Today, after getting the kids off to school two hours late and finishing my grocery shopping, I decided it was time to try making yogurt in my Excalibur dehydrator. I have made yogurt several times before with varying results. I tried making it in the crockpot, but that didn’t work out very well for me. I made it in a cooler (with several mason jars of hot water) and had better results with that method. I finally got my Excalibur dehydrator last week so it is time to try making yogurt in it. The dehydrator should keep the yogurt at a fairly constant temperature. I am hopeful for good results. My kids love yogurt and they can have it more often if this method works well.
The yogurt turned out more runny that I had hoped. Aaron and I liked it, but the twins did not. I think it was not sweet enough for them.
I have made another batch and left this one in for 8 hours instead of 6. I think it is a little thicker, but I think I will let it go for 10 hours next time. I added 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1 tablespoon of sugar to each pint of yogurt. It tastes great! Even the girls liked this batch. When I make the next batch I will add some dehydrated fruit. This will also make the yogurt thicker. Right now we don’t have dried fruit in the house – the kids have eaten it all!
Homemade instant oatmeal
Chicken fettuccine Alfredo
I am so thankful that Jack’s has chicken breasts on sale this week! As I drove by there this morning, I noticed they have boneless skinless chicken breasts for $1.79 (in a 10 pound bag)! I bought two bags!
When I got home I took out enough for supper tonight, then put the rest of the first bag in the crock pot. After it has cooked and cooled, I will dice it and put it in the freezer. I will use it for soup, fettuccine alfredo, chicken pot pie, etc. The second bag I will freeze to cook later as we need it.
I have been wanting to make chicken pot pie and today I could! This has become a family favorite in our household! And it is SOOO much better that those frozen pot pies you can buy at the supermarket! It makes me feel great when the kids come home, see what I am making for supper, and say “Oh, I love that stuff!” Score one for mom!
I am trying to keep this week’s menu plan simple and quick. I have been doing a lot of canning and I find I am too tired to spend a lot of time in the kitchen for supper.
Oven Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Oven Frito Pie (from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures)
Chicken Pot Pie (I’ll use store-bought crusts)
One day my DS forgot to take his shorts to school for soccer practice. Needless to say, he came home with grass stains on both knees! I got online and searched for a homemade grass stain remover. Of course, I found all kinds of “possible” stain removers. I decided to try one that sounded promising, was easy to make, and consisted of ingredients I (normally) have in the house: dish soap and hydrogen peroxide. Normally I have hydrogen peroxide in the house, but I had run out. It was almost two weeks before I remembered to pick some up! By this time I thought the stain had probably really set in. This would be a real test!
I mixed two parts hydrogen peroxide with one part dish soap. I scrubbed this into the stains with a brush. I was surprised when the stains looked like they had disappeared! The jeans are in the washer as I am writing this and I can’t wait to see the results when they come out of the washer! I wonder what other stains this will work on! I am keeping it in a dish by my washer so I can try it on other stains!
My Favorite Bible Verses:
*John 10:27-28 (My confirmation passage)
Here is my dinner plan for this week. I never did make lasagna last week, I’m including in this week’s menu plan. I am planning 5 dinners instead of 4 because we will be home for dinner every night this week.
Sloppy Joes, fried cabbage, watermelon
Crockpot Lasagna, salad
Crockpot Meatloaf, fried potatoes, green beans
Meatballs (or meatball subs), sweet potatoes
Homemade Granola Bars