Making Butter on Solstice…

I don’t know about you, but I have been trying to upload photos on Blogger for most of the day with little success… and so I went to Tweet about this frustration on Twitter to find that I was not the only one who couldn’t upload pics. Then something amazing happened! You probably ALL know this already… but I will tell you here anyway. Someone Tweeted that if you upload your photos in HTML mode when you are writing a blog post, your photos will upload. AND guess what! They were right, oh my goodness, amazing!!! Thank you, thank you! :) If you are wondering where HTML mode is, just look to the right of where you compose your post, just above the menu bar, and you will see ‘Edit HTML’ and ‘Compose’ tabs, click on Edit HTML and load your photos, a whole lot of writing will come up, but when you are finished loading, click on Compose and, like MAGIC, your photos will appear… Ok, sorry about the Tiny rant, but how nice of people to share their knowledge and help someone as technologically challenged as myself, Yay:)
Just to mention here as well, that Kye is so much better today, his fever is gone, he is running around like there is no tomorrow and is almost back to his 5 year old happy little self. Thank you all so much for the get well wishes, I appreciate you all so much:) xo
Yesterday while our smallest was ill, the older children wanted something to keep them busy, so I thought that being the winter solstice down here in the south, it would be grand if we made soup, homemade bread and homemade butter. They were very excited and while Kye slept, Caiden made some honey bread, we popped it into the oven and made some butter from cream and amazingly everything was ready at the same time, just in time for lunch.
This is how we made our butter, it was quite nice to tie this in with a history lesson about the first people who landed here in South Africa at the Cape all those hundreds of years ago who had to make everything from scratch, butter, bread etc…
This is what you need:
Glass jar from your recycling with a lid
Glass marble to help speed up the creaming process
Salt
Cream
Put the marble in the jar.
Pour in the cream and a little salt (salt optional)
Start to shake like crazy!
Even on the trampoline… (just so you know Sandy AKA ‘Baa’ (our Labrador) really tried to get a hold of one of those cream jars, she was successful just one time, by swiftly grabbing it away from Erin, but we managed to retrieve the jar safely and intact from her, much to her disgust (Sandy’s)… (It could have been disastrous, glass jar and all, I know, but thankfully, it wasn’t!).
***(This is what we learned, do not let your glass jars out of your sight while making butter, especially when your beloved Labrador is in the vicinity, they will think it is a chew toy and will Never allow you to have it back, unless bribed with a yummy dog treat and then just maby they will give it up… which is exactly what happened in this instance…)***
Our beloved Labrador is safe and so is the glass jar.
Lovely yellow butter…

Just remember to take out the marble, mould the butter into a sweet shape and pop it into the fridge until firm and them smear thickly on hot, scrumptious homemade bread and enjoy…

Love to all
Linda

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10 Responses to Making Butter on Solstice…

  1. Julie June 22, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    That’s so cool! didn’t realize how easy it is to make butter.

  2. K June 22, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    Great fun – like Julie, I never knew it would be so easy. On G’s multigrain bread, this will be wonderful.

  3. Linda June 23, 2011 at 12:34 am #

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmm Good! I love butter and I especially love it on fresh warm bread straight out of the oven. I am going to the store to buy some cream so that I can make my own butter. Thanks for sharing!!
    Linda

  4. ecoMILF June 23, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

    oh so doing this this weekend!

    xo m.

  5. Joy June 24, 2011 at 3:38 am #

    Love the heart-shaped butter! We usually make some for our Thanksgiving holiday. So much fun! I’m glad Kye is feeling better. :)

  6. Nadia June 24, 2011 at 4:20 am #

    What a fun idea! We’ll be trying this one for sure :) I’m ne to your blog, so was wondering if you have a recipe somewhere for the bread you make? Thank you

  7. Alittlebitsheepish June 24, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    This looks great, I am going to ahve to give it a try. Do you get a reasonable amount of butter from each jar? Or are several jars (and the associated child labour ;-) ) required to make enough for a meal?

  8. Linda June 24, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    Dear Nadia,
    Welcome to my blog, thank you for taking the time to visit:) I found this really easy and wonderful bread recipe in ‘The Waldorf Kindergarten Snack Book’ by Jo Valens. It is seriously the easiest and most divine tasting bread we have ever made.
    Take care
    Warmly
    Linda

    Dear Alittlebitsheepish,
    We put all the butter together and made the little heart shape, we definately had plenty for a meal:)
    Thanks for visiting,
    Linda

  9. Melissa Plank June 24, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    Fun project, the butter looks yummy!

  10. Nadia June 25, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    Thank you for replying to my post :) I have been looking at getting that book for a little while now so I think this makes up my mind for me!

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