I took a few turns shaking the jar as well, when it got to that point right before it breaks, where it's so full of air that it's hard to shake it at all. But we managed to push it right through the breaking point into a nice lump of butter.
And we sang so many songs!
Here's our lovely dish of butter, with our leftover buttermilk:
We used that buttermilk to make saltines (substituting buttermilk for the water in this recipe). I don't know that pioneers often made saltines, but I do know that saltines were described in the 1838's The Young House-keeper, so it would make sense that people would be making saltines in 1847.
And it's a super simple recipe!
Made more complicated by many helping hands, of course.
The recipe we used was so small (it only called for two cups of flour) that I decided both Benjamin and Zoë could make up their own batch of dough (another recipe I saw called for eight cups of flour and I didn't have it in me to half or quarter that recipe down to a doable amount (because it would have been, like, "add 3/4 of a teaspoon of..." and I didn't want to deal with that, so the small-yield recipe won). They were pretty excited about this!
Here they are getting down and dirty with their dough:
...as well as with a smidge of some plum jam I made the other day when I realized there was no way we were going to eat our way through all the plums we had in the house.
In the meantime, enjoy a picture of Phoebe working on a saltine: