Friday, September 30, 2011

Insta-Friday

It's Friday again! Here's a glimpse of what our week looked like.

Reading to Bubby



Wings-N-More after the Aggie game



Crafting with Rachel



Pine needles, pine needles and more pine needles = hand blisters, hand blisters and more blisters



Tried my hand at a sourdough starter



Tested it out with my first loaf of sourdough bread



Sissy reading to Bubby



Sissy helping with dinner



Addiction of the week: homemade Monte Cristo sandwich with said sourdough bread



Pie Haven with Alli



Morning car ride with the "special cape" 


Headed to the fields of Warrenton



Sporting my new hair bands made during craft time



Playing with Bubby in the morning


Mornings at the park



Soaking up sweet fleeting moments



Playing in bed together


Potty training


Daddy's Football game


life rearranged


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

AnTiQuE WeEk

I've been busy hitting the dusty fields of Antique Week here in my area. It's so fun to live only 30 minutes away from one of the largest antique events around and that I have sweet friends that come to visit me and see what all the fuss is about.





 Love these burlap rosettes!



I think I'm going to frame "JOY" for Christmas this year. I really like the simplicity of it.


More burlap rosettes. 













I came home with this "E" for Elijah's room.


If your wanting to make it out there it will be going on until this Saturday.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Homemade Yogurt

Or Yo-Yo as Little Miss calls it is something we eat daily in this little home of ours. After investing a fortune in organic yogurt I started to come to the realization that we weren't going to eat any less and it wasn't going to get any cheaper so I needed to do my research to make it myself. After countless recipes and instructions on the process I decided to just jump in, make it and have no fear. I'm so glad I did because it's easy peasy and so much more delicious than anything I could buy in the store. I love that I have control over the amount of sugar as well as the flavor.

What you will need:
4 cups of milk (I usually use whole or raw milk but this is all I had the day I made this batch).
1/2 cup of live active culture yogurt or a yogurt starter (most store bought yogurt has live active cultures and will work).
3-4 Tablespoons of sugar/maple syrup or honey
1-2 inches of a vanilla bean


 Once you start making your own yogurt all you will need to keep up the active culture is reserve 1/2 cup of yogurt from the last batch to mix in for the new batch.


Set out half a cup of yogurt to use as your starter



Cut off 1-2 inches of a vanilla bean



Split the bean and scrap the inside of it into the saucepan.



Add 4 cups of milk and 2-4 tablespoons of sugar/maple syrup or honey.The fragrance from the vanilla bean once heated with the milk is glorious!



Put a kitchen thermometer into the pan and slowly stir until the temperature reaches 180-200 degrees. Once it reaches the desired temperature place it in a spot to slowly cool to about 100 - 120 degrees.



When the milk mixture reaches anywhere from 100-120 degrees it's safe to pour some milk into the 1/2 cup of yogurt, stir until blended



And then pour back into main mixture and stir well



Pour the mixture into the yogurt maker (found mine for $1.50 at a thrift store) and allow little hands and fingers to gently place the lids on top. Let it incubate anywhere from 8-12 hours, the longer it incubates the more tart the yogurt will be.



Place in the refrigerator to cool and then serve it with fresh fruit and granola to your sweet little one.


"Mommy this is yummy yo-yo!"



"I could eat it all day!"



A few extra tips:

*Rather than sweeten the yogurt mixture while it's hot you can wait for it to turn into yogurt and add a half of a teaspoon of sweetener to the top of each yogurt container.

* If your milk develops a film on top while it's cooling make sure to skim the milk so the film doesn't make it's way into the yogurt.

* If you like a thicker greek yogurt style, you can add two tablespoons of dry milk powder to the milk to thicken it a bit.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Insta-Friday

Now that I'm all fancy with my new iphone I thought I'd give Insta-Friday a try. I always enjoy other bloggers who post a glimpse into their week through instagram photos so I'm jumping on board.

1. Riverwalk


2. Riverwalk


3. Pool at the hotel


4. Cute little footprint


5. Feeding Bubby for the first time


6. Making kettle corn


7. Playing in the craft room during special time


8. Planting some Fall flowers


9. Laying in bed while Sissy reads



10. Back at it



11. She has a mind of her own




12. Baking with Mommy


13. Reading to Bubby



life rearranged