Sunday, July 29, 2012

Waffle Iron Cinnamon Rolls

I woke up this morning and thought... today is the day. I'm going to do it. Then I did.

Cinnamon rolls in a waffle iron. Waffle rolls, no. Cinnawaffles, no. I haven't come up with a name but they're amazing! Amazing! I highly recommend you go out and buy the necessary materials.

It's very easy. You'll need: waffle iron and cinnamon roll dough. We used the pre-made kind since it was a spur of the moment decision. Feel free to make your own cinnamon roll dough from scratch.

cinnamon rolls in a waffle iron, waffle iron cinnamon rolls, cinnamon rolls pinterest, pinterest waffle cinnamon rolls, waffle iron, frosting, breakfast

cinnamon rolls in a waffle iron, waffle iron cinnamon rolls, cinnamon rolls pinterest, pinterest waffle cinnamon rolls, waffle iron, frosting, breakfast

cinnamon rolls in a waffle iron, waffle iron cinnamon rolls, cinnamon rolls pinterest, pinterest waffle cinnamon rolls, waffle iron, frosting, breakfast
Just pop open the cinnamon rolls, then place on a hot waffle iron. It's that easy. You can spray a little oil/pam/etc to grease it but I think these babies have got all the butter and grease you'll need. We had 8 rolls and I did 3, then 2 per 'waffle' batch. 


cinnamon rolls in a waffle iron, waffle iron cinnamon rolls, cinnamon rolls pinterest, pinterest waffle cinnamon rolls, waffle iron, frosting, breakfast
You just cook them as long as you would a regular waffle. No longer. Ours on the middle setting of 3 took about 30 seconds maybe. Just go by the standard cook time for your machine. We have a basic waffle iron and it worked beautifully. The green indicator light went on, off came the cinnamon roll waffles, on went the cream cheese frosting. 


cinnamon rolls in a waffle iron, waffle iron cinnamon rolls, cinnamon rolls pinterest, pinterest waffle cinnamon rolls, waffle iron, frosting, breakfast


cinnamon rolls in a waffle iron, waffle iron cinnamon rolls, cinnamon rolls pinterest, pinterest waffle cinnamon rolls, waffle iron, frosting, breakfast, before after, before and after


cinnamon rolls in a waffle iron, waffle iron cinnamon rolls, cinnamon rolls pinterest, pinterest waffle cinnamon rolls, waffle iron, frosting, breakfast

Eat immediately while warm and enjoy!

cinnamon rolls in a waffle iron, waffle iron cinnamon rolls, cinnamon rolls pinterest, pinterest waffle cinnamon rolls, waffle iron, frosting, breakfast

cinnamon rolls in a waffle iron, waffle iron cinnamon rolls, cinnamon rolls pinterest, pinterest waffle cinnamon rolls, waffle iron, frosting, breakfast

Yumm!!!

Next time to get a better handle on our amount of sugar intake I'll probably make the dough and frosting from scratch. I have a great recipe in our Cuisinart Breadmaker for cinnamon roll dough. 

Happy Breakfast (or dessert...)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Shower savings

I could have titled this... how I've managed to not buy shower products for myself for over a year!

It's no secret that we're on a bit of a budget here. With T in full time grad school and myself working (I consider it highly underemployed) we've had to cut back some. No new clothes, vacations, less organic food, no shopping trips, lots of couponing, no dining out, etc. You get the point.

One way I've managed to save lots (well some) money is by not buying shower products for myself. Either I'm very stinky, or very frugal. Frugal it is. Quick. that's the answer, before you think anything else.

How did I do it?

organic shampoo, free shampoo, survery sites, product testing sites, shampoo, conditioner, free, coupon

I get almost all my bath products for FREE! This is a run down of my latest free cleaning products.

a. free shampoo from product testing survey site. Yes you can tell it's pantene. Not sure why they had me test it in it's original packaging.
b. free body wash I got from my MIL about 3 years ago when we stayed at her place
c. free mystery shampoo from survey site. (I think it is herbal essences)
d. free mystery conditioner from survery site.
e. organic shampoo I bought 13 months ago! I remember it was 50% off @ $4.10.
f. organic conditioner I bought 13 months ago for $4.10
g. free body wash/bubblebath I got as a Christmas gift last year from my husband's grandma - grandma in law?!
h. free mystery shampoo from survery site. This one really is a mystery.

not shown: 1. free full sized conditioner from survery site (to match the pantene), 2. bar of white dove soap I've had since 2004 (currently using (not actually right now... as I type)), 3. free Avon body wash Christmas gift thats used up, 4. another free bubblebath gift set from last Christmas that I used, 5. samples and samples of individual use shampoos/conditioners I get free online/through the mail & 6. free shampoo bar I got as a blog perk 13 months ago.

