I love to make our family's meals and treats from scratch. Not only does it save us money on our tight grocery budget, but my home made goodies are just better if I do say so myself (wink).
A couple of weeks ago I made some oatmeal cookies from scratch and the recipe (sorry, I didn't save the recipe, it was off the box of the store brand oats) made like 4 dozen cookies. I sealed them up in a plastic bag and we ate on them for two weeks. They were so good!
So tonight when my daughter wanted warm milk with honey as a bedtime snack (an idea we got from the movie Ponyo...have you seen it? It's really good) and I discovered we were out of honey, I had to improvise a sweet treat. I decided to make her chocolate milk, but didn't have chocolate syrup. So I just made my own from simple items that I keep in my pantry. Basically, it's just water, cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla and salt. Mix it all together in a pot, boil it for a couple of minutes and it's done. I store it in a mason jar in the fridge.
You can find my favorite chocolate syrup recipe here.
Image taken from: http://www.seededatthetable.com/2012/07/18/diy-homemade-chocolate-syrup/
I also found this You Tube video from candidmommy who made home made waffles and then froze them just like Eggos. I loved how she served them simply, with a side a fresh blueberries. With all the berries in season right now, I was inspired to make these too! I actually have the same exact cookbook she uses in the video.
Check it out....
I'm also going to try my hand at making liquid laundry soap from scratch tomorrow too. I've made the powdered stuff many times, but never the big 5 gallon bucket of the liquid kind. I think I'll just use the Duggar's recipe (I have their book, but you can find the recipe here). I'll let you know how I like it in a future post.
So, that's how I'm making my home sing this week, by making frugal, home made goodies for my family and my home.
Have a great week everyone!