Monday, March 26, 2012

A handy frugal hint...... homemade cake mix.

I thought i would share a handy and frugal hint today.

Make your own cake, cookie or bread mix and always have it on hand for when your short of time and need to bake something in a hurry.

Simply measure all your dry ingredients of your favorite cake, cookie or bread recipe etc and put them into a ziplock bags in the pantry and you will always have these mixes on hand. Saves buying expensive cake, cookie and bread mixes. With your homemade mix you will know what exactly has going into it too. No added preservatives and other nasty additives and with a basic mix they will end up being a lot cheaper too. To make them up just add the required wet ingredients and there you go.

I will share with you a basic cake mix recipe and explain how to use it.

Basic vanilla cake mix.
Dry ingredients:

2 cups sr flour
2/3 cup sugar

add these to a bag or container if your prefer.

Wet ingredients:

125g melted butter
2 large egg
1tsp vanilla
3/4 cup of milk.

To make the cake: simply combine all wet ingredients and add them to the dry mix and combine them well. Then just put it all into your greased cake tin or muffin pans and bake. You can also add other goodies to the dry mix if you like such as chocolate chips, sultanas or even some 2 tablespoons cocoa to make it chocolate (you may need to add a little more milk if you do).

If you have a favorite cookie or bread recipe that you make at home often, try making it into a dry mix to also keep in the pantry. If you come across a recipe that asks you to cream the butter and sugar together don't worry, just melt the butter into the wet ingredients when you make it and it will work out just fine.

Your only limited by your imagination when it comes to making up mixes for later use.

Please note: if your making bread mix do not add the yeast into it until your ready to use it. Yeast must be stored in the fridge.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Water tank update, vege garden and my ducks

Well it has been a while since my last blog but i have some exciting news. My water tank has been set up.
It will hold a 1000 LTRS of water when full. It does have some water in it now as you can see in the photo its a little dirty, but its only for the garden. In the future I will also be using it to fill the bath for my 2 ducks Mickey & Molly.

Molly in the front has a deformed beak, its called cross beak but it doesn't effect him at all he manages to gobble down his food without a problem. They are both grown up now and Mickey started laying eggs for me on Feb 1st. They are both Indian Runner Ducks and Molly is a crested, hence the tuft of top of his head. I will try to get more pics of them soon and do a blog about them in the future.