Saturday, March 18, 2017
Did you see much snow this week?
May you have a blessed and restful weekend!
"For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not there, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater." Isaiah 55:10
Sunday, March 12, 2017
It has been awhile since I shared a knitting project, and it is high time I took pictures of this sweet little sweater! It was technically completed in November, and Jemimah has enjoyed wearing the sweater since then. I waited, though, as its sometimes difficult to find the perfect buttons to complement a garment. I had used some wood buttons I had on hand, but the mahogany color clashed with the "Tea Rose" wool.
I used the pattern "Granny's Favorite", which can be found here. "Granny's Favorite" is truly a sweet design! It was a pleasure to knit and the pattern was easy to follow. My only complication was my choice of yarn!
Prior to last year I had never purchased yarn on-line. I enjoy the experience of perusing the yarn section of JoAnn's or, even better, the local yarn shop. However after seeing that so many knitters were ordering yarn on-line I thought I would go ahead and give it a try too. In my exuberance of having 150 colors to choose from I did not think to look at the yarn's weight and accidentally purchased fingering weight yarn. When then yarn arrived, I realized my mistake. I decided to hold two strands of yarn together while knitting. This worked out quite well, except for the yoke section. The lace pattern of the yoke required a little extra attention and my doubled yarn was a bit confusing. But in the end it all worked out!
I really love the details of this sweater! It is a pattern I hope to knit again and again. I eventually found the perfect buttons on Etsy here. I was looking for a natural wood button, but wanted something a little more unique than a standard round button.
Due to my yarn mistake this sweater ended up being extra thick and warm, which is just what Jemimah has needed this past week! Winter has definitely returned to our area. I am hoping to begin work on a new springtime cardigan for Jemimah this week.
May you have a blessed start to your week!
"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Today I am excited to share with you how I make coffee yogurt. Over the past several years I found myself placing one little container of yogurt after another on the conveyor belt of the grocery store check out. I would sometimes calculate just how much of my grocery budget was spent on yogurt each week! Needless to say my husband, daughter and I love yogurt. For several years now coffee yogurt has been my favorite flavor. It is not too sweet, but at the same time it is not so tart as plain yogurt. To me, coffee yogurt is just right. : )
Over the past year or two I have read several articles about making yogurt at home. There were so many different ways of making yogurt I became overwhelmed. Finally this year I decided to go ahead, combine a few ideas and give homemade yogurt a try!
To start you need to bring one quart of whole milk to 200 degrees. I am using a candy thermometer, all temperatures are in Fahrenheit.
You can very easily increase your batch size. Most of the time I purchase a half gallon of milk to make a large batch of yogurt, but for this post I will use measurements scaled down to a one quart batch.
If you would prefer to make plain yogurt, then add nothing at this point.
Now wait for the milk to cool to 115 degrees. This may take awhile. I usually check on the temperature every 15 minutes or so. It generally takes over half an hour for the milk to cool to 115 degrees.
Once your milk has reached 115 degrees pour about a cup of milk over the yogurt in the measuring cup. This will temper the yogurt. Gently stir the milk and yogurt together. Then add the yogurt mixture to the rest of the milk and stir.
Now there are many means of incubating yogurt. That was one of the reasons I felt confused when first reading about making yogurt. So if your oven does not have a light, or you simply would prefer a different means of incubation there are many to choose from. : )
I generally prepare my yogurt right after dinner and then place the yogurt in my oven over night. From what I have read you want to make sure it has at least 8-10 hours to ferment.
It is a delicious treat, so creamy! Adam loves to eat his yogurt with granola in the morning. Jemimah enjoys plain yogurt with homemade jam. It is truly a blessing to see my family enjoy the yogurt I make here at home! Not only am I saving money, but I am sure my homemade coffee yogurt contains less sugar than the store bought. Plus it is much easier to add an extra half gallon of milk to my cart than a number of little yogurt containers.
I hope this post has been helpful. If any of you try making your own yogurt please let me know! : )