Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Today I was using an old recipe as a guideline to make a new recipe. And one of the ingredients I used was sesame seed oil.... I had my eggnog coffee sitting right beside my little glass that I was using to mix up to sauce in. Guess what happened! I was not paying close attention and I dripped some into my coffee, haha. Always one up for adventure, I tentatively took a sip. It was not bad, not that I would suggest you doing it yourself, but it is drinkable. The worst part is that you can smell the oil, otherwise you really can't taste it. 
I am refining my new recipe, but it involves; chicken, garlic, green onions, fish sauce, and sesame seed oil. Yes, it is of Chinese inspiration! I adore Oriental food!!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

I found some Amazing shoes!! They are peep toe booties, and I really never thought I would want a pair... considering their impracticality. And then I saw these!

And after much trial and error I figured out how to get a picture up on here. Phew!

I love how these are artsy chic and wildly, lovable. Perfect for when you are feeling like some classic shoes with a funky twist. These are definitely the kind of shoes you build an outfit around. And they are on DSW.

Monday, December 22, 2008


Play peek-a-boo I do. Yoda baby I am.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

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My kitchen partner in crime. I just discovered her 2nd tooth coming up!! Gooooo Izzy!

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Here is the beginning of a beautiful recipe. Budget friendly, healthy, yummy, all around great yogurt!

And the players are 2% milk, 1 can evaporated milk, 2 pkg of knox unflavored gelatin, and 2 8oz. containers of yogurt from last time, equaling 1 1/2 c.

Yogurt Recipe - Makes 2 qts.

Combine in a large bowl:

3 c. powdered milk

6 c. water

(I scalded 6 c. of 2% milk for this instead)

Stir well. Add:

1 can evaporated milk OR

1 2/3 c. scalded whole milk (2 % would work for this also, have not tried it yet though.)

Combine separately:

1/2 - 1/4 c. yogurt (My first batch I used store bought and 1 c. of it. My dad said it is better to err on the side of more yogurt, than less and have it be soupy. This time I am using the last 2 jars from my first batch and that equals to 1 1/2 c. )

1 c. of milk from bowl

2 pkg. unflavored gelatin, add to 1/2 c. cold water and heat up in microwave. Stir in to milk.

Blend until smooth and return to remaining milk. Mix well. Pour into clean jars, or some other container (I use my crock pot. Preferably it should be glass, porcelin, metal, brand new plastic container, etc. Because the yogurt will absorb the smell/taste from any old plastic or rubber container or porous surface.)

Allow to incubate for 3 to 6 hours. (This last time I left it to incubate overnight. It turned out fine and seemed to have a better consistency. Though once stored in the refrigerator the gelatin firmed it up very nicely too!)

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Scald those 6 c. of milk. Unless you are using powdered milk. Make sure to stir it, and do not let it boil! Just wait til it gets some foam on top and starts steaming a little. Then turn off the heat.

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Here is the amazing budget friendly cookbook that everyone should own! There is an updated version also. 

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Pour the milk into your bowl. 

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Add the can of evaporated milk. Or 1 2/3 c.  scalded milk.

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Now dip out one cup of the milk from the bowl. Add to that your plain yogurt, I used 1 1/2 c. this time. Stir well, it should be completely smooth.

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Now pour the yogurt mix back into the big bowl of milk. Stir well.

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Get 1/2 c. cold water from your faucet and add in the unflavored packets of gelatin.

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Stick it in the microwave for a bit to heat it up and help it dissolve, then stir well.

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Now pour the gelatin water in with the milk and mix well.

See the toys in the background? That's Izzy helping mommy in the kitchen. :)

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Now place it into a container so that it can incubate and turn into yogurt!!

I preheated my slow cooker with boiling water, so that it would be a warm temp. And poured it out about 7 min. before I put in the yogurt mix.

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Next I wrap in in an old flannel blanket, yes, it is clean. And leave it for 3-6 hours, or until morning. We keep our apt. cold, so after letting it set for about 7 hrs. I unwrapped it from the blanket and left it out over night. I do not think I would do this in the summer though. 

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Now I pour it into the super clean jars. They are the perfect size, 8 oz., and reusable and pretty!!

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Here is the finished product. Fresh, homemade, lovely, delicious, creamy yogurt!! I keep eating them up like a little green pup until there are only 2 left. Which I then go on to make another batch with!! If only I could get my darling, sexy man to try out my yogurt... he would fall in love with it too!! Well, he may need the help of some sugar at first...

Friday, December 19, 2008

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And here is the super cute and dainty box they came in!! It kinda reminds me of a sari. With the rich beautiful color and pattern. India is full of the most vibrant and lovely colors!

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Here are the earrings my fiancee gave me as an early Christmas present.
With my newest green wardrobe additions, these will be a great compliment.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Little baby Izzy, monkey friend attatched ;). 

I need to give a shout out to some things, people who inspire me! Thepioneerwoman.com, luckystylespotter.com (and everything Lucky) my FAVORITE magazine! And lots of other ones, haha, the two above are pretty much all I can think of now. I really was not super prepared.

My poor blog!

Ok, I really am doing MUCH better at blogging... it is just over on adventuresonmyfrontier.tumblr.com, so check it. And I think I will be switching everything to here, though I have not figured it out yet! 
I switched my title cause this will not be all about birth and pregnancy. Just when I started that was where I was and I was really focused, to say the least. ^-^
So now, my new focus is All my adventures, not just one genre. Hehe ^-^.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Well, I have had my daughter for 4 months now. She is doing extremely well, we are breastfeeding. I ended up having her at the birth center instead of at home. My husband was too afraid to give birth at home. I will have to fill this in as to all that has happened.