1. Made my first batch of sweetened homemade yogurt – sweet vanilla and almond – and it was magnificent. Though I’ve made a massive amount of plain yogurt over the years, I’ve never actually made the sweetened variety before, and it worked like a charm. Everyone in my family loved it.
2. Made my first batch of hard candy (totally free-form because I don’t own a mold since the whole thing was spur-of-the-moment) – and it was glorious. Without a doubt, it scored me some cool-mom points, especially on the heels of the sweet vanilla yogurt success. This doesn’t happen every day.
3. Baked a loaf of bread.
4. Made a simple but nice dinner of Russian hamburgers and rice pilaff accompanied by the sauerkraut made with the cabbage my husband grew. And yes, it’s all as pastoral as it sounds.
5. Ran a load of laundry with my new homemade powdered laundry detergent, which works amazingly well, is a clinch to make (although I did need to use a face mask), and costs ridiculously little. This is no small money-saving step in my life, as I burn through laundry soap at great speed given our family’s size and lifestyle.
6. Made a second-ever flower headband for my baby girl – while I find them kinda ridiculous, these things make great photo props and are a lot of fun to make. Now, I am not crafty or anything (at least not anymore), so this is pretty unusual. I’m no Martha Stewart, but I think it turned out pretty nice for my level of “expertise.”
Meanwhile, my husband:
1. Took the big kids to the car mechanic and the library in another town, which meant that they were gone from early morning and into mid-afternoon, allowing me a much-needed, utterly glorious time alone, not counting the baby (who’s sweet and, by and large, great at playing by herself).
2. Put the kids to bed and cleaned the kitchen while I ran to my favorite store, our small-town Walmart, to get some drawing and construction paper for my kids, along with an embroidery floss organizer for my girl’s floss, needles, various beads, and spools of hand-sewing thread (a much-needed addition!).
Results not typical!!!