Hey guys, Sorry it’s been so long since I posted. I have been extremely busy at my day job and I’m still trying to reorganize this place here. FYI it looks better in Firefox than IE right now. I thought I would drop in with a quick Fashion DIY for you.
Don’t get me wrong I love my Fitbit (got the mint green :)! ) but I do like to customize, especially around holidays. Then it hit me…Nail decals! Just peel and stick. They peel right off with no residue. Now they are not permanent as the Fitbit is made of silicone. but if you wanna bling it out for a bit it’s a quick easy fix.
Being July 4th tomorrow I picked some of the Stars that were too big for my nails and applied to my FitBit. Here is my before and after.
Hope you have fun with this, I would love to see your creations. Just link to them in the comments below. oh after thought! This works wonderful for Cell phones too, better staying power since they aren’t silicone.
Happy 4th of July!!!!!
Just look at the list of ingredients on most any yogurt in the store and you will find artificial colors and flavors, preservatives etc…No thank you. We can do better ourselves! It is so easy to make yogurt yourself! Here is the recipe, super easy and sooo yummy! Don’t forget to check out the video below as well.
- 1 QT whole milk (4 cups)
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream or 1/4 cup nonfat milk powder
- 2 TBS Plain store bought yogurt (make sure it has the good Germies in it) or if you know someone who makes their own already and will share you can use a couple TBS of theirs.
- Heating pad
- Jars/Strainer/Cheesecloth or coffee filters
Keep in mind that once strained this will only be about 1/4 to 1/2 what you started with so you may want to double. Pour the 4 cups of milk into a microwave safe bowl (I prefer glass to plastic) heat in the microwave for 7 min, this should bring it up to 180F+ to kill off any pathogens. Add the heavy whipping cream if you want it on the sweet side or the Dry milk powder if you want to keep it tangy. Let it sit and cool to 115F, then add your 2 TBS of cultured yogurt. Mix and pour into your jar/jars and put the lid on. Set on your heating pad and set the temp to keep it at a constant temp of 110-115F. This may take some temp checking until you figure out what setting that is. I checked mine about every hour for the first few hours until i had it set right. Cover the jars with a couple of nice warm towels and let them sit over night. The next morning strain it (you can save the whey and use it for other things, see below) and then put it in the fridge to chill. Easy Peasy!
Flavor Ideas for your yogurt
- Add a few drops of liquid Stevia to sweeten and a few drops of vanilla
- add in fruit such as Blueberries and Strawberries with a bit of sweetener such as Stevia
- for a fall flavor try adding a bit of pumpkin puree, maple syrup and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg
- Another fall favorite, apples, maple syrup and cinnamon
- Sweeten with Maple Syrup, honey, Stevia
- Add some homemade Granola
- Toss in some nuts such as sliced almonds
Using the Whey
Now that your yogurt is done, what to do with the left over whey that was strained from it? What is Whey anyway? It’s the liquid left over from curdling, milk and it’s chock full of protein, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. The Whey you get from the yogurt is called “Sweet Whey”. Here are a few ideas on how you can use this wonderful Health food.
- You can freeze it to save it to use later.
- Add it to smoothies and milkshakes for the extra protein. This makes an excellent recovery shake after a good work out.
- You can substitute Whey for water or milk in recipes such as breads, muffins and biscuits.
- Use it to cook pasta, veggies, oatmeal etc…
- Add it to soups and stews
- It’s excellent for dogs
- Ricotta cheese is also made from Whey, why not save your own whey to make your own Ricotta?
- Use it for stretching your mozzarella cheese when you make your own.
As someone who writes Amazon eBooks, I have need to track sales, give always and other promotions for each eBook. If you have ever seen the Amazon reports, I’m sure your eyes glazed over the same as mine did. I would get so frustrated trying to sort and filter the results into a readable fashion and to no avail. Since I’m not very good with spreadsheets I went on a hunt to find one already set up to use and I ran across the most wonderful software. Its called Indie Sales Tracking and it’s a life saver! It’s so easy to work with, just install it and upload your monthly reports to it. Then you can chart it, graph it sort it however you want. I mean how pretty is this?
It supports so many more than just Kindle too. They also offer a free license if you help them get the word out. It doesn’t get much better than this guys! If you are not so inclined right now its on sale for only $19.95 and worth every penny!
“If you’re a writer and have a blog, put up a page with a review and email me the URL at email@example.com and I’ll send you a free license. The review does NOT have to be positive :)”
I would like to thank Indie Tracking for creating this and making it so affordable for everyone!
Hi guys, sorry its been a bit since I posted last. Been a lot going on and then we feel into a deep freeze here. We got some really cool pics too! Posting them below for your enjoyment! be sure you have a hot cup of cocoa before you look though.
Hey guys! I like to buy the rotisserie chickens from the grocery, but I usually only eat the breast meat. I hated wasting the rest. so I have started saving the dark meat in the freezer for Chicken Noodle Soup. I had never thought to use the bones/carcass to make Chicken Stock from. I saw Calikims video on making this in the crock pot and had to try it. I added the chicken carcass, Carrots, Celery, some red onions I had sliced in the fridge, Some dried Basil, Salt, pepper and a couple of Bay leaves. I cooked it on low for two days the same as she did and it turned out wonderful. I let it cool for a while then removed the large stuff with tongs and then strained the rest through cheesecloth in a strainer. You could use a coffee filter, I find the cheesecloth is faster.
I let it cool on the counter then set it in the fridge over night to cool. I skimmed off some of the fat but not all, the fat is good for you. I then measured out 1 cup portions and put them in zip-lock sandwich baggies being sure to remove as much air as I could before sealing it. Be sure it is sealed very well. Then lay then flat on a cookie sheet and put them in the freezer. They will easily store without taking up much space once completely frozen. Be sure to label them with what they are and the date.
Today I ran across this video again. I love it and wanted to share it with you all! I hope you enjoy it, let me know in the comments what you think.
Paper-whites are one of my most favorite flowers! They have such a wonderful perfume type scent that is such a welcome change in the winter. You can find kits for them at this time of the year but you will get more bang for your buck if you buy a bag of bulbs and use either regular soil or water and a glass container like I did in this video. Enjoy! Let me know in the comments if you plan to force bulbs indoors and which ones you are growing!
My husband would only eat Kraft Mac n Cheese and once I learned they support GMO foods and put a lot of money into the GMA to keep us from requiring labels for GMO foods we decided no more Kraft in our home. We are voting with our Money, that’s the only thing these companies understand. I found several recipes and created this one. My husband said he dared to say it was better than Kraft! and if you really wanna dress it up cut up a few pieces of Bacon into small pieces, fry them up, drain and then add to the mac n cheese…yummmmm!
- 6oz elbow macaroni pasta
- 4 ounces shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cups half-and-half
- 1 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground bla
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook according to manufacturer’s instructions. Remove from heat.
2. Drain pasta and return to the pot. Add remaining ingredients and stir until cheese is melted.I find no need for additional heat but if the cheese isn't melting you can place it back over very low heat. Season with additional salt and freshly ground black pepper as needed and serve.
ok, I know its been a while since I posted lol but I have good reason! First I completed my latest Ebook on Growing your own Groceries! you can order it here. Also on our two week vacation for our 23rd anniversary, my dear sweet wonderful hubby helped me (A LOT) in expanding my gardens. So now instead of a wooden 4×8 bed I have 2 4×8 beds as well as a 4×4, plus my side garden. I am already planting things even though its Oct. Being in a mild climate I have an extended growing season. So without further adieu here are my new toys!
Here is my Video