Make It Yourself

What I Buy At Trader Joe’s

September 20, 2012

Today is my baby sister’s birthday. She thinks she’s really old now. Sis, you will always be younger than me. Does that make you feel better 🙂 ? She’s the best. Here we are making stuff: And eating stuff (Mom, what were we eating?): That was twenty-something years ago (if the wallpaper didn’t give it […]


I love energy/protein/nutrition/snack bars, but sometimes the ingredient lists scare me. I don’t care how nutritious something claims to be; if I can’t pronounce half of the ingredients listed on the package, I’m pretty sure it’s not so good for me. One of my favorite bars is the Larabar brand, which is made with minimal, […]


Cashew Butter

February 25, 2011

I made this for the first time a few weeks back and totally forgot to share… so here it is. I wish I’d known sooner how easy it is to make your own nut butters. All you need is a food processor and a few simple ingredients. You can use almost any type of nut: […]


I’ve been on a DIY condiments kick lately. Making foods from scratch is often times healthier and more cost effective than eating preserved foods and it’s (surprisingly) easy to do. I also like knowing exactly what’s in my food. Salad dressings are especially easy to whip up. I’ve made a lot of different vinaigrettes but […]


Homemade Ricotta

January 18, 2011

According to…practically every food blog out there, ricotta is super easy to make. I gave it a shot and guess what? That slew of bloggers is correct: this is easy stuff. I’m gonna go ahead and say that if you can boil a pot of water, you can probably make ricotta cheese. You don’t really need […]


Homemade Mayo

January 7, 2011

You may be thinking that I’ve got too much time on my hands again…but I don’t. I’m busy! I really am! The thing is, you don’t need time on your hands to whip up some of this stuff. It really is a cinch to make. I’ve never given much thought to what’s in it or how […]


Homemade Graham Crackers

December 22, 2010

Before I made these, I’d never eaten a homemade graham cracker and the thought of making one had never crossed my mind. Graham crackers were one of those things that just…came in a box. When I was looking for a recipe for homemade marshmallows, I came across this homemade graham cracker recipe on Smitten Kitchen, (one […]


Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

December 21, 2010

I attempted homemade marshmallows last year because they were supposed to blow away the bagged version. I was sorely disappointed to end up with a pan of overly sweet and dense rubbery chunks and a sticky kitchen. This year, I chose a different recipe, invested in a three dollar candy thermometer and used a hand […]


Man, I love this stuff. This summer, I made a batch of it almost every single week. Aside from being super easy to make, it’s versatile and forgiving. All you need is just 5 ingredients and something to grind everything up.

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