Wednesday, September 10, 2008

True Love Always

Crunchy, it's very important to keep my readers wondering about my sanity.  If I post pictures that have nothing to do with my post then I consider that a successful day.   These photos may or may not be of my two oldest kids' first day of school.  They may or may not have been very happy to be away from their parents.  Clay and I were definitely thrilled to get them off to school. 

Jean!!!  TLA-true love always!!!  Were you ever in junior high?  In love in junior high?  Clay says he only knows what TLF means, but that's because he was never truly in love in junior high, and I was always in love.  So, he doesn't know anything about TLA.....except when it comes to Daisy our pig.  



Are you getting sick of hearing about HFCS yet? 

You all that guessed BREAD were correct.  It was low in the ingredient list, but there it was.  Dag gum!  Last week I made five loaves of bread and my family inhaled it the second they saw me pull it out of the oven.  Clay wants me to start making all of our bread and I told him, "Okay, but we need to pace ourselves a little better."  Because, hello, this is not a BAKERY!

Now, let's talk yogurt.  My family loves the organic Stoneyfield vanilla yogurt.  But, hark!  The stuff costs over three bucks and again my family sucks that stuff down like in one sitting.   So I started buying plain yogurt from Aldi and adding honey or brown sugar or our fruit preserves and my family loves it.  And that little trick saves me two bucks!  Cha-ching.

16 comments:

Orghlaith said...

It is really easy to make your own yogurt. Take one quart of milk, heat it to scald it. The microwave makes this easy. Let it cool a bit (just above room temperature) then add 1-2 tablespoons of active-culture yogurt. Put it in a warm place (I use my oven) for a few hours or overnight. The longer you let it sit, the more tart it will be. I use reconstituted powder milk. That doesn't need scalded.

Sharon said...

I'll never get my boys to eat homemade bread but luckily their bread does not contain HFCS.

But maybe I will look into mixing my own yogurt.

Jenni said...

I buy the plain yogurt for the kids and let them dress it up with Pollaner all fruit jam in whichever flavor they like. It saves money, and they don't suck it down quite so fast. I've been buying the Yoplait Digestive Health stuff for me because, um, it's good for my digestion, not because it tastes good or anything. Those kids had better stay out of my yogurt!

Rhea said...

I like your post label. lol And your pictures.

melissa said...

Thanks for the yogurt tip. I think I will try to make our own after reading orglaith comment. I think. I know I can make it in to a homeschool project.

Leilani Lee said...

I just saw a commercial on TV last night promoting HFCS with the message... it's fine in moderation. Yeah, right.

Lee said...

ooh ooh! You can add a splash of vanilla and some agave syrup for yummy yogurt, or use lemon concentrate to make lemony yogurt.

The little overnight yogurt cookers are about 30 bucks and I like them because you turn them on before bed and have yogurt in the morning. We had one in Germany. If you buy the milk (regular, soy, rice) in tetra packs, you don't have to heat/cool. Just pour in, plug in, add culture, and sleep.

Love the blog!
Lee

Jennie said...

Inspired by your HFCS posts I started looking around the cabinets yesterday expecting to find tons of the junk in our food. I found it in a lot of stuff but was shocked that it is not in the Wal-Mart brand (GV) 100% whole wheat bread and also not in the GV peanut butter. Alas, the yogurt was inhaled before it could be inspected. I'm grocery shopping Friday so I plan to inspect everything before it goes in the cart. I've set the goal to reduce our HFCS intake significantly, we'll see how that goes over with the fam!

Clayvessel said...

Pasteurized milk doesn't need to be scalded before making yogurt. It should be warm though to get the cultures growing. We make our own yogurt from our goat milk, which I don't scald (pasteurize) but use raw which is better for you. It is very easy to make.

I also use stevia as a sweetener. It's not sugar so doesn't affect blood sugar levels or have calories. It's an herb that is VERY sweet so yogurt only needs a few drops of the liquid variety or about 1/4 teaspoon of the powder for a quart container of yogurt. Another way to reduce/eliminate sugar in the diet.

Kitty Bo said...

I used to make yogurt also. I had a big gallon jar into which I would put the scalded milk and culture (a little bit of plain yogurt.) I put it in warm water in a cooler and covered that with quilts and blankets. I found if I made the water too warm, the yogurt was too sour. It's been too long since I made it, and I don't remember how long I left it to percolate. But if you ever get your teeny milk cows, it would be something to make.
And ha-ha! I know what you meant about having your culinary creations inhaled by everyone. A friend of mine said they once asked their mother to make a chocolate cake. She responded, "Why? You'll just eat it!" I loved cooking for my family, but there were times I wished they would eat things more slowly, take small bits that they would hold up and marvel over and say things like "This is so delicious, and it took our dear mother so long to amke it that we must make it last a long time so that she knows how much we appreciate it." Of course, that never happened. :-/

Lindsay said...

FYI: I buy Dannon Natural Vanilla Yogurt and add fruit. It has no HFCS, no preservatives, and no fake vanilla (vanillan). It's usually under $2 for the 2lb tub. My kids love it!

Karen Deborah said...

Yogurt is easy to make. If you want to be a bakery invest in a Bosch mixer. With a mill and bulk wheat you can make bread dirt cheap and no bad corn syrup.
The bread mixer and mill is pretty pricey but they pay for themselves.
I buy grain in 50 pound bags with a co op.

cndymkr / jean said...

OK, never heard of TLA but I did hear of TTFN. Guess that is what happens when you go to Catholic school for to long?

Sandy said...

Check out my blog -- just made an entry on how to make homemade greek yogurt at home last week (the really yummy creamy stuff) -- it's way cheaper and really easy -- pictures, discriptions etc. Good luck!

Crunchy Chicken said...

I'm seconding (thirding?) the motion for you to make your own yogurt. It's butt simple and even a complete nitwit, I mean, klutz, er anybody can make it themselves.

Crunchy Chicken said...

Oh, by the way. Regarding the incongruous pictures - I guess that explains why you are holding a starfish.