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Queen Bee Market Review & Local Vendor Meet and Greet

My mother, Katherine and Aunt Mary pleased with their purchases!
Conference Center of las Vegas

Conference Center of las Vegas

I come from a family who LOVES all things crafts and DIY. Whether it’s homemade soaps, handmade seasonal decor, DIY signs and home decor, we will buy it or make it and maybe even sell it! So when my Mom and Aunt found out that the Queen Bee Market was coming to the Las Vegas Conference Center, I was all sorts of giddy!



 Walking into the Conference Center, we were immediately satisfied by all the eye candy. It was the perfect blend of modern, vintage and glam. Each Queen Bee facilitator was dressed in darling matching T-shirts and were there to greet you with a grab bag filled with handmade products and immaculate treats. And y’all, the booths! This was not your average craft fair where it almost feels like a community yard sale and the tables are covered by stained sheets. No, no. Each booth was its own 5th avenue merchandised storefront-just darling.  


Goodie Bags

The coveted Grab Bag. Sadly, we were one woman away from receiving one.- Photo from Queen Bee Market Facebook page

I was shocked to find out how many vendors were there from all over the West part of the states. I met talented women from Arizona, Utah, California and even Colorado and was nothing short of impressed by every single one of their creative and truly beautiful products. I wish I could have bought something from every booth. As much as I would love to talk about every single vendor and their products, this post is all about the amazingly talented Las Vegas local vendors and their stories.  

Wanna meet them?

Posh Pilar 

IMG_5015Meet Nastasia. Even though I don’t have little babies anymore, I could NOT walk past this booth without “oooing and awe-ing” at all the sweet things. Nastasia makes stylish nursing ponchos and baby accessories. I was desperate to turn back time and use one of these ponchos while nursing and carrying  my boys.  Nastasia and her husband have 3 daughters and are Vegas natives.




Staysi Lee Bridal Boutique 

17264296_1341327125924013_1233935571899720049_n This is Staysi Lee. She is everything right about Vegas. Her hair, her style and her beautiful designs all reflect beauty and fun. She designs everything from infinity dresses, retro skirts to girls dresses. I mean, this cactus dress? Are you kidding me? She and her husband have a beautiful 5 year old daughter, Wynter who models most of Staysi’s designs!




Just Charms & Pretty Things

IMG_5017Lacey Cowan’s pretty charms and things have been our favorite at every craft fair we’ve been to in the valley, so far. Her handmade treasures are incredible and there is something for everyone. Lacey is a mother of a strong little girl and is accompanied here by a very helpful husband (which I love to see.) 



Whatcha’ Got Cookin’

Photo Taken from Whatcha' Got Cookin' Facebook Page

Photo Taken from Whatcha’ Got Cookin’ Facebook Page

My Mom and Aunt absolutely LOVE Lisa and Roxanne’s easy to use go-to recipe’s and my family and I love to consume them! These fabulous friends have worked together to create some amazing recipes without any additional preservatives, MSG or stabilizers- they even offer some yummy Gluten free options! 




Cultivate Floral+Paper Goods

IMG_5014Sara Lunn is a sweet soul. I spoke with her for about half a minute and knew she was as sweet as southern tea. Her Bouquets were stunning enough for a wedding event yet simple enough for a dining room table. Her paper goods are equally wonderful. You can find her next at West Elm for her Pop-up Shop on April 1st. Sara and her husband have a one year old daughter. Give it up for this talented and ambitious Momma!



November Charm


270 E Horizon Dr #100 Henderson, NV 89015

I loved these matching mommas. Who loves chalk paint? Who loves renovations? Who loves home decor? Well these girls have it all and more! They are “Southern Nevadas plaster paint retailer” and they are PROUD of it. As they should be! Bravo, Ladies!