--

I'm really into free. Especially if it involves a full sized bottle for me to test, or even if its just a one time use packet of high end salon shampoo that I got free in the mail. If it means putting off spending money at CVS I'm all for it! They all add up. Each free bottle I get means I put off buying something for myself another month (or much more!).

So far I've spent $8.20 on shower products in the last 13 months! And I've still got plenty of product left in those bottles! I use a couple different product testing/survery sites. Lately I've been busy though, and haven't done enough surveys to get many free products. If you're interested try these: Toluna, SurveySpot, Ipsos i-Say, & Pinecone Research. They're all legit.

I'm proud of saving lots of money on basically an entire year's budget of shower/personal cleaning products! I'm going to see how long I can go without buying more. I've got a bunch of s/c samples I need to go through after what's left in those bottles, then some bars of soap I need to use (Ivory & Kiss my Face). Then I have a great Alba coupon. Really coupons haven't even been an issue since I haven't even needed to purchase anything for over a year. My fav free sample websites? http://www.all-free-samples.com/ & Krazy Coupon Lady.

Happy free shower savings!

*i are blueberry muffins :)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Musical Tomatoes

We've been playing a game with our growing tomato plants. You've heard of it... musical chairs. You switch places over and over until there is one left. Normally that doesn't sound like anything that should take place in a garden - but we did it.

We've been playing musical chairs with our tomatoes.

First we grew some tomato plants from seeds. They were in small beige pots. About 3-4 per pot.
Then we transferred some to larger terracotta pots. About 1-2 per pot.
Then we separated them even more to larger terracotta pots. 1 plant per pot.
Then some didn't make it. 
Then we bought a couple more plants from the farmers market. Grew them in their plastic pots.
Then we re -grouped them all into one giant galvanized tub.
Then we removed 1 plant to plant in the actual ground. Leaving 3 in the tub.
Then we removed the other 3 from the tub to plant in the ground as well.

Group, un-group, re-group, un-group, then finally re-group all the plants. 

Phew.

Tomato Land is one crazy town.

drowned our tomatoes, water logged tomatoes, transplanting tomatoes, transplanting tomato plants, cherry tomato, yellow leaves, yellowing leaves, gardening, backyard gardening, city garden, soil, dirt, backyard, home, outdoors, organic. 
While I try to find some early shots of the tomatoes in their little pots I'll start the children's party themed story.

drowned our tomatoes, water logged tomatoes, transplanting tomatoes, transplanting tomato plants, cherry tomato, yellow leaves, yellowing leaves, gardening, backyard gardening, city garden, soil, dirt, backyard, home, outdoors, organic. 
Here is an early shot of the 4 tomato plants growing in the galvanized tub. See them there in the background? This was musical step 3 or 4 in the game. Don't mind me, just posing to try and win some free Mio on facebook. (ps. I didn't get it). They were small plants and we figured they'd live well in the huge tub. (we'll see about that!).  

drowned our tomatoes, water logged tomatoes, transplanting tomatoes, transplanting tomato plants, cherry tomato, yellow leaves, yellowing leaves, gardening, backyard gardening, city garden, soil, dirt, backyard, home, outdoors, organic. 

Here's a later shot when they'd really started to grow tall and bushy. We could already tell they were getting crowded. Did I mention this tub has no outlet or drain at the bottom? This is a forewarning part of the story. 

Once the plants got even bigger we decided to remove one (not sure why just one) and plant it in (gasp) the actual ground. This is akin to taking away one of those musical chairs. We have a huge yard with a mix of grass/weeds/gravel/brush/a car. We figured a small area taken up by a 'garden' wouldn't be so bad. It'd actually be an improvement! Out came my $1 Habitat for Humanity shovel and a spade. In went the tomato plant by a low wall near the deck.
 
drowned our tomatoes, water logged tomatoes, transplanting tomatoes, transplanting tomato plants, cherry tomato, yellow leaves, yellowing leaves, gardening, backyard gardening, city garden, soil, dirt, backyard, home, outdoors, organic. 
 drowned our tomatoes, water logged tomatoes, transplanting tomatoes, transplanting tomato plants, cherry tomato, yellow leaves, yellowing leaves, gardening, backyard gardening, city garden, soil, dirt, backyard, home, outdoors, organic. 

Fast forward a week or so there and are 3 tomato plants left in the tub. This is a shot of the soil. Well a better description would be water with some soil. Yep we left the tub out in the rain overnight; and it stormed. Bad. Actually it stormed a few days in a row. We figured with the 90-100 degree and sunny weather during the day the plants still in the tub would be fine and it would dry out since there was no drain.

