Monday, February 4, 2013

Thanks to Spirit

Just minding my own business and eating my hay...
Thanks to this girl, Spirit, we have had the luxury of enjoying some delicious homemade treats.  Here is just a bit of what we have been making...
  • mozzarella cheese
  • butter
  • ricotta cheese
  • cream cheese
  • yogurt
  • hot chocolate
YUM YUM YUM!  A very good friend of ours has helped us out a lot by contributing a butter churn that saves a lot of time and allows me to be doing something else at the same time...which is usually making cheese!  Thanks also to Glengarry Cheesemaking for their help and their great selection of product in cheese and yogurt production.

Last night was the second attempt at yogurt and have to say this one turned out quite good...it is rich and creamy and we have eaten eat with maple syrup on top and it is so creamy and sweet in your mouth.  I plan to make some fruit yogurt from a shared recipe and will let you know how it turns out.  My first attempt at the yogurt did NOT work at all!  It never set so that batch went to the chickens which they were quite happy about.  It is funny because all the recipes I read about tell me that yogurt is one of the easiest things to make although I found it one of the hardest....go figure.  Anyway, the batch last night turned out to our liking so hopefully the next time will be the same.

We have had a "real" winter this year...we have experienced temperatures of -30 and then crazy enough the next day have +15!  What the....over the last couple of days we have been blasted with a winter storm so I have been inside...making cheese...enjoying my days off of work. 

So far so good for February...planning the garden is going well and most of the seeds have been ordered and actually received.  Now I am excited and anxious to get them started...still a bit too early yet though!  We are also planning our options of Farmers Markets this season and we are excited for the market season to begin!

Keeping warm and cozy here on the East Coast!

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