Ambers Umbrella 


7960 West Sahara Ave. 89117, Las Vegas, NV

Amber’s story is what Las Vegas Moms Blog is all about. Our mission is to encourage, support and inform local moms and this mom deserves all the reward for the journey she’s been on. Visit AmbersUmbrella to read more about her story and why Ambers Umbrella exists. Amber is a mother of 6 and she is here accompanied by her 14 year old daughter Joslyn, who is just a doll. Amber’s Market features repurposed furniture, home decor, salvaged pieces, accessories, jewelry, clothing, and party supplies. Her shop opens on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The next opening is Thursday, March 16th from 10-5pm. Or you can purchase products online any time at 




IMG_5023Kristin from BBFrosch is the reason Queen Bee Market came to Vegas from their prime location in San Diego. We couldn’t be more thankful for that! Kristin is the owner and developer of BBFrosch Chalk Paint Powder. Her painstaking journey through what it took to create an easy to use paint powder is why so many are flocking to her Workshops in 12 states! You can purchase the chalk paint powder as well as other products on the BBFrosch website. You can also attend one of the workshops to learn how to do it yourself!





I cannot wait to see all these vendors again at the next Queen Bee Market event! Will you be there too? 

Your welcome, Queen Bee!! Please come back soon!

You’re welcome, Queen Bee!! Please come back soon!

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Gift Guide and Bucket List of Our Favorite Holiday Things

Tis the season…We put together a list of our favorite places, products and services from stocking stuffers to bucket list events around town. Happy Shopping and Socializing, mamas! 

Gifts for your #1 mom (Yes, YOU!)

Vent Salon also has 2 locations also: Downtown Summerlin and Henderson 3 blowouts per month runs about $55/month. Look Style Society has 2 locations in the Valley – Tivoli Village and Town Square. They offer unlimited blowouts for $99/month and unlimited makeup application for $99/month!

For furry babies: Barking Dogs on Blue Diamond has a great selection of treats and toys to reward your pets after you have them groomed or just do the self wash option. I love the friendly, resourceful staff here and the products are top notch.

I have worn the same lipstick for probably the entire time I’ve lived in Las Vegas (since 2003!) It’s called Stay Currant and it’s a Revlon Colorstay lip stain. I know, the drug store under $10 choice for the win! I’ve tried other brands, other shades, but this is my absolute go to – fancy or casual, day or night, summer or winter. I love this deep red and the fact that it lasts all day & even into some mornings – Lol! Just remember to pick up Neutrogena make up remover too (or the Up & Up Target brand works just as well for half the price) or the fancy Bifacil by Lancôme. They all take off lip stains with minimal effort.

Tervis cups are my new jam. They have been around forever, are super sturdy and incredibly stylish. I love drinking just about everything out of them! There is a Tervis store at PH’s Miracle Mile Shops, but they are also available at Macy’s and Bed, Bath & Beyond(home of the never expiring 20% off coupons!). You can rep your favorite sports teams or choose fun festive designs. With an active, bull-in-a-china-shop toddler you need to be ready for the next foul ball or rogue plane. We also have pets so cleaning up broken glass is too much of a risk! 

Speaking of drinks… The good folks at Total Wine can help you find great wine and spirits to fit any occasion. They carry much, much more than simply wine! There is beer and cordials and hard alcohol as well as unique accessories and paraphernalia to make any wine connoisseur squeal.

Comfort food from Yardbird Southern is a cozy way to spend time connecting with your honey amidst the craziness of the holidays. When it’s cold out, rich foods are the way to go! We need to get our winter coats on – What else will we have to work off in the New Year?! Mandarin Oriental has a festive high tea as well. Start your new tradition today!

Brunch at Craft Kitchen, tea and multiple menu offerings at Truffles N Bacon, Filipino gastropub from Cutting Board & anything from Served LV and now at Americana… These are a handful of favorites around town for taking friends to share a unique experience that will give them something new to try or just make every day meals feel like a special occasion.

I love Hobby Lobby and Michaels for easy DIY kits from ornaments to toys, but the unique finds will be at Cost Plus World Market! Our elf even shops there!

There are 2 indoor playgrounds that we absolutely love (warning, sock zone!): Rockin Jump the trampoline gym is fantastic for the whole family so definitely head over when you have restless visitors in town. Super clean, open warehouse style, a stunt bag, dodge ball courts, a climbing tower, basketball hoops of varying heights, lockers and great music playing. For kids 10 years and younger, go to Kangamoo. You will not be disappointed! You could literally be there all day, they have a walking track, slides, swings, trampolines, a zip line, miles of crawl space, free massage chairs, free coffee, tea and water, a charging station and plenty of wifi.

