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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 127 ENTRIES / Milk Becomes Many Things on: September 13, 2019 06:09:46 PM

In the craftalong Level Up Your Cooking Skills, we try new things and share what we learn! I'm lucky enough to have raw milk available from a local farm, purchased in glass jars that I return for reuse. It's a great no-waste system. I find the raw milk easier for me to digest when I drink it straight, and I've experimented using it many other ways.

The most frequent for me is yogurt - with a half gallon of milk in my instantpot, I produce one quart + one pint of yogurt and one pint of whey that I strain off with a nut milk bag. It results in a thicker yogurt.

I didn't want to waste the whey, so I found other things to make! Like these delicious honey biscuits, which use a half cup of whey in the dough.

A fun thing about raw milk is that the cream rises to the top when you let it sit. Usually I shake the jar to incorporate the cream, but just for fun I tried skimming it off to make butter! I used my food processor to "churn" it, and it did take a while. The skimmed milk still made a tasty yogurt. Here's what this half gallon produced: almost a pint of buttermilk, a half pint of butter, a quart + a half pint of yogurt, and pint of whey.

The buttermilk, a side product of making butter, was a nice bonus used to make buttermilk pancakes!

Besides baking, you can use yogurt whey added to smoothies, for soaking beans, and using as a cooking liquid for rice, quinoa, or other grains. Try substituting it for some of the broth in a creamy soup, like this tahini chickpea & spinach soup!

Of course milk experiments wouldn't be complete without another item... CHEESE. A simple soft farm cheese is satisfying, but I went a step further in the spirit of learning new skills. Paneer! It's still a simple cheese, but pressed so it's hard enough to cut.

Just the thing for homemade palak paneer.

Mmm looking back on this makes me want to try it again... even though my next cheese experiment was a fail. If you're using rennet, get a good thermometer and pay attention to the timing! The mozzarella was supposed to stretch, not bounce.  Roll Eyes And if you're feeling adventurous, come join us in the craftalong and gain some levels in cooking.  Cheesy
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Great Horned Owl with Flower Crown on: August 28, 2019 04:08:32 PM

I adapted this design from a machine embroidery pattern. Didn't want to completely fill it with color, so I did some loose fill stitches to get the feather colors where they should be. I like the overall effect!

Finished in a vintage frame that warms the colors a bit.

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Poppies and Gladiolus on: August 28, 2019 03:48:02 PM
Heirloom poppies and peach colored glads for August!

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Larkspur and Water Lily on: August 28, 2019 03:45:34 PM
Stitchalong flowers for July - I found a watery print fabric so it looks like the whole bouquet is floating!

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Honeysuckle and Roses on: August 28, 2019 03:39:20 PM
June's flowers for the stitchalong - I chose a very dark blue for the roses, giving them a black look.

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hawthorn and Lily of the Valley on: June 30, 2019 11:06:49 AM
May's monthly flowers were fun for me! I altered the pattern a wee bit, and really like how the hawthorn flowers turned out. The center is a little pile of single-thread French knots.

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Daisies and Sweet Peas on: June 30, 2019 10:34:26 AM
Stitched for the monthly flower stitchalong! I enjoyed choosing a pastel palette for this one.

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Garden Harvest Basket on: June 23, 2019 08:59:09 AM

I've been looking for something big and pretty for garden picking, and I found this flat basket at a rummage sale for $1. The rope I had in my stash, I used two pieces with the ends separated to thread through the weave on the edges. Stitched some fabric scraps on to hold it together, and ta-da!

Inaugural use: edible flowers and some wild strawberries. <3

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Moon-Charged Crystals on: June 22, 2019 06:23:57 PM
This is a retirement gift for a coworker who would always tell me when it was the full moon! She always knew exactly what type of moon it was (harvest, wolf, super, etc.) and would say that she'd be leaving her crystals outside to charge in the light.

I remember hearing someone else say that they rarely worked with pure black and white and would just pick variations on the other colors they were using, to enhance the overall color scheme. So for this piece I outlined the crystals in dark indigo and stitched the moon in pale lavender. I think the color theory holds up!

The moons are stitched with a very small chain stitch, which took FOR.EVER. but I really like how it looks.

I'm mailing this to her tomorrow, and I hope it brings her joy! Every time she saw me working on an embroidery she gave me the best reactions and comments.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Daffodils and Jonquils on: March 31, 2019 10:14:45 AM
Here's my March entry into the Flower of the Month stitchalong. I think the bold background color gives it some extra life!

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