I tried a couple new recipes today--I didn't want to heat up the house any more than it already was, so I planned a cool supper. We had a pasta salad and baked beans made on the stovetop. The beans were very tasty, except for the parts on the bottom that burned because I forgot to stir them toward the end. Oops! But I would definitely make them again, just watch them more closely! Here is the recipe I used for them.
I also made homemade mayo. I've never tried this before although the idea has interested me for a while. I used this recipe from Passionate Homemaking, except I used my handy dandy immersion blender instead of a food processor. Easier clean-up. :) I'm still not quite sure what I think of the end result, though. I went with half coconut oil and half olive oil instead of 1/3 coconut oil and 2/3 olive oil. I was afraid the olive oil would be too strong. But now I think maybe the coconut oil is too strong. I did use the homemade mayo, mixed with sour cream and some herbs and spices, for the pasta salad dressing. And it was good. But I'm not sure how it will taste on a sandwich yet. At any rate, the consistency turned out pretty good and I'm definitely open to making homemade mayo again . . . I just might have to experiment with various recipes. Such as this one. Or this one. I'm trying to move away from using canola oil so much, thus the coconut and olive oil combo.
I've kinda stalled on the 31 Days to Clean challenge . . . I had big plans for more kitchen cleaning today, but then it got so hot that I decided it wouldn't be a good idea to tackle anything major. My fridge and freezer are sparkling, though! Hopefully next week we will have cooler weather and I'll be back to work, and move things along a little faster. I was so looking forward to getting all my deep cleaning done this summer . . . and hopefully I still will . . . but I just forgot how life gets in the way sometimes. :)