So, one of my monthly goals is to pick one commonly eaten, processed-ish food that my family regularly eats/buys, and figure out a tasty, easy, and cost effective way to make it myself. The goal is that after each month, I am buying one less processed product from the store, and I am completely taking responsibility for making it on my own. So, not taking it out of our diets, but rather replacing it with a homemade, healthful version. Thus far, I have successfully replaced our granola bars, our nutrigrain/cereal & fruit bars, and our marshmallows (recipe to follow later this week-I will be trying out some peppermint marshmallows!). Bread has been hit-or-miss. I just need to develop the skill of making a soft sandwich bread that my children will eat. Yogurt has been on my list for a while, but the recipe has seemed a little daunting to me, and I have yet to actually do it.
Today, I almost did a happy dance when I learned that I could actually make yogurt in my crockpot, with far fewer steps and much less difficulty than the stove/pot approach. I will be trying out homemade yogurt later this week. It is much more cost-effective than buying yogurt from the store, plus there are really only 2 ingredients, plus any fruit or other flavorings you might add yourself. Knowing exactly what is in your food is such a huge plus! I am so excited I can hardly wait! I will, of course, share my results and recipe with you after I give it a whirl!
Mmmm. My daughter's chocolate cupcakes just came out of the oven. She is bringing cupcakes to preschool tomorrow since her birthday is Saturday (tomorrow is her last day at preschool for the week). I made exactly enough for each of the kids in her class so that I can't be tempted to eat one ;)