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how to make butter

How To Make Butter
Written by Kristen
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If you haven’t already, you should learn how to make butter. It’s so simple that I believe everyone needs to do it at least once.

To experience the best of what homemade butter can be, I only bother making it if I’ve got some extra raw cream from grass-fed cows on hand. Otherwise, I buy Kerrygold Irish Butter or Organic Valley’s Pasture Butter. Both are rich, yellow butters from grass-fed cows. They’re just not raw. (For online sources of butter from grass-fed cows, check out the listings on Resources Page.)

I also like to experiment with my butter. You can make butter from sour or sweet cream, with or without salt, and with or without various herbs and spices. However you do it, the same general method is used.


How To Make Butter: The Players

Any amount of cream
sea salt (optional)
How To Make Butter: The How-To

Begin by pouring your cream into a blender or food processor. Here I’m using slightly soured raw cream. It’s too far gone to be happy in coffee, but it’s not quite solid enough to be served up as sour cream.

Blend your cream, and be sure to have someone do the all-important job of keeping the lid on. (My four year old was eager to volunteer.)

After five or more minutes, the butter will start to separate into butter and buttermilk. When you notice that happening, stop the blender and let the cream sit for a minute or two as the butter rises to the top.

Pour the buttermilk into another container, using a spoon to press as much buttermilk out of the butter as possible.

You could call your butter done at this point, but if you want it to last for more than a few days you need to wash the butter. Pour ice cold water into the blender and blend for another thirty seconds.

After you’ve washed the butter, pour off the water. Use a spoon or a spatula to squeeze out the last dregs of the buttermilk. What’s left is butter. I mix in sea salt with a spoon.

Now it’s ready to spread on a delicious slice of sourdough bread made with sprouted grains, or melt over steamed vegetables

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breelandwalker:

khalheyokha:

fuckingrecipes:

DO YOU HAVE COMPANY COMING OVER, BUT YOUR HOUSE SMELLS LIKE SMOKE OR YOUR MOLD EXPERIMENTS OR CAT PISS OR SOME BULLSHIT LIKE THAT?
WELL SLAP MY ASS AND CALL ME BRILLIANT, BECAUSE THIS SHIT ISN’T EDIBLE, BUT IT’LL MAKE YOUR HOUSE SMELL LIKE A GODDAMN CHURCH CHOIR SINGING HALLE-FUCKING-LUJAH IN YOUR NASAL PASSAGE! (YOU SHOULD GET RID OF WHATEVER’S STINKING UP YOUR HOUSE IN THE FIRST PLACE AS WELL, MORON)RUN YOUR CLASSY ASS OVER TO THE STORE AND MAKE SURE YOU’RE PREPARED FOR THE MIND-FUCK OF THIS SHIT. YOU’LL WANT  1 ORANGE, A SMALL BAG OF CRANBERRIES, 3 CINNAMON STICKS, GROUND CLOVES, NUTMEG, 2 LEMONS, ROSEMARY AND VANILLA. THERE ARE TWO VERSIONS OF THIS THAT YOU CAN COOK, BECAUSE CLASSY-ASS MOTHERFUCKERS NEED VARIETIES IN THEIR LIFE!THE FIRST IS ‘CHRISTMAS’ AND THE SECOND DOESN’T HAVE A DAMN NAME, BUT IT’S FUCKING WONDERFUL. 
ONLY HAVE ONE POT OF THIS SHIT GOING, IT’S CRAZY POWERFUL. 
“CHRISTMAS”CHOP UP THE ORANGE, SKIN AND ALL, BECAUSE YOU DON’T JOKE AROUND WITH THIS SORT OF SHIT. USE YOUR WARRIOR STRENGTH TO BREAK THE CINNAMON STICKS IN HALF, LIKE YOUR CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OF SNAPPING THE FEMURS OF DRAGONS BEFORE YOU SUCKED THE MARROW OUT. THROW THE ORANGE AND CINNAMON STICK PIECES INTO THE POT, OR IF YOU’RE NOT CONFIDENT WITH YOUR AIM, YOU CAN SET THEM GENTLY INSIDE. SHOVE A SMALL SPOONFUL OF NUTMEG AND A SMALL SPOONFUL OF CLOVES INTO THE POT.THEN FILL THAT FUCKER UP WITH WATER UNTIL THERE’S ONLY AN INCH OF LEEWAY BETWEEN THE WATER AND EDGE, BECAUSE YOU’RE A DAREDEVIL MOTHERFUCKER. 
NOW SET YOUR STOVE TO A LOW-MEDIUM SETTING, AND LEAVE IT SITTING THERE TO MARINATE IN IT’S OWN QUIET ACCEPTANCE OF DEATH. DON’T COVER THIS FUCKER, BECAUSE THE SMELL OF IT IS GOING TO INVADE YOUR ENTIRE GODDAMN HOUSE. THAT WHICH WILL NOT BE NAMEDTHE OTHER VERSION OF BOILING POTPOURRI  ONLY HAS LEMONS, ROSEMARY SPRIGS AND VANILLA. 
RIP THE LEMON INTO CHUNKS WHILE SOLVING THREE UNSOLVED MYSTERIES IN YOUR HEAD AND YELLING AT YOUR FLATMATE TO LEAVE YOUR OTHER EXPERIMENTS ALONE, THEN BE A CHAMPION BY NOT USING A MEASURING TOOL WHEN SPLASHING 1 TABLESPOON OF VANILLA INTO THE POT.
 TOSS IN THE ROSEMARY SPRIGS AFTER YOU’VE STARED THEM INTO SUBMISSION. FILL THAT SUCKER WITH WATER AND PUT IT ON THE HEAT.  
YOU LEAVE IT ON FOR 2 HOURS AT THE START OF THE DAY, THEN TURN IT ON AGAIN AN HOUR BEFORE GUESTS GET TO YOUR HOME AND LEAVE IT ON ALL EVENING. TAKE A WHIFF UP CLOSE EVERY FEW HOURS, BECAUSE THE FRUIT WILL START TO SMELL WEIRD AT THE END OF THE DAY AND THAT’S WHEN YOU TURN IT OFF.
 
