A few years back, I took some cooking lessons on smartkitchen.com. I really liked that experience, and would like to study with them again some time. (I learned, for example, what “julienne” means.)
Here’s one thing they taught that changed what I do: To measure flour, it is incorrect to simply scoop the flour out in the measuring cup, then shake it flat–which is pretty much what I always did. This packs the flour too much and the dough will be heavy, theoretically.
The correct way is to sprinkle/pour the flouring into the measuring cup, then use a knife to smooth the top. Like this:
I think this was when I started storing my flour in this wide, plastic box– it gives lots of room to sprinkle and smooth.
There you go. (And the world won’t come to an end, if you want to just want to scoop and shake 😉 )
I’m great at regularity. Laundry has been an easy thing for me. But partly because I’ve done it in a simplified way– almost no stain remover, not sorting colors–I just put it in and go. Folding and ironing are harder for me to get done, but I’ve been trying to consistently get a load washed and folded each day. (Ironing is still almost non-existent, I admit. Small children and ironing don’t mix well. And the outlets here drive me nuts– so hard to plug in and unplug from. Weird barriers, huh?)
But I’m wanting to expand my laundering a bit. Stain remover. Shucks, I loved what my mom used–Simple Green, spray bottle, shick, shick, throw it in and it comes out clean. I’ve considered having her ship it here.
Here, I found liquid Vanish, but it’s so thick and the bottle lids are so wide it just dumps out all over the place. I tried putting it in a spray bottle, but it’s too viscous to go through that.
So, for this year, I’m experimenting. I bought powdered Vanish, for colors and whites. I’m using it on our clothes, and I’m trying to go slower at loading time and look for stains and apply the powder.
Today I rescued Vika’s one winter turtleneck from the rag bag. Stains came out nicely. It’s more of a process than just spraying, but it’s what I have for now.