Throw Back Thursday #TBT


I love these pictures of us. I was five and he was about ten. Yes, I started first grade when I was five.  I wanted to go to school and they let me. Hey, it was the Seventies. If a kid wanted to go to school they let them go! Wasn’t Whit’s hair gorgeous? Funny thing is, Luke looks just like him in that picture, and Kell looks just like me.



DIY Yogurt

My family eats a lot of yogurt. Generally, we each eat a cup for breakfast. In the summer I make refrigerator oatmeal which also has yogurt in it. So yeah, lots of yogurt. Lots of money. Being the frugal cook that I am I’ve often thought of making my own, especially since I actually prefer to give my children whole milk as much as possible and whole milk yogurt is almost impossible to find. But I thought I needed a special machine, or some fancy single use equipment. (For the record, I HATE single use appliances.) Nope. I came across this comment over on my online crackhouse, known to most of you as Apartment Therapy, (It might have been The Kitchn, menopause has destroyed my memory)and was immediately intrigued by how easy it sounded. And when you think of it, given how ubiquitous yogurt is in that part of world, it makes sense that they wouldn’t have some fiddly recipe.

Frankly, I learned to make yogurt with a friend from Afghanistan and it was a super-easy, no-monitoring, no-stress way to do it.

I just put whole milk in a heavy pot (I use a LeCreuset dutch oven) until bubbles slightly break on the edge (~just before boiling), let it cool “until the tip of your pinky, when dipped, feels warm to the touch” (quite technical) – stir in some plain yogurt (few scoops/ about 1/2 c) and then I just wrap the whole thing in a huge bath towel and let it sit in the oven (off) for the day or overnight. It’s always worked for me – maybe if I were using raw milk, I’d use a “real” recipe to be sure I wasn’t throwing it down the drain later on!

I made a gallon of yogurt following this recipe. I put in two containers of yogurt since I was making so much. And I was amazed that I actually got yogurt and it was delicious!!! It’s just a bit more runny than store-bought because they put gelatin in it. If you prefer a thicker consistency, like Greek yogurt then you just strain it in cheesecloth, this is also how you make yogurt cheese. I like the runnier consistency for refrigerator oatmeal. Next time I’ll let it sit longer. I was anxious, so I got up at like five in the morning because I was terrified it would go bad. The longer it sits the tangier it gets.

The kids love it because they got to do their own add-ins. Applesauce, granola, honey, maple syrup, preserves, fresh fruit, whatever suits your fancy, for just pennies.

And there you go, nearly a month’s worth of yogurt for about less than $10!! Yay me.

Nightstand Salvation


Before I go to bed each night, I put a big bottle of water on my nightstand. I drink it during the night, and finish it off first thing in the morning so I get a good start on meeting my water goal for the day. (Full disclosure, that picture is NOT my nightstand, it’s Whit’s. His nightstand has four things on it, mine looks like a goat exploded). Anyway, I also like a cup of chamomile tea before bed. So I have a minimum of two beverages on a wooden nightstand. And yes, I’ve ruined many over the years. You see that lovely glass round under that glass?That’s a glass cutting board, repurposed as an extra-large coaster. Get this, I found them at the dollar store. They’re only about 8” across so they’re much too small for a cutting board, anyway, but they make an excellent coaster. Reasonably attractive and they have little rubber feet so if any water gets underneath it’ll dry without ruining your furniture. I bought like five of them, never know when they’ll come in handy. I’ll keep one under the carafe I keep on the dining room table and vases too so when I refill I don’t have to worry about water rings. Yay me!

What Fresh Hell is This?


I severely curtail my kid’s television watching. They can watch on the weekend’s only and even then I carefully monitor their shows. Cartoon Network has always been off-limits. I don’t like the smart-alecky kids, the sarcasm and I hate all the darned commercials. Okay, so somehow Luke got Uncle Grandpa by me this weekend when I wasn’t paying attention and then I saw this character; Mr. Gus. At first I thought I was tripping that dude looks like a caricature in black green face. Then I heard him speak. Dude sounds like he just graduated from Amos and Andy University. He makes Jar Jar Binks look like Marcus Garvey. So yes, I had to show my son this crap so he could understand why it’s unacceptable.

What I don’t understand is why? In 2015 why is it that a Cartoon Network would green light such a character and furthermore why would anyone think it was funny? Why are people’s imaginations so limited that the best they can come up with is some shit from Birth of a Nation and Gone With the Wind. White folk complain all the time that black people bring up race all the time. You know what, you have NO IDEA how tired I am of having this conversation. I’m particularly tired of having this conversation with my kid. Having to filter and analyze everything you watch and read with a critical eye is absolutely exhausting. Problem is, I can’t stop bringing it up, because you won’t. I’ll be damned if you’ll destroy my child with the monstrous crime against humanity that is white supremacy.



I’m a scratch cook. For the most part, if a member of my family is eating it, it was cooked by me. Except breakfast, which is my husband’s wheelhouse, and let me tell you, that man can throw down on breakfast food. They don’t call it Whit’s B&B for nothing. I love to collect recipes and try new things. I have a basic repertoire that leans heavily on southern and Italian food with a bit of Mexican and Asian thrown in, but I like to mix it up. That’s where the app, Paprika comes in. Yeah, it’s a $20 app, and yes, it took me TWO YEARS to overcome my aversion to expensive apps. But it is so worth it. I love that I can find a recipe online, open it up in the Paprika browser and save it. No muss. No fuss. I have a ton of cookbooks I don’t even use anymore because I rely so heavily on Paprika. Yes, this $20 app is worth the price.

Been Organizing Again


This is my entry for the January Cure over at Apartment Therapy. Remember last year I did my linen closet. There are no medicine cabinets in either bathroom in my house. The guest bath does have drawers and such, but with a little one about, I don’t like to leave medicine where he can reach it. We use the closet at the end of the hall as a combination medicine cabinet and a place for me to keep my sewing and aromatherapy supplies. It’s been a mish-mash for years, but today with some help from Dollar Store bins I finally got that bad boy organized. What do you think?

Remember my linen closet from a couple years ago? Believe or not, they haven’t destroyed it and it still looks nice.


Living Room



I’ve re-arranged my living room, and now need a new coffee table. I don’t have a sofa in there. I have two recliners facing a chair and a half. We don’t use the living room as a living room. We rather optimistically refer to it as “the library.” (I always say that with a Martha Stewart plummy accent.)  I have my desk in there and it’s where I work. Luke does his homework and we play board games or just sit and talk or read in there too. So which coffee table do you think? The first one is a MCM reproduction and the second is a MCM original. I’m inclined more toward the second because it’s teak and really nice. I think it’s bigger too. The price for either is about the same about $200. Sorry for the crappy picture, but the coffee table would go more or less where the ottoman is now. I’m moving the ottoman to the den. It’s just too heavy when I’ve already got two recliners and a chair and a half.