April 27, 2011

Busy Baking Day

I was a busy girl today, let me tell ya! I can't remember the last time I baked/cooked pretty much all day long. It was very rewarding in the end, though, having my husband come home and say "This house smells fantastic!"

This morning, Pudge helped me get started by making some homemade granola, yum! We went out last week to pick up all the ingredients, we just needed more honey. I found a bunch of different kinds at the County Market on Duncan Rd. here in Champaign. My husband suggested we use local honey, because of the benefits it could have on allergies.

We made enough granola to fit into 2 (9x13) pans!

Then we found this huge Kellogg's container to fit it all into. I would have to say that that's equal to about 4 boxes of store-bought granola!

I've also been on a kick of making our own sandwich bread. Since we went to Sam's Club and got flour and yeast, why shouldn't I? The recipe I have makes about 2 1/2 loaves. I got the recipe from The Frugal Girl, and you can check it out here. She also wrote a great article on comparing the price of store-bought bread to homemade bread, I highly recommend reading it.

I also made some homemade pumpkin rolls, and those were equally as delicious. Those were made for a family who just had a baby and is a part of the Mothers and More group I'm involved in.

I also made that family a Beef and Barley Soup in the crock-pot. So our house was smelling great by the time the rolls were done!

So with all that being said, I feel like such a home-maker! It's a great feeling knowing where your food comes from. Have you made anything from scratch this week? If so, I'd love to hear about it!


  1. I have found that cooking with fresh herbs completely changes everything. I know you have a garden this year, so you may want to think about planting things like parsley, oregano, and rosemary. I also learned that if you buy honey with the pollen still in it, it helps tremendously with allergies and building up your immune system. I have nothing to report on the cooking because I do my major cooking on the weekends when I can devote my entire day to it. Wait! I take that back. Two nights ago I made homemade macaroni and cheese. I will never go back to buying the boxes, let me tell ya!

  2. I agree, homemade mac and cheese is the best! I also am growing cilantro, rosemary, basil, chives, parsley, and dill. :)