WHEN YOUR GUESTS ARRIVE THEY’LL HAVE TO STEP BACK AND EXCLAIM “HOLY MOTHERFUCKING TITS, THIS IS ONE CLASSY HOME”

My Unci does this!

I freaking love fuckingrecipes. It’s like the Yelling Bird from Questionable Content started a cooking blog. XD
Also, this sounds amazing and I’ll definitely try it!

breelandwalker:

khalheyokha:

fuckingrecipes:

DO YOU HAVE COMPANY COMING OVER, BUT YOUR HOUSE SMELLS LIKE SMOKE OR YOUR MOLD EXPERIMENTS OR CAT PISS OR SOME BULLSHIT LIKE THAT?


WELL SLAP MY ASS AND CALL ME BRILLIANT, BECAUSE THIS SHIT ISN’T EDIBLE, BUT IT’LL MAKE YOUR HOUSE SMELL LIKE A GODDAMN CHURCH CHOIR SINGING HALLE-FUCKING-LUJAH IN YOUR NASAL PASSAGE! (YOU SHOULD GET RID OF WHATEVER’S STINKING UP YOUR HOUSE IN THE FIRST PLACE AS WELL, MORON)

RUN YOUR CLASSY ASS OVER TO THE STORE AND MAKE SURE YOU’RE PREPARED FOR THE MIND-FUCK OF THIS SHIT. YOU’LL WANT  1 ORANGE, A SMALL BAG OF CRANBERRIES, 3 CINNAMON STICKS, GROUND CLOVES, NUTMEG, 2 LEMONS, ROSEMARY AND VANILLA.

THERE ARE TWO VERSIONS OF THIS THAT YOU CAN COOK, BECAUSE CLASSY-ASS MOTHERFUCKERS NEED VARIETIES IN THEIR LIFE!
THE FIRST IS ‘CHRISTMAS’ AND THE SECOND DOESN’T HAVE A DAMN NAME, BUT IT’S FUCKING WONDERFUL.


ONLY HAVE ONE POT OF THIS SHIT GOING, IT’S CRAZY POWERFUL.


“CHRISTMAS”
CHOP UP THE ORANGE, SKIN AND ALL, BECAUSE YOU DON’T JOKE AROUND WITH THIS SORT OF SHIT.
USE YOUR WARRIOR STRENGTH TO BREAK THE CINNAMON STICKS IN HALF, LIKE YOUR CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OF SNAPPING THE FEMURS OF DRAGONS BEFORE YOU SUCKED THE MARROW OUT. image
THROW THE ORANGE AND CINNAMON STICK PIECES INTO THE POT, OR IF YOU’RE NOT CONFIDENT WITH YOUR AIM, YOU CAN SET THEM GENTLY INSIDE. SHOVE A SMALL SPOONFUL OF NUTMEG AND A SMALL SPOONFUL OF CLOVES INTO THE POT.

THEN FILL THAT FUCKER UP WITH WATER UNTIL THERE’S ONLY AN INCH OF LEEWAY BETWEEN THE WATER AND EDGE, BECAUSE YOU’RE A DAREDEVIL MOTHERFUCKER. image

NOW SET YOUR STOVE TO A LOW-MEDIUM SETTING, AND LEAVE IT SITTING THERE TO MARINATE IN IT’S OWN QUIET ACCEPTANCE OF DEATH. DON’T COVER THIS FUCKER, BECAUSE THE SMELL OF IT IS GOING TO INVADE YOUR ENTIRE GODDAMN HOUSE.

THAT WHICH WILL NOT BE NAMED

THE OTHER VERSION OF BOILING POTPOURRI  ONLY HAS LEMONS, ROSEMARY SPRIGS AND VANILLA.


RIP THE LEMON INTO CHUNKS WHILE SOLVING THREE UNSOLVED MYSTERIES IN YOUR HEAD AND YELLING AT YOUR FLATMATE TO LEAVE YOUR OTHER EXPERIMENTS ALONE, THEN BE A CHAMPION BY NOT USING A MEASURING TOOL WHEN SPLASHING 1 TABLESPOON OF VANILLA INTO THE POT.

TOSS IN THE ROSEMARY SPRIGS AFTER YOU’VE STARED THEM INTO SUBMISSION.
image
FILL THAT SUCKER WITH WATER AND PUT IT ON THE HEAT.  


