Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Homemade Yogurt and a few other things

We love yogurt around here and eat a lot of it. I'm always trying to find ways to save in our budget and so when I saw that you could make yogurt in the crockpot, I definitely wanted to try it!

The recipe for crockpot greek yogurt is HERE

This is super easy and fun to make. It was kind of cool to see that it actually thickened up when I woke up in the morning after having it sit all night. I have made it twice and it doesn't last long. I'm not usually a fan of just plain yogurt, but this is addicting. It's tangy and rich. The first time I ate it, I mixed it with sweetened berries and drizzled honey over it. The second time I made some freezer jam and mixed that with it. I think my kids liked the jam better because it tasted more like the yogurt they were used to. Either way, its like my dessert. I love it.

I don't know if it's because I've been doing Insanity or what, but I have been really productive lately and have had lots of energy. Maybe I'm hungrier, too :) because I baked a lot last week! Here are some other things we made with great success.

Strawberry Freezer Jam
I doubled the recipe since I had a lot of cheap strawberries that wouldn't last. I couldn't bear to put that much sugar in, so I cut some out. It still tasted pretty good, but noticeably less sweet.

Dinner Rolls Tutorial
I've never been very comfortable making rolls. But these were easy and insanely good.

Best caramel type popcorn I've ever had. It's a fun thing to bring as dessert to a party.
Her inspiration was a ding dong. Although there were a few steps, these turned out great.

Banana Bread - I have made a ton of different recipes trying to find the best banana bread. I've decided my favorite is the one my mom made growing up.
1/2 C vegetable shortening
1 C sugar
2 eggs
3/4 C mashed ripe bananas
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 1/4 C flour
1/2 C macadamia nuts - *I always throw in milk chocolate chips instead
pinch of cinnamon

Preheat to 350 degrees. Oil and flour a 9x5x3in loaf pan. With an electric mixer, cream the shortening and sugar. With mixer running on medium, add eggs one at a time. Add bananas and mix well. Add baking soda, salt, flour, nuts (or choc chips) and cinnamon andmix thoroughly. The dough will be sticky. Pour dough into prepared pan and bake one hour or until the center is brown and set.

Don't worry. The desserts I made to take to functions, although I still got to taste a little of everything. :)

Insanity is going great. I actually look forward to doing it every morning. I can't keep up with them, but I'm staying with it, even while jumping, or jogging across the room to help one of my kids! I like Shaun T. He doesn't yell at you or act tough (like Jillian) and the other people working out look like real people who can't keep up all of the time. There are also frequent 30 second water breaks which I of course love. :) I also like that there is a schedule with a different DVD each day. I'm just doing the best I can with it and am actually enjoying it and feeling a lot more energized and happy to start the day.


  1. I made those rolls too, last weekend. It was surprisingly easy, and like you was nervous about baking rolls. I'm always worried when it comes to baking bread and making sure the yeast works, etc. I need to try that crock pot yogurt! Who knew?!

    I've done a little of the Insanity workout and can't keep up either. I admire your dedication!

  2. This is an impressive amount of cooking! And all sounds so good. I have always found Jillian frightening, but then, I'm still doing my Cindy Crawford workout from the 90s.

  3. So you can make yogurt in the crockpot but I can't make gin in the bathtub?

  4. Everything looks fabulous! I should try crockpot yogurt! (Love Matt's comment, btw!)

  5. Ryan just got insanity. He wants me to do it with him, but I am a little scared. It looks really intense. I told him I would try. Hopefully I am successful like you. You will be my inspiration.

  6. Question... did you use whole milk on your yogurt? Will low fat milk work?

  7. Ohhh mal. I am very excited about the greek yogurt! So cool that it actually works! And that someone I trust says it works:)