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Johann fairWe went to the county fair. We had fun looking at the animals, art, hobby displays and watching some of the entertainment.  But of course since we were at the fair we had to let him try some “fair food”.  Pulled pork sliders in a cup, handmade corn dog, and a funnel cake.  Not a very healthy choice but it sure was good.Johann fairLater that day we went to Roy’s Hot Springs in Emmett Idaho for our Ashby Family reunion. We had a great time swimming and as always Johann was a great help with the kids and all the cousins adored him.
Family photo at swimming poolSwimming with the family

After swimming our whole family stopped at Sonic for half price shakes. It was 9pm and Johann was surprised that we would eat ice cream so late at night.  While we were in France all the meals were very scheduled, and there was NO SNACKING in between meals and a late night sugar run was not common.  Since he was eating like an american and eating a large shake so late, he also decided to give the foot long chili dog a try.  Which he was very impressed with …lol.Johann with ahis foot long hot dog

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Johann softballToday Johann went out the shooting range to shoot some real guns, they also went to a shooting simulator and did that for a few hours.  Lots of shooting today :)

Tonight we played softball again with our church, he did well but is still learning the rules.  He ran over 2nd base but did not keep his foot on the base, then was tagged out.  Little things like that make it hard, BUT by the end of the summer he should be a softball pro and able to teach it to all his friends back in France :). Johann softball

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How to make butterIt’s Matt. I made Butter in a Jar back when I was a kid as a youth activity. It was very easy and just took some time. So the other day at the store I grabbed some Heavy Whipping Cream and planned a night with the kids to make butter. It is really easy and will provide some tasty and easily home made butter!

home made butter in jar

Ingredients:

  • Heavy Whipping Cream – any amount 6 cups makes about 1 pound of butter
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon per pound of butter- optional, used for preserving butter
  • Jar – with lid, any size, baby food jars are great for kids to make it with

home made butter heavy whipping creamDirections:

Pour Heavy Whipping Cream into jars no more then 3/4 the way full. It is best to leave room for the shaking and turning action. Next begin shaking! And Shake and Shake. Some music to shake too makes it fun for the kids and helps pass time. Something with a fun and quick beat. The best way I figured to shake the jar was to hold it length wise in my hands with the lid in my palms and the base of the jar wedge in my forearms.

It takes about 5 minutes before you notice a thickening forming in the jar. This heaviness is the beginning of the fat changing and sticking together. At this point you really just have a thick whip cream in the jar. Keep shaking. At this point the jar edges will look like:
home made butter foam

 

As another 5-10 minutes pass you will notice the jar filling with the foamy cream.  It feels as if there is no room in the jar as the thick Heavy Cream is aerated even more with the shaking, but keep shaking. It will look like this:

home made butter cream

Keep shaking and don’t stop you are almost done when it gets thick. I have heard some add a large marble to the thick foam. But I don’t think it really matters. Just the pressure of the shaking will continue the fat to congeal together. Don’t worry if you don’t think the foam is “churning” or rotating in the jar, gravity and pressure is still working to form the butter.
Before you know it you will see the foam separate and a thin liquid forms in the jar. That thin liquid is buttermilk! The butter is in the last few moments of shaking. Keep shaking until the butter or mass inside is a consistent size.
home made butter buttermilk
At this point you can separate the buttermilk out and save it for biscuits or pancakes and other fun recipes. Then you can add the 1/2 teaspoon salt which is optional. Some say the taste is different, but the main reason is to preserve the butter. Now with the remaining butter you can place it in a small container for refrigeration and easy of using it. So congrats you just made you own butter!  Enjoy your work!
home made butter bowl
As the butter sets you may see drips of buttermilk on the butter. Just let it drip off and drain.
home made butter
If you enjoyed making your own butter, then you will enjoy making your own cheese!
DIY Make your own Cheese

 

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johann gunsIt is not common to own a gun or even see a gun on France.  So today we took Johann to Sportsman’s Warehouse to see lots of guns, ammo and hunting equipment.  We had the cutest little gal behind the counter showing  him all kinds of guns and telling him all about the ammo.

On the way home we decided to get him a slushy at Sonic, he had never heard of them before.  In France many drinks are served at room temperature,  you have to ask for ice if you want it in your drink.  He also had never heard of a brain freeze, or ice cream headache.  He decided he wanted to try and get one…lol. SO he chugged his slushy as fast as he could, took a few minutes but finally got the dreaded “brain freeze headache” we laughed that he is becoming more American by the minute.johann coon skin hatsOur church youth group went to the lake to go boating. Johann was very excited about this.  He got to try and wake board for the first time ever, took him a few times to get the hang of it but once he got it down he had a blast.

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DSC_3172 aWe have a riding lawn mower to cut our grass since we have a large yard.  Johann had never seen one before, and became very excited when he found out that he could ride it to cut our grass.  Matt got a kick out of watching him cut the grass, you would have thought Johann was at the fair riding the newest ride. He had a blast and once he was done, he asked how often  we cut the grass so he could do it again.DSC_3178 a

For lunch we had ham sandwiches, grapes, chips and fresh made guacamole.  We were talking about the difference in meals between America and France.  He said the only time his family had sandwiches was if they travel, much different than here in the states where we have a sandwich a least a few times a week.

That night we played church softball and Johann got to play too, he played rather well for never playing before.  We also went to the park and played disk golf which is golf that you play with frisbees. DSC_3180 aBefore he came, he kept asking what he needed to bring.  My husband told him to bring a shovel so he could dig to China.  This was the photo my husband sent his parents today LOL.

 

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