YOU LEAVE IT ON FOR 2 HOURS AT THE START OF THE DAY, THEN TURN IT ON AGAIN AN HOUR BEFORE GUESTS GET TO YOUR HOME AND LEAVE IT ON ALL EVENING.
TAKE A WHIFF UP CLOSE EVERY FEW HOURS, BECAUSE THE FRUIT WILL START TO SMELL WEIRD AT THE END OF THE DAY AND THAT’S WHEN YOU TURN IT OFF.

 

WHEN YOUR GUESTS ARRIVE THEY’LL HAVE TO STEP BACK AND EXCLAIM “HOLY MOTHERFUCKING TITS, THIS IS ONE CLASSY HOME”

My Unci does this!

I freaking love fuckingrecipes. It’s like the Yelling Bird from Questionable Content started a cooking blog. XD

Also, this sounds amazing and I’ll definitely try it!

(via theunfuckening)

curtis-ballard:

Your body is made of the same elements that lionesses are built from. Three quarters of you is the same kind of water that beats rocks to rubble, wears stones away. Your DNA translates into the same twenty amino acids that wolf genes code for. When you look in the mirror and feel weak, remember, the air you breathe in fuels forest fires capable of destroying everything they touch. On the days you feel ugly, remember: diamonds are only carbon. You are so much more.

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BREAKFAST:apple stuffed french toast baby step buns banana pancakesbreakfast breaddairy and gluten free pancakesdouble whole grain pancakeseggie veggie bakeegg white crepesegg white veggie omeletenglish muffinsfluffy canadian pancakesginger bread oatmealgluten free banana bread pancakesgluten free coconut pancakesgranolaoatmeal pancakespancakesturkey breakfast sausagevegan and gluten free peach crispvegan banana oatmeal wafflesvegan crepeswhole grain pancakesLUNCH:asian chicken saladbaked zucchini friesbbq tuna frittersbread biscuitscrispy eggplant with spicy tomato saucefajitasgrilled fish tacoshawaian chicken kabobsquinoa tortillaskinny tuna meltsoft pretzelssushisweet potato chipstaco saladtuna saladvegan falafelvegetarian sandwichesvegetarian sloppy joeswhole wheat and honey pizza crustDINNER:baked basil zucchinibaked macaroni and cheesebaked salmonbaked squashbaked turkey burgersbbq lime and mango turkeybbq rosemary sweet potatoblack bean veggie burgerschicken, avocado saladchicken nuggetscitrus grilled chickendinner rollsgarlic and lime shrimpgarlic and parmesan turkey meatballsgarlic and rosemary chickengnocchimoroccan apricot chicken tendersmushroom pizza with caramalised onionsoven fried eggplantpecan crusted dover solepineapple pork kebobspork fried riceroasted rosemary root vegetablesseasoned potato wedgesslow cooker meatloafslow cooker pineapple chicken verdeslow cooker pulled pork sandwichesslow cooker rosemary chickenslow cooker two bean chickensticky ricethai spiced bbq shrimptuna stuffed zucchinivegan lasagnaveggie lasagnazucchini sticksDESERT: banana almond and chocolate ice creambanana berry soft servebanana split cheesecake bitesblueberry-pomegranate ice lollieschocolate hazelnut ice creamchocolate moussecreamy baked pearsfruity popsiclesgrilled peaches with gingersnapshealthy brownieno bake peanut butter nuggetsnutella fudge popspecan piepeanut butter and chocolate ice creampeppermint meringuesraw carrot cakeraw tropical ice creamroasted maple papayasweet potato pievanilla ice creamvegan and gluten free, peanut butter, caramel cheesecakewatermelon tartSNACKS:88 healthy snacks under 100kcalalmond joys apple cupcakesapples peanut butter slicesbanana bitescaramel chewscaramel popcornchocolate barchocolate chip ballschocolate chip cookiescinnamon fruit kebobseggplant chipsfrozen banana bitesfrozen fruit popsfrozen yogurt blackberriesfrozen yogurt strawberriesfruity fun skewerskettle cornmeringue cookiesno bake healthy protein barspeanut butter cupspizza roll upsroasted chick peasskinny coconut cupcakesstrawberry and mango fruit roll up
DRINKS:berry watermelon smoothieblueberry banana smoothieblueberry coconut water frosty chocolate cranberry smoothie chocolate milkshakecitrus frosty coco-berry smoothiecoconut hot chocolatecranberry and banana smoothiefresh orange juice smoothiegrapefruit pink smoothie green lemon and pineapple smoothiegreen tea mango smoothiehealthy vegan breakfast smoothiemocha coconut frappuccinomocha madness recovery shakepeanut butter, banana green smoothiepurpose smoothies strawberry, blueberry smoothiestrawberry lemonade frostystrawberry shortcake smoothie sweet pomegranate smoothie sweet potato hot cocoatasty fruit smoothievegan almond butter banana shakevegan cashew ripple strawberry shakevegan chamomile banana shakevegan chocolate raspberry smoothievegan chocolate s’mores shakevegan chocolate, strawberry, banana shakevegan double chocolate chip shakevegan peaches and cream smoothie vegan peachy hemp protein smoothievegan secret ingredient matcha shakevegan secret ingredient vanilla shakevegan wild blueberry shake virgin peachy lychee daiquiriwatermelon frostywhipped strawberry lemonadeCONDIMENTS: bbq saucechocolate peanut butterfig jam with lavender, thyme and walnutshummuspeanut butter fruit dipspinach dipBASICS: almond flourbreadbread crumbscondensed milk housewarming breadpizza doughGREAT HEALTHY FOOD BLOGS: displayed by calorieseverythingdesserts

making-it-out-alive:

