Since I haven’t posted in DAYS I reckon y’all have figured out I got nuttin’ to say….again.
I do want to share with you the latest “search” string that brought someone new to the blog….
Here it is, the thing someone out there typed into Google’s search engine and found me:
“WHAT THE HELL IS THIS CRAP”
Today is Chef Vivi’s 29th Birthday! The last year before she enters her Dirty Thirties….
That makes ME officially old….
I’m ok with that!
It does however seem impossible that my firstborn is 29 years old. Where have the years gone?? I still think of her like this:
This was actually taken the day her little sister was born….
I know every Mama feels this way as their babies age….And before she can blink her eye she’ll be staring in awe at a grown up Danger Bean wondering where the hell her little baby went….
Seriously, does anybody else still throw their arm out in front of your grown ass kid when they’re sitting in the passenger seat of your car and you have to stop suddenly to “protect them”?? I do it all the time…
Our babies always will be our babies. That’s just a fact of life when you’re a Mama….
Happy Birthday Baby Girl! I love you to the moon and back, and I could not be more proud to me your Mama!
I made my own yogurt!
It was easy, albeit time consuming, and totally worth it!
It’s fabulously yummy, but don’t take MY word for it:
Anything worth covering oneself in must be super tasty, don’t you agree??
I shared Avery’s rave review with her Auntie Vivi, and the fact that my yogurt apparently makes a wonderful dip for Honeycomb Cereal…Spermy Auntie thought that suggestion sounded delectable at which time I congratulated her on sharing a brain with a 1 year old…:)
Here’s the recipe/instructions:
- 1 gallon milk (any fat content, I used 2%)
- 1 6 oz container GOOD quality Greek yogurt with live cultures (for “starter”)
- ¾ cup Sugar
- 2 tsp Vanilla extract
- 4 sterilized quart jars with lids plus 1 pint jar with lid
- Large cooler, pre-warmed by filling with hot water before starting yogurt.
- Pour milk into large pot, heat over medium heat until milk reaches 180 degrees. DO NOT BOIL. Stir frequently. When milk reaches temp, turn heat down and continue cooking, maintaining 180 degrees for 10 minutes.
- While milk is heating, stopper one side of the sink and fill halfway with ice. After cooking the milk as directed, transfer pot to ice filled sink, add water to sink. (If water warms, drain and refill with cold water and more ice. Mine didn’t, it cooled quickly and I had a sink full of ice left over). Cool milk to 120 degrees.
- When 120 degrees is reached, ladle out about a cup of milk into a bowl, stir in starter yogurt until thoroughly mixed, add back into milk. Add sugar and vanilla, mix thoroughly.
- Pour into sterilized jars, skim off any bubbles, and tighten lids.
- With cooler in bathtub, empty warming water and put jars inside cooler. Cover with hot water (approx. 120 degree) to jar rim.
- Close cooler and let sit for about 12 hours (or overnight) undisturbed. (the original instruction said to incubate for 8-10 hours, that’s what I did on my first batch. The yogurt was pretty thin so I strained it to make it “Greek”. The 2nd batch I left alone in the cooler for about 20 hours and it’s much thicker, no straining needed!)
- Remove jars to refrigerator and let cool over night before opening.
- Unopened jars of Yogurt will keep 4 weeks in fridge. Once opened the yogurt is good for 1-2 weeks.
TIP: To flavor yogurt, add honey, mashed ripe fruit or jam to individual servings. I got the instructions etc from this handy Blog which features lots of money saving tips!
The flavor is so good! Not too sweet, this morning I mixed in a spoonful of my Rosemary Apple jelly along with some Grape-nuts and it was DIVINE! Bonus: IT’S SUPER CHEAP TO MAKE! Compared to the cost of yogurt, dirt cheap! (Roughly $5 bucks to make 4+ quarts which is equal to about 24+ 6 oz containers of store bought. You do the math, around here the cheapest I can find Yoplait without a good sale is .50 each at Walmart.)
The title of this post is as accurate a description of my brain as I can come up with…given that my brain is…well…….mushy smush.
In light of this condition, I don’t think I’ll be posting much til the fog lifts…
I’m ok, I just can’t think of anything to blog about lately except junk I’ve already blogged about 57 million times, and no one wants to read about me blogging about blogging. Again…
So, I love ya. I’ll check in when I have something of value to say or take some pictures that y’all can’t live without seeing…Just don’t worry if you don’t see anything new here for days at a time.
I wanna redo my kitchen. I’m talking cabinets, floors, counter tops, back splash. THE WORKS. Everything including the KITCHEN SINK dammit.
Also my living room/dining room area…
(It’s all one big space anyway so if you do one part you gotta do it all…)
We’re a bunch of broke-ass procrastinators…