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Using it Up

June 12th, 2008 at 01:50 pm

At Christmas time, I made some peanut butter candies that required whipping cream. I was unable to find the small container I needed, so ended up with a larger container and more than I needed.

I froze the remainder. I recently realized that this could be used to make homemade butter. So, I set it in the fridge to thaw for a couple of days.

Today, the girls and I shook that whipping cream for about 20 minutes. Eventually, it turned clumpy and we drained off the buttermilk. We added a little salt for taste. What do you know? It did taste like the butter I love!

It feels great to have found something unique for my girls to do, as well as, having found a use for the extra whipping cream!

I hope I can find a few more things for them to do this summer that are just laying around our house ready to be discovered!! Any thoughts or ideas?

6 Responses to “Using it Up”

  1. mom-sense Says:

    Check the odd craft places and let them create masterpieces. I found an odd assortment of stuff and am turning them loose to make Father's Day cards and awards. I am anxious to see what they will come up with feathers, pom poms, odd colors of fun foam, and googlie eyes. I'm thinking pet rocks or something along those lines for the grandfathers!

  2. greengirl Says:

    also you could get them to make cards in advance for people's birthdays (nan & pop, aunties and auncles). I know I'm always forgetting to do that and end up buying expensive cards at the last minute! also wrapping paper is good to have on hand, and everyone loves homemade kiddie wrapping paper (think butchers paper with glitter, drawings, paint etc)

    have you ever gotten your kids to make their own little vege garden? i loved doing that when i was a kid. even if you dont have room for a garden, you can always start off those carrot sprouts (the end of the carrot, on a piece of cotton wool, water it daily and it starts to sprout). it costs practically nothing and may even bear some fruits (or veges Smile) in the process.

    also card games are great, and i see your children are 7 and 11 so its a good time to start them on card games if you havent already. they are good for learning and making kids quicker at thinking on their feet. (500, solitaire, speed).

    anyway hope i helped in some way. i was trying to think of the most frugal ideas Big Grin

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Thanks for the great ideas. Card making just might interest them and we do have plenty of construction and scrapbook paper.

    Love the card games, too. One knows solitaire. I can't remember how to play speed or 500. I'll be looking those up.

    Garden is up and running. We've had so much rain here that there hasn't been much need to get out there...but weeding will be needed soon. Might make peppermint tea tomorrow.

  4. Amber Says:

    Wow thanks for the idea I am going to try it. All you did was shake it and added salt hmmmmmmmmm

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    Amber, I used a recipe online. Hereis the link. With the salt it tastes just like the real thing. I can hardly get enough of it! Smile

  6. Amber Says:

    thanks so much

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