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BREAKFAST:
apple stuffed french toast 
baby step buns 
banana pancakes
breakfast bread
dairy and gluten free pancakes
double whole grain pancakes
eggie veggie bake
egg white crepes
egg white veggie omelet
english muffins
fluffy canadian pancakes
ginger bread oatmeal
gluten free banana bread pancakes
gluten free coconut pancakes
granola
oatmeal pancakes
pancakes
turkey breakfast sausage
vegan and gluten free peach crisp
vegan banana oatmeal waffles
vegan crepes
whole grain pancakes

LUNCH:
asian chicken salad
baked zucchini fries
bbq tuna fritters
bread biscuits
crispy eggplant with spicy tomato sauce
fajitas
grilled fish tacos
hawaian chicken kabobs
quinoa tortilla
skinny tuna melt
soft pretzels
sushi
sweet potato chips
taco salad
tuna salad
vegan falafel
vegetarian sandwiches
vegetarian sloppy joes
whole wheat and honey pizza crust

DINNER:
baked basil zucchini
baked macaroni and cheese
baked salmon
baked squash
baked turkey burgers
bbq lime and mango turkey
bbq rosemary sweet potato
black bean veggie burgers
chicken, avocado salad
chicken nuggets
citrus grilled chicken
dinner rolls
garlic and lime shrimp
garlic and parmesan turkey meatballs
garlic and rosemary chicken
gnocchi
moroccan apricot chicken tenders
mushroom pizza with caramalised onions
oven fried eggplant
pecan crusted dover sole
pineapple pork kebobs
pork fried rice
roasted rosemary root vegetables
seasoned potato wedges
slow cooker meatloaf
slow cooker pineapple chicken verde
slow cooker pulled pork sandwiches
slow cooker rosemary chicken
slow cooker two bean chicken
sticky rice
thai spiced bbq shrimp
tuna stuffed zucchini
vegan lasagna
veggie lasagna
zucchini sticks


DESERT: 
banana almond and chocolate ice cream
banana berry soft serve
banana split cheesecake bites
blueberry-pomegranate ice lollies
chocolate hazelnut ice cream
chocolate mousse
creamy baked pears
fruity popsicles
grilled peaches with gingersnaps
healthy brownie
no bake peanut butter nuggets
nutella fudge pops
pecan pie
peanut butter and chocolate ice cream
peppermint meringues
raw carrot cake
raw tropical ice cream
roasted maple papaya
sweet potato pie
vanilla ice cream
vegan and gluten free, peanut butter, caramel cheesecake
watermelon tart

SNACKS:
88 healthy snacks under 100kcal
almond joys 
apple cupcakes
apples peanut butter slices
banana bites
caramel chews
caramel popcorn
chocolate bar
chocolate chip balls
chocolate chip cookies
cinnamon fruit kebobs
eggplant chips
frozen banana bites
frozen fruit pops
frozen yogurt blackberries
frozen yogurt strawberries
fruity fun skewers
kettle corn
meringue cookies
no bake healthy protein bars
peanut butter cups
pizza roll ups
roasted chick peas
skinny coconut cupcakes
strawberry and mango fruit roll up


DRINKS:
berry watermelon smoothie
blueberry banana smoothie
blueberry coconut water frosty 
chocolate cranberry smoothie 
chocolate milkshake
citrus frosty 
coco-berry smoothie
coconut hot chocolate
cranberry and banana smoothie
fresh orange juice smoothie
grapefruit pink smoothie 
green lemon and pineapple smoothie
green tea mango smoothie
healthy vegan breakfast smoothie
mocha coconut frappuccino
mocha madness recovery shake
peanut butter, banana green smoothie
purpose smoothies 
strawberry, blueberry smoothie
strawberry lemonade frosty
strawberry shortcake smoothie 
sweet pomegranate smoothie 
sweet potato hot cocoa
tasty fruit smoothie
vegan almond butter banana shake
vegan cashew ripple strawberry shake
vegan chamomile banana shake

vegan chocolate raspberry smoothie
vegan chocolate s’mores shake
vegan chocolate, strawberry, banana shake
vegan double chocolate chip shake
vegan peaches and cream smoothie 
vegan peachy hemp protein smoothie
vegan secret ingredient matcha shake
vegan secret ingredient vanilla shake
vegan wild blueberry shake 
virgin peachy lychee daiquiri
watermelon frosty
whipped strawberry lemonade

CONDIMENTS: 
bbq sauce
chocolate peanut butter
fig jam with lavender, thyme and walnuts
hummus
peanut butter fruit dip
spinach dip


BASICS: 
almond flour
bread
bread crumbs
condensed milk 
housewarming bread
pizza dough


GREAT HEALTHY FOOD BLOGS: 
displayed by calories
everything
desserts

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bitch-jerk-assbutt-teamfreewill:

yourladyfriend:

"dirty bikers" are my favorite people

JK Rowling got the idea for Hagrid after talking to a “dirty biker” in a pub, where he spent the better part of an hour talking enthusiastically about how well his garden was blooming.


