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Fruit Infused Ice Cubes: An Upbeat Motivational Tool

Do you need motivation to drink more water?  Or do you just like the way decorative ice cubes look in your glass?  Either way, we have the recipe for you – Fruit Infused Ice Cubes!  You won’t believe the health benefits packed into each one!

Hi Y’All,

Have you found that summer brings it’s own joys and struggles?  Wiebke loves summer, but since her little guy has been out of school she says she is suffering from SAD (summer adjustment disorder).  I am sure some of you can relate.  At The Hard Hat Belles we hope to make your day a little bit brighter and the adjustment a little easier     with these fruit infused ice cubes.  Grab your cup-o-stuff and a seat and lets get to it!

Tea for two

Why We Need A Little Color In Our Day

We all need some inspiration and hope when we have those days – you know the ones – the “I should have stayed in bed” days. Wiebke has actually assigned an acronym to those days ( SHSIB ).

Or sometimes we just need something colorful to brighten our days. A kind of celebration that each day is a new beginning and thank you Jesus for that!

Our moods can be reflected by the colors that we wear, how we design it into our homes, or surround ourselves with.  My fav color is yellow!  Nice, bright, sunny yellow – Variety of colorswhich I guess reflects my optimistic nature.  What is your color?  Does it reflect your personality?   For kicks-n-giggles check out empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com  to see what your fav color tells about you.  Maybe that is why fruit is so colorful..hmm…it’s good for us and can make us feel better.

Fruit Health Properties

Today we are showing you how to make your very own Fruit Infused Ice Cubes.  Normally, I look at fruit as a tasty booster to weight loss, but with the Fruit Infused Ice Cubes it is also a great motivational tool, especially when I add it to my new water jug (get the instructions on how to make your very own Motivational Water Jug here).  Not only are they colorful and pretty to look at, but they are packed with “good”and “healthy” stuff as well!limes, lemon, oranges

Raspberries have antioxidants, detoxifying, and laxative properties.

Oranges have high levels of antioxidants.

Lemons are body cleansing, cancer fighting, immunity boosting, and antibacterial.

Mint  is full of strong antioxidants, a decongestant, and can help with indigestion.

Blueberries have high levels of vitamin C, manganese, and are a good source of dietary fiber.

Limes  are antibiotic, anti-carcinogenic and have detoxifying properties.

Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, potassium, folic acid and fiber.

Now that you know how beneficial the FRUIT INFUSED ICE CUBES are – let’s get to the nitty gritty and make some!

Fruit Infused Ice Cubes

Supplies needed: Various fruits and herbs, ice cube tray, and water.Variety of fruit for ice cube trayPrepare your fruit and herbs by cutting and chopping them to the size of your ice cube tray.Fresh fruit and herbsAdd water to the ice cube tray covering the fruit and herbs fully (this will prevent freezer burn of uncovered fruit and herbs if left in freezer for an extended length of time).Water filled ice cube trayPut into freezer until frozen through.  Enjoy!frozen fruit ice cube trayDisclaimer

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How to Make Kale and Quinoa Salads – Fruit vs Greek

The Hard Hat Belles will show you how to prepare two delicious salads with Quinoa and Kale as base. Quinoa contains about 15% of protein and Kale is known for its detox properties. Combining these two turns them into the dream food for any vegetarian (and even if your not!). You are sure to enjoy these salads this summer!

Hi Y’All!

With summer coming on we decided it would be very refreshing to show you how to make some unique salads using kale and quinoa.  I have to say that KALE is my new go to salad leaf.  So, grab your drink and a seat and let’s make some salads.

Tea for two

TROUBLE IN KALE LAND

When Wiebke and I started looking for a different type of salad to create for you – I had a very reluctant reaction to the thought of using the kale.  Why you ask?  Well, it all started a few years ago when my husband was diagnosed with cancer and we were trying to do all things healthy.  We got a special juicer and did research on the best produce for the best juices.  Kale was at the top of the list.

Unbeknownst to us was that the stomach flu was making it’s vicious way through our family.

You guessed it!  The day we decided to start off with a very healthy  CLEANSING kale juice (and of course it had to be a large 20 oz), and the flu decided to collide.  Let’s just say it wasn’t very pretty around our house for about a week and everything reeked of kale….ugh.

So, when Wiebke found some kale and quinoa recipes and we discussed them – I was very hesitant.   But she was very interested to experiment with kale and combine it with quinoa.  I have to say these two salads really changed the way I think about kale and quinoa now.  Kale really is the new lettuce in my household and I am besotted with quinoa.  I am completely converted .  Still not sure I’d try another kale juice though. . .

