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Thirty Days Without Walmart

Tell Me I'm Not Alone 
Jul. 1, 2010 11:50 am 
Updated: Jul. 8, 2010 5:07 pm
I love cooking.

I also love art, but let's face it - I'm no artist.  And while I've learned to accept the fact that no one in their right mind would even consider admiring my crayon drawings, I still hold out hope for my cooking skills.  So today was baking day - - -

I found this incredibly wonderful website ( where an obviously skilled chef shares her lovely recipes along with step by stop photos (sigh with envy). 

I attacked PopTarts (because it irks me to no end to pay $2.50 for a box of tasteless pieces of cardboard  full of ingredients I can't pronounce - not to mention how annoyed I get when hubby asks for them).

Two hours later, I ended up with several little piles of goo (which I *think* is supposed to be pastry dough) - pathetic little things really, all lop-sided and topsy-turvy with jam eeking out the sides.  The more I tried to mold and shape the little buggers, the more gookey they became.  They're chilling in the fridge right now, so I'm holding out hope that maybe (fingers crossed) they'll at least end up tasting - - - while, something unlike the 25 pound pound cake I made a few years back.

Which leaves me with The Mess.

Rolling pin covered with bits of sticky dough, flour EVERYWHERE, a sink full of dirty bowls, pans, and assorted kitchen utensils ..... oh dear.  And let's not even start with Gorgon (the Kitchen Aid I simply HAD to have).  I recall pleading with my husband last Christmas, visions of a lovely apron clad lady replete with high heels, beautifully coiffed hair, and a kitchen full of scrumptious baked goods.  Yeah.  Right.  Gorgon and I have had our moments.  He stares at me with that nasty beater smile of his, taunting me to come on over and whisk up a dance or two (shudder).

In any event - War Against Walmart continues with success.  It's been an entire week and (while I admit to driving by every now and then, if for no other reason than to stop and chat with the RVers who camp out in their parking lot), I haven't set foot inside.  Grocery bill this week came to a measly $14 and change.  Of course, feed for the T-Bone (the steer) and the chickens (who STILL haven't started laying yet) was close to $100. 

Oops - timer went off.  Let's see how those bloody pop-tarts go!

Oh Yikes.  Oh Double Yikes.  No wonder people actually go through all that fuss and bother.  Mine certainly don't look like a professional job, but taste wise?  Yummmm!  Here's link to website if anyone's interested:<

Dang - can't post photo until it's approved .... but trust me - they're worth the work.
Jul. 1, 2010 12:02 pm I made this recipe, using my own pie crust and it was delicious!! I hope yours turn out :)!
Jul. 1, 2010 12:48 pm
I bopped over and checked out your recipe, Ladysparkle - certainly a lot easier than mine! I'll have to give it a shot. The one item I did like with the SmittenKitchen recipe was that she thickened the jam filling a bit with 1T each of cornstarch & water - so it didn't thin out ...
Jul. 1, 2010 1:35 pm
Love your avatar pic. Is that a Dane? I have a Newfie/Dane mix fella (no cropped ears or tails here) He's a merle also. Abit of a drool flinger though. :)
Jul. 1, 2010 2:21 pm
Yikes. A Newfie/Dane mix? he must be huge - how tall does he stand ??????? Baby (yup, she's a Dane) is 33" at the shoulder and thank goodness she's not a drooler. Totally with you on not cropping (it's so hard on them).
Jul. 1, 2010 2:56 pm
oh I feel you!! I am a MESS in the kitchen - but even if it doesn't always looks pretty it can still taste good and thats what counts right? My boyfriend actually saw me cook for one of the first times recently (usually he just gets leftovers if I bring them to him later in the evening) and I was making pizza and I had flour all over me - I told him that this (me with flour all over me and on my face, etc) was what he was missing out on seeing all the time and he told me I looked really cute :o) (ps in my blog a while back, in april probably, I took pictures of my adventure making peeps - sounds like what you went through with the pop tarts lol)
Jul. 1, 2010 8:19 pm
I had to get Ripple to stand up (what an ordeal, LOL) and then not be afraid of the tape measure (wuss) He stands right at 34 3/4, he has a HUGE head! (160+ lbs) We took a picture of him laying on the couch, texting and playing video games. It's in my Valentines day blog :)
Jul. 1, 2010 8:26 pm
At least the mess was a tasty one! Keep at it! Thanks for sharing!
Jul. 7, 2010 8:35 pm
i can relate, it takes a while to get "good" in the kitchen, but the patience is worth it, when you find a few favorites, get use to them and build from there! the messes are always "fun" but as long as they taste good, isn't that what really counts?! sometimes i make "messy" recipes that taste great for myself and who-ever else dares it it in my family. it's all about cooking what you enjoy!
Jul. 8, 2010 5:07 pm
The cooking/baking tragedies are a bummer...but the triumphs are such bliss for me. So you are not alone!!
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I'd rather make it than buy it. Natural, seasonal, and as organic as possible. Don't get me wrong - I'm only human (grin) - but I try.
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Copycat & cloned recipes, Mexican, Italian
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I'm trying to stop old post WWI & WWII traditions and go back to pre-letsjustbuyitofftheshelf cooking.
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Giving up overly processed and prepacked foods (without killing my family). Learning how to actually bake and make those things I used to just buy off a shelf.
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lol - too many to name. Beans and I still go 'round and 'round.
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