Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Homestead Blessings: The Art of Dairy Delights Video Review & GIVEAWAY!

OK, so remember the other day I told you I had some exciting news.  We have been blessed with the opportunity to review the Homestead Blessings Video Series made by the West Ladies.  I am going to be reviewing a new video each month AND each month Franklin Springs Family Media is allowing me to GIVEAWAY 3 (Yes, T-H-R-E-E-!-!) of the videos that I reviewed that month to 3 of YOU!  Told ya it was exciting news!



If you don't know who the West Ladies are, let me tell you a little bit about them... They are a mother daughter (well 3 to be exact) team who focus on homesteading, or country living if you will.  They invite you into their home and show you everything from bread baking to candle making to quilting.  I just love their personalities, they have good ol' country charm that just draws you in to what they are doing. 

The West Ladies are always adding to their video collection. but currently The Homestead Blessings Series consists of 11 videos:
  • The Art of Quilting
  • The Art of Sewing 
  • The Art of Dairy Delights
  • The Art of Canning
  • The Art of Gardening
  • The Art of Herbs
  • The Art of Cooking 
  • The Art of Soap Making
  • The Art of Candle Making
  • The Art of Bread Making
  • The Art of Crafting
This month the kids and I watched Dairy Delights, not to sound corny but it was delightful!  Vicki, Cece, Hannah and Jasmine walked us through making homemade ice cream, butter, mozzarella, cream cheese, and yogurt.  as a bonus we even learned how to milk a cow!  Being a visual learner myself, it was so helpful to have the ability to see everything step by step. 



We decided to try making butter, yogurt and ice cream.  Can you guess which one the kids loved the most??  Of course it was the ice cream!  The ice cream was there favorite thing to eat but the butter was their favorite thing to make.  I thought that everything turned out great!  At first, I thought my yogurt didn't turn out that great, but after it sat in the fridge a bit, all was well. 

Remember I told you I would share how I had made the yogurt.  Here is the recipe from the Dairy Delights video...

Homemade Yogurt
Items that you need:
  • Quart of Milk (I used organic, whole milk)
  • 1/4 cup of Store Bought PLAIN yogurt with LIVE ACTIVE CULTURES (this is your starter)
  • Quart Sized Jars with Lids
  • Small Cooler
  • Hot Water
  • Food Thermometer

First you need to get your milk to 180 degrees and then let it cool to 110 degrees. That was the hardest part, waiting. Once your temperature is 110 degrees you add your yogurt and pour in the jars. Top with lids. Place the jars in your little cooler and pour in the hot water. The water should be as high as the yogurt in the jar. Closer it up and then wait, 4-8 hours, depending on how strong you want your yogurt. Like the ladies said, if your yogurt isn't perfect the few time or two, don't give up. It kinda takes practice.




Heat the milk to 180 degrees and once it cools to 100 degree add your yogurt.  I doubled the recipe.
Place milk/yogurt mixture into your jars.  Top with lids.
  
Place jars in a cooler with hot water.  Close it up and wait 4-8 hours, depending
on how strong you want it. 
It was a little lumpy but still very good. 

The Homestead Blessings videos are great family films that make wonderful tools for training up our daughters to be helpers in the kitchen and home, and to of course prepare them to run their own homes one day.  Mother and daughters will no doubt have great fellowship and bonding time as they work through this series together.  This video series also makes for a top notch home economics program. 

The ladies used an old fashioned hand cranked ice cream maker but we used our electric one. 
Didn't take long to get thick and creamy. 
Not sure that I even need to comment here, I am sure your mouth is already watering. 
The Lil' Chef making butter.
Computer Girl taking a turn.
Yes folks, that is a big ol' hunk of fresh, homemade butter.  And boy is it good!
I doubled this recipe and this is what I ended up with.
I ended up sticking some in the freezer.


On to the GIVEAWAY!  I am just so excited to be able to share these videos with you!  The giveaway is going to run until September 10, 2010.   Here is how you can enter to win Homestead Blessings, The Art of Dairy Delights:


Please leave a SEPARATE COMMENT for each way that you enter and YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS! Here are the ways that you can enter:

  • You must be a Follower or Subscriber of LSG to Win! Please leave me a comment and let me know how you follow.
  • If you have just become a new Follower or Subscriber please tell me how you heard about this giveaway.
  • If you blog about this contest please come back and leave me a link to you post.  
  • Please visit the Franklin Springs website, let me know which other Homestead Blessings videos you would be interested in.  
  • Facebook or Twitter about this giveaway and leave me a comment to let me know about it.
  • Like Franklin Springs Family Media on Facebook.
  • Like Homestead Blessings on Facebook.


We received these products free of charge, from Franklin Springs Family Media, for review purposes. The opinions stated in this review are our own and we were not paid in any way.

108 comments:

Tristan said...

I follow your blog with Google Friend Connect.

tdrowlee AT yahoo DOt com

Tristan said...

