Crock pot yogurt

We have been eating a lot of yogurt in this house so for the past couple of months I have been making my own and I wanted to share how.

You will need a crock pot, a half gallon of milk, a cup of yogurt, and a thermometer. I use a jam thermometer.

First pour your milk into the crock pot and set it on high.  You want to bring the milk almost to a boil. It should be 180 degrees Fahrenheit.  This will kill off anything bad in your yogurt.

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Now turn the crock pot off, remove the cover and let it cool to 115 degrees before you add your yogurt cultures so you song accidently end up killing them.  When it has cooled to 115 degrees add 1 cup of live active yogurt cultures.  I used some from my last batch of yogurt but you can use plain store bought yogurt too.

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Now comes the key you need your yogurt to cool down very slowly. After a lot of trial and some errors I have found the easiest way to do this is to wrap your crock pot up in a beach towel and leave it in a not drafty place for 8 to 10 hours.

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Your yogurt will not be as thick as the yogurt you are used to buying in the store but it is delicious an inexpensive to make yourself.

A green sundress

With the boyfriend So busy with his internship I’m left to take care of pretty much everything around the house. This does not leave a lot of free time. But I’ve been working on a green dress. Here is a preview. Hopefully I’ll have time to finish it up with a pretty tutorial over the weekend.

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Eco wool

You know that yarn? The one that has been sitting in your stash for ages. You bought it for something specific that just didn’t work out. An after it didn’t work out you had no idea what to do with it.
For me that yarn right now is some brown Eco wool. I’ve had it for years and I love it so I want it to be something beautiful. But I’m not sure it wants to be anything. Some of it is a pair of Bella mittens and some is a star crossed lovers beret. I’m sure I’ve used more but there is still a bunch left. I’m hoping to turn it into a pair of boot socks. Here is what I have so far.

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Bunny spray

Sadly last weekend the marshfield bunnies came along and chewed down all 7 of my corn stalks. I was so excited to grow corn so I was pretty heart broken when I found the chewed off stalks. But I quickly went from heart broken to super pissed.
I did not get to choose the garden location and it’s terrible. It floods when it rains a lot and doesn’t get enough sun but at least I was going to keep the bunnies from eating the cilantro, onions, and soybeans.

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I made this spray which is a little more than a tablespoon of matouks hot sauce. Extremely hot the boyfriend loves it and water. I’ve been spraying this around the edges of the garden and it seems to be keeping them out.

Purple legwarmers

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Back in may I decided to buy myself a birthday present. I’ve been working hard and paying down my car loan and student loans. But it was my birthday and so I bought myself some pretty purple yarn. It is Debbie Stollers washable ewe.  Mostly I bought it because I love the color. These are a nice treat.  When I find the time I will write the pattern.