Thursday, March 31, 2011

Happy Last Day of March

I guess March is going out like a lamb this year. There's no roaring or rain or anything out there. Just lots of dull fog, right now.

I've been furiously working on a writing project--and yesterday--I finished! Now, for the editing.

I've also been doing a lot of research into how to save money on our grocery bill. With prices going up so much, I'm just trying not to spend more than we have been. If you're interested in that sort of thing, you might check out the Chickens in the Road site. There are a lot of homemade versions of things you usually buy and ideas for saving on food.

I've also started making yogurt with my crock pot. I found the recipe on The Simple Dollar. It's EASY!! I usually start it about 4 o'clock in the evening so I can leave it out overnight.
Put a half gallon of milk in your crock pot and turn it on high for 2 1/2 hours. Then turn it off for 3 hours. At this point--add 1/2 cup of active culture plain yogurt (like Dannon) and 1/2 cup of instant milk. Cover with a towel and wait 8-9 hours! It tastes exactly like what you buy, but a little bit thinner. You can drain it with cheese cloth or coffee filters if you like it thicker.

It's best for you plain, of course. But I also make a sweet dessert with it. I take a package of jello and add the hot water, then add seven ice cubes and stir till they dissolve. Then, add 2 1/2 cups of plain yogurt--stir and refrigerate. This makes a sweet custard-y dessert.

Happy end of March!