Hail The Kale

Once we learned the magic of making kale more tender and beautiful to boot it was up hill from there.  You’ll have to read the recipes to discover the magic yourself.  To me, kale has a flavor  similar to fresh spinach, however, it is much milder.  The other bonus that I love – is that it lasts so much longer than ice berg, Romaine, or Leaf lettuce in your refrigerator.

I have had it on homemade pizza, tacos, nachos, sandwiches. . .  anything and anywhere I might use lettuce.  I am totally sold and we hope you will be too.

Why Kale?

The potential health benefits of kale are amazing and really worth the effort to investigate.  The US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health’s scientific article on . . . Green Vegetable Juices suggests that kale may even be beneficial in the role of preventing degenerative diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular diseases.  For additional  information and a different perspective on kale, check out the Kale: Health Benefits, Uses and Risks  article written by dietitian Megan Ware, RDN,LD.  Even if you are not looking for health benefits the evidence has shown that kale can help with weight loss as well.  I am anticipating my own weight loss eating more kale and drinking more water with our Motivational Water Jug! Let’s go get our KALE fix!

Quinoa – The Ancient Protein Wonder

Quinoa has been around for thousands of years and is gluten-free, packed with protein and according to the Ancient Harvest website a nutritional powerhouse.  To me it is a healthy alternative to calorie packed pasta and rice.  I like the nutty type flavor quinoa has and it adds a wonderful texture to salads.  I can’t wait to try it in place of pasta and rice in some of my recipes. To learn more watch the video below.

Take a tour of the Ancient Harvest website to get tons more information on quinoa – from the history on quinoa to recipes and where to buy it.  You can also hop on over to the  Authority Nutrition website to read an article – 11 Proven Health Benefits of Quinoa (No. 1 is Best) May 2016, by Kris Gunnars, BSc (Bachelor’s degree in medicine).  He talks about 11 reasons why we should embrace quinoa into our diets from health benefits to losing weight.

Another good source of information is Jen’s Reviews post on quinoa.  You will find some more facts and delish recipes to try out.

To learn more about powerfoods that are easy to use with awesome benefits visit the cookingdetective.com and read their article on 23 Superfoods To Add To Your Diet For A Healthy Life.

Psst. . . I didn’t realize it until Wiebke showed me how, but quinoa is so easy to cook and much quicker than rice! Just look at the pictures below to tell when it is cooked.

Raw uncooked quinoa on the left. The germ has popped on the right, which means the quinoa is cooked.
Raw uncooked quinoa on the left. The germ has popped on the left which means the quinoa is cooked.

Kale & Quinoa Salads

Do you want to know how to get more kale and quinoa into your everyday meal menu?  We have a start for you!  It is with these two awesome salads!

Fruit-Nut Salad:Kale & Quinoa Salad

Ingredients: Kale, quinoa, apples, mandarins, dried cranberries, blueberries, honey, lime juice, olive oil

  • Rinse 1 cup Quinoa under running tap water, place in pan, add 2 cups water and boil for 15 minutes. You’ll know the quinoa is done when the germ pops out and the quinoa has a translucent color. Cool off the quinoa.
  • In a small bowl mix lime juice, honey and olive oil. Add this to the chopped and de-stemmed kale.  Massage the dressing into the kale (see video).  **See magic note below.
  • Add cranberries, mandarins, apple, blueberries and almonds (or anything that suits your fancy).
  • Finally, add the cooled off quinoa and toss all ingredients together.  Absolutely delish!

Greek Salad:Quinoa and Kale Greek Salad

Ingredients: 2 cups water,1 cup quinoa, 1 cup baby kale (or regular), stems removed, ½ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered, ½ cup cucumber, diced, ¼ cup red onion, minced, 2 tablespoons kalamata olives, 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, ⅛ teaspoon salt , ⅛ teaspoon pepper, feta cheese for topping

  • Rinse 1 cup Quinoa under running tap water, place in pan, add 2 cups water and boil for 15 minutes. You’ll know the quinoa is done when the germ pops out and the quinoa has a translucent color. Cool off the quinoa.
  • In a small bowl mix lemon juice, and olive oil. Add this to the chopped and de-stemmed kale.  Massage the dressing into the kale (see video). **See magic note below.
  • Add chopped cucumbers, diced tomato, chopped parsley, sliced olives, diced red onion.
  • Add the cooled off quinoa and toss all ingredients together.
  • Finally, top with crumbled Feta Cheese. And the Greek Quinoa Kale Salad is ready to enjoy!

