So Succulent Gardens

  (Columbia Station, Ohio)
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My Scientific Experience - Crock Pot Yogurt

I found this recipe at the Washingtion Post Newspaper...  This was fresh tangy...     Use any type of milk percentage..... No fancy equipment needed.

1/2 gallon pasteurized milk make sure it is not ultra-pasteurized
1/2c active culture plain yogurt as your starter
thick beach towel or blanket

Turn crockpot on low.  Add milk; cover & cook on low for 2-1/2 hours
Unplug crock-pot. Keep lid on, and completely wrap crock-pot in large thick towel or blanket for insulation, let sit for another 3 hours.
 At the end of 3 hours, in a small bowl, whisk 1/2 cup active culture plain yogurt with 2 cup of the milk from the crock-pot and return to crock-pot.
Keeping crockpot unplugged, completely re-wrap in heavy beach towel.
Allow covered for another 8 to 10 hours.
Yogurt will have thickened but will be watery. Now you simply ladle yogurt into a paper coffee filter within a fine wire mesh strainer and allow to drain into a bowl into the bowl for about 30 minutes.   Store in a plastic covered container and will stay fresh for 7 to 10 days.
My breakfast consist of  a squirt of sugar free maple syrup and homemade low fat granola.
I have used honey or stevia to sweeten, fresh fruit, jam and fruit extracts to flavor.  If you want a smoother yogurt give a whorl in the blender.
Always keep keep a a bit yogurt for  your next batch.
If you like a thicker yogurt like greek simple allow to drain longer and for yogurt cheese strain over night in the fridge.

***I just found this post which I thought was important:
Only half of the process is listed here!!! Yogurt is a two step process, and simply heating the mixture is not enough. After the heating process, whichever method you use, you need to chill it covered in the fridge for several hours before consumption. The heat grows a Strep bacteria, the cold converts that into lactobacillus.(aka the good stuff) Also with each successive batch, your culture will be stronger, and it won't need as long to process."and simply heating the mixture is not enough.  



This was so wonderful, I just had to share the recipe, of course you can use one cup of lavender sugar in place of the regular sugar.  Need a recipe for lavender sugar?  Simply place about 1/3 cup culinary lavender flowers in a ball jar and cover with sugar, in   about 2 weeks the sugar will absorb the fragance and tast.  Strain if you do not desire the lavender buds.   Later this week I am planning to try using Splenda in place for part of the sugar.  If you need culinary lavender Click HERE
2 lemons, juiced and zested
2 cups white sugar or lavender sugar (for less sweet use 1 1/12 cups sugar)  
4 cups milk ( I used 1 %)
2 TB  Peach schnapps liqueur or other fruit based liqueur
1. In a medium bowl, stir together lemon juice and zest with sugar until smooth. Stir in milk and liqueur. Pour into a 9x9 inch dish and place in freezer, stirring once when it begins to harden, until firm, 2 hours. Or pour into the freezer canister of an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturers' directions.  My ice cream maker took 45 minutes.....   AND YUM!

If you have any questions, email me at hello-AT-blossomfarm-DOT-com

This is a recipe that was adapted and change to my liking from allrecipes website.


Does your MOM like to MURDER ------------------- PLANTS?

Create a tapestry in a pot with sensational succulents! The plants have a way of capturing the imagination with beautiful flowers, and interesting foliage and textures, making them irresistible additions to the sunny, well-drained garden. Because of their small size, they are also ideal candidates for the urban garden, giving city gardeners the option of growing a wide range of plants in even the most confined of spaces. Perfect for containers where forgetting to water is not a problem. They thrive on neglect, so if mom or sending a special gift for someone that loves plants but tends to forget they need love too, this is a wonderful idea!

Rock gardens are not hard to maintain, which is great for gardeners. In fact, most care simply involves removing weeds on a regular basis. Even this task will diminish as the rock plants establish themselves and fill in any gaps where weeds might grow.

Folklore: Sempervivum and Sedum are considered ‘Old World Treasures’ and are associated with mythology. During early centuries in Scandinavian countries, they were called Thor’s Helper’ and were believed to drive off demons and guard homes if planted on roofs. The Romans called them "Beard of Jupiter" and planted them on roofs to guard against lightning.




Gel Air Fresheners - Great stocking stuffer

This would make great little hostess gift and of course stocking stuffer.  I hate to waste good vodka and have made them with rubbing alcohol and it is less expensive.


  • 1 packet of unflavored Knox Gelatin
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vodka of grain alcohol
  • 1- 2 TBSP. fragrance oil

Food coloring as desired.  Dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water. Allow to cool to room temperature then add the vodka, coloring and scent. Pour into decorative jar (I use 8 ounce canning jar)  with tight fitting lid, and refrigerate till set.   

Later put a piece of eyelet lace (or comparable breathable fabric) on the top and screw down the ring; if giving as a gift, I would put the canning lid on, then the lace and ring.

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