Love

bitch-jerk-assbutt-teamfreewill:

yourladyfriend:

"dirty bikers" are my favorite people

JK Rowling got the idea for Hagrid after talking to a “dirty biker” in a pub, where he spent the better part of an hour talking enthusiastically about how well his garden was blooming.

Love

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dr3amingofdisn3y:

disneyhottie101:

all-thingsdisney:

krystalsfartblog:

Jack Skellington and his whacky company go on their biggest adventure yet when he and his friends hit the dancefloor.

I CAN’T EVEN CHOOSE THE CUTEST

THEY’RE ALL TRANSPARENT!!! 

SO CUTE. Lock, Shock, and Barrel is my favorite one.

I’m totally thinking about turning these into stuffies what do you guys think?

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yarn-over:

doilitif:

yarn-over:

i didnt know this pattern!why omgf this is so beatiful and small and the shape i love<333 
free pattern & credit goes here<
EDIT: OH NO :C ITS NOT ENGLISH AND THERE IS NO CHART…M YEAHR T IS BROKEN THIS WAS SO PRETTY 

Okay, so this is a VERY ROUGH translation of the pattern:

Note on Swedish terms: 
3 dc tillsi = wrap yarn over hook once, drag up yarn, yarn over and draw through 2 loops, leave 2 loops on hook, yarn over and pull up one more loop, draw yarn through 2 loops, yarn over and draw through remaining 2 loops.
lmb= loop (chain loop) 
START: 6 ch, join into a ring with 1 sl.
 R1: *2 dc in ring-1st dc on round work as ch 3, ch 1, repeat* 7 more times, end with 1 sl st in 3rd ch beginning.
 R2: *1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, ch 3, repeat from*
 R3: *2 dc in the 1dc of the 2 dc, 1 dc, ch 5, repeat from *
 R4: *3 dc, ch 3, 1 dc in the middle of the 5 ch, ch 3, repeat from *
 R5: *1 dc in the 1st of the next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc, 1 dc, ch 4, 1 dc in dc, ch 4, repeat from *
 R6:  *4 dc, ch 3, 1 tr + 3 ch + 1 dc in dc, ch 3, repeat from *
 R7: *1 sc in the 1 sc of the 4 dc, 2 dc in next dc, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc until (save the last pull through the first 2 pieces and move through them, with the last stroke on the 3rd dc) in next dc, ch 3, 1 dc in the middle of the 3 ch, ch 3, 3 dc until next dc, ch 2, repeat from *
 R8: *2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, 2 dc, ch 4, skip 2 ch + 3 tr tog + 3 ch, 1 tr + 3 ch + 1 dc in dc, ch 4, repeat from *
 R9: * 2 dc in 1st dc, 4 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, 3 dc tillsi next dc, ch 3, 1 dc in the middle of the 3 ch, ch 3, 3 dc tillsi next dc, ch 2, repeat from *
 R10: * 2 dc in 1st dc, 6 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 4, 1 tr + 3 ch + 1 dc in next dc, ch 4, repeat from *
R11: * 5 dc, ch 2, 1 dc in each of next 5 dc, ch 2, 3 dc tillsi next dc, ch 3, 1 dc in the middle of the 3 ch, ch 3, 3 pieces until the next dc, ch 2, repeat from *
 R12: * 2 dc in 1st dc, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in next lmb, ch 2, skip 2 dc, 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 4, 1 tr + 3 ch + 1 pc in next dc, ch 4, repeat from *
 R13: * 2 dc in 1st dc, 1 dc, (ch 2, 3 dc in next lmb) 2 times, ch 2, skip 2 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, 3 dc until next dc, ch 3, 1 dc in the middle of the 3 ch, ch 3, 3 tr tog in next dc, ch 2, repeat from *
 R14: * 2 in 1st st, 1 dc, (ch 2, 3 dc in next lmb) 3 times, ch 2, skip 1 st, 1 st, 2 dc in next dc, ch 3, 3 dc Until + 3 ch + 3 tr tog in next dc, ch 3, repeat from *
 R15: *2 in 1st dc, 1 dc, (ch 2, 3 dc in next lmb) 2 times, ch 10, (3 dc in next lmb, ch 2) 2 times, skip 1 st, 1 st, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, 1 sc + 3 ch + 1 dc in the ch 3 in pieces until the pair, ch 2, repeat from *
 R16: * 2 in 1st dc, 1 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in next lmb, ch 3, skip 3 tr + 2 ch + 1 dc, 2 dc, 12 dc of the ch 10, 2 , 3 ch, skip 1 lmb, 3 dc in next lmb, ch 2, skip 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 3, repeat from *
 R17: * 2 dc in 1st dc, 1 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in next lmb, ch 3, skip 3 tr + 3 ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, (ch 1, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc) 7 times, ch 3, skip 1 lmb, 3 dc in next lmb, ch 2, skip 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc in next dc, repeat from *
 R18: turn work over, sl st to the middle of the last 3 dc on previous row, turn work right side up, * 4 pieces tog, ch 2, 3 dc in next lmb, ch 3, skip 3 dc + ch 3, 2 dc, (ch 2, 2 dc) 7 times, ch 3, skip 1 lmb, 3 dc in next lmb, ch 2, skip 1 dc, repeat from *
 R19: sl st to 1st lmb, * 3 pieces until about lmb, ch 4, 1 dc in the 1st of the 4 ch, 1 dc in next ch, (ch 4, 1 dc in the 1st of the 4 ch, 3 dc until the next lmb) 7 times, ch 4, 1 dc in the 1st of the 4 ch, 1 dc in next lmb, ch 4, 1 dc in the 1st of the 4 ch, 3 dc until the next lmb, ch 4, 1 dc in the 1st of the 4 ch, repeat from *
(It ends here, so I’m assuming you tie off and finish after this?)