**Magic Note: This is how the kale is transformed from a cabbage texture to a softer one.  When I am using kale in other recipes or with other food, such as sandwiches, I simply use a small portion of extra virgin olive oil and massage away.

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And there you have it! Two delish kale and quinoa salads to chose from.  For more delish THHB recipes click here. Let us know which one you preferred in the comments below.

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Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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DIY Motivational Water Container – The All Day Pitcher

Do you need that extra motivational tool to help you stay hydrated this summer? We have the perfect solution for you! Learn how to make you very own Motivational Water Jug or as I like to call it “Chug Jug” here! This will help you get those recommended 8 glasses of water in each day.

Hi Y’All,

Come on in and have a seat.  Did you bring your beverage with you?  If not, might I suggest that you checkout our DIY Motivational Water Container directions below.  In the meantime, grab a glass of cool hydrating water and let’s get to it!

Tea for two

Why Staying Hydrated Is Important

According to FamilyDoctor.org, your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work correctly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints. Water is needed for good health.

I like the info graphic below from StayingHealthy.org that draws your attention to how water helps keep your body healthy, but it also shares the possible problems you could be suffering if you are dehydrated or becoming dehydrated.  Seriously people, who knew?  Not me, that’s for sure.

Hydrating Body effects

Why It’s Important To Me

After doing much research on the health aspects of continually being hydrated and appreciating them – I also discovered  and more importantly (to me at least) staying hydrated with water keeps your skin looking healthier . . psst. . .  which means looking younger (woohoo).  In addition, water also helps with weight loss (double woohoo for me), by keeping your metabolism in working order. I think between this Motivational Water Jug and The Hard Hat Belles Kale and Quinoa Salads I will be looking at some weight loss (triple woohoo for me) and we hope for you as well!!

I have struggled with my weight just about all my life and you would think that something as simple as drinking water would be enough motivation to get me drinking those 6-8 glasses a day.  Although I like water well enough I still struggle with drinking enough water – how about you?Dddenine and VeeBee drinking infused water

Wiebke on the other hand is great at getting her needed water intake and still she admits that it can be difficult to remember exactly how much she has drank or still needs to drink throughout the day.

Hydrating Solution

For those of you who have a hard time getting those glasses of water  in due to remembering or not liking water. . . We have a solution for YOU! We are going to show you how to create your very own motivational water jug (pitcher, container, bottle etc.).  This project is super easy and has endless possibilities on how you can make it your own.

And because you are so special to us –  as an extra bonus we have included directions on how to quickly and easily make fruit infused ice cubes!  Wiebke and I were both amazed at the flavor that was immediately incorporated into our water glass and it looks so pretty, who wouldn’t want to drink that.Denine and Wiebke Water Pitcher

MOTIVATIONAL WATER CONTAINER INSTRUCTIONS

SUPPLIES NEEDED: Water jug, container or bottle, permanent or wipe-off markers, and your inspirational or motivational sayings to encourage you (you can check out our Pinterest Board to see some of the different choices available).Water Pitcher Supplies

  • Once you have decided on the type of container you are using you will then mark with your markers of choice the levels of each glass of water on the outside of the container. We (THHB) poured glasses of water into the containers and marked them at each level on the container. Wiebke marked hers with times of the day and I marked mine with a countdown of glasses drank.Marking the measured water levels
  • Next, we researched for motivational sayings to inspire us to drink our water. Once we found them we emptied the water out of our containers and proceeded to write our motivational sayings onto our containers.
  • Once the container’s are completed you are ready to start using them.  Note: Wiebke used permanent markers and I used the dry erase (I think the wet erase would have worked much better).

    THHB Bonus: Infused Fruit Ice Cube Recipe

    Supplies needed: Various fruits and herbs, ice cube tray, and water.Variety of fruit for ice cube trayPrepare your fruit and herbs by cutting and chopping them to the size of your ice cube tray.Fresh fruit and herbsAdd water to the ice cube tray covering the fruit and herbs fully (this will prevent freezer burn of uncovered fruit and herbs if left in freezer for an extended length of time).Water filled ice cube trayPut into freezer until frozen through.  Enjoy!frozen fruit ice cube trayDisclaimer

    To watch more of our fun DIY videos check out our YouTube channel “TheHard Hat Belles” or click  The Hard Hat Belles to go directly there.  Once there like and subscribe to receive notifications of the latest video releases. Or simply subscribe here to see each of our videos within our blog stories. . . .  You’ll be getting two for the price of one!

