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Yesterday, I spent the day roadtrippin’ to Peoria, IL with my parents. My dad is retired, and my mom is a teacher – she’s enjoying her last few days of freedom till school starts. I didn’t have time to get breakfast ready, and truthfully, I wasn’t hungry, so i got the only yogurt at the gas station….
- i forgot to eat breakfast – this is the only yogurt the gas station had.
It was “eh”. I definitely won’t be getting it again. I was pretty hungry by that time, and I should have had a granola bar or something, but I’m not gonna lie… the oreos intrigued me.
I did manage to pack milk in a cooler with some coffee, and had an iced coffee around 10:30.
The Peoria riverfront:
I love this town’s riverfront. It’s on the Illinois River (it dumps into the Mississippi just above St. Louis). I spent some time here when I was working on “the barge” (Living Lands and Waters).
They have jumping carp really bad here, and I was hoping to get a pic of them. They’re actually Grass Carp, and when they hear a certain vibration from boat motors (usually when they’re slowing down, I’ve noticed), they go nuts, and will jump into your boat. It can be pretty dangerous. I’ve had a few 25 pounders jump into the boat I was driving, and they flop around and get cut up and bloody. Sorry for the mental pic. Also, I know somebody that got hit in the face by one and had to get a few stitches.
Anyways, Lunch is not pictured. The picture above was taken at Joe’s Crab Shack, so my parents and I split a Steampot with potatoes, sausages, blue and snow crab, and shrimpies. My mom kept saying “We have crabs!” (more on that later… Mom is a former Sex-Ed teacher). The spices were really good – pretty much just a whole bunch of Old Bay Seasoning, but spicier. Dad ate the sausages, potatoes, and shrimp for us. My mom and I had the crabs (hehe).
umm…. just to clear things up, we don’t really have crabs.
We did a little exploring. I really don’t know why we decided to drive the hour and a half here – we didn’t have plans. I knew I would need something to eat on the ride home, so I got a few snackies at GNC. One of them was a muscle brownie:
I only bought this because the logo had two guys with may-juh fros. and the 20g of protein. Also, I didn’t read the back correctly, and I thought it had 190 kcal for the whole thing. I knew it was too good to be true… that was for only 1/2 the brownie. I ate the whole thing, and it was pretty good. pretty natural, and no fake sugars, so I was happy. Plus, lunch was on the dainty side.
It held me over till dinner, which was supposed to be kebabs. Our grill was out of propane, so I ended up cooking them on the stove. It tastes so much better on the grill…
I just marinated everything in some Italian dressing, and added some spices lying around – more garlic (love it!), and I think some dill and probably cracked black pepper. We had a package of rice from the natty food store. I put a hefty amount of cheese on hubby’s chicken. You may be shocked to hear this, but I am not a big cheese eater.
However, I do like me some Greek Yogurt. I stopped buying it because: A) the only place I could get it was WalMart, and B) it was $1.56. I am looking for a job, so I really like to pinch pennies, and I couldn’t justify spending that much for 5 oz. of yogurt…
so I started making my own!
Greek Yogurt Recipe
This is so easy. Seriously, if you have a crockpot, you need to do this. It does take time, so if you’re like most people and have a job, I recommend making this on the weekend.
- Set crockpot on low, and add 1/2 gallon milk. Let it sit for 2.5 hours.
- Unplug crockpot, and let it sit for 3 hours.
- Add 1/2 cup of yogurt with active cultures (do not use ultra-pasturized). I usually take out a couple cups of milk, whisk in the yogurt that’s been sitting at room-temp, and whisk it back into the crockpot.
- Put the lid back on, and cover the entire crockpot with a bath towel (i use 2). Let it sit for 8 hours.
- After 8 hours, you can eat the yogurt as is (although I would let it sit in the fridge for awhile to cool) and set up), or you can make it greek by straining it.
- To strain it, you can see my janky set-up above. I just put a coffee filter in a little strainer above a bowl. I put it in the fridge, and let it strain for about 8 more hours. This makes it REALLY thick. In addition to the strainer above, I also used a colander lined with MANY coffee liners.
finished product (with half of a coconut shortbread cookie on top, strawberries, and a couple pineapple chunks).
I actually made this on Sunday, but I have been eating it like crazy. The above photo was my breakfast this morning. SOOO GOOOD!
I’m off to the garden…It’s going to be a stay inside kind of night – the forecast calls for rain all evening, so I’m going to get some tomatoes to make sauces for the winter.
I’m pretty stoked to have a blog up – I am going to have a weekly giveaway involving a contest. I’ll announce the contest tomorrow! Spread the word!