I wold love to see the Art of Sewing!

tdrowlee AT yahoo DoT com

Michelle said...

I admire the West Ladies so much! thanks for doing this giveaway:)

faithonfyre at yahoo dot com

Michelle said...

I found out about your giveaway through MFWworkboxes group:)

faithonfyre at yahoo dot com

Michelle said...

I would love to see their Art of Canning video:)

Faithonfyre at yahoo dot come

Michelle said...

I like Franklin Springs on Facebook:)

faithonfyre at yahoo dot com

Michelle said...

I like Homestead Blessings on Facebook:)

faithonfyre at yahoo dot com

Krystal said...

I follow with Google friend

Krystal said...

I followed your link from MFWworkboxes

Krystal said...

I like Homestead Blessings on Facebook

mamakayb at gmail dot com

Krystal said...

I like Franklin Springs on Facebook

mamakayb at gmail dot com

Rodna said...

I want to see Bread Making, Cooking and gardening!!!!

Rodna said...

I am following!

Krystal said...

I would like Dairy Delights -- thanks so much for doing this!

mamakayb at gmail dot com

Lisa said...

I follow with GFC

artandlisatrombley@yahoo.com

Lisa said...

Would love to see the Art of Sewing

artandlisatrombley@yahoo.com

Stephanie said...

I've been enjoying your blog for awhile now - found you on the workboxes group. That is where I heard about the giveaway.

Stephanie
edwardsd@usit.net

Stephanie said...

I would be interested in any of their videos, but maybe especially the art of quilting, sewing, bread making, gardening...ugh! This is too hard to decide! Thanks!
Stephanie
edwardsd@usit.net

Joy said...

I am following your blog!! I definitely want to learn how to do this! My kids eat yogurt like crazy!! My son LOVES mozzarella cheese and I have such a weakness for butter!! So... yes!! I want the Dairy DVD!!

Joy said...

Oh and I found you through TOS crew.

Joy said...

I went to the website and drooled over their videos. I would like any of them. Anything to help me learn how to be a better Proverbs 31 woman!

Julieanne said...

I'm a follower on GFC!

Julieanne
http://www.JoyInOurJourney.com

Julieanne said...

I'd like to see their quilting DVD!

Julieanne
http://www.JoyInOurJourney.com
ejm at truevine dot net

Julieanne said...

I "like" Homestead Blessings on Facebook!

Julieanne
http://www.JoyInOurJourney.com
ejm at truevine dot net

Julieanne said...

I "like" Franklin Media Springs on Facebook.

Julieanne
http://www.JoyInOurJourney.com
ejm at truevine dot net

Real Housewife said...

I follow through GFC

christianhomeschool4us {at} yahoo dot com

Real Housewife said...

"like" Homestead Blessings on FB
christianhomeschool4us {at} yahoo dot com

One Mom said...

I fillow you on GFC!

One Mom said...

I heard about your giveaway from the TOS crew!

One Mom said...

Goodness, they all look good. I think The Art of Cooking would be a good one to have!

Beverly said...

I've been to your blog several times (MFW and Crew), but now I follow you too. :)

Beverly said...

I'd love the Art of Quilting too

Sweetpeas said...

I just became a follower of your blog with google friend connect.

Sweetpeas said...

I heard about this giveaway on the TOS Crew forum.

Sweetpeas said...

I suppose "I want them all" isn't what you're looking for when you ask which videos we'd be interested in, huh? If I had to choose two, it would be cooking and sewing, both things I can use help in, and both things my girls are interested in learning more about.

Sweetpeas said...

I liked Franklin springs on facebook

Sweetpeas said...

I liked Homestead Blessings on facebook

Kimberly said...

I follow you on
GFC

lacey5 at nycap.rr.com

Kimberly said...

I like The Art of Canning.

SisterTipster said...

I want to learn to quillt!

SisterTipster said...

http://sistertipster.blogspot.com/2010/09/giveaway-homestead-blessings-art-of.html

SisterTipster said...

I'm a follower...

SisterTipster said...

I facebooked it ;-))

Angie said...

I get your updates in my email in box.

Angie said...

I would like the sewing and breadmaking videos too.

Angie said...

I am a fan of Franlkin Springs media on facebook.

Angie said...

I am a fan of Homestead Blessing on facebook.

Jennifer said...

I already follow you with google friend connect.

Jennifer said...

I already follow you with google friend connect.

Jennifer said...

My girls and I have enjoyed the bread and candle making videos. I would also like to watch the canning video.

Jennifer said...

I like homestead blessings on FB.

Jennifer said...

I like Franklin Springs Family Media on FB.

~Ms. Mom said...

I liked Franklin Springs Media on FB :)

~Ms. Mom said...

I liked Homestead Blessings on facebook :)

~Ms. Mom said...

I follow your blog through My Father's World blogroll! :)

~Ms. Mom said...

I would love to watch "The art of candlemaking and the Art of bred making....crafting sounds interesting, too!

~Ms. Mom said...

