16 January 2009
Just a couple of things I've learned lately.
1) If a permanent marker is used on a white board, it can be removed! I tried a couple of different techniques and they both worked great to get the littles' French vocabulary cleaned off and neither ruined the board's finish.
a) Take a dry erase marker and trace over the offending mark. The alcohol in the marker dissolves the Sharpie.
b) For larger messes, wash the board with alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Works like a dream.
2) Yogurt can be made in a crockpot. I have a yogurt maker and love it, but it makes 7 6-oz jars - not enough for us and a bit hard to fit all those little jars into the fridge.
The recipe calls for low-fat milk, but I've discovered that half-n-half makes a great yogurt. (Yogurt made with cream is called crème bulgare and is my favorite. Half cream, half milk (or bought half-n-half) is just as thick, but less expensive.) I made more than a half gallon earlier this week and we've been enjoying it immensely. This recipe is easier than using my yogurt maker as it takes less of my time, even though the recipe takes longer overall.
Non-instant dried milk can also be added for a thicker consistency (I'm not sure how much you'd need for this recipe - play with it). I make it plain and we add flavorings to our bowls. I like mine with a small sprinkling of brown sugar, but fruit or granola is also delicious.
For those of you who are local, I purchase my cultures from Sprouts. Or you can use a container of plain yogurt bought from the grocery store, as long as it contains live or active cultures.
Here's the recipe.