Saturday, June 26, 2010

Shortcuts and Shortcake!

In an effort to quit being wasteful (in time, energy, and money), I have begun a new experiment. The word experiment seems to make it sound more fun than it actually is. I am currently not buying anything new if it is something that I already have. For example, I have 4 partly full bottles of shampoo in my shower, 2 conditioners, and extras in my laundry room. That's a symptom of crazy, folks.

Some people have to have the next new thing in cars, clothes, or shoes. My "next new thing" is better smelling, frizz reducing, skin smoothing, extra plumping, or lip smacking goodness. I have an addiction to products! So for now, I am not allowing myself to buy another shampoo until all my shampoos are gone. No more lotions until the bottles are empty. No "pore reducing" foundations until I hit the bottom of the bottles I have!

I tend to justify these purchases because they are fairly inexpensive. Clothes and shoes are pricey (although, some of the makeup and products I love are $$$--I'm talking to you, Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, and you too, Clarisonic Mia!)

Okay, so that is the end of my ramble. But tonight I really wanted to use up some leftover heavy cream from some carbonara that my awesome husband made last week. We also had some strawberries that were just hanging around, ya know, being strawberries.

I hate wasting food, but sometimes it's really hard to portion meals and groceries for two people. We have to eat sandwiches every day to use up a whole of bread, etc. I end up making just enough with no leftovers, which I hate, because I like to bring my lunch. Or, I make enough for leftovers, and I end up throwing out at least part of that. My husband doesn't like leftovers, but they are my favorite.

Okay, so the strawberries! I googled strawberries and heavy cream, and shortcake recipes popped up. Yum! I didn't have shortcake cups, but all the blogs I read use biscuits, and I have wanted to try it. I didn't have biscuit mix, so people, I made them. With dough. It was awesome!

I borrowed the biscuit recipe from Ashley's Cooking Adventures blog because I had all the ingredients.

2 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons shortening or butter (I used Crisco)
2/3 to 3/4 cups milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening or butter. Stir in enough milk to make soft dough.

I baked this for 12 minutes. Easy peasy!

I buttered them, then poured mashed up sugared strawberries over them. Then check it--I used the heavy cream, a tablespoon of vanilla, and a couple tablespoons of sugar, and made my own whipped cream.

I rocked this.

Sorry for all my whack BlackBerry photos on this blog--it's so much easier to do this than to use the real camera...I'd never get anything posted!

But....Yay! No wifey fails today. :)

The Mrs.