So I spent the other day in a college t-shirt, dirty jeans and slippers. I took an hour and a half nap in the morning (while my uber fussy children also napped) and watched a lot of TV during my babies afternoon naps.
BUT, I accomplished the following in the kitchen. See if you can guess what was boxed and what was from scratch:
Brownies with chocolate icing
White Chicken Chili
Are you ready? Do you want to know? I'll give you the answers backwards.
Corn Bread - from scratch, cooked in my cast iron skillet. LOVE this recipe, have had it for years, don't even know where I found it now. It takes more time than a box mix, but tastes a smidge fresher and there is something nice about moving that skillet from the oven to the table and serving fresh, hot cornbread. Plus, I can make it as sweet as I want this way.
White Bread - from scratch, depending on your definition of scratch. I used my bread machine, but I had to measure out the flour, water, milk, sugar, yeast, etc. No boxed mixes in that machine! Box bread mixes NEVER work for me, they always fall flat, but I can make perfect, delicious, homemade bread in the machine every time. AND, I got this done by lunch time.
White Chicken Chili - All packaged. Package of seasoning, can of chicken, canned beans. I do make it with milk instead of water and add cornstarch to thicken, but this is a pure packaged meal for us.
Brownies with chocolate icing - This was a trick question! The brownies were boxed, the icing was from scratch. While I can get my cornbread nice and sweet, my homemade brownies never taste right. But the icing? A super simple recipe in a Betty Crocker Cooky Book I got from Mr. Curly's Grandma. This book has brought us a lot of joy, and one of those joys is in the Marie's Chocolate Icing recipe for peanut butter cookies. I generally don't ice my brownies, but this was a special request from Mr. Curly.
So, while my day wasn't exactly picture perfect as far as clothes or productivity, my kitchen made up for it.