Monday, July 15, 2019

How To Make Yogurt In a Slow Cooker

How to make thick and creamy yogurt easily at home in your slow cooker. Store bought yogurt may be convenient but nothing compares to the creaminess and taste of homemade yogurt. 
Making Homemade Yogurt is super simple and I have been making my own for about 10 years. Back in 2009, I discovered how to make homemade yogurt on a Martha Stewart episode where she taught Jennifer Garner how to make homemade unsweetened yogurt. I was instantly hooked and have been making my own plain and vanilla yogurt ever since. 

I have changed the preparation method and now use a slow cooker versus the stove top and I love this method so much better. Making homemade yogurt is a bit time consuming, but totally worth it in the end. When I say time consuming, I really mean just waiting for the yogurt to culture overnight. 

The recipe itself is really simple and you don't need a bunch of fancy equipment. All you need is milk, a yogurt stater (plain yogurt with active cultures) and a slow cooker. Plain yogurt is your starter and it must contains active cultures which is the good bacteria that will turn your milk into yogurt.

Monday, July 8, 2019

July Menu Plan - Menu Plan Monthly

Happy Monday Friends! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend? Summer is in full swing! The sun is shining, our garden is growing and everyone is in full summer mode at my house. I can hardly believe were already halfway through summer!   

Today I have our July Menu Plan for you. My vegetable garden is currently overflowing with summer veggies, so I have quite a few meals using fresh green beans, potatoes and summer squash. Any recipe noted with {New} are recipes I plan to make and will post in the near future. I hope y'all find something you like.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

DIY Dollar Tree Farmhouse Tiered Tray

How to make a DIY Farmhouse Inspired Faux Enamelware Tiered Tray using Dollar Tree Items for under $5.
I love everything about Farmhouse decor. Unfortunately most are to expensive and I'm too budget conscious to purchase them. I've seen these Farmhouse Style Trays in several stores for awhile now and I just love them. They're so versatile and can be used in just about any room of your home.  

I know this because I have already made 5 of these diy tiered trays. One for my daughter in-law, two for my kitchen, one for my bathroom and my daughter rooms to hold her all her perfumes. So you see they can be used just about anywhere you have room for them. The one pictured above is in my kitchen with my little red truck cup an and a few other farmhouse items. 

Friday, June 28, 2019

My Texas Table Newsletter - Our Best Red, White & Blue Recipes


Happy Friday Friends! 

I hope everyone is doing well?  The heat here in North Texas is getting an early start this year, so we've been spending most of our time indoors. We have been venturing out to the garden on a daily basis but mainly early in the morning or late in the evening when the sun starts to set. Our raised bed vegetable garden is doing really well and some of our plants are already starting to produce. I've included a photo below so you can take a peek at our garden. 

This year we tried the Ruth Stout Method of Gardening and so far so good. Our potatoes did awesome (Kennebec, Red Potatoes and Yukon Gold) so they have since been harvested and corn has been planted in it's place. I can't wait to start harvesting the rest of the vegetables and fruits as they all come in. So far it looks like it's going to be a good year. If you would like more information on the Ruth Stout Method of Gardening click here to view her information video. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

CopyKat Panda Express Chow Mein Noodles (with Chicken)

Chow mein noodles are a great side dish or serve with chicken and make it a meal.  
Panda Express is famous for their Chow mein noodles and for good reason....... they're so delicious! Whenever my daughter and I go  shopping we usually make a day of it and stop for lunch at Panda. My daughter orders orange chicken and I usually choose Mushroom Chicken or a Teriyaki Chicken Bowl. No matter what we order, we always get Panda's Chow mein noodles as a side dish. 

I guess you could say it's one of our many guilty pleasures. Chow Mein is a stir-fried noodle dish filled with cabbage, onions and celery tossed together in a delicious brown sauce. Chow mein noodles make a great side dish with Chinese food or serve with chicken and make it a meal. Copykat recipes have always been a favorite of mine. And when you find a good one that's always a plus.