Okay, I have a lot to say, but none of it is organized. JUST LIKE MY LIFE!!! Seriously. How can I get to be this age and do the same stupid unorganized thing over and over? Here is what I do. I will be attempting to ‘clean up’ and put stuff away, and I will take an item and stuff put it in a cupboard, and as I am putting it there, I will think to myself, ‘you’d better not put that there. You won’t be able to find it when you want it.’ But I put it there anyways. And one week later, sure enough, I need it and I can’t find it. And then I become obsessed with finding it. Well, this time it was a particular piece of fabric, and the only good that has come out of it is that I have done a little bit of organizing and cleaning of my fabric cupboards.
Okay, on to more blogworthy items of interest. Well, they are interesting to me. Last week, Mizfit had a guest poster who wrote a good article, so I clicked over to her blog, and she talked about making her own yogurt. This really fascinated me, because you all know about my greek yogurt love, and my lack of love for the lesser brands of yogurt. I always buy a gallon of milk because it is cheaper, and then I have too much and have to throw it away. This sounded like a win-win solution, as far as saving a lot of money, and homemade yogurt just sounded so good and wholesome to me, and I thought it might not be quite as tart as commercial yogurt.
The recipe was extremely simple, but takes a bit of time. The first batch was a complete flop. Barely thicker than milk with two or three lumps in it. Tasted like milk mostly, maybe a little sweeter. So I tossed it and googled yogurt making, and found this site, with exactly the same ingredients and directions, but he notes that it is important to use fresh commercial yogurt so the bacteria will still be active. So today I bought more milk and some fresh yogurt (he recommended Dannon, but they didn’t have a single there, so I went with the store brand. And tried again. Six hours later, I have something that tastes a little more like yogurt, and is a lot thicker than milk, but still more of a drinking consistency. Anybody out there got any tips? I think I will use this. Might be good with some strawberries. Also, I think I might get some cheesecloth and try straining it to make it thicker. The Fage people claim they put 4 cups of milk into every 1 cup of yogurt. That is why it is so thick and the protein content is so high.
Another blog recipe I have bookmarked is this one. An oatmeal breakfast cookie. I think the link came from blogmie Lori. This recipe looks fun and tasty and nutritious all in one. And seems especially promising for summer weather.
Speaking of cookies, Jill and I had an interesting discussion over on her blog in which I confessed my problem with cookies. The problem being that they are one food that never satisfies me. I wonder if it is the high butter content, or the sugar or the white flour that makes it that way? Dark chocolate does not affect me that way. Is it the intensity of the flavor?
I have been doing pretty well with my food. In fact the only unplanned food I have taken in in the last week is cookies–aaargh! Two Friday, one Saturday, and then this morning at church, an unexpected lemon square. I usually don’t think twice about the cookies at church, but this one involved a nice conversation with a new girl, and I must say, the lemon square was quite worthy, and actually did satisfy me. Otherwise, my food has been extremely ‘clean’ this week.
I’ve done great with my exercise, and feel good about that. I am sorry to report that the pounds are NOT melting off. And I have entered a period where I really feel like a tub of lard. Blogmie Juice used that term in one of her posts and it made me chuckle. It describes perfectly how I feel, especially when I am sitting down, and yuck, last night in the bathtub.
However, with the increased exercise program, I do feel wonderful when I am up and about. More energetic, more aware of good posture, keeping my stomach pulled in, all that stuff. And best of all, I have entered a period where my back doesn’t hurt. Yahoo!
Okay, I’m gonna end this ramble, my friends. In the middle of writing this, I went and made a bowl of strawberries and my homemade yogurt. Oh. My. Gosh!!! I am in yogurt love again. It is really mild and creamy, and I can think of a million uses for this. I think it might even be something fun for you moms to do with your kids.