How to boil an egg? I’ve got that down.
French Toast? Piece of cake… so to speak.
Buttermilk? Why would I want to make buttermilk? Or for that matter, Jello Shots?
Listen. I love a good Google search, don’t you?
With a nod to the imagination and gumption that goes along with entrepreneurship, I was curious what people are motivated to create. A search on ‘how to make’ produces an unexpected albeit delightful combo… Bucks, breakfast, and a few items I’m not convinced that I want to consume. Then again, you know the saying. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!
How to Make Money (Fast?)
First on the “how to make” list?
Money makes the world go ’round… Digging deeper, how to make money fast, as I anticipated, appears first. Naturally, I find myself wondering: Does this say something about the American economy… or rather, the American mindset?
As to making money fast, I learned years ago that most schemes to make a quick buck are exactly that – schemes. However, I did find this list of 25 Unusual Ways to Make Money Quickly at Daily Finance that proves intriguing. The expansive (and yes, unusual) set of offerings includes:
- selling blood and breast milk
- house sitting
- starting a home-based business like dog walking
- take a part-time job that involves (cash) tips
- digging change out from between the sofa cushions
Scouting for all your loose change? Really? (I did it as a kid. But these days, I’d be lucky to wind up with enough for a visit to Starbucks.)
Incidentally, “how to make money working from home” is also widely searched, and clearly Daily Finance clearly recognizes that this is a requirement for many of us.
My take-away from their suggestions and others like them: Stay open, stay observant, be creative, be entrepreneurial.
How to Make French Toast
Why are people unable to make good French Toast? Is it confusion over the amount of egg batter and milk? The temperature in the skillet so you don’t burn the bread?
I adore French Toast, though I eat it rarely. But if the bread is of good quality, and if you top it with fresh fruit and just a drizzle of syrup, it’s a delicious option for a leisurely breakfast, or better yet, Sunday Brunch.
Here’s my recipe for French Toast:
- 1 (cage-free) egg
- 1/4 c. reduced fat milk
- a pinch of cinnamon
- 4 slices of hearty, multigrain or wheat bread (organic)
Beat the egg, add the milk, coat both sides of the bread in the batter.
Bring a skillet to medium or medium-high heat with a pat of butter or margarine. Drop the bread into the skillet and cook on both sides until a golden brown. It’s fast!
Serve with powdered sugar and fruit or, as I suggested, with a drizzle of syrup and berries. Fast, delicious, and inexpensive – even if you go organic, which I prefer to do.
How to Make a Jello Shot
Now I may have fond memories… sort of… when it comes to Jell-o and childhood. For some reason, I remember my mother making every color of the rainbow when it came to that favorite 1960s and 1970s jiggling, gelatinous, so-called dessert. And when she put fresh fruit in the stuff? It was definitely edible. But for some reason, green jell-o was something I just couldn’t stand.
Doesn’t sound enticing to me, but it does indeed look pretty. And apparently, millions must be searching on how to make just the right Jello Shot for their little gatherings!
So here’s how you do it, according to About.com:
- Your favorite colorful jello mix.
- Water! (Of your choice.)
- Booze! And apparently you need to pay attention to the proof.
- Flavored alcohol is an option (rums, for example).
- Want to know more? Pop by here.
How to Make Buttermilk
I was shocked to find this so high in the “how to make” list. I cannot think of something I’m less likely to desire… unless it’s having to sell body fluids for a fast buck…
However, I was curious as to why buttermilk making is so popular… or problematic. So I poked around a little and found that buttermilk is, itself, an ingredient in many other recipes. (Okay. Now I can understand why we might be searching for how to make buttermilk, especially if we don’t want to buy a carton and we only need a small portion as an ingredient for something else.)
That said, I will defer to a variety of far more expert resources: Smitten Kitchen’s Buttermilk Recipe, for example, which seems straightforward and simple.
On that note, as it is late morning, I’m a little hungry and just may scare up some French Toast. After that, I’ll bypass the sofa cushions, though I’m betting I can come up with about $10 in change between jeans pockets and the bottom of my many purses. Then again, as my French Toast is excellent, perhaps I should tap into my own entrepreneurial spirit and consider the money-making opportunities of a home-based Healthy French Breakfast Bistro… Jello Shots, optional.
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