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Saturday, November 24, 2007

"...But the Fire's So Delightful"

We are staying very warm!! My dear hubby finished installing a wood stove. It is such a blessing!! This is our very first real fire-place.

We've or rather my hubby again (I was watching a little)has made yogurt. The first time it came out perfect and the second time it was just about the same.

Here's what we did:

Raw milk in 1/2 gal jars

Put jars in large double-bottom pot (16qt) in lukewarm/cool water

Add starter (dannon plain yogurt) to milk approx. 1/4 cup per 1/2 gal of milk

Warm slowly to 108-112 degrees Fahrenheit, no less-will take a long time to set, no more-will kill the starter.

Leave for approx. 5 hours (it started to separate, which means it "cooked" for too long)

Put jars in refrig. and eat when cold.

*The 2nd time we heated the milk (to supposedly kill the "bad" stuff that fights the yogurt culture) added the started and let "cook" for about as long. It came out tart and a little less set!

So that's what we've been doing. And it did snow for Thanksgiving. Just flurries, but it was gone as fast as it came.


DHofMrsAlphaMale said...

It looks like a very warm fire. It even looks HOT. I'm sure your DH knows all about what wood to burn and not to burn? My DW has just reminded me that his family has used wood burning stoves for some years. Does it have a cooking area / surface?

How about a pot of water on top for moisture? or tea? or for hot chocolate? How about popcorn? or marshmellows, or hot dogs or ?????? Just a couple days after Thanksgiving and I'm already thinking of food.

Enjoy the cozy fire.

My DW says kudos for putting in the stove. I say congrats for a job well done.

~Tonia~ said...

I love to watch fires. They are so warm and comphie. They are quite mesmorizing as well.

Happy in the Home said...

Oh, I was going to ask all the same question, about whether it had a flat top so you could heat some water for tea!

We have a fireplace that we use once in a while, but Hubby is always concerned! We always say we will start a new tradition of roasting marshmellows on New Years Eve. Maybe we'll do it this year.

You'll have to give us an update after you've used it for a while!

~ Stella