Thursday, July 30, 2009

Arts of Virtue~How to make Yogurt

A special thank you, to my friend Chautona who was so thoughtful and made me this beautiful banner. xoxo

Hello Dear Friends,

I am so glad you came by for a visit today.

As you know today begins my series of 'how to's'.

Remembering the Arts of Yesteryear,

A fancy way of saying... Learning to do things that our Grandmother's did...

This video was made late one evening after the children were snug in bed and Shannon was begged to leave the room. :)

I am nervous, there are a LOT of grammatical errors (to which I am aware of, thanks!), I have a Southern drawl, and I mis-speak several times...

But hopefully all in all you will see just how simple it is to make  your own yogurt.

I can't get raw milk around here, so it is straight up store bought vitamin D. I mention in the video to use 'full fat', meaning no lo-fat alternatives here please... it will not set-up properly.

And my advice is, if you want flavored yogurt... dip out your serving and then flavor it. It is a shame to have a whole quart jar of vanilla yogurt when you might want some to dollop on your taco.

So I hope you enjoy, I hope you try it and I hope you come back next week! :)

**** I just now see that the last part of the video has been cut off... SORRY! What you do from the last part is fill the cooler up to the neck of the jar and close it up for the night. That's it!*****

Thank you Lindsey for giving me this awesome recipe! Love you! :)

Homemade Yogurt

This is the recipe from Lindsey

1 quart of whole milk

2 Tbsp. yogurt (plain and full fat!)

Bring a quart of milk to 180 degrees gently.  Then cool it to 110 degrees.  Add a small amount of milk to a wide mouth quart jar.  Add 2 Tbsp yogurt to the jar.  Swirl the yogurt  around in the milk to mix well and then carefully add as much of the rest of the milk as you can fit in the jar. 

Now put the lid on your jar and put your jar in a little lunchbox size cooler and fill the cooler with the hottest tap water you have up to the neck of the jar.  Loosen the lid just a bit and close the lunchbox.  Set it somewhere that it won't be bothered or opened. 

I did mine right before bed and by the morning my yogurt was ready.  Tighten your lid back up and put it in the fridge!

Remember to scroll down and turn off music before playing video. :)

Any ugly or hateful comments will be deleted... just remember the ole saying, if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Anniversaries just get Sweeter and Sweeter...

At least they do around here… 
Especially if you have children like mine. :) 
Just 10 minutes shy of Daddy coming home the children are herded into their rooms where Cameo gives a pep-talk on how they are going to make this evening special for us. 
She tells them, go pick out your fanciest clothes!
Here is the outcome…
Yes, Abram’s nicest/fanciest clothes consist of his front-end loader shirt. It’s his favorite, therefore it is the best!
When we were welcomed to the dining area, we had a menu…
And then invited to sit and be served.
As you see above, we have our traditional handwritten love notes to one another… 
No you can’t read it, don’t ask. ha ha
I mean, can you imagine going out to eat when you have service like this?
Service with a smile or a snarl… haha
I don’t think I could have asked for the evening to go any sweeter. It was a precious, precious evening filled with the ones I love the most.
Happy Anniversary Sweetheart, I hope to spend the rest of our lives enjoying every moment we can. I love you.


Monday, July 6, 2009

The Dumplin turns 5!

5 years?!?! 
Wasn’t this just yesterday?
What a blessing that day was as I held my dumplin in my arms…
And from that moment on, time began to fly… soon you were sitting on your own…
Not minding a bit to be in the spotlight…
Always grinning that infectious smile…
Always acting a bit more like a ‘diva’ than a dumplin…
Carlie Jean, I pray God’s hand on your life in a mighty way. May you be a great woman of faith in the Lord God of Heaven… Be a light for others to see in this world of darkness. Walk in His ways, always.
I love you more and more every day…