In January was my first time joining in with some other blogger's "Recent Amazon Purchases" linkup, but as I mentioned it would be more of an "every other month" occurrence for me as I don't think I buy enough to warrant a monthly post.
So here is what I purchased over the last 2 months.
I've been wanting to try a No Knead bread for quite some time. The blogger who shared the recipe has one of those expensive Le Creuset pots which is non-stick. Well, after doing some research I decided to try a traditional Cast Iron Dutch oven (for a fraction of the cost of the Le Creuset pot) and I love it! It may need a little extra care but not really that much. I know it says it's pre-seasoned, but after doing some research I seasoned it again after receiving by rubbing it with cooking oil and then placing into a hot oven (450 F) for one hour. I don't use soap when washing it, only hot water and if needed I use some coarse salt. I dry it immediately and then use a paper towel to rub with oil after each use. (In case you are wondering, no you don't need to place in the oven after rubbing it with oil each time, only the very first time I've done that.)
BTW: this is the recipe I am using. And I have been making this bread at least weekly but more often twice a week and loving it! I always use parchment paper to form the bread on and then use it to lift into the dutch oven, so it doesn't really get dirty and the bread never gets stuck, so I don't really see the need for a non- stick dutch oven.
Block Heel Sandals
My daughter needed sandals for a school Valentines dance and of course she outgrew what she had before and so we had to go on a hunt. Nothing to be found anywhere in town (she has big and wide feet so not easy to shop for) so Amazon came to the rescue. I felt so silly but I ordered 4 different styles in 2 different sizes and one style also in a different color but luckily my husband helped with the returns.
Most of these were too narrow for her wide foot, but the Idifu Sandals was what she kept. Her favorite pair (and mine) would have been the Naturalizer Tiff, but on our first order we didn't see they came in a wide widths. I did find them afterwards and ordered, but sadly that size wasn't delivered until the following Monday (due to weather) so too late to wear to the dance. They did fit beautifully though and looked gorgeous but they had to go back as she had already worn the other pair and couldn't return those :(
This stuff is expensive because it's imported. My brother used to bring me some of this syrup from Europe when he came to visit, but it's been way too long since he was able to come and he found this online for me at Amazon. So delicious! All I have to do is add 2 tablespoonful of the syrup to a glass then pour carbonated water over and mix when I want a flavored drink as an occasional treat.
That was it, I think. My favorite and most useful purchase was definitely the Lodge Dutch Oven.
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