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Homemade Yogurt

I am all into trying new recipes and saving money these days so the other day I tried my hand at making Homemade Yogurt! I got the recipe from my Mom (its tried and true if it comes from her) 😉 and I was really happy with how it turned out. We have used quite a bit of it in making shakes and smoothies and just love it, something about the yogurt that gives it and extra creamy texture that is so yummy. Plus its a good thing to feed my sweet lil baby that is just starting to ‘love’ eating 🙂

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Here is the recipe if you wanna try it, its very simple actually.

Homemade Yogurt

Heat 1 gallon of milk to 190 degrees,

While heating soak 2 T Unflavored Knox Gelatin in 1/2 c cold water

Once milk has reached 190 degrees add the Gelatin/Water mixture and stir. let cool till 130 degrees.

Now add:

2 T Vanilla

4 T Yogurt ( I bought plain yogurt at the grocery store)

1 1/2 c white sugar

Stir until all dissolved.

Keep warm for 7 -8 hours,

** I wrapped mine in a thick blanket. It will still be a little thin when you get it out, but once you refrigerate it, it will thicken more. (Take out enough yogurt to start next batch if desired).

**** Update 7-10-13 I have started putting my yogurt in quart jars with lids and keeping it warm for 7-8 hours in an ice chest with hot water up to the neck of the jars. This works as a seal for the jars then and they will stay fresh longer!

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Enjoy!

~Leah

Taco Dip

I’m all into appetizers, dips, cheese breads etc, yeah I know they’re not healthy but,,, ya gotta have something good to eat 🙂

I’ve made this Taco Dip several times already and really love it!

Pix 003Its very simple to make:

16 oz Sour Cream

8 oz Cream Cheese

3 T Taco Seasoning

Mix these three ingredients together and spread on a plate. Spread Salsa and shredded cheese on top. Serve with chips. Super yummy 🙂

** If you prefer fresh vegetables you can scatter chopped onions and green peppers on top as well. Since my husband isn’t so fond of that I usually skip it!

Enjoy!

~Leah

Mexican Cheese Dip

Several weeks ago i found this recipe to make the white cheese dip that is similar to the cheese dip served at Mexican Restaurants and we loved it so i thought i’d share it so you guys can try it if you want.

Yield: 30 fluid ounces

  • 1 1/4 lb block White American Cheese  cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup diced green chiles (i used a lil less)
  • 1 pickled jalapenos, chopped
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • pinch of cumin (optional)

Toss all ingredients into a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 5 minutes, stopping to stir after every minute. The mixture might seem watery during the first few stirs, but should come together as a nice runny dip after all the cheese is melted.

Serve immediately as a dip with tortilla chips or as a sauce over your favorite Mexican dish.

*Reheat Instructions: Store any leftover cheese dip in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until creamy and hot.

 Enjoy!

~Leah