Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Two names you go by: Joce, Joci
Two things you are wearing right now: Slippers and a coat- we keep our house at a "healthy temperature."
Two things you would want or have in a relationship: I like honesty and gentleness.
Two of your favorite things to do: Cook and play outside.
Two things you want very badly right now: Hmmm, a nap and a cup of hot cocoa.
Two things you did last night: Played rummy and ate homemade pizza.
Two things you ate yesterday: Ceasar salad and Ramen noodles.
Two things you did today: I ate breakfast out at NCFR (I had a Canadian omelet-so good) and went to the library.
Two longest car rides: Well, in 5th grade my family-my mom, my dad, my 4 year old brother, my 8-months pregnant sister, and me- drove to California in my sister's Pontiac. That was really long. And, hmmm.....when I was little is seemed that riding to Amsterdam (NY) to visit my grandma was really long. But, it's only a half hour ride so maybe that doesn't count.
Two favorite holidays: Easter, and, umm, my Birthday.
Two favorite beverages: Root beer and chocolate milk.
Two things about me: I am a dairy goat judge and I like doing laundry.
Two jobs I have had in my life: Horsemanship director at a girls' camp, and talented and gifted teacher.
Two places I have lived: Let's list these two: Johnstown, NY and LeRoy, NY . See a theme? no wonder they called me Jello girl at summer camp. I can't get enough of that wiggly goodness.
Two of my favorite foods: Ice cream and calzone. Hands down.
Two places I would rather be right now: A pool or a horse barn.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Today's bribe picture comes from this past summer- every night we tuck our babies in bed and read them a story and say our prayers. (And enjoy a good paci or two, as seen above.) Don't worry, we always move Cade to his own bed.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Brilyn, verbatim, "Oh my dod, dere's a bid ole butt deer out dere."
Translated for any of you who didn't quite catch that, "Oh my God, there's a big old buck deer out there."
The best part is that she was psyching me out.
There was no buck deer or any deer or any animal at all, she just wanted me to come and look out the window with her. She's something.
If only we had named her after my cousin, Larissa. Then I could call her "Risser pisser" and get away with it.
Well, I'll just have to think of something that rhymes with Brilyn, or some derivative thereof, and that similarly expresses Brilyn's sweet little personality.
TTFN! (ta ta for now)
P.S. IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!
This picture makes me happy. It is me on the cruise we took in 2006. XOXO
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
"To the world, a Yankee is an American.
To an American, a Yankee is someone from the North.
To a Northerner, a Yankee is someone from New England.
To a New Englander, a Yankee is someone from Vermont.
To a Vermonter, a Yankee is someone who eats apple pie for breakfast."
Well, I have to say, if you take my breakfast habits and score from The Yankee or Dixie Quiz, I am pretty strongly Yank. 33%, Definitive Yankee. Which makes sense since I grew up 2 hours from Vermont.
Enjoy the quiz, and share your score with me!
Here's the bribe picture:
Thursday, January 17, 2008
The egg finally expressed a desire to settle down with a normal egg, hoping to live out his life in peace.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Brilyn and Cade enjoying a moment among the poisonous plants at church on Christmas Eve. I mean pointsettia plants!
Little boy fell asleep after all the Christmas morning festivities....bounce, bounce, snore...........
Friday, January 11, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
- 1 gallon whole milk (I used Byrne dairy since it is hormone free)
- 2 teaspoons citric acid
- 1/2 teaspoon lipase powder (in 1/4 cup distilled water)
- 1 teaspoon calcium chloride (in 1/4 cup distilled water)
- 1/2 rennet tablet (in 1/4 cup distilled water)
- 1/2 teaspoon flaked salt
Start by measuring out all the ingredients in separate containers. In a stainless steel pot heat milk over medium heat, stir in citric acid and lipase. Continue stirring until milk reaches 88 degrees. (I use a meat thermometer, it works faster than a cheese thermometer and so fits my personality better). You will see the curd start to develop. When the milk reaches 88 degrees, stir in the calcium chloride and rennet. Continue to stir until the milk reaches 105 degrees.
At that point, turn off the heat and let the milk set for 20 minutes. This will let the milk separate into curds and whey. During this time, preheat a double boiler.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer the curds to the double boiler. Squeeze as much whey out of the curd as you can by pressing the spoon against the side of the original pan. Heat the curd on the double boiler until it begins to get sticky. At this point, squeeze out as much whey as you can. Add the flaked salt a little at a time while kneading the curd with the spoon. Continue to heat on the double boiler until the curd melts into soft stringy mozzerella!
At this point, the fun begins. Let the cheese cool just until you can handle it, then start stretching it out! Keep stretching and folding and stretching and folding until the cheese is completely cooled. Then, form into a ball and store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to one week.
This cheese is the tastiest, creamiest mozz I have ever had. I hope to find a milk source that will be a bit cheaper than $3.69 a gallon so that my cheese making adventures will be tasty AND cost effective. And healthier too, if I can find some raw milk. Maybe we should just have Penny come live with us again!
Well, Happy New Year! See you again soon.