(I DO NOT speak Swedish!)
I translated this by strong arming Google Translate, staring really hard at the photo, and referencing this site: 
http://nicrochet.wikispaces.com/StitchGuide
I am going to assume that I’ve made more than a few mistakes. However, I really love this doily, and when I get around to trying this pattern for myself, I will correct this pattern : )
 


OH MY :’O Thank you so much i do not know what to say!! Now i just need doily yarn /thread then aaahhh Thank you again<3

Beautiful crochet rug

yarn-over:

doilitif:

yarn-over:

i didnt know this pattern!why omgf this is so beatiful and small and the shape i love<333 

free pattern & credit goes here<

EDIT: OH NO :C ITS NOT ENGLISH AND THERE IS NO CHART…M YEAHR T IS BROKEN THIS WAS SO PRETTY 

Okay, so this is a VERY ROUGH translation of the pattern:

Note on Swedish terms: 

3 dc tillsi = wrap yarn over hook once, drag up yarn, yarn over and draw through 2 loops, leave 2 loops on hook, yarn over and pull up one more loop, draw yarn through 2 loops, yarn over and draw through remaining 2 loops.

lmb= loop (chain loop) 

START: 6 ch, join into a ring with 1 sl.

 R1: *2 dc in ring-1st dc on round work as ch 3, ch 1, repeat* 7 more times, end with 1 sl st in 3rd ch beginning.

 R2: *1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, ch 3, repeat from*

 R3: *2 dc in the 1dc of the 2 dc, 1 dc, ch 5, repeat from *

 R4: *3 dc, ch 3, 1 dc in the middle of the 5 ch, ch 3, repeat from *

 R5: *1 dc in the 1st of the next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc, 1 dc, ch 4, 1 dc in dc, ch 4, repeat from *

 R6:  *4 dc, ch 3, 1 tr + 3 ch + 1 dc in dc, ch 3, repeat from *

 R7: *1 sc in the 1 sc of the 4 dc, 2 dc in next dc, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc until (save the last pull through the first 2 pieces and move through them, with the last stroke on the 3rd dc) in next dc, ch 3, 1 dc in the middle of the 3 ch, ch 3, 3 dc until next dc, ch 2, repeat from *

 R8: *2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, 2 dc, ch 4, skip 2 ch + 3 tr tog + 3 ch, 1 tr + 3 ch + 1 dc in dc, ch 4, repeat from *

 R9: * 2 dc in 1st dc, 4 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, 3 dc tillsi next dc, ch 3, 1 dc in the middle of the 3 ch, ch 3, 3 dc tillsi next dc, ch 2, repeat from *

 R10: * 2 dc in 1st dc, 6 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 4, 1 tr + 3 ch + 1 dc in next dc, ch 4, repeat from *

R11: * 5 dc, ch 2, 1 dc in each of next 5 dc, ch 2, 3 dc tillsi next dc, ch 3, 1 dc in the middle of the 3 ch, ch 3, 3 pieces until the next dc, ch 2, repeat from *

 R12: * 2 dc in 1st dc, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in next lmb, ch 2, skip 2 dc, 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 4, 1 tr + 3 ch + 1 pc in next dc, ch 4, repeat from *

 R13: * 2 dc in 1st dc, 1 dc, (ch 2, 3 dc in next lmb) 2 times, ch 2, skip 2 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, 3 dc until next dc, ch 3, 1 dc in the middle of the 3 ch, ch 3, 3 tr tog in next dc, ch 2, repeat from *

 R14: * 2 in 1st st, 1 dc, (ch 2, 3 dc in next lmb) 3 times, ch 2, skip 1 st, 1 st, 2 dc in next dc, ch 3, 3 dc Until + 3 ch + 3 tr tog in next dc, ch 3, repeat from *

 R15: *2 in 1st dc, 1 dc, (ch 2, 3 dc in next lmb) 2 times, ch 10, (3 dc in next lmb, ch 2) 2 times, skip 1 st, 1 st, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, 1 sc + 3 ch + 1 dc in the ch 3 in pieces until the pair, ch 2, repeat from *

 R16: * 2 in 1st dc, 1 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in next lmb, ch 3, skip 3 tr + 2 ch + 1 dc, 2 dc, 12 dc of the ch 10, 2 , 3 ch, skip 1 lmb, 3 dc in next lmb, ch 2, skip 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 3, repeat from *

