Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Homemade Yogurt Success!

I've always been a yogurt lover and eat it nearly every day. A few weeks ago, my mom gave me an electric yogurt maker which I finally tried, successfully. Since a few of you were asking about the process, I (of course) took some photos along the way to blog about it.

Step 1 was to gather the ingredients. I bought a quart of Rhody Fresh whole milk, and for a starter yogurt, for the live cultures, I picked up some Narragansett Creamery yogurt at the Farmers Market. (A delicious yogurt itself.)
The yogurt maker makes it pretty foolproof. First you heat up the milk until it gives off some steam and starts to bubble around the edges, then you let it cool until the handy temperature hits the point that says "add starter."
When it hits that point, you mix some of the hot milk with 1-2 spoonfuls of your starter yogurt, then add that to the milk and stir it all together. Then you simply fill the cups, and put the lid on the yogurt maker and set the timer. It recommended 10 hours for the first batch, which I did.
After the correct amount of time, you pop them into the fridge for at least 3-4 hours. The first batch was a little thinner than I prefer, so I think the next batch I'll adjust my time to make it a little thicker. Still, the flavor was delicious, I'm sure mostly because the ingredients I started with were so delicious. (As a milk drinker, I can attest to Rhody Fresh being the most delicious milk available in my local stores. It's so full of flavor!)
I love to mix up my yogurt with some of my favorite homemade granola that my good friend Kara makes. (I blogged about our barter before. I send her books or stationery, and she sends me granola! If only I could send her yogurt through the mail.)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Monthly Post

Just did my monthly post on journal keeping on the Bookbinding Team blog. This one is about a favorite wee tool of mine. Go read about it here!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Swish in Warren, RI

This summer my books and cards started selling at Swish, a new store in Warren, Rhode Island. Swish is owned by Thea Katon of the Oh So Cute Coaster Co. This week I delivered a supply of cards and books and got to see the store and take some photos. Swish is located close to the water, and is full of handmade goodness, the majority of which is from local artists. Check it out in person and read the Swish blog to keep up on new artists and info.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Providence Open Market: The Recap

Saturday was a fun day at the Providence Open Market. The weather was absolutely perfect, and there was a bustle in the air. The overlap with the Farmers Market was a good thing for those of us selling non-edible handmade goodness. It was great to see friends both selling and buying.
Suzanne from Tanner Glass was next to me. Nice to see her there selling after a rough spring and summer. First, studio destroyed in the flood (remember?) and then broken foot all summer!
Lunch, as predicted, came from the incredible Hewtin's Dogs Mobile, the truck of porky goodness from Chez Pascal. These sandwiches are incredible and have become a highlight of the my day when I'm selling there. (It's so bad that I actually prefer to be located in the part of the park nearest them, so I can see when they're open!)
See you all there again next weekend! Two more outdoor shows for me, then I can get those tent weights out of the trunk of my car! I can't wait!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Vote Tomorrow!

I read in the Projo that an average of 10% of Rhode Islanders vote in the primaries. I'll confess, I've lived here almost 12 years, and the first primary I voted in was Barack and Hilary. Still, 10% is really low! Why is it extra important this year? Because for Providence, whoever wins the Democrat nomination for mayor, will pretty much be our next mayor. I'd guess the same is true for whoever replaces Patrick Kennedy. (Not my district, but all you East Siders, get to work!) As a woman, an election day does not go by that I don't remember all those women who fought hard for my right to vote (in corsets!). 90 years ago, their hard work paid off and I owe it to them. So go out and vote tomorrow!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Providence Open Market: Fall Edition

Come on down to the Providence Open Market tomorrow as the fall season kicks off. I'll be there selling my handmade goodness from 10am - 4pm. The Farmers Market is in full swing until 1:30, so you can do both! For more information or directions, check out their Web site. Hopefully I'll see you there! (Come early if it's a Providence journal you're looking for, those go fast!)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Book Swap: Recycled Theme

A couple of times a year, the Bookbinding Etsy Street Team has book swaps, where we mix up names and mail each other books. This proves to be a lot of fun, and since most of us are book addicts, it's a guilt free way to add to our collections. This recent book swap we decided to go with a recycled theme, and design our book around that.
When I noticed that I'd be mailing this book to Brooklyn, I decided to use a map I had from 1950. I love this map because it has a message on it that reads "Paper is precious, Please do not throw this map away." (I blogged about it here.) I thought that message fit well with our recycled theme. I also was determined not to buy any supplies for this, or use any "new" supplies. I have piles of board and paper cut down from other projects and gave myself the limitation of only using supplies from those resources. The end result was a book that is an interesting 3" x 5.5" and oriented horizontally. It's a fun size actually. Small enough to fit into a purse or pocket, yet big enough to serve as a journal. I aimed to include Brooklyn on the front of the journal, since that's where I was mailing it.

I hope she likes it! I'll share whatever book I receive as soon as I do.