... for a dressup picnic of popcorn and cupcakes made by little hands ...
... then hours of dabbling play in the rushing stream for Courtney and Boo.
Yesterday Dad and I donned aprons and plastic shower caps, and joined a group of seven other cheese enthusiasts in the kitchen at Seaside Village's Town Hall. During the next six hours we learned to make ricotta, marscapone and fetta cheese, using the vat of fresh cow's milk Beth bought us from the dairy. Together we poured, mixed, sieved and strained, adding cultures, salt and rennet, until magically the milk transformed into curds and whey.
In between bouts of busyness we chatted, shared lunch, ate biscuits and drank tea, and learned more about sustainable living.
Today our marcapone is set, the ricotta is already consumed, and the fetta (shown in the picture above) is steeping in briny water, where it will stay until it has matured -- just in time to become a Greek salad on the Christmas table.