I’m not a huge homemade kind of gal. If I can buy it in the store, I’m usually ok with that. But there are a few things that are better or easier or cheaper when you make them at home, enough so that I’m willing to do it.
I love popcorn. Of the things I love, popcorn probably ranks third behind, like, books and puppies. I used to make it in those microwave popcorn bags. It was ok. But I discovered that it’s easier, much cheaper, and actually tastes better to make your own microwave popcorn bags.
- a package of standard lunch bags
- a jar/bottle/container/whatever of unpopped popcorn
Measure 1/4 of a cup of popcorn kernels and dump them in a lunch bag. Fold the top of the bag over twice. Throw it in the microwave. Wait until there are a few seconds between pops. Take it out, pour it in a bowl, and dump however much butter and salt you want on it. It’s SO GOOD. Nice and fluffy and way fresher tasting than the prefab microwave bags.
Facial Cleansing Cloths
I used to spend a fortune on these, but you can make them! Check out White House, Black Shutters for the recipe. I modified it a bit.
- 2 Tablespoons of whatever oil you want (I used Neutrogena body oil.)
- a couple little squirts of face wash (I used Mary Kay.)
- Bounty select-a-size paper towels
- 2 Cups water
- a container with a lid
Easy as pie and gets off your eye make-up, too (even waterproof).
Thanksgiving is coming up. If you want to be the most impressive potluck participant for the least amount of effort, make cranberry sauce. It’s so easy, and looks like you are some kind of gourmet because everyone is so used to the can-shaped cylinders of cranberry sauce.
- a bag of cranberries
- 1 Cup sugar
- 1 Cup water
That’s it, for real. Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil; add cranberries, return to boil. Reduce heat and boil gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. (The cranberries make awesome popping noises. That’s part of the fun.) Cover and cool completely at room temperature. Refrigerate until serving time. Bask in awe and praise.
So what are your favorite home-made items? Give me your secrets!