Sunday, May 3, 2015

Making cheese - the prep work

Tomorrow I head to the store to buy the ingredients for making feta cheese!

These directions are seriously intimidating... heat milk with indirect heat. Hold exactly at 86 degrees for an hour. Stir. Allow to set for another half hour, maintaining 86 degree temperature. Eek! Well, we shall see what happens!

Friday, May 1, 2015

May 30 Day Challenge

To help keep me busy while we wait and wait and wait for the court process, I thought it would be fun to pick a project for the month of May. There are several I could have picked from, most of which consist of finishing knitting and quilting projects that are in various stages of completion. But I thought it would be more fun to do something related to cooking - making cheese.

My mother-in-law bought me a cheesemaking kit for Christmas and I am so excited to get started!

I have two cheesemaking books. One is for dairy cheeses...

And the other is for vegan cheeses...

This weekend I will flip through both books, decide what type of cheese I want to attempt, and make a shopping list in preparation for grocery shopping on Monday. I can't wait!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Happy 13th birthday!

Happy 13th birthday, Cin-Ru!! I hope she had a wonderful birthday today with her friends. 13 years old. Wow! I can't believe she's officially a teenager.

The above photo is when Cin-Ru modeled her new shirt. This was part of her birthday care package and I believe it was a hit.

I'm so glad that we were able to celebrate early with Cin-Ru, even though we couldn't be there in person. Next year we'll celebrate as a family. I can't wait!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Last week

Last week was a crazy week with some highs and some lows. I am holding out hope that this upcoming week will be much better!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bye bye, beautiful one...

We had to say goodbye to our beautiful kitty today. She was 15 years old and we've been her minions for the past seven years.

I'll mostly miss her night time cuddles. She loved bedtime, immediately demanding cuddles after I crawled into bed.

Bye bye, my beautiful Fiona. Thanks for gracing our lives these past seven years. I'm glad you're finally at peace.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins - Vegan and delicious!

Today I made Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins. They were so good that I had to take an additional walk this evening so that I could eat another. Definitely a keeper!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


I am so excited!!! We received news this morning that our paperwork has officially been submitted to court in Taiwan!!!! There are still a few small steps along the way, but this is the last major one before travel. I hope the judge has mercy and pushes us through quickly!! And if not, I hope God helps me develop even more patience. We're in COURT!!!!!!!!!!!