~In the kitchen~

~This week I have been busy in the kitchen making…

Breakfast is my favorite meal. I just love it.  A good and proper breakfast will set you up for a great day.  I am from the school of  in order for me to take care of you, I have to take care of myself.  Do you know what I mean?  This is how I am doing taking care of myself  this week:

I make homemade yogurt –I love this stuff. It is just the best.

Low sugar blueberry freezer jam Yum! Perfect for toast, oatmeal, and your newly made yogurt.  It’s like fruit on the bottom yogurt, but much better!!

Granola, it is the perfect thing to go with your yogurt. I have made it before, but this batch actually came from whole foods.  Super nutty mixed with cinnamon spice.

Breakfast it is so important!

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Then came the Strawberry Jam…..

 

 ~fresh strawberries from the Farmer’s Market.

 I used this recipe   I had 8 quarts of berries, I used 5.  I increased the sugar to 6 or 7 cups of sugar, I can not remember.  I think 8 seemed like too  much.  I also increased the lemon juice to 1/2 cup.  I had a little extra that I just poured into a jelly jar and I am using as a topping to my homemade yogurt.

  

 ~berries washed and hulled, simmering with sugar and fresh lemon juice..

   

 ~ 10 jelly jar’s full of strawberry jam!

  

 ~ yum!!

 

 

I had a little extra that I just poured into a jelly jar and I am using as a topping to my homemade yogurt.

That is a subject all to itself, but let me just say Wow!  I love it.  Very different from all the other yogurts I have had.  This is so different, in ways that I am still trying to put words to.. but it is good.  I used this recipe  and it worked exactly as it should. 

 I find it slightly sour and with the right additions you can balance the sour with a sweet, then mix in a crunch and  it rocks!  I have spent a lot of time reading about the health benefits of real yogurt  here and here  so, I thought I would give it a try.  I am so glad I did an my family loves it.