Step Away from the Screen : No. 121

Hey friends! We’re 1/3 of the way through this project!

Let’s take stock, shall we? What have you made? Anything you’re super proud of? Have you been more meaningful with your screen time? Have you tried harder to step away and do something off screen?

I would love to see what you’ve done. And I thought it might be fun for us to celebrate and encourage each other, so I’ve created a Facebook group for us. That’s RICH with irony, I realize. But there’s the dichotomy of our world, y’know? Going on screen to share with friends about the things we made when we were away from our screens. It’s complicated.

Please join me over there. And spread the word to all your maker friends.

Here’s the link:

Now go make something awesome this weekend. Can’t wait to see it!

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.