First, the yogurt making. I told Cindy that I'd try out a recipe that was on the WP webpage. I did try it, about 2 weeks ago. I just haven't had a chance to share yet.
For this experiment I actually used organic, pasteurized, non-homogenized milk. I didn't go raw because I was way too freaked out that since I was trying it for the first time, I would mess up and either heat the milk beyond 118 or just do it wrong and then I would have wasted some VERY expensive raw milk.
The whole heating process is something that you have to watch like a hawk. You want it heated to 110 but not to 118. It's like trying to control a big, hungry dog from eating a steak that's 2 feet away. I think it may take more practice before I go raw.
I followed the recipe and then sat my jars of milk into this cooler. I didn't have a thermos like the recipe called for and I made 2 quart jars (one using my yogurt culture and one using the 2Tbsp of Brown Cow yogurt as suggested by the recipe) I heated some water on the stove to 110 and added it into the cooler to keep the yogurt warm. The quart jars then sat in this cooler overnight. The next morning I had 2 quarts of yogurt. I did not add any sweetener in the making process and added a little vanilla the next morning. The texture was thin. Not as thin as milk but not like yogurt from the store (which is to be expected since my yogurt does not have pectin in it.) The flavor was o.k. I guess I'm just used to sweetened yogurt. Brown Cow sweetens theirs with things like maple syrup and cane juice. And their yogurt is good. Mine needs improvement. But like I said, it was an experiment. I'll try again, and again until I can get it right!
Second, I made this for lunch the other day and it was so incredibly delicious!
1 homemade tortilla cooked to a nice crisp
organic mild cheddar cheese, sliced
sliced mushrooms and zucchini cooked in butter
Layer and enjoy!
Third, assuming that I finish the top tomorrow I'll have a quilt tutorial on my blog on how to make the quilt I'm making for our bed. SUPER easy quilt with a great look!