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Bible Verse Proverbs 15:2

Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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Healthy Grilled Avocado & Cheese Panini

WITHOUT BUYING  A NEW GRILL

Hi Y’All!

We have been so busy at The Hard Hat Belles cooking up some yummy sandwiches.  Grab your drink and a seat and we’ll get down to the nitty gritty details on how to make a healthy Panini sandwich by using your waffle iron, George Foreman (or similar), or sandwich maker.Tea for two

My Introduction to the Panini

I was introduced to the home made Panini when I started hanging out with Wiebke.  I have had a Panini at the Panera Bread restaurant before, but since Wiebke has been making a very healthy Panini during most of our shoots I have to say hers are just AWESOME!!  I am totally  hooked and I am never going to look back.

Equipment Needed for the Perfect Panini

Griddles and Grills

When I started paying attention to the way Wiebke makes her grilled Panini I was amazed at how simple it was.  The little grill she uses was purchased by her husband as a gag gift from the Salvation Army.  Her family has a Christmas tradition that involves a trip to the Salvation Army every year.  Their tradition involves a set amount of dollars spent and contingencies on the item purchased.  I know one of the years revolved around the gifts being a certain color (I think red).  Another year they had five minutes to find the gift;  I believe that is the year she received the grill. 

Needless to say, you don’t have to purchase a special Panini Sandwich maker like the ones Kohl’s sells to make these delish Panini.  You can just use your existing George Forman or similar (which is what I use) or some waffle griddles you have around the house. 

More Panini Ideas & Suggestions

Grilled Avocado and Cheese PaniniAbove is the picture of our Avocado & Cheese Panini, but your imagination is the limit.  Wiebke often times make a Panini out of cheese, tomato, healthy lunch meat and onion.  I have even made a few myself , yes me! My personal favorite recipe is Tuna fish mixed with cheddar cheese sauce – yummylisous! The point is that you can use your imagination and add or remove ingredients that appeal to you. 

Make sure to check out our Pinterest site for our recommended Panini ideas and below are a few more suggestions (Although these sandwich recipes below are cooked on top of the stove  try using Wiebke’s Panini method and add a few twists yourselves).  Be prepared to be blown away with texture and flavor!

  • Pepperoni, mozzarella, pizza sauce, Parmesan, whole-grain bread by Rachel Gurk
  • Smoked Salmon, dill, goat cheese, ciabatta by Deanna Samaan
  • Goat cheese, prosciutto, Dijon mustard, whole grain bread, goat cheese, Anjou pear by Lia Huber
  • Cooked peeled sweet potato, Havarti, kale, granny smith apple, whole-grain bread by Maria and Josh Lichty
  • Brie, dark chocolate, raspberry jam, raspberries, sourdough by Monique Volz

The Grilled Avocado & Cheese Panini Recipe

Panini Recipe

  • No need to use any kind of oils, butter or margarine on the Panini bread on non stick grills as this is the healthy aspect of Wiebke’s Panini
  • Preheat your grill
  • Lay out the bread slices on the cutting board (we used 9 grain)
  • Place a slice of cheese onto each slice of bread
  • Remove pit and slice the avocado
  • Slice tomatoes
  • Add sliced avocado, sliced tomatoes and salt & pepper to one half of the bread and cheese slices.
  • Top with remaining slices of cheese and bread.
  • Set the timer for approximately 3 minutes
  • Allow to cool for about a minute then slice
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QUICK AND EASY APRIL FOOL’S DAY PRANKS N’ TRICKS

 

Hi Y’all,

We are just having a huge laugh here at The Hard Hat Belles and we are glad you can join us.  Go get that cup-o-stuff that gets you through the day and grab a seat and let’s watch Wiebke at her April Fool’s Day pranking best.

Tea for two

April Fool’s Day Prankster

Wiebke loves April Fool’s Day as it allows her to get even crazier than her normal fun loving crazy.  I was out of town last year, but I am sure she has something waiting for me this year.  So, I plan to be on the lookout!

I have to say that I feel for her husband, Kevin and her son, Sidney.

Cereal and Bug Prank
Wiebke literally put bugs in and resealed the bag and box

Wiebke has told me about some of her past antics and it just cracks me up.  The one I love the best is the amazingly look alike dog poop prank she found on Pinterest.  Wiebke and

Cereal and bugs galore
Poor Sidney

her sister, Burni took cardboard toilet paper inserts and made them to look like dog poop.  They preformed this maniacal act the night before while all in the house were safely (or so they thought) tucked in bed.  As they created their magic dog poop prank in the quiet of

Eggs and vegetables made with a few simple ingredients
Eggs and vegetables made with a few simple ingredients

the night there were no witnesses to be found as to why they constantly snickered.

