Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Noodles, Meatloaf, and Jewelry

So what do noodles, meatloaf, and jewelry have to do with each other? Well, they have been my "creativity" lately, and my way of occupying myself while Roy is back in school (he's taking German this summer, and it feels just like the school year when we have very little time together.)
Today I made my first ever homemade egg noodles. My mom used to make huge batches of these when my sister and I were little. Now you can just buy the same type frozen - or at least some people can. Apparantly, thick egg noodles are not popular enough in Waco, because I can no longer find them. No problem, I can make my own!!! It was easy, but just messy because I hardly have counter space. As I was rolling out the dough, flour was falling onto the floor, and Cleo would come and lick it up. Who would think a dog would like to eat flour? Anyway, the recipe is super simple: beat four eggs, mix in 2 cups of self-rising flour, and stir. The mixture should be really thick like pie crust. If not, just add a bit more flour. If it's way too thick and just crumbling, add another beaten egg. Roll out the dough to your desired thickness, and cut into strips. Lay the strips out to dry and turn in about 2hrs. You can also freeze them to use later! I can't wait to make homemade chicken and noodles for dinner tomorrow!!! Yum!

I don't have a picture of the meatloaf cups I made, because let's face it, meatloaf is not
picture worthy no matter how good it tastes, but it was so easy. I mixed up the hamburger meat with egg, Ritz crackers, bbq sauce, and seasoning, then I scooped the mixture into a muffin pan (w/o the paper liners) and baked them for 15mins in my toaster oven. I had to put a drip pan underneath to catch the juice from the meat - learned that the hard way! But they were yummy, and so easy!

Of course I have been occupying myself by jewelry making. I wore the above necklace yesterday and got lots of compliments, so I had to come home and make a matching bracelet. I have earrings that match too, of course, but they are simple 3-bead earrings - did't want to take away from the necklace!

This bracelet was a new one for me. I found the bangle and already had these plastic, shiny discs (I can't for the life of me think of what their official name is!), so I thought they would made a cute bracelet. It is very retro and flashy, but I love it!

So instead of mopping my floors or dusting my house, I am having fun cooking and making jewelry! Hurray for summer!

1 comment:

Melissa said...

Bummer that Roy is so busy again, but yay for finding fun things to occupy your time! :) I bet your chicken and noodles is SO yummy! :) Love the new jewelry too! Great pieces.

Oh, and thanks for your comment! :) I'm really having fun being crafty. A lovey is just kind of a general term to a toy or blanket or item that a toddler attaches themself too. Carson never really had one when he was little, but he has a favorite rabbit, blue bunny, that he likes to have around, he just doesn't freak if it's not there. Caden is kind of the same way, but he has this silky blanket similar to the one that I made Carter that he gets all cuddly with at bed time. It's funny. I'm thankful my boys don't feel they are required, but it's cute that they have a preference. :)