I posted a link to this on my facebook page! :)

Tirzah said...

What a great giveaway!
I follow via RSS Feed.
landtbourque@yahoo.com!

Tirzah said...

I found out about this giveaway from the post made on the Yahoo Group Makinglearningfun! Now I am folowing!

Tirzah said...

We would be interested in "The Art of Gardening"

landtbourque@yahoo.com

Tirzah said...

I posted a link on my FB page.
landtbourque@yahoo.com

Tirzah said...

Like Franklin Springs Media on FB.

landtbourque@yahoo.com

Tirzah said...

Like Homestead Blessings on FB!

landtbourque@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I read about your giveaway on the workbox yahoo group.

dlbetts1@Juno.com

Anonymous said...

I like the Art of gardening.

dlbetts1@Juno.com

Anonymous said...

I like Franklin Springs on Facebook.

dlbetts1@Juno.com

Anonymous said...

I like Homestead Blessings on facebook.

dlbetts1@Juno.com

Anonymous said...

I am now following Living Sola Gratia privately through yahoo; blogger.

dlbetts1@Juno.com

alecat said...

I follow you via Google Friend. ☺

Kelly said...

I already follow you on GFC

Kelly said...

I did however, find out about this contest through the TOS Crew forum.

Kelly said...

Another one I'd love to have is The Art of Quilting!

Kelly said...

Just "liked" Franklin Spring Media on FB

Kelly said...

Just also "liked" Homestead Blessings on FB. Is that how you got the ability to review these?

Kelly said...

I don't know how to show you my link, but I also posted your giveaway on FB. You can search for my name - Kellyann Walker.

Brandy said...

I have always wanted something from these! They look so informative!!

I just recently am following. Heard of this offer through a fellow blogger, Twila.

I was also intrigued to see we share the same name AND our blogs are very similarly named!

Man...I can't just pick one I would like. It's got to be a tie between the dairy, bread making, or soap making.

Thank you for offering such an awesome give away!!

Brandy

jkmom said...

I receive your e-mails

jkmom said...

I visited their site and think the home cooking would be right up my ally. ;)

jkmom said...

I posted it on FB

jkmom said...

Just Liked Homestead Blessings on FB.

Anonymous said...

Hi! I follow you on Google Reader.
www.stayathomemyheart.wordpress.com

Anonymous said...

I liked Homestead Blessings on Facebook!
www.stayathomemyheart.wordpress.com

Wendy Howe said...

I follow using yahoo and don't care which video I get because I would like to have them all.

wehoweky@yahoo.com

Joyce said...

I am a LSG follower:)

Joyce said...

Made a post about it:)

Joyce said...

I would love to learn more about the Art of Gardening and the Art of herbs!

Joyce said...

Posted it on FB:)

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/joyce.bearden

Joyce said...

Liked Homestead blessings on FB:)

Joyce said...

Liked Franklin Media on FB:)

Jesse, said...

I follow via Google Friend Connect.

Jesse, said...

I liked Franklin Springs on Facebook

Jesse, said...

I liked Homestead Blessings on Facebook!

Jesse, said...

I would *love* to see the Art of Canning...and just about every other homestead video!

The Unsell Family said...

I follow your blog with google friend connect

~Jennifer Unsell
unsells{at}yahoo{dot}com

The Unsell Family said...

I just became a new follower and I hear about this giveaway through your post on the TOS crew board.
~Jen Unsell
unsells{at}yahoo{dot}com
www.theunsells.blogspot.com

The Unsell Family said...

I am a follower on facebook now.

The Unsell Family said...

I visited Franklin Springs Media and the other video I would love is the Art of Bread Making.

Erna said...

I heard of your giveaway at a MFW Yahoo group. I follow your blog via Google Reader also. I have always been curious about these videos but have not seen them myself yet. If I were to win the giveaway, it would be a nice introduction. :0)

Granny Gross said...

I'm retired, but I would love to purchase some of these videos. If you could let me know how to do that I'd be grateful. This is a great site and my niece just clued me in to it. Thanks! grannysammi@yahoo.com is my email.

Melissa said...

I found your blog through the Homestead Blessings Facebook page and follow through Google

Melissa said...

I love the West Ladies and would adore to have the Art of Quilting video, along with this one of course :)

Melissa said...

I "like" Franklin Springs Family Media on Facebook.

Melissa said...

I "like" Homestead Blessings on facebook.

Melissa said...

I forgot my email addy on all of my entries!!! so i'm doing them again...

I follow this blog on my google acocount
mel112503@bellsouth.net

Melissa said...

I found your blog on the Homestead Blessings Facebook page.
mel112503@bellsouth.net

Melissa said...

I love the West Ladies and would adore to have the Art of Quilting video, along with this one of course :)
mel112503@bellsouth.net

Melissa said...

I "like" Franklin Springs Family Media on Facebook
mel112503@bellsouth.net

Melissa said...

I "like" Homestead Blessings on facebook
mel112503@bellsouth.net

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