Monday, June 6, 2011

When in Salzburg, loudly sing "Do Re Mi" with your best friend while on the Sound of Music tour bus

I love it when the hills are alive.
Luzern, Switzerland

Mirabell Gardens - Salzburg, Austria. And yes, we did hand sew our outfits.
Enjoy both the ordinary and the completely extraordinary... no matter where you are.
Marrowbone - first cucumber!
Marrowbone - this weekend! One of my favorite memories: doing the cake walk with Papa (Dad's father, Leon) at the "Fireman's Festival" when I was a little girl
Caroline and I had coffee, orange juice, yogurt and muesli/granola nearly every morning while on vacation. Inspired by this - as well as Carri Peterson's convincing argument that homemade yogurt really isn't that difficult - I decided to try some.

1) Plug in your crockpot and turn to low. Add an entire half gallon of milk (I used 2%). Cover and cook on low for 2 1/2 hours.

2) Unplug your crockpot. Leave the cover on, and let it sit for 3 hours.

3) When 3 hours have passed, scoop out 2 cups of the warmish milk and put it in a bowl. Whisk in 1/2 cup of store-bought live/active culture yogurt. Then dump the bowl contents back into the crockpot. Stir to combine. (At this point, I also added about 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla)

4) Put the lid back on your crockpot. Keep it unplugged, and wrap a heavy bath towel all the way around the crock for insulation.
5) Go to bed, or let it sit for 8 hours.

In the morning, the yogurt will have thickened (it's not as thick as store-bought yogurt, but has the consistency of low-fat plain yogurt). Chill in a plastic container(s) in the refrigerator. Your fresh yogurt will last 7-10 days. Save 1/2 cup as a starter to make a new batch.

My favorite way to enjoy: Multi grain cheerios in the bottom of a bowl that you really like, between 1/2-1 cup yogurt on top, drizzle with maple syrup or honey, top with some of Carri's homemade granola and fresh fruit. Take out to your front porch:)


  1. I love the way you share pictures of your European adventure and those of Marrowbone, KY in the same blog as if it were perfectly logical. I have the feeling that you can find fun and contentment no matter where you are in the world. Not everyone can do this. Thanks for the yogurt your brought this morning. I cannot wait to throw in some of the fresh blueberries you gave me this afternoon. Lots of Love

  2. Thanks, Mom. That's a lesson I'm learning as I get OLDer...try to see beauty or inspiration or just plain fun in whatever your everday happens to be. Hope you enjoyed the blueberries! LOL back at ya.