Yogurtmilk, yo.

August 25, 2009

Rather than buy buttermilk (and a buttermilk box) for those yummy-nummy pancakes my Living Small sweetheart cooks up on Sunday mornings, we use yogurtmilk, or, the watery puddle that shows up in the spoon-crater every day. It’s cheaper than buttermilk, doesn’t generate any extra waste — aside from the yogurt container, which we already have — and it adds a farm-fresh tang to baked goods. Triple win!

Here’s how to harvest: Eat some yogurt — whole milk is rich and luxurious, but nonfat works, too. Wait a day. Pour off the milk into a clean jar and store in the fridge. Repeat until you’ve got enough for your pancake (or waffle or sweet bread or whatever) recipe; substitute yogurtmilk 1-to-1 with its buttery brethren.

Awesome offshoot! As you strain out the milk, the yogurt will thicken into a Greek-style, not-that-far-from-cream-cheese treat, which you can eat on crackers or with your favorite jam or even with some chocolate covered sunflower seeds. Oh darling!

Long about a year ago, the Small housecats ran with fleas. We went with Frontline, which cured the kitties, but probably wasn’t ecofabulous.

So, guess what: The little fuzzfaces are infested once again. While a bona fide flea killer can’t be brewed at home, flea repellent can be DIY’d from household ingredients, says Craftzine. Observe:

Could this help my catskys? Anyone out there ever test drive a similar recipe?

Tea & Cookies, please.

August 19, 2009

You like food? You like good stories? You like pretty photos? Yeah, then Tea & Cookies.

I’m all juiced up to bake her apricot almond choco-chip cookies, maybe when the weather gets cooler and my tiny house isn’t apt to overheat. I’m also into her slow food philosophy. Small and sweet and savory, all in one eye-candy blog. I <3 Tea & Cookies.

Image via Tea’s Flickr photostream.

Fabric stash, begone!

August 18, 2009

Every time I open my closet, it’s there: A teetering pile of fabric that is completely rad, but oh-so-sad because it’s in Stash State.

What’s that? You have this problem, too? No more, my hoard-happy friend — Apartment Therapy’s got your back with a roundup of simple projects that’ll clean up that leaning tower of pique, quick-like. Take this party garland, via The Purl Bee, for instance:

I know! I totally want to go to that party and eat (all) those cupcakes and sit in those chairs! And watch my BFF open those presents, which are from me and his cool mom, and they are things like sprockets for his bike and a new trucker hat with a badger on it.

Thus, I give you AT’s list of fabric destash ideas. What will you make?