Making do

I would like to say that I am not tempted to buy new things (yellow cardigan I am talking to you), especially things I don’t need, but that is just not the case.  I’m able to curb any completely insane wants, like 350.00 boots, but really all it takes is a trip to Target and HELLO SUPER SEXY SHINY THINGS I MUST HAVE NOW I SAID NOW!

“What’s the big deal? Buy the crap out of some new earrings from Etsy and call it a day,” my 20-yr-old self says.  Well, for one, I am trying to spend less since I’m not working (for money…I work for sloppy baby kisses I guess?) and for two, I’d like to grow up into a real-live responsible human one day.  You know, the kind my grandmother turned into?  The generation who lived and breathed prudence and could make a week’s worth of meals from like, a can of beans and a Saltine or two.

So for June, I will not be buying anything new. This is so fifth grade for some hardcore dumpster-diver types, but I have to start somewhere, right?  I’m not trying to win any awards here, just trying to take a look at my habits and adjust them accordingly.  I won’t even cheat and go to my favorite thrift store.  The saying “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” is such a good reminder from the Olden Days.   Thank you Olden Days for your clever sayings and tin lunch buckets!

So then.  Let me know if you are taking the challenge as well.  Maybe we can swap bean recipes?

the Adult graham cracker

   Really, you will impress people if you tell them you’re making graham crackers. “Make them? What makes them so Grahamy, anyway?”  But you’re in it to win it, not just impress….And making these suckers will definitely be winning, because they are RIDIC DELISH.  Yeah that’s right.  So delicious you can’t finish your WORDS.

I don’t know about you, but graham crackers send me right back to the acid yellow countertop in my grandmother’s kitchen, dunking and fishing out floaty parts with a spoon.  I could (okay, can) shove them in my face for hours.

However, on my new quest to rid my cabinets of “fake foods”, I sought out a homemade recipe for the little guys. However howEVER, if you have a baby under the age of one, you have probably read that honey is a no-no, so I made a special batch for the shortest member of the family.

The recipe I used and tweaked a bit was from the lovely smittenkitchen blog.  I used this recipe because I had all the ingredients on hand, and, having been craving some Real Graham Crackers for weeks now, that was my only real condition.  It turned out to be an amazing recipe!  For batch #1 the only changes I made to the linked recipe were: a tad less honey (maybe only 2 tbsp less), and a smidge more salt.  I highly suggest just eyeballing the cinna-sugar topping and then sprinkling it on, instead of covering every square inch like I did…

For the no-honey-for-baby recipe, before adding the honey to batch #1, I took out 1 1/2 cup of the dough mixture.  I then added 3 tbsp of milk and a dash of vanilla, then wound up adding more flour until the dough was less sticky.  I also didn’t use nearly as much of the sugar sprinkling on top.

Immediately out of the oven, the crackers are more of a cookie and quite soft, but give them about 10 minutes to cool and they become the crispier cracker-like dose of delish you are familiar with!