Monday, October 5, 2009

Garage Sale, Homeade Yogurt and Ethan's Surprise

Unfortunately this post will be photoless. My camera's batteries are down and I don't have anymore AA in the house. Well, I do but they're the cheap kind and they don't work in the camera. But they work great in Ethan's toys. The next camera we get will plug in to recharge!
I am getting ready to have my last garage sale for this year. We still have a ton of things left over from last time and I have found many more things around the house I want to get rid of. I'm hoping to make some extra $ for our trips this month!
We are going to a dinner with Eli's co-workers tomorrow night and he just told me we are suppose to bring something! I'm thinking about my Aunt Linda's broccoli cornbread. I have won an award with this recipe:)

Broccoli Cornbread
1 10oz pkg frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
2 boxes Jiffy cornbread muffin mix
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1 8oz carton sm curd cottage cheese
1 med chopped onion

Mix all together and bake in 9'X13' greased pan @350 for 35-40 minutes. This freezes well and make sure to put it in the fridge because it will go bad if you don't! It took me awhile to figure out where that smell was coming from.

Do you know how easy it is to make your own yogurt?And in your crock pot??? Are you excited yet? I got this off of A Year of Slow Cooking. Where else, right?
All you need is 1/2 gal of whole milk (sometimes I use 2%) and a 1/2 cup of plain natural yogurt. After you make it once, you can use your homemade as your "starter".
Eli loves yogurt and I wanted Ethan to start eating it with his fruit (he loves it too!). But it's rather expensive if you eat as much as Eli does! I just couldn't see adding another $10 or so to our grocery bill each month just for a treat. But making my own we can save so much!

Crockpot Yogurt
Pour 1/2 gal milk into crockpot on low. Leave for 2 1/2 hours. Turn off and leave for another 3 hours. After 3 hours have passed, remove 2 cups of the warm milk and whisk in 1/2 cup of room temp yogurt. Add to crockpot, mix and replace lid. Wrap the whole thing in a big bath towel and leave over night (6-8 hours). I don't open the lid until I'm adding the starter yogurt so the crockpot stays warm. When you get up in the morning you will have yummy yogurt!
I have done this twice now. The first time I got up in the middle of the night to put it in the fridge after the recommended 6-8 hours. It was good but a little too runny. I made it again last night and left it all night until 8ish this morning. It was much thicker. I also think it helps to have the starter yogurt at room temp.
Just add a little sugar or splenda and some fruit an you have a very cheap, good for you breakfast or snack!

As for Ethan's surprise, you will just have to wait till I get some batteries in my camera!


JennyMac said...

I am so intrigued with this recipe!!!Thanks for sharing.

Theta Mom said...

This looks good!


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