Step Away from the Screen : No. 115

We made homemade yogurt this weekend! It’s magic, y’all. Total magic. Here’s the recipe:

– 1 QT milk (I use 2%)
– 3 TBS plain yogurt (room temperature —  let it sit out while you’re cooking the milk)
– Clean, 1 quart jar
– 2 dish towels

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Slowly heat the milk in a saucepan until it reaches 180°. Stir occasionally to keep it from scalding.

Remove it from the heat and let it sit until it reaches 115°. Stir occasionally to keep a skin from forming. This takes 20-30 minutes.

As soon as it reaches 115°, remove 1 cup of the milk and stir the yogurt into it. Stir this mixture back into the rest of the milk.

Pour the mixture into your 1 quart jar. Wrap both dish towels around the uncovered jar; first one, then the other. Cover the top of the jar with the towels as well.

Place jar in a warm-ish place (I put mine in the oven set on “Proof.” If you don’t have this setting, just turn the oven on for a minute and then turn it off and place the jar in the oven). Then LEAVE IT ALONE for 4-6 hours (I usually do 6 hours).

Unwrap jar and place it, still uncovered, in the fridge until it is cool to the touch. Then put the lid on. It will keep for a week, if it lasts that long 🙂

Save 3 TBS of this yogurt to make your next batch!!

Step Away from the Screen : No. 113

My daughter Lucy made this butterfly using a technique called paper quilling. One of my favorite people, Christine Dryden of Stir Studios, worked with Lucy’s class at school to create some amazing quilled artwork that was shown at our annual Gallery Crawl. We’re so lucky to have amazing artists like Christine at our school; artists who are willing to step away from their screens — and their own work — to work with our children on interesting projects like these.

Be sure to click on this to see it big. It’s pretty amazing.

Step Away from the Screen : No. 111

Sending so much love to Oklahoma today and for many days to come.

Interested in sending love in the form of actual assistance? Here are some easy ways to do so:

Text STORM to 80888 for The Salvation Army USA
Text REDCROSS to 90999 for the Red Cross
Text FOOD to 32333 for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

In each of these cases, a $10 donation will be added to your phone bill. So easy.

And here’s a comprehensive list of the different ways you can help the many animals affected by the tornado.