Sharing experiences and quality time with loved ones is really what the holidays are all about. There are several notable seasonal events and attractions around town. You can never go wrong with Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest where there are so many local sponsors who are annual contributors. The trees are ever changing and can be a constant inspiration for your own home decorations. New to the Valley is Operation North Pole: an interactive experience with our favorite jolly couple! This includes photo opps, visiting the candy shoppe, the toy workshop, and one on one time with Mr. & Mrs. Claus! Make it a point to visit seasonal exhibits at Bellagio, Venetian and now The Park for festive gatherings and holiday decorations. Ice skating is always a fun family night too at Downtown Summerlin, Cosmopolitan and also The Park now too! There are also several homes decked out in Christmas Lights with synchronized music too! Hypnotist Marc Savard’s home on East Robindale is for sure a local favorite. The schedule for House on Robindale can be found on Facebook. If you want to stay in your car, try the Glittering Lights at the Speedway! They have Groupons and deals for bringing canned goods too.

Great shows to see anytime, but going to shows is more festive during the holidays: Terry Fator at Mirage, Jabbawockeez at MGM, and Absinthe at the theater in front of Ceasar’s (<–Absinthe is NOT for suitable for kids! …or anyone easily offended by vulgar language and suggestive content).

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What No One Tells You About Being a New Mom

Hey ladies! So as you all know, I am a brand new mommy. I love everyday of it and all of the adventures it throws my way. Heck, as I sit here writing this and trying to breastfeed at the same time, all I can think about is all the things no one tells you about being a new mommy.

For example, no one ever told me that I would have my Mamaroo set up next to my toilet just so I can go to the bathroom without the baby crying! I have learned to even breastfeed while doing my business in the bathroom! (You all know you have too!!!)

Also, I have learned that dropping food on my child’s head while cooking or eating is totally normal. Thank goodness for wraps and baby wearing or my family would starve, My child has had more veggies dropped on his poor head then I can count.

Let’s talk about eating those amazing meals I have prepared while balancing a baby. I never knew I could eat so fast. Once little man smells food, he is awake and wants to eat. I have tried feeding him right before and to no avail, it never works. Which in turn leads to more food on his poor head.

Another really good one is how the first time you accidentally hurt your child, you will freak out! I was home alone and walking through a door and hit my child’s head on the door jam! I called my mother crying and saying I was the worst mother alive. I was picturing CPS showing up at my door any minute and cried harder than my little guy did! Oh the drama!


The sleep thing is obvious and no one was kidding, but the first time you wake up mid-breastfeeding and don’t even remember starting to breastfeed is a little startling! The first time it happened, I sat there, looked around and wondered how the heck I even got the Boppy, latched him on and fed without waking up. So bizarre. All in all, this is the most amazing thing I have done with my life and I am sure there are so many more adventures to come! Can’t wait to share more!  Comment below and let me know some things that surprised you when learning to adapt to motherhood!

I also wanted to share this amazing recipe I discovered and made the other day! It was a huge hit and I am all about the healthy dishes! Please enjoy!







10 oz of veggie pasta
1 clove of garlic
2-3 avocados peeled and pitted
2 tsp of fresh lime juice
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp of butter
2 tbsp. wheat flour
1 cup almond milk
2 cups of shredded lowfat cheddar cheese


1. Bring large pot of water to a boil. Cook and drain pasta.  Set aside.

2. Combine garlic, avocados, lime juice in a food processor or blender and pulse until creamy. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.

3. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and stir into the butter until it forms a paste. Whisk in the milk until smooth. Stir until it starts to thicken and then add the cheese slowly. Stir until melted and creamy.

4. Place the noodles in a large bowl. Add in avocado sauce and cheese sauce and stir to combine. Serve warm.


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If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie

Russian Teacakes and Milk
Let the wild holiday rumpus begin.

Let the wild holiday rumpus start.

In our house, the Christmas season is not allowed to start before Thanksgiving. But it really doesn’t start until Christmas Mouse is pulled out of his (her? – not sure, it’s a mouse) plastic bin where he lives with the other holiday decorations. Christmas Mouse was sent to our family by my father-in-law and his wife when our boys were babies.

