So I decided to make my own yogurt.  I bought a yogurt starter from here and it came in the mail yesterday, so I was pretty excited.  I eat A LOT of yogurt, so I can’t think of anything better than an unending supply.  Yeah that’s right, unending.  As long as I don’t screw up (which is semi likely to happen) I can use my previous yogurt to make more yogurt.  So this little envelope will pay for itself in one month.

In case you didn’t know, here’s how you make yogurt.


There aren’t many supplies involved.  Just milk, a jar, and the starter.


Yup, that’s all it takes to make yogurt.

So here it is, my little jar or would-be yogurt.  It may take up to 48 hours to culture, so I’ll have to let you know how it turns out.


Small Change, Big Change.

We updated the bedroom a while back and I forgot to blog about it.  We painted, got a new bedspread, sheets, and curtains, and I made some pillows.




Also, we (mainly William) began demo on the master bath today.

Happy Hiking Day

We took the dogs on a hike today.  A few photos.

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Also discovered, Klaus is afraid of large leaves, among other things.




And my fave pic of the day.

Also, I uploaded a video, found here.

In da hood.

About two years ago I purchased the most adorable blue rain jacket.  Unfortunately, said rain jacket was hoodless.  Now I don’t know about you, but a jacket without a hood equals umbrella on a rainy day.  The whole point was to be able to go umbrella-less on days of light rain.  Problem solved.

I made a hood for my jacket!  I used outdoor canvas for the exterior, which is a little stiffer than I’d like, but is water repellent, so it makes sense for a rain jacket.  I used the detachable hood from my winter coat for a template and it turned out uber fabulous!

Garden Update – Sunflower Edition

Last year I noticed our neighbors had giant sunflowers in their garden, and I was very jealous.  So I planted sunflowers in our garden, and they more than doubled their sunflower planting.  Yes, the sunflower contest is on, it is SO on.

We had three beautiful sunflowers that grew.  They were giant.  One was ten feet tall.  The other two were around 7 feet.  Sadly I did not take a picture while they were at their most beautiful.  I was a little bitter because they always faced the neighbors behind us, the ones we are now engaged in a sunflower war with.  I am sure they were so amused by this.

Well the time for harvest finally came, and I truthfully had no idea what to expect….but WOW, growing your own sunflower seeds is way cool!

Now I just have to figure out how to roast them, or whatever you do to them to make them crunchy.



Livin’ it up.

We went to California.  Here’s a few photos.

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Also, I wanted to point out William’s photography skills.  He has a special talent for taking my picture when I look especially fabulous.

Who Am I?







This plant hates me.  It gets me EVERY single time I work in the garden.  It stings for 30 minutes plus.  The redness hangs around for several days to a week. It has spikes on the underside of the leaves but not on the top. It also has little spike green balls. Who am I?