Cheater Cheddar 

I finally did it! I made my first small “wheel” of cheese. 

I have been itching to make cheese for a long time. I ordered several books on homemade cheese from Amazon. I even attended a small workshop a couple weeks ago. 

The workshop helped make sense of what I found in the books. It also fueled the itch to gather up the tools to make my own. Yesterday I took the plunge.

I have a book on one hour cheeses. Some are true soft cheeses. Most are knockoffs. They all seem easy for a novice like me. 

I couldn’t get photos during the process. With one hour cheeses it is important to pay attention to the thermometer and clock. The following is the finished product. 

This is a cheddar knock-off. The flavor is fair, more like a colby. It is pretty crumbly. That may be from  the curd being too dry. It may be from letting the curds get cold. For my first go it isn’t bad. 

I plan to make more one-hour cheeses then work my way to traditional cheeses. I will need to make this in a fee more times. Maybe Mr. Holstein will be my photographer. 

Cheese making is my new obsession! 

Homecooked Ketchup Memories

Spending time with the kids is fun and exhausting! Add a kettle of steaming tomatoes and it gets tricky!

With the remodel and move, I did not plant the sized garden I did last year. The little I did plant isn’t growing well at all. So, I picked up a half bushel of canning tomatoes at the farm stand.

After church I asked Tori if she wnted to help me make ketchup. I cut the stem and any bad places out of the tomatoes. Tori cut them up in quarters.

Thirty minutes of simmering then into the Squeezo. From there it was back to the stock pot. It was a great day of fun. We didn’t like that particular recipe, but the kids got some good hands-on experience, and memories.

Processing vegetables had to wait this is why …

Home canning, or processing, is a hobby I began three years ago. Now that gardens are finished, I have a few last batches of vegetables and apples to deal with. But today they had to wait.

I got up early for a Saturday. I intended to knock out the last of the green beans and tackle most, if not all of the apples. Since we finished stringing the beans last night, all I had to do was boil for 10 minutes, jar them up, and process. I set the timer for 25 minutes and started picking up the living room and running the vacuum.

We finished stringing the beans last night.

We finished stringing the beans last night.

The small room doesn’t take long to clean. In the silence that comes once the vacuum is off I heard the ringing of my phone. It was Mom.

“Are you busy?” the raspy, strained voice asked.

“Just running the sweeper. Why”

“I need you to take me to the emergency room.”

It has been a good long while since we had an ER run. This one lasted six hours. Mom was released with a diagnosis of a respiratory virus and sinus drainage and a couple prescriptions.


I came home, changed clothes, and read a little. I then got back to the green beans. The apples will have to wait.

Mixed Topic Post

Wow! It has been a long time since I posted anything. Not that I haven’t thought about it.

I’ve been extremely busy with canning vegetables and fruits, working with the dogs (I am now fostering a Boxer, plus my adopted Boxer.) and work. I had to put my cat Spot down.

I have an app on my phone to post updates. Every time I’ve tried to use it I get some error, so I quit in frustration.

Honestly, I think Twitter and Facebook have ruined me on blogging. I can jump online with them, read up on stuff, and share links with comments so quickly I have nothing left for the blog. That’s a shame. I’ve been blogging in some form since 2000.

My days are also very chopped up. In theory I have time to post. In practice I don’t. We’ll see what happens in the next couple weeks. I also need to rebuild this page. I thought I would like the theme, but the more I see it the more I don’t.


I’ve gotten so out of sync with my old routine I just can’t get back on track. I’m move involved with my church (Choir Director! WooooOOOOOoooo.) I’m reading my Bible more, going to our Bible Study each week, and doing a personal study series of workbooks. I’m singing more for the church, so I have to set aside more time to rehearse.

I’m taking care of the dogs, Gracie and Jack. Both are Boxers and they really demand attention. Not in a “sick dog” kind of way, but they just need attention. I walk through the house and they follow me. I get the mail and they stare out the door or window. I rattle my truck keys and they think they are going for a ride. I was walking them almost every day, but lately haven’t been able to.

I still run my business, Robin’s Desktop, but I slacked way back to take care of mom over the past three years. I’m on the fence about kicking it back up where it was. Mom’s health won’t improve, just stabilize. She is my priority.

I also have my upcycling business. It is still in the embryonic stage.

All this on top of my regular “housewife” duties. Wayne and I are a fairly traditional couple. He brings home the bacon, I fry it up in a pan.

I am tired. 🙂