When you squeeze his foot, he sings We Wish You a Merry Christmas in a high, warbly voice. And he waves his little mouse arms and rocks side to side at the same time. At first, I hated this little singing and dancing rodent.

But surprisingly, he grew on me. These days, he is a bit temperamental in his singing. Maybe he’ll sing for you, maybe not. But we keep him.

The important thing is that once Christmas Mouse is unpacked, the wild holiday rumpus can start.

(Click this link to see Christmas Mouse in action!)

And the most important holiday tradition in our house is…

I wasn’t entirely sure how to answer this, so I asked the three main guys in my life what they thought. Two quickly said, “Christmas cookies.” The third talked about being allowed to open one gift on Christmas Eve, and waking Russian Teacakes and Milkup really early Christmas morning. But when he was told the others wanted Christmas cookies, he became super animated and agreed wholeheartedly.

When I was growing up, my mom made double or even triple batches of cookies each holiday season. Between my three brothers, me, and our friends tromping into the house after sledding or ice skating, it’s hard to believe there would be enough. But there seemed to be an unending supply.

I loved baking with my mom, and now my kids bake with me.


This recipe for Russian Teacakes is from the 1960 edition of Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book. Russian teacakes are my favorite Christmas cookie.  My mom, and now I, have baked them every single holiday season for my whole life. Even little kids can contribute to this tradition by rolling the baked cookies in confectioners’ sugar.

(I’m including the commentary from the original recipe because I love old cookbooks and their history.)Russian Teacakes


Russian TeacakesCrunchy, sugared, nut-filled snowballs.

This favorite with men came to us from a man. Carl Burkland, an eastern radio executive, often makes them himself at Christmastime.

Mix thoroughly:

  • 1 cup soft butter
  • 1/2 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Sift together and stir in:

  • 2 1/4 cups sifted flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix in:

  • 3/4 cup finely chopped nuts

Chill dough. Roll into 1″ balls. Place on ungreased baking sheet (cookies do not spread). Bake until set, but not brown. While still warm, roll in confectioners’ sugar. Cool. Roll in sugar again.

Temperature: 400°

Time: Bake 10 to 12 minutes

Amount: About 4 dozen 1″ cookies

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Halloween Treats, No Tricks

Spider cake

Candy corn and fun-size candy bars aren’t the only Halloween treats. Homemade Halloween-themed snacks are easier than you think. You can easily take familiar favorites and give them a twisted presentation for a horror-infused buffet. Let your imagination ooze to the dark side.

Spider Cake

Bake: Prepare cake batter using your favorite cake recipe or mix.
For the spider body, bake batter in an oven-safe glass mixing bowl. It will take longer to bake the batter in bowl than a cake pan, so watch carefully. It is done when a wooden skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool slightly before removing cake from bowl onto a cooling rack.
For the head, bake batter in a cupcake tin. (If there is leftover batter, bake more cupcakes.)

Assemble: Use a wooden skewer to attach the cupcake “head” to the larger “body.” Place on a serving plate, or a foil-covered cake base.

Decorate: Frost cake with gray or black frosting, which can be found in baking supply stores or craft stores (e.g. JoAnn). You can also use black food coloring to color vanilla frosting.
Alternately, chocolate frosting can be used.
For the eyes, use candies such as Atomic Fire Balls or Dots.
For the legs, position eight pieces of your favorite flavor of licorice.
If you desire, decorate the spider body by making a stencil out of cardstock. Sprinkle crystallized sugar over the stencil. Lift cardstock up carefully.

**Be careful not to offer this cake to people with arachnophobia.

So easy, a kid can bake it.

So easy, a kid can bake it.

New Twists on Familiar Favorites

The food is easy, the presentation scary.

Worms on a treat!

Worms on a treat!

Popcorn. Stuff popcorn into food-service gloves for individual servings. Tie the wrist end with ribbon. For an extra snap, place a Hot Tamale candy in the tip of each glove finger.

Cookie-Cutter Snacks. Cutting cookies into holiday-themed shapes makes them that more festive, Try it for unexpected foods, too. Use Halloween cookie cutters to make bat shaped pizza or pumpkin shaped cheese slices.