After creating their devious magic dog poop and adding some water for extra effect, they placed it right next to the refrigerator.  Wiebke (April Fool’s prankster #1) knew her husband’s routine so well – so she placed the evidence where he wouldn’t quite notice it, but where it would be within his foot traffic.

A Family Breakfast
Family meal of fake  chicken wings, baby carrots and celery

When Kevin got up for work the next morning and went to the refrigerator ……. yep………he stepped in it.  Well, let’s just say that their poor dog got the first brunt of his reaction (verbally), while Wiebke laid in bed rolling with laughter.

Over the years she has pulled her April Fool’s Day pranks on her family and any susceptible victims she could and can find.

This year we wanted to share this very quick and easy fake bacon and egg meal with you.  This is guaranteed to be a hit with your family after you prank them with it!

VeeBee and Ddenine eating fake eggs

April Fool’s Day Fake Egg Prank Recipes

For the white chocolate miniature eggs you need:

White chocolate egg
Miniature white chocolate and yellow M&M Peanut egg

White chocolate candy melts or bark, yellow M&M’s (we used the peanut M&M’s, but they now have these really big over sized M&M’s), spoon, wax paper or parchment paper, baking sheet, microwavable bowl, and  a microwave oven.

  • Cover a baking sheet with wax paper.
  • Add ½ cup white chocolate melts (or bark) to a microwavable glass bowl.
  • Next, stick the bowl into the microwave for 30 seconds on high, stir and repeat at 20 second intervals until all chocolate has melted – you want it to be a very liquid texture (warning – be careful not to overcook it).
  • With a spoon, apply a mound of white chocolate onto the wax paper. Making sure it is shaped like a fried egg.  We swirled the white chocolate to shape (as no egg is perfectly centered-or at least not mine).White chocolate egg white
  • Add a yellow M& M for the yolk slightly off to the side pressing lightly.

Place M & M into Fake egg white chocolateWhite Chocolate Fake Egg Prank

  • Wait for the chocolate and M&M to get firm then remove carefully.April Fool's Day Prank removing fake egg

For VeeBee’s healthy April Fool’s egg you need:

Yogurt & apricot egg
ŒYogurt & apricot egg

A plate, a spoon, some Greek yogurt, and canned apricot halves.

  • Spoon the Greek yogurt onto a plate, shaping it into a fried egg white shape.
  • Place the apricot half on the “egg white” shape.  You will want to look for the best “egg yolk” looking apricot half.

Special Bonus: Fake Bacon Recipe

You will need:

Caramels and mini Tootsie Rolls (adapted from Pinterest pin-stop in here to get the link – they have awesome step-by-step pictures to show you).

  • Take one caramel and one Tootsie Roll.
  • You can warm them up or let your hands do the job.
  • Place the caramel on top of the Tootsie Roll.
  • Roll them together.
  • Slice them lengthwise.
  • Place them together side by side
  • Roll them one final time
  • Form them to look like bacon.

April Fool's Day Prank with fake bacon

Extra Special Bonus: Miniature Fake Egg Recipe for Peonie

A super small skillet or plate (or even put them on cupcakes!), a spoon, some Greek yogurt, and mini yellow M & M’s.

  • Spoon the Greek yogurt onto a skillet or plate, shaping it into a fried egg white shape.
  • Place the the mini yellow M & M on the “egg white” shape slightly off to the side for a real look.

Fake egg with M & M's and Greek yogurtPeonie's April Fool's Day Prank fake egg

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Whether you plan to trick, prank or just have fun with your family and friends (big, little, or super little), these recipes are sure to be a hit once they get over the fits of laughter.

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Super Easy Greek Yogurt in a Crock Pot or Slow Cooker

Greek Yogurt Verse Psalm 128:2

Hi Y’all!

Come join us, we are so glad you are here! We are simply blessed that you decided to spend a few of your precious minutes with us today at The Hard Hat Belles.  Grab that cup of tea, coffee or whatever you enjoy and sit your sweet self down for another episode of what we have been up to.

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Today we are going to make some super easy homemade Greek Yogurt that only takes three ingredients and would you believe we are going to make it in a CROCK POT – you heard me right – a crock pot! Wiebke calls it a crock pot, but personally I prefer slow cooker – don’t you?