 R17: * 2 dc in 1st dc, 1 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in next lmb, ch 3, skip 3 tr + 3 ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, (ch 1, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc) 7 times, ch 3, skip 1 lmb, 3 dc in next lmb, ch 2, skip 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc in next dc, repeat from *

 R18: turn work over, sl st to the middle of the last 3 dc on previous row, turn work right side up, * 4 pieces tog, ch 2, 3 dc in next lmb, ch 3, skip 3 dc + ch 3, 2 dc, (ch 2, 2 dc) 7 times, ch 3, skip 1 lmb, 3 dc in next lmb, ch 2, skip 1 dc, repeat from *

 R19: sl st to 1st lmb, * 3 pieces until about lmb, ch 4, 1 dc in the 1st of the 4 ch, 1 dc in next ch, (ch 4, 1 dc in the 1st of the 4 ch, 3 dc until the next lmb) 7 times, ch 4, 1 dc in the 1st of the 4 ch, 1 dc in next lmb, ch 4, 1 dc in the 1st of the 4 ch, 3 dc until the next lmb, ch 4, 1 dc in the 1st of the 4 ch, repeat from *

(It ends here, so I’m assuming you tie off and finish after this?)

(I DO NOT speak Swedish!)

I translated this by strong arming Google Translate, staring really hard at the photo, and referencing this site: 

http://nicrochet.wikispaces.com/StitchGuide

I am going to assume that I’ve made more than a few mistakes. However, I really love this doily, and when I get around to trying this pattern for myself, I will correct this pattern : )

 

OH MY :’O Thank you so much i do not know what to say!! Now i just need doily yarn /thread then aaahhh Thank you again<3

Beautiful crochet rug

How to Make Cream Cheese

Anybody else noticing the price of groceries drastically increasing in their area?

Lately when I’ve gone to the grocery store and walked down the aisle, I’ve been so thankful that we are able to produce a large amount of our food ourselves. We’re not 100% self-sufficient quite yet, but it’s such a relief to be able to skip the dairy, meat, bread, and egg sections of the store…

Last week while I was strolling down the dairy aisle, I couldn’t help but notice that the price of those little 8 oz cream cheese bricks was up to $2.50 per package. Yowza! Not too long ago, I would stock up on those guys for 99 cents each…

Since I am currently milking Oakley twice daily and have an abundance of cream (for the first time in a looong time…), I decided it was time to try playing around with making my own cream cheese.

And, let me just say that it couldn’t be easier!

First, some clarifications…

Number 1: there seems to be about a million different methods for homemade cream cheese out there. This is the method I prefer, and it’s pretty darn simple.

Number 2: Many, MANY “cream cheese” recipes out there are actually yogurt cheese recipes. I’ve made a lot of yogurt cheese as well, and it’s great– but not the same as real cream cheese. The flavor and texture are notably different.

Number 3: I used my fresh, raw cream for this recipe. However, since you are adding a culture to it, you could use store-bought, pastuerized cream if you had to. Or even half & half would work. Just try to use the highest quality cream that you can find.

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Make sure you are using a glass container to hold your cream. Gently stir in the starter culture.

Loosely cover (not airtight!) and set it on your countertop to culture for 8 to 12 hours. (It may take more or less time, depending on the temperature of your kitchen.)

You’ll know it’s done when it has set up and somewhat resembles yogurt. (It might not be a perfectly even consistency, but that’s ok.)

Dump the thickened cream into the cheesecloth and allow it the whey to drip out for at least 12 hours (the longer it drips, the firmer your finished cheese will be).

You might have to get a little creative with your drip set-up. I don’t have any knobs on my cabinet doors, so I tie the ends of my improvised cheesecloth around a wooden spoon and allow it to drip into a pitcher.

My not-so-fancy dripping set-up

Once it has reached the desired consistency, scrape it out of the cheesecloth and lightly salt it to taste. The salt is optional, but it will help it keep slightly longer. Store in an airtight container in your fridge– it will get firmer as it chills.

I usually get 1 1/2 to 2 cups of cream cheese out of 1 quart of cream. Yields will vary slightly.

Kitchen Notes:

  • I get all my cheesemaking cultures and supplies from Cultures from Health. Love them!
  • I’ve seen several recipes that use cultured buttermilk instead of the mesophilic culture. I haven’t personally tried it, but it would probably work just as well. Add 1/8 to 1/4 cup of buttermilk to your quart of cream to try this method.
  • You can spice up that cream cheese with all sorts of different flavors! Mix in cinnamon, fruit preserves, or even some chives and onion powder for a unique treat.
  • To make yogurt cheese: Follow this exact same method, substituting the quart of cultured cream with a quart of yogurt (homemade or storebought) instead.
  • Wondering what to do with the leftover whey? Here are a bunch of ideas– don’t toss it!
  • If you *ahem* accidentally forget about your cream cheese and leave it culturing or dripping for longer than stated above, don’t sweat it. It won’t hurt it and the worse that will happen is that it will just be slightly tangier.

Let me just say that this stuff is infinitely better than the storebought version. You’ll want to scoop it out of the container and eat it plain… Or smear it on some chocolate zucchini bread… Or make a pumpkin cheesecake… Or….

