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Oh yes!  My kitchen floor is conquered.  Thanks to the most welcome help from the boy they’re sparkly clean again and I shall have a much easier time of keeping them clean in the future 🙂

I made french fries again today.  I’ve been using a skillet as I don’t have a deep fryer (one day).  I store the leftover oil in an icecream bucket for repeat use.  The fries are far from uniform (I cut them myself), but they taste much better than McCains or whathaveyou.

This is my process:

1. Peel, cut potatoes, dig out black spots etc.  Cut them into whatever shape you so desire.  However, thinner is better they cook faster and if you want the crispy feel.

2. Pour enough oil into the skillet that it just covers a layer of fries.  This way you don’t use a ton of oil ($) and they don’t stick because of multiple layers.

5. I cook them on medium heat one has much more control over them this way.  The only downside is that you have to wait a bit longer than if you cooked them on a higher heat.

6. Enjoy.


1. Store leftover potatoes in water.  They just retain it and will burn once cooked in the oil.  And the splatter hurts 😦

2. Drop the fries in, slide them into the oil to avoid splatter

3. Leave the skinned taters out in the open too long they’ll go brown

If you want to have a little variety, I shred some cheese overtop and melt it for 20 seconds in the microwave.  So good 🙂

I have to go and finish my kitchen though.  Almost where I want it to be at.

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“Your love can make these things better.”

I think life is starting to even out. I was just listening to a Jars of Clay song and I’m encouraged to just keep swimming. I may have a billion things to do for school, financial problems, etc. But the love of family, friends, God can help encourage us and give us the oomph we need.

I made tortillas again last night and I added a little bit more of water to it and mixed the oil in with the water and they turned out so much better than the last ones. They tasted the same, but they were softer and easier to handle. I also cooked them for a little less time and I think that that had a lot to do with it. And it only took an hour to make them instead of three like the first time I made them ^_^

I think this month will be better than January was. I am excited for the possibilities and new experiences that wait as of yet. The days just slide together and everything has remained in a positive type of stasis 🙂

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It’s just one of those days where you know you want to go back to bed and sleep, but you have so much to do.  I made tortillas last night and I didn’t anticipate how long it took me to make them.  So I never got to the kitchen. There are almost no dishes left what with making bread in the morning then tortillas and taco meat in the evening.

But I feel so much better about myself.  Brandon and I are eating MUCH healthier now that I’m making more of the processed food that we’d buy.  It’s cheaper too.  What would have been $5 for tacos is something like $0.30.  We eat tacos on a regular basis also, at least two or three times a week.  If we only eat them twice a week, we save at least $560 on just the shells in a year’s time.  If we only eat them once a week we still save $260.  Since I also make our bread now, I get to save us money there too.  If we eat two loaves a week we save $212 over a year’s time.  Between those too items we’ll be able to save from $472 to $772.  The benefit of making one’s own food FAR outweighs that of buying it pre-made.  It’s cheaper, and if we’re ever in a knot, nice to be able to pick up (in fact, I have a store bought loaf of bread in the freezer, just in case we need it one day for some unforeseen reason).  And so much better for your body.  Brandon and I are going to see if we can find a recipe to make our own taco seasoning so we can eliminate all the unneeded sodium and crap that’s put in it to preserve it’s contents.

Oh and in case you were interested, this is the Tortilla recipe that I used:


  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons shortening or lard (I used canola oil and it worked perfectly)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 1 cup water (lukewarm)


  1. Mix flour, shortening, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  2. Gradually stir in water until crumbly dough forms.
  3. Work with hands until dough holds together.
  4. on a floured board, shape into a ball and knead until smooth. (This part takes a long while and is important.  I kneaded it for about 20 minutes or so.  You need the gluten so that they cook properly)
  5. Divide dough into 12 roughly equal parts.
  6. roll into sphere and let stand for 15 minutes.
  7. Use a rolling pin to flatten into 8 inch circles.
  8. Cook on ungreased griddle on medium heat, to cook, when it starts to bubble, flip it over, when it starts to bubble, pat it down with a clean towel or spatula, when the entire tortilla starts to inflate, take it off the grill.

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