It's snowing! We've only had a few snowfalls this winter, and only one that stuck. Oh, we've had plenty of very cold weather, but every time we get precipitation it's warm enough for it to be rain. Nice, huh?
Anyway, yesterday I was heating water for tea in the microwave when it started smelling funny. Kinda chemically/plasticy yuck. But there was also a touch of incense or something in there, so I decided it was our upstairs neighbor and let the microwave continue. Then there was a loud bang and a really awful smell, so I rushed over and turned it off. And that was the end of the microwave that Robert bought when he was a sophomore in college.
So this morning we headed out to buy a new one. And new jeans for Zion. And underwear for both kids. And sunglasses (with flames!) for Zion. What we didn't buy was new shoes for Zion, though he's going to need them pretty soon. The kid has huge feet! He wears a size 11 right now, and he doesn't have growing room in his current shoes. I figure he'll either grow into his feet, like a puppy, or...he'll have big feet. Either way! All in all we were good patriotic Americans and spent a bunch of money. Would've been more fun to spend it on wine, yarn, socks, perfume, and robots, but that's life, right?
In other news, I have created frozen yogurt perfection! In my own kitchen! If you're a frozen yogurt fan you've probably tried (or are at least aware of) the newish chains (Pinkberry, Cocoplum, Red Mango, Hello Yogo etc) that serve a fairly tangy frozen yogurt. It is delicious. Well, the other day I got to wondering (again) why I don't use my ice cream maker more often. Regular ice cream doesn't do a lot for me- I'm a bit of a glutton and find that consuming something that is 40% fat actually puts a damper on my ability to just relax and enjoy my gluttony. So I'm always on the look out for something that tastes awesome and isn't going to harden my arteries while I'm still actually eating it.
Here's what I did: I made yogurt (Hehehe, but it's true!). Then I strained the yogurt to remove some of the water, since more water = more ice crystals and less creamy texture. Then I mixed the strained yogurt with sugar and a teeny splash of vanilla (Penzey's double strength!). Then I chilled it in the fridge, but only for about 20 minutes, cause I got impatient. Then I popped in my ice cream maker.
I am not kidding when I tell you that only my great love of Robert and the kids kept me from eating the entire batch straight out of the ice cream maker. It is by far the easiest and tastiest frozen dessert I've made, and what's more, it would be easy to gussy up with chocolate or fruit flavor.
I am making more today.