Wrong-zow.

Once the tomato plant leaves started to turn yellow (and we googled that) we knew that that operation emergency transplant was in order.

drowned our tomatoes, water logged tomatoes, transplanting tomatoes, transplanting tomato plants, cherry tomato, yellow leaves, yellowing leaves, gardening, backyard gardening, city garden, soil, dirt, backyard, home, outdoors, organic.

Operation emergency transplant meant putting all the tomato plants into the ground. Then cross our fingers and toes. 

drowned our tomatoes, water logged tomatoes, transplanting tomatoes, transplanting tomato plants, cherry tomato, yellow leaves, yellowing leaves, gardening, backyard gardening, city garden, soil, dirt, backyard, home, outdoors, organic.
Doesn't look so hot at first. Well really it was super hot. 90+ degrees. Not so great for the plants.

drowned our tomatoes, water logged tomatoes, transplanting tomatoes, transplanting tomato plants, cherry tomato, yellow leaves, yellowing leaves, gardening, backyard gardening, city garden, soil, dirt, backyard, home, outdoors, organic.


drowned our tomatoes, water logged tomatoes, transplanting tomatoes, transplanting tomato plants, cherry tomato, yellow leaves, yellowing leaves, gardening, backyard gardening, city garden, soil, dirt, backyard, home, outdoors, organic. 

I'm glad to report they they've sorta all made it. You can see some very yellowing and droopy parts. We like to reefer to the plants in this stage as being emo. Like "Tony I'm going to water the plants since they're being so emo right now". Normally they perk up soon after being dehydrated. These however are still in plant ICU status so may not recover 100%.


drowned our tomatoes, water logged tomatoes, transplanting tomatoes, transplanting tomato plants, cherry tomato, yellow leaves, yellowing leaves, gardening, backyard gardening, city garden, soil, dirt, backyard, home, outdoors, organic. 

With green tomatoes still on the ICU plants transplanted from the soppy tub soil we hope they ripen up normally. I have high hopes.

drowned our tomatoes, water logged tomatoes, transplanting tomatoes, transplanting tomato plants, cherry tomato, yellow leaves, yellowing leaves, gardening, backyard gardening, city garden, soil, dirt, backyard, home, outdoors, organic.

Look at 8 of those beautiful baby tomatoes. These are actually the small orange sweet tomatoes, so they're not getting any bigger. We've been able to harvest some already and they taste great!

The end.

That was the story of the musical chairs playing tomato plants. 
How's your summer gardening going? Less dramatic I hope.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Baby Succulents

Succulents are to me... strange. They act like no plant I know. They live in weird conditions, need little water, soil and have strange growth patterns. I like them, but they're weird. Pretty weird. That is, pretty, but also weird.

We have a few sitting in pots on our very sunny windowsill ledge in the kitchen. It's great since the succulents need such little attention but sometimes I don't get them. One looks like it's dying but has new flowers coming off a large off shoot. One has leaves (those squishy things) that have died, fallen off but now have mini succulents growing off the stalk. We have one or two succulents that haven't done a single thing in probably a year or two. No movement, no growing or dying. It's almost like someone is punking us with fake succulents (like they sell at Target!). Anyway... we have an aloe plant.

This aloe plant was planted on our wedding day back in 2010. Last year we got it as a gift and have been keeping it alive ever since. Apparently it really liked our windowsill because it took off! It gets the prize for most growth of a succulent in our house. It's grown so much that I finally decided to take portions and replant them separately.

I google around and found it wasn't hard to do; just make sure to get the main roots and separate at clear distinctions. Easy enough. I brought the now big aloe outside and got to work. It had about 5 smaller off shoot plants that were all in a root bundle. It took a lot of shaking of the root ball but I finally got 2 plants separated. One suffered some damage but I think it'll be okay. I plopped them into some small pots and tossed some gravel on top. Since that's what the glossy magazine succullents look like (right?). I only had 1 pretty pot so the better of the two got that one.





A few days later and I have to report they're both doing... just okay. They don't look as happy as they did with their mother plant. I hope a little browing is normal. I've been giving them the best sun spots so they perk up.

Also I wish I could report fewer blog posts lately means we've been doing more cool busy activities this summer, but alas probably the opposite. I've been cooking a lot so hopefully some cool food posts soon!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Basil Ice Cream Pinterest Challenge

It's Pinterest Challenge time again! Thanks to Young House Love, Bower Power & other great bloggers we're all getting together today to share what we've made in real life from some Pinterest inspiration! Mine today I'm here to share... Basil Ice Cream.