Rice Krispies Treats. (Recipe here.) Add drops of green and yellow food coloring to the melted butter-marshmallow mixture to create a sickly hue. After the treats have been cut into squares, arrange on a plate. Decorate with gummy worms and sprinkle with crushed chocolate cookies to make “dirt.”


What’s in a Name?

It’s amazing how changing the name of a food changes your experience. (Like “escargot” sounds exotic, while “snails” sounds…eww.) Place menu cards on the serving table to set the mood.

Crunchy Cheetos = Witches’ Fingers
Red Velvet Cupcakes = Bloody Cakes
Chili = Ogre Vomit

You get the picture.

I Vant to Drink Your Blood

Little ghosts and goblins can work up quite a thirst wreaking terror in the neighborhood. Quench it with this easy drink, which is delightfully bloody and infiltrated with creepy-crawlies:

Start with Creepy Ice Cubes: Pour lemon-lime soda into ice cube trays. Add a gummy worm or other gross gummy to each cube compartment. Freeze until solid.

Strawberry Puree: Thaw a bag of frozen strawberries. Puree in blender, adding sugar to taste. (For a 20-oz bag of fruit, use about ¼ cup of sugar.) Add lemon juice to taste, if you wish.

Assemble: Place a few ice cubes in a glass. Fill with lemon-lime or other light-colored soda. Dip a straw into strawberry puree. Cover the end of the straw with your finger to draw puree up into the straw. Drip small amounts of the puree into the glasses of soda and serve. Do not stir up the “blood.”



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Halloween Party Activities for Kids (and Adults, too)

Jack o Lanterns

When you think of Halloween, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If it’s trick or treating, you’re not alone. Luckily, Halloween’s scary fun lends itself to a variety of activities for all ages.

Here are a few fun activities for your holiday party. Some are variations on old (but not yet mummified) traditional games. Super easy and fun.Children Trick-or-treating

Spooky Bowling 
You will need:

  • 10 water bottles
  • food coloring
  • Halloween stickers
  • glitter glue
  • Halloween favors (small enough to fit in bottles)
  • mini pumpkin

For the bowling pins, use bottles of water with the labels removed. Add a few drops of food coloring to the water; orange is a great choice. Decorate the bottles inside and out with Halloween-themed stickers, glitter, or any other decorative items you wish. Place small party favors inside the bottle water. Use a mini pumpkin as the bowling ball.

Eyeball Race
You will need:

  • drinking straws
  • ping pong balls (ready-made ping pong eyeballs are available from Party City)
  • permanent markers to decorate ping pong balls like eyeballs (if needed)

Have children line up on one end of room, each with a ping pong eyeball and a straw. On hands and knees, kids blow through the straw to make the ping pong balls move. First one to the finish line wins.

Witch Hat Ring Toss 

You will need:

  • 3 costume witch hats
  • plastic rings

Set hats on floor in varying distances, and assign points based on how far away the hat is: 5, 10, or 15 points. Players take turns tossing rings to see who has the best aim and highest score.

Cookie Decorating
You will need:

  • plain sugar cookiesJack o Lanterns
  • orange and white frosting
  • orange and black decorator icing
  • colored sugar and sprinkles
  • candy corn
  • gummy worms or body-part gummy candies (check out your local party store, or Oriental Trading Company).

This is a treat and activity all in one. Provide the supplies for each child to be creative and decorate his or her own cookies.

Scary Movie, Scary Food

Don’t forget, adults like Halloween parties, too. You choose the scary movie, and let your guests bring the scary food. It’s open to interpretation, which is much of the fun. Sometimes the interpretation is literal, like a shark-infested jello ring. Sometimes it’s not – potted meat, anyone?

Halloween Candy


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A Drink to Your Health

Temps should get into the 110s this week in Las Vegas!Ah, Summertime…the living is easy (and if you live in Vegas, sweaty). With temperatures expected to hit 110◦ later this week staying hydrated is a priority. Most of our body is made up of water and the heat can quickly become overwhelming, especially for infants and children. Studies show that by the time you sense thirst you have lost 3-7% of your body’s water volume. Symptoms of dehydration include: thirst, dry or sticky mouth, lethargy, and low urine output. Sunken fontanelles (the soft spot on top of the head) are another symptom in infants. Although urine color can be affected by diet, medications, and vitamins it is still a good way to determine hydration status. Ideally it should look like lemonade. Lighter or clear urine suggests overhydration while darker color urine can indicate dehydration.

