kids. We found the best coverage painting on the cardboard side. You can spray paint the back of it (where the puzzle image is) if you want, but we kept it for character.

I absolutely love crafts like this, especially for Christmas because these are the types of ornaments that create memories for years. I will write the year on it in sharpie as well. Such a quick craft that was perfect for my preschooler.