We're no stranger to homemade ice cream here at Our Semi Organic Life. Lately it's been a once a week type thing (chubbs much!?). We've been using Jeni's Spendid Ice Cream at home recipes for a year or more and have had amazing results. I've seen this basil ice cream pin around and thought we could do our own spin on it.

I'm not going to type out the entire recipe. You can check out Jeni's book. You know just go ahead and buy it. Then flip to page 76. It's in the summer section. If you own a home ice cream maker you will not regret it. Earlier this year Jeni won the James Beard award. Talk about good ice cream! Okay back to Pinterest... and basil.

I saw the pin and thought... great basil ice cream. But what does Jeni have to say on that matter? I refer to Jeni in all matters of ice cream these days. Shes says that basil ice cream should have roasted, honeyed pine nuts. Since we didn't have pine nuts we used pecans. In a mixture of honey, brown sugar, butter, & salt combine nuts and roast at 350F for 13-14 mins. Cool and save the nuts until the end when you mix it with the basily ice cream.

We still had some local honey from our CSA box a few weeks ago.
just yumm.



You gotta have a large handful of fresh basil leaves. The fresher the better. Ours? Was about 12 minutes off the plant and into the ice cream. Basically you make the base for the ice cream, then steep the basil while it cools off after it comes off the stove. Then after you strain the leaves out.

All photos Tony.



Using Jeni's recipe for the basil ice cream (vs the pinned version) made a soft, creamy and perfect ice cream texture that tastes incredible. It made a pint and two solid servings to eat right then. It has a very light, soft basil-y taste. The nuts do add a little great crunch to the sweet basil taste.

Although this tasted great and I love basil I personally like my ice creams a little more chocolaty, or fruity. Basil ice cream check... but what about lemon frozen yogurt, buttermint, cherry lambic or dark chocolate peppermint ice cream?!


Friday, July 6, 2012

CSA box of veggies week 5

It's week 5 of our CSA veggies box straight from the local farm to our kitchen. I actually lost count of the week #, so I'm not sure if it's week 5 or 4, or 6 or what. Regardless this is a full box of summer!


We got peaches, large slicing tomatoes, mini pop'em' in your mouth tomatoes, onions, blueberries, green beans, potatoes, squash, farm cow cheese, and a dozen eggs. What a haul! And likely all organic! Not semi organic today - full on organic! We're both really excited to create some delicious dishes with this produce.


First up tonight is going to be tomato pizza and peach & blueberry cobbler. Yummm.
To see our previous week's boxes check out these: week 1, week 2, & week 4.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Meals for the Week - June 2nd


I'm a little late with this weeks menu. I've had it done for days but it just didn't make it to the Publish button. I've been busy reading (see other post), celebrating the 4th of July, cooking all these things and playing outside.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Half Yearly Book Update

It's already July. What? Wow. Time flies. Well at least I've been doing a lot of reading. I thought I'd do a quick update on what books I've read this year so far since we're half way through.

Take a look see. From oldest at the top to newest at the bottom. Yep I just finished (the very short) Seriously I'm Kidding by Ellen. Funny!


Holidays on Ice - David Sedaris
Vanishing Acts - Jodi Picoult
I know this much is true - Wally Lamb
The Jane Austen Book Club - Karen Joy Fowler
Dreams of Joy - Lisa See
A Gate at the Stairs - by Lorrie Moore
The Buddha in the Attic - By Julie Otsuka
Bringing up Bébé - Pamela Druckerman
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time - Mark Haddon
A million little pieces - James Frey 
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) - Mindy Kaling
The Middle Place - Kelly Corrigan
Two Kisses for Maddy - Matt G...?
The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
The House I loved - Tatiana de Rosnay
The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell
The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls
Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil - Tom Mueller
French Kids eat everything - Karen LeBillion
Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese
Seriously I’m Kidding - Ellen Degeneres


Phew, 22 books in 6 months! I've been a busy bee. My secret? one word - audiobook. That may be a compound word, but okay. Most of these books were 'read' in audiobook format. Probably 62% to be exact. The other 8 books I checked out from the library and read with my own eyes.

I'm currently reading two books - 'The Butterfly's Daughter' by Mary Alice Monroe in audiobook form as well as in hardback form 'French Women for all Seasons' by Mireille Guilano. Yep, I'm on a bit of a french women book streak. Next up are the other books by Mireille Guilano.

My favorite book so far? Probably a tie between The Glass Castle and Mindy Kaling's book (you know Kelly from The Office!). Great books, I highly recommend! Least favorite? The Buddha in the Attic... pretty slow, not my style.

Any book recommendations?


LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...