Woman Drinking Glass of WaterWe get water from the foods and beverages we consume. Choosing a beverage is almost as important as making sure you are drinking enough liquids. Many sugar sweetened beverages, such as soda, lemonade, or iced tea, have excess calories and can contribute to weight gain. Diet soda is no better as new research shows it can actually lead to weight gain! Juice has a little more nutrition but is still comparable in calories to other sugar sweetened drinks. Crystal Light and other similar products are okay in moderation but probably shouldn’t be consumed frequently due to the artificial sweeteners and colorings they contain. Gatorade is only recommended if you are doing hard physical labor or exercise and have been sweating excessively. Water really is the best drink in the house. But it can get boring. A great alternative is fruit infused water (or as I call it frusion water). A quick internet search reveals thousands of recipes some including herbs. These waters are not meant to be sweet but to have a light fruity flavor, think cucumber water you get at the spa. Below is a simple and tangy recipe to get you started.

Raspberry Lime Infused Water
Berries1. Slice two limes and squeeze juice into a mason jar or pitcher.
2. Add a handful of raspberries and with a muddler or wooden spoon lightly press the berries to release some of their juice (but don’t crush them).
3. Fill the jar or pitcher with ice and add water to the top.
4. Stir and cover with mason jar lid or saran wrap.
5. Refrigerate. Allow water to infuse for about an hour and then enjoy!

Be sure to remove the fruit with a strainer after three to four hours to keep the flavor from getting too intense. The water will have a light pink color and subtle Limes and Lemonsraspberry lime flavor. You can use any fruit combination you like. I don’t recommend bananas as they get very mushy and hard to strain out. Fresh or frozen work equally well. Frozen will be the better choice when the fruit is not in season. Since frozen fruit is picked at the height of its ripeness you may find that it offers a sweeter flavor. Vary the quantity based on the size of the jar or pitcher you use and the intensity of the flavor you want.

Fruit infused water is quick and simple to make with limitless combinations and something the whole family can participate in making. And it’s a much healthier beverage choice.

Assorted fruit

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Homemade Yogurt Recipe

Wow! I can’t believe how easy, tasty, and economical it is to make your own yogurt! Having a family of five makes you find ways to stretch your dollar. So it makes sense to save in the kitchen, eat healthy, and it is especially satisfying to control the quality of ingredients that ultimately make up my delicious yogurt. Hope you enjoy mamas!




1 quart whole milk, nonfat, lowfat or unsweetened soy milk
1/4 cup plain whole milk yogurt, has to have the live and active cultures

  1. Warm up your oven til it reaches 145 degrees, then turn it off
  2. In a large pot heat the milk until it reaches 180 degrees, I used a stable read thermometer, like the polder. Remove from heat so it can cool, keeping the thermometer in the pot.
  3. Once the temperature drops to 115 degrees, stir in the yogurt until it’s thoroughly incorporated.
  4. Cover the pot and place it in the oven and leave it undisturbed for 10 to 12 hours. I put a towel over it and closed the oven. (I like a thicker and tangier yogurt so I let the yogurt sit an additional 3 to 5 hours)
  5. Refrigerate yogurt for at least 3 hours before eating.

 If you want, you can make it into greek yogurt by straining it with a cheesecloth, bouillon strainer, or a yogurt cheese strainer for 2-3 hours in the refrigerator or how thick you want it to be (I spooned the yogurt into the yogurt cheese strainer because it’s easy, less messy and I like to use the other homemade yogurt to put in my green smoothies, homemade frozen yogurt, or put in my mashed potatoes). Then you can use the excess liquid (whey) to put in your smoothies or fermented vegetables.   You can reserve 1/4 cup of your homemade yogurt to start a new batch.

CREDIT: Thanks to one of my favorite fitness healthy real foods advocate instagrammers @fitalicious_me for sharing this recipe!

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