Friday, January 27, 2012


Pinterest demands it's very own post.

Here I am: Made By Lora on Pinterest. Give me a shout out and I would love to see what you are following.

My boards probably need a little bit of organizing, but some times I just don't have time to sort. You know, my brain doesn't work like that. It's pin, move on. Pin again.

So with all these pins I have been really feeling like performing on them. So, here we go. A new thing at Made By Lora. I hope to share with you some of my favorite "Pin Reviews" as I do them. I have already done a few and neglected to take my own photos, so I will just use the author of the pins photo (photo credit provided).

Here's where I stand on my pins thus far and what is on the horizon:

Homemade Mayo
After my husband swore that he would not eat my homemade mayo because of the whole raw egg factor, I quickly googled and proved to him that store bought mayo also uses raw eggs. The difference is that my mayo will not withstand sitting on a shelf for 8 years because it does not have perservatives. I found the recipe: HERE
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I followed the recipe exactly and this is what I ended up with:
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It looks like this blogger was able to get a higher yield of mayo with the same amount of ingredients, no?
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The mayo turned out very yummy. I used Olive Oil. I think next time I will try a different oil. It was a little too "olive oily" tasting for my preference, but not horrible.

I then decided to use my homemade mayo to make some homemade chicken salad.

Homemade Chicken Salad
You can find the pin and recipe HERE

This recipe is divine. It is such a welcome change to my normal sandwich routine. I eat at home almost every day for lunch and it gets quite boring. This was a nice addition to the routine. I think I might limit how much I make it from a calorie stand point, but this nursing mother who recently had the stomach flu, welcomed this mayo-e tasty delight.
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I decided to make homemade focaccia bread to go with my sandwich. It was super duper easy and really jazzed my sandwich up, and was great for a pasta dinner that night.
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The Bread Bible book is my go to book at the moment for homemade bread recipes. My son has requested english muffins next!
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Here is the recipe:
2 C lukewarm water
2 tsp yeast
3 tsp salt
4 C unbleached flour
2-3 tsp olive oil
2 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
1 tsp kosher or sea salt

Place the warm water in a large bowl, sprinkle the yeast over it, and stir until it is dissolved. Add the salt and 2 cups of flour, and with a balloon whisk, stir briskly until the mixture is smooth.

Using a sturdy wooden spoon, stir in the remaining 2 cups of flour until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl and form a loose ball. The dough will still be quite sticky. If it doesn't form some semblance of a ball, add additional flour (1/4 to 1/2 cup)until it does.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator to ferment for about 12 hours.

Two hours before you are ready to shape the focaccia, remove the dough from the refrigerator and allow it to stand in a warm place to rise again.

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.

Line two 13 x 8" baking sheets with parchment paper and gently pour the dough onto the sheets, scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

Dimple the dough deeply with your fingers and stretch each portion into an oval or rectangle about 1 inch deep. Brush it with olive oil, sprinke with rosemary and salt, and place into the oven. Reduce the oven temperature to 450 degrees F.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the focaccia is a deep golden brown with darker areas around the dimples.

Art for Nolan's Room
Last month I put forth some effort in making a nice room for my 1 year old.
I was in love with this painting PIN
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So I replicated it
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Homemade Hand Soap
This was a lifesaver. I made this homemade hand soap and it is lasting FOREVER! Saving tons of money. With a family of 4, hand washing is a near constant thing. !MAKE THIS

Here are a few things I have on the horizon

EmersonMade knock off outfit

I love THIS outfit
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So I have plans on replicating it.
I plan on using these two patterns and modifying them to get this look.
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I will be modifying the neck line
And this skirt, I will be eliminating the sash.
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Hand Lotion
I just ran out of hand lotion, so I will be making this tomorrow. Body Lotion

Those are my two pins before Hawaii. However, I am making something for my nieces birthday.. soooo.. here's hoping that a week brings me busy hands.. and carpel tunnel from hands at that!


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