Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Year of Trying

Hello All!

June 21st marked Try It or Buy It’s first anniversary!  Thanks for following along thus far, and I hope you stick it out to see what other messes I can make in my second year of blogging! I made some slight changes to the blog's appearance, and added a top ten posts thing on the side bar.  For those of you who don't come to the site, come check it out.

So what were the most popular posts over the last year?

Diaper Wipes come in first place, and I can’t blame you, those things are useful!  We go through about a dozen a day right now! Not to mention once you use them you'll never want to go back to those flimsy disposable ones- cloth wipes actually keep the poop off your hands.

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread comes in second.  I was surprised how popular this post was, but I guess everyone loves Nutella as much as I do!  My current favorite way to eat this treat is spread on pretzel chips- it’s crisp and salty, sweet and smooth- Perfect.

Laundry Soap is third- way to be practical, people!  We are currently alternating between the homemade stuff and my back stock of Seventh Generation that I bought while it was on sale about a year ago! (It was a big sale.)  I’ve done both Ivory soap and the Yardley’s, and I think they work about the same, but I prefer the non-smell of Ivory.

Tortilla Chips are in fourth place, no shocker.  Making chips is fast and easy and incredibly delicious. 

Pillow Covers are fifth.  I am actually gearing up to make another set, this time for myself.  We’re getting a new couch, and I thought covers for our throws would be a good idea- both because they could match nicely, and because I could throw them in the wash next time Elizabeth spits up all over them!

My personal top five are a little different. 

S’mores Granola Bars- during the school year we were making these once a week! 

Sisal Bath Scrubber- You can laugh, but I use this every time I shower, and it’s still holding up very well!  I will say that it stretched quite a bit- it’s almost 50% longer now than when I first knit it.  My sister wants me to make her a long one that she can scrub her back with.  Not a bad idea!

Sugar Free StrawberryJam- I made this again this summer, and it came out even better than my first batch!  My mom says it’s more of a strawberry butter because of its consistency, but I just call it delicious.

This year's batch of jam- so good!!

Vanilla Extract- This gets you a lot of bang for your buck, and it takes about 3 minutes to set up.  It’s great when things work best when you leave it alone!

Chocolate Syrup- I almost went with Hot Cocoa Mix, but we are in the midst of summer and its 95 degree days.  There isn’t much better than an iced mocha, or chocolate milk blended with a frozen banana!  Give it a whirl!

Wow- it is very evident that I have a sweet tooth by the looks of my top five.  What has your favorite project been this year?  I’d love to hear your comments, and please let me know if there’s anything you are itching to see Tried.  Thanks for stopping by!


  1. congratulations on your blog's first Birthday! Can't wait to see what you have in store for this year!

  2. I thought the sisal scrubber was great. I made a few as larger rectangles, folded in half, then crocheted 2 sides of them together into a pocket you could put soap in. Gussied them up enough to give as presents. Just kept making them until my twine ran out.

  3. I think the granola bars, with fruit, were terrific, and so was the cocoa! Keep going!

  4. Love, love, love this blog! Great new look too. Eager to see what's coming next!