Oh goodness, I think I've died and gone to pretzel heaven. My blogger friend Jami over at An Oregon Cottage posted this recipe for homemade pretzels. Click here to pay her a visit, to get the recipe, and leave her a nice comment. Tell her "hello" and that I sent you over for a nice visit ;) :)
I'm a woman with champagne tastes living on a soda pop can budget. NOTE: I don't drink. It's just a point of reference to describe my financial status :) :) :) So when I saw this recipe it looked really easy and it only involves a few ingredients. This is what they looked like when they came out of the oven.
I didn't have Kosher salt, so I just used regular salt. Plus, it was a bit of a chore rolling out the pretzel dough. It just wouldn't look like the fancy ones that you buy at the mall. My father kept taking "sneak peeks" in the oven to see how the pretzels were progressing. "Fine, Dad, please leave them alone" Secretly, it made me smile, because I knew that they had to be good if my dad kept checking on the status of said baked goodies :) :)
This is the prettiest pretzel of the whole bunch. Regular table salt works fine, but you do have to put quite a bit on there to get the same taste as Kosher salt. The pretzels should cool down for a few minutes after baking, before you take a bite. Otherwise, it's still really hot and you might burn yourself.
Okay, I just had to get that up there :) :) Oh, my homemade laundry powder is working really well. I've washed six loads from it so far. Click here if you want the recipe. It's the dreamiest homemade version I've made to date. Plus it's pretty and pink. Plus I've been thinking about quite a few things lately like:
* disastrous knitting projects
* financial wisdom
* decorating projects
* how I like to drown my worries in a cup of coffee :)
* how I really need to leave my worries at the cross :)
So I just wanted you to know I'm thinking about things. It's just a matter of getting the proverbial pen to paper :) :) :) One of my goals this year is to get into even better financial shape. So I'll be talking about that this week. I've been listening to Dave Ramsey a lot on-line, plus reading his book "Financial Peace University - Revisited" You can listen to the show live Monday-Friday or listen to archived shows here. I do need to be making wiser financial decisions from this point forward. I've done very well so far but I'll save that for another blog post...really, truly!!! So life is exciting. I'm excited to see what this new year will bring :) :) :)
That's the news from Oregon today. Extra love and hugs, Heather :)