- See more at: http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2012/10/how-to-make-cream-cheese.html#sthash.CsMMYiNo.dpuf

DIY Unpaper Towels (wihout a sewing machine)

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Confession: I Have A Stack Of Paper Plates …

Sitting in my pantry, because as a soon-to-be-mama of three I have no illusions about how far my super powers go. Sometimes victory looks like scrambled eggs for dinner, you know? Ain’t nobody got time to do a load of dishes just to have something to serve them on!

Ahem. 

Most days, though, I try to make more eco-friendly choices: cloth diapering, composting, local food, using real dishes, and avoiding paper towels where possible. On that last one, my strategy until recently was to use old rags and tea towels while keeping out the real deal for guests. Truth be told, though, I missed the convenience of tearing a towel straight off the holder, so when I came across the unpaper towel concept I knew I had to try it!

Problem Is …

I don’t have a sewing machine. And unless you count homemade beauty products, my crafty score is 0. Fortunately, with a little help from Youtube I was able to straight stitch my way to unpaper bliss. (What, you DIDN’T learn how to sew on Youtube? Pshaw)

How To Make Unpaper Towels

Supplies/Equipment:

  • 2 yards terry cloth/flannel (Note: Though the terry cloth pictured is light in color, I’m making some with chocolate terry for messes that are likely to stain)
  • 2 yards cotton fabric of your choice
  • sharp scissors
  • needle
  • thread (preferably something that matches your fabric)
  • ruler or 12×12 stencil (I used a square book)
  • 57-63 snaps (you might want a few extra to practice with)
  • snap applicator (I used Babyville pliers, but the KAM applicator looks really good, too. Make sure you get one that is compatible with your snaps)
  • plastic canvas (2-4 sheets of 12×6 sections)
  • embroidery thread (optional)
  • superglue (optional)

Makes about 18 unpaper towels

Step 1: Wash & Dry Both Fabrics

That way if one or both of them shrinks it happens before you sew the pieces together!

Step 2: Cut Cloth Into 12×12 Inch Pieces

I found it helpful to use a stencil and trace on the back of the fabric before cutting. On or our old vacation photobook was just the right size – scrapbook paper is usually 12×12 too!

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Note: You can adjust the size as needed, but keep in mind that the unpaper towels will be slightly smaller than the size you begin with.

Step 3: Sew A Straight Stitch

Lay the pieces together so that the fabric you want displayed is face down against the terry cloth/flannel and sew a straight stitch about 1/8- 1/4 inches away from the edge. Leave a 2-3 inch gap on one side so you can turn your towel inside out. Don’t know how to sew a straight stitch? It’s really, really easy, just watch the tutorial below and you’re on your way.

Here’s how the last corner should look when you’re done.

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Optional Step: If you don’t feel quite confident that your stitches are super sturdy, you can apply a little liquid stitch around the seam. It’s not the “greenest” thing in the world, but I consider it a good tradeoff considering all the paper towels you’ll be saving.

Step 4: Turn Unpaper Towel Inside-Out

Trim any excess fabric that may create unwanted bulk, then pull your fabric through the gap you left so that the decorative part of the cloth is now facing out. Close up the remaining hole with a straight stitch.

If you would like, you can add a second later of stitching for decorative effect and to reinforce the edges. I chose not to, but this blanket stitch might be pretty with some embroidery thread.

Optional Step: Iron your towels so they will be nice and flat.

Step 6: Apply Snaps

Because it was cheaper, I started out using this snap applicator, but found that the unpaper towels were too thick for it to work properly. I ended up going with one like this. Though it was a bit tricky because my snaps were for a different applicator it was much easier to use! Here’s what you do:

Each unpaper towel will need 2-3 sockets on the right and 2-3 studs on the left so that each towel can attach to it’s neighbor. I chose to use three on each side.

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You want the holes evenly distributed, so measure where you want them to go and then poke a little hole with the awl (pointy thingy that came with your pliers) to mark your spot. Place the cap through the hole and – using the instructions that come with your pliers – secure the snaps in place. If you have the Babyville pliers you may find this video tutorial helpful.

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Step 7: Create Paper Towel Dowel

Now onto the last step: creating a sturdier version of the cardboard tube that holds paper towels in place. Some tutorials use PVC pipe, but when I went to my local hardware store to buy some I realized I had to buy an 8 foot pole and ask them to trim it into a 12 inch section for me. The rest would be thrown away, so I decided to try to find a less wasteful option and came across this tutorial, which uses plastic canvas.

Not only is this method easier, it saves you a trip! You can pick up plastic canvas at the fabric store while you’re picking out your fabrics. Here’s what to do:

Measure the height of your unpaper towels. Using that number, cut a section of plastic canvas that is (your unpaper towel height) x 6 inches. Mine was about 11.5×6.

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There are several ways to attach the canvas so that it becomes a tube. There is this tutorial, which I planned to use until I realized that the snaps wouldn’t go through 4 sheets of canvas. Because I wanted a pretty sturdy dowel, I attached three studs to the outside sheet for the unpaper towels to connect to and then superglued the canvas together 

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Now just put your unpaper towels on the dowel and you’re done!