While I keep calm and carry on and pray for Daddy, I'm trying my hand at making yogurt this afternoon.
I mentioned before that I really love full-fat, Greek-style yogurt and cannot find it in our local stores. By local, I mean within a 60 mile radius from my home. Every store I visit carries several brands of plain yogurt, but they are all of the "non-fat" variety. I did find a couple of 7oz containers of 2% plain yogurt yesterday. (I had to travel to the bigger-than-my-town-but-still-pretty-small town about 45 minutes away for an appointment with the optometrist. He told me that my eyes are healthy, but I'll be needing bifocals probably by next year. Just call me Gramma.)
So, since I'm mad as heck, and I'm not going to take it anymore with the non-fat yogurt, I did a Google search and found this: You Can Make Yogurt in Your CrockPot! from Stephanie O'Dea. I found other methods, but this one seemed to be the easiest. I saw plenty of recipes for yogurt which involved complex kitchen equipment like a double boiler and a candy thermometer or strange items like a foam cooler and a heating pad. Not for me, thank you. This way all I have to do is pour the milk in the crockpot and not forget it's there. Well, there are a couple of other steps, as you can see when you click on the link above.
In other news: I found some Darjeeling tea on my shopping trip yesterday! Finding my favorite kinds of tea is almost as difficult as finding my favorite kind of yogurt. I usually have no trouble finding Earl Grey, which I love, but Darjeeling is harder to find on a regular basis, and I have given up on ever finding jasmine green tea anywhere outside of the Big City.
I also found out recently that drinking black tea actually helps reduce the stress hormone cortisol, unlike coffee which can elevate cortisol levels. I think it's time for a fresh pot of tea right now.