Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. This whole Sandy Hook tragedy has been weighing so heavily on my mind and heart. There is so much I could say about it all. For two days I sat in front of my computer, reading story after story, watching video clips, staring at photos of each beautiful child who fell victim to a purely evil plot that day.

I sat crying, sobbing, heartbroken for these parents, imagining if that had been my child. I can’t even fathom what they are experiencing right now. I am outraged that the deaths of these poor babies has been turned into a political feeding frenzy. Out of respect for these families, I will refrain from ranting. May these precious children rest in peace, and may their families be able to find the will to go on.

It seems out of place for me to proceed with posting my everyday stuff, but even in the face of tragedy we must gather the strength to continue with our lives, and praise the Father above for every day we have with our own family.

With this in the back of my mind…

starter cultures

I was really excited to get my first ever starter cultures in the mail today.  I’ve been wanting to learn to make my own cultured dairy products for some time now, so I determined to get the starters ordered and make this goal a reality for 2013.

I have no experience whatsoever using starter cultures. I don’t really know what to expect. So this is a completely new adventure for me. I went all out and ordered:

  • Rennet to make hard cheeses
  • Buttermilk Starter
  • Sourdough Starter
  • Kefir Grains
  • and Greek Yogurt Starter

Every one of them is an heirloom variety which can be used to make more batches indefinitely, so it was definitely a worthy investment! I’m thrilled to have these added to my pantry, and can’t wait to start making my own homemade dairy products at home.

Have you ever made anything using starter cultures? Any tips you wanna pass on to this newbie before I get my feet wet?!