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Friday, August 27, 2010

Henry's Birthday

Here are a few pictures from Henry's birthday party.
I like this cake!

Little Brother Patrick enjoys the party.

Henry shows off his favorite toy, Rex the Dinosaur.

Look at my new undies!!!!!

Ooooh, Birthday Cake.

Showing off my new Big Wheel.

Hurry up with the singing, I want to eat my cake.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Yogurt - How to Make It - EasyPeasy!

Pictured above are the items you will need to make yogurt, Powdered Milk, Water, 1/4 cup of yogurt with live cultures, a thermometer, whisk, pan, and incubator. In a large pan add 1 and 1/3 cups of non-fat dry milk with 3 and 3/4 cups of water, whisk well, let sit, then whisk again. Heat the pan of milk on low until it reaches a temperature of 180, remove from heat and allow to cool to 115. When the milk has cooled to 115, add the 1/4 cup of yogurt and stir until blended.

Pour the milk/yogurt blend into the incubator (ours is a rubbermaid water cooler).

Put the lid on and let the yogurt sit overnight.

The following morning pour the thickened yogurt into a storage container and refrigerate. This recipe makes approximately 1 quart of plain yogurt.

This is an easy peasy way to make yogurt, I have always had success with this method, just make sure that you have plain yogurt with live cultures to start with, and that you do heat the milk to 180 and then make sure that it cools to 115. To make more, simply use a 1/4 cup of the yogurt you just made to get the next batch going!
Not only is this an easy recipe, it does not take any expensive equipment and it uses no energy while it incubates. I made a double batch in a larger water cooler, and I would assume that you could make large amounts in a regular cooler. The key is to have a container that is well insulated so the mixture stays warm long enough to thicken.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Farewell Banana

Hey, What's going on?
I DON'T want to get in the trailer

Okay, I will get in the trailer but I am NOT happy about it.

You win, I'm in the trailer.
All good things come to end and this evening Banana left us, but not before putting up a fight about getting into the trailer. Emily took things in stride, as the truck left she said, "Bye Bye Banana, see you at dinner in a few weeks!"

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Promised Pictures

Lady, our new puppy, loves to lie on the register and cool herself with the a/c.
Lady supervising feeding time in the cow pen!

There were three in the feeder and the Big Steer said, " Move Over, Move Over", so they all moved over the Jersey was out,

There were two in the feeder and the Big Steer said, "Move Over, Move Over",
so they all moved over and the Big Steer said,

"Ah, that's better. "

Patrick's baptism, May 15, 2010.
I had a lot of fun figuring out the pattern to crochet the gown, blanket, and bonnet!

A Picture of me holding my precious grandbabies!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Busy Time of Year!

Phew!! We have been busy putting away our garden. We have canned a dozen pints of beets, a dozen pints of peas, fifty quarts of green beans, and ten quarts of peaches. The tomatoes are ready, we have put up 24 quarts so far, and will continue to can until there are none left! The potatoes and onions are all in and stored, and we have five, one gallon bags, of cut up green peppers in the freezer.
Dave cut our hay, we obtained a sickle bar this year, and after some new blades were put on and couple of adjustments made, it worked well. The hay was then raked up with a leaf rake, time consuming job, especially wearing when it is 90 out and very humid. A few days later the dried hay was hand loaded onto the pick up truck and moved to a couple of spots to make huge haystacks, fortunately our neighbor was able to help out, it was quite a job getting everything raked, collected up, and stored away.
On Monday we will be taking our steer, Banana, and our neighbors cow, Sprinkles, to the meat packer. Banana and Sprinkles have lived together in our field for the past year and a half, they were a few weeks old when they arrived, and so very cute, they are now large lumbering beasts, I am glad that they are not aware of whats going to happen next week :( We will have just one steer left, a jersey, that we share with our neighbor, he will be ready later in the year, notice we don' t have a name for the jersey.
A few weeks ago we added a puppy to our family, Lady is a blue heeler/golden retriever mix, she is now ten weeks old, she was free, is a friendly little thing and has settled in well. Lady is slowly getting the idea that we really would prefer that she take care of her personal business outside. Our older dog, Tasha, is sixteen, she came to live with us when she was six weeks old, she was the runt of the litter, she was free too. Tasha has been a great dog, she is now old, very stiff in the hips, and spends most of her day napping, she particularily enjoys a nice snooze on the deck each morning, and when the sun moves around the house making the deck too hot, she walks around to the front porch to take another nap!
I will post some pictures of Tasha, Lady, Banana, and Sprinkles.