This last day of May. It was a great day. Time with my chickens, time with my guy, time to socialize, and time to enjoy the gifts of friends and the wonderful life I have here in the Rogue Valley! I am blessed.
Life has been good for me lately. I have been up and able to do some activities every day for a week! I enjoyed a wonderful motorcycle ride last Friday. Nearly 80 miles of beautiful countryside. Lots of blossoms and lovely aromas to enjoy. Spring has definitely SPRUNG!!!
My boyfriend got the “best boyfriend ever” award on saturday. He drove out here to the farm and mucked out 6+ months worth of eww and poo from the chicken coop!!! I don’t know about all of you, but my past has not included many men that would do “crappy” jobs like that for me. Not only did he haul all that out of there, but he did it with a smile and cracking jokes and being attentive to me all at the same time. I am impressed! When he got near to being done, he says “honey, I know I”m not going to get it as well as you would, so I’ll let you do your pretty stuff”. We’ve only been dating for 6 months and he’s already figured out that I am a bit OCD about cleaning. He also made and installed a poop board for me after asking me where and how I wanted it done. Sure am glad I met this guy!
So I got in there with the Basic H, my homemade orange/lemon vinager spray bottle and the hose! I scrubbed and hosed and scraped and scrubbed some more. When it was to my liking I sprayed the whole thing with the Vinegar mix and let it just set. Then, I wallpapered with feed bags. Just to cheer it up a bit! I am hoping to make some privacy curtains soon for the nesting boxes. A bale of straw and some pine shavings in the nests and the girls were happy to get back in there. The babies will be joining them in another week or so. They are 8 weeks old today!
Sunday I slept in and missed church. It was ok, I just put on some praise and worship music and had my own church right here!!! I am so grateful for my salvation!!!! After I got ready I headed into town for my meeting. The afternoon was spent with my guy and his son doing some shooting up Spencer Creek. Sure is some pretty country up there.
On Monday we took a road trip to Salem to do some business and I was able to see a friend there, then we stopped in Eugene and had dinner with my brother and his girlfriend on our way home. It was our first road trip together and we both enjoyed one another’s company!
Yesterday I spent some time hauling the last of the wood down from the splitter area and stacking it. I have 1/4 cord left to last. Hoping we have no large dips in temperature. I also started cleaning up a bit of debris that has collected around the barn. I am ready to start getting things looking nice for summer.
I made yogurt today. I had said I would post instructions for making yogurt. I have 2 pints “brewing” in the crock pot right now. Here is how I did it…it is so easy!!!
1. Sterilize jars in the dishwasher or oven. If in the dishwasher, I always run a second rinse when canning or needing sterile jars. In the oven, place the jars on a cookie sheet, not touching each other, in an oven that is preheated to 225 degrees. Leave them there for 10 full minutes. They can stay in longer, but need 10 minutes for certain.
2. Set up a crock pot with about 2 inches of water in the bottom and put it on low.
3. Pour your raw milk into a clean saucepan and heat on low until milk reaches 110 degrees. I sliced a vanilla bean down the center and scraped out the insides into my milk. When milk reaches 110 degrees stir in 1 Tblspn. *yogurt culture per cup of milk used. I use a whisk and try to get the lumps out by stirring well.
4. Pour the warm milk into your jars that are fresh out of the oven and then lower them carefully into the water in the crock pot. My water was at 115 from being preheated on LOW. I turned it to the WARM setting and put the lid on. I will check it periodically and if the temperature is much below 90 I will turn the crock pot back up to LOW until it gets back up to 110 degrees. You don’t want it higher than that tho, and don’t let it drop much below 90. Ideally having it stay at 100 degrees for 6-24 hours is best. I will leave mine overnight as I did before. After it is “set” cover and place in the refrigerator to cool.
I added the vanilla bean because I like it. I did not add any sweetener of any kind because I prefer to drizzle a lil maple syrup over it if I decide that’s what I want, but if I decide to use it with baking I don’t want added sweetener. Use your own discretion. I really think this is a slick method! Easy peezy! I hope it works well for you.
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