Regarding the last post- I have read and studied Job. Still, it wasn't God who brought bad things on him, it was Satan. Why He allowed it I am not entirely sure of- need to do more studying. I just know that His desire is for good- we mess up yes, we are tempted and sometimes take the bait yes, but, it is not His design for us to fall away and sin. He is there to help us when we do mess up, which I do daily, but I don't think He needs to teach us anything while resorting to the devices of Satan. Jesus Himself prayed in John 17 that we would be kept from all evil. All pretty much sums it up- anything that is hurting us in anyway.
Sorry for the confusion about relating that to birth control. I guess I didn't clarify what I meant. Basically it was on my mind because in the past a lot of people will tell me God won't give me more than I can handle when arguing pro quiverful. Then we had teaching on that same phrase, so that's where it all came from. For us another baby would be a mixed up soup of emotions. I would be happy to have another baby and hopefully a boy, BUT, it's not great timing. When is it ever great timing though? Again, those of you who are trying to get me to reconsider, I have had three c-sections, they are costly, they are painful- I have special needs child that is far behind and I already do not have a lot of time to spend with her- I feel stretched already. Don't try to convince me because my husband and I are agreed. I just wanted to know what others thought about the subject. I don"t plan on debating over it
Ok, now on to what I wanted to post about. BUTTER!!! I made it. Cool huh?
Here is the cream I skimmed off of our raw milk.
I used my standing mixer. This is what it looks like after a few minutes of mixing at high speed.
I had a quart of cream and it took around 15 minutes to get it whip up into regular whipped cream, which is my next picture.
Then, it took forever to go into the butter stage. At least it seemed that way because I was standing there watching it the whole time :)
The volume of the cream reduced drastically and I noticed it was watery which is the buttermilk, so I stopped it and took the bowl into a brighter light. Aha- butter curds!!
I did my best, but I didn't get all the buttermilk squeezed out. I mostly pressed it out with my spoon, then put it in a tea towel and squeezed for along time.
Butter and buttermilk! I did not add salt to the butter and I tried to make it into a ball shape. oh well. It tastes like butter! Tomorrow I am going to buy more milk and get some frozen so I don't have to make the trip so often. Even though I skimmed the cream off the milk, the skim milk still tastes good. I can't believe I finally had raw cream to work with. Fun stuff.