It seems that every morning Wiebke and I  get together (and she still does) she has this wonderful big bowl of Greek Yogurt for breakfast.  I began to wonder if she knew there were other breakfast choices out there.  Seriously, for 99.9% of the time she has this every – single –morning!

Eating Greek Yogurt

So one day I decided I couldn’t take it anymore and asked her WHY? Why does she eat this every morning?  Isn’t it boring?  Being the good friend she is she told me her story.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN WIEBKE LAND

Once upon a time a long time ago in Wiebkeland, Wiebke visited her family doctor for a regular appointment. She was told that her cholesterol was getting a little too high and she really did not like hearing that news.  So she clapped her hands over her ears (or she would have liked to if it would have solved her high cholesterol so easily).

Wiebke knew right then and there that she needed to make some changes in her lifestyle and fast. So she got on her white steed White Steedand rode in the direction she knew would lead her to taking charge of her life.

She proceeded to investigate on how she could get her cholesterol under control and an idea came to her.Light bulb

She needed to make some changes in her diet and exercise. Diet and Exercise

Although the exercise was fairly easy to get started she ran into some problems with the diet part.

Wellllllll, the change in diet was a little rough to keep to as she simply could not find anything that would sustain her throughout the morning. She would end up hungry Stomachand we all know where that story ends (listening to your stomach and eating the wrong things).

Finally, after trying many foods she found that the Greek Yogurt would satisfy her hunger and keep her from being hungry all morning.  However, Greek Yogurt, the really good healthy and yummy kind was quite expensive for her frugal little heart to come to terms with. So she got back onto her white steed White Steedand rode to save her day once again.

She did some more research and found a recipe that is made with only three ingredients, yes three.  This Greek yogurt had  turned out amazing in flavor, was very easy to make and made her frugal little heart happy (happy dance).

Now we come to the happily ever after part of the story where we decided that she just could not keep this recipe to herself any longer and that we really needed to share it with our followers.

THE END (not really)

GREEK YOGURT WIEBKE STYLE

 YOU WILL NEED

GY ingredients

** IMPORTANT: You need to use glass or plastic items otherwise it will interfere with the “yoguing” process.

Step 1: Pour the milk into the crock pot and add one cup of dry milk. (The dry milk helps to make the yogurt thicker and creamier). Stir using only a plastic utensil as metal may interfere with the bacterial growth.

Step 2: Cover the mixture and then turn on the crock pot to a high setting for about 4-6 hours.  Get that thermometer and insert it into the crock pot to check the temperature. We want the temperature to reach about 180 degrees to make sure all the unwanted beasties are killed, otherwise the yogurt might spoil.

Step 3: Make sure to turn off the crock pot. The milk mixture has to cool off to around 115 degrees. Wiebke likes to use a fan to blow on the crock pot to cool it down quicker – which will only take the milk mixture about 45 minutes then. Remember check that temperature and make sure it comes down to around 115 degrees.

Step 4: Once the milk mixture has cooled to around 115 degrees you will need to remove the skin that formed off of it. You will be able to see it floating on top of the milk mixture, just skim it off.

Step 5: Add 1 cup of Greek yogurt to a glass bowl and ladle some of the milk mixture into the bowl with the yogurt to temper the yogurt (this slowly gets the Greek yogurt used to the warmer milk mixture).

Step 6: Pour the yogurt mix into the milk mixture that is left in the crock pot and give it a good stir.

Step 7: Cover the crock pot with the yogurt mixture with aluminum foil and stick it into a preheated 100 degree (or the warm setting) oven. Wiebke leaves her Greek yogurt in the oven overnight. This allows plenty of time for the Greek yogurt to yogue and become tarter and thicker.

Step 8: When you pull the Greek yogurt out of the oven and lift the aluminum foil it will look runny. Greek Yogurt WheyWhen you drain the extra whey this makes the yogurt extra creamy and not as runny.  You will need to place a plastic colander (in a plastic bowl large enough to hold the yogurt and allow the whey to drip off) and place a cotton or linen towel over the colander.  Greek Yogurt in colander in bowlCarefully scoop the Greek yogurt mixture onto the towel.  Cover the yogurt and then place the bowl into the refrigerator while the whey drains off.  This will take 1-2 hours.Put Greek Yogurt into refrigerator

Step 9: Once the whey is drained off, place the Greek yogurt into a covered glass bowl and leave in the refrigerator until cold and enjoy!

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You can see us make this yummy Crock Pot Greek Yogurt on YouTube here.

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