Jul 13, 2015

Daisy's Show In Blue Bottle's

I cut a few single stem daisy flowers from my yard and displayed them in these blue bottles which I had in my glass container collection. 

Daisy's can be pressed and used to make a sun catcher with children.

Jun 15, 2015

Black Spruce Tip Jelly With Goat Cheese Appetizers


Black spruce tree's grow new tips on their branches in the spring and summer.


I used a recipe from the book, The Boreal Herbal,
by Beverly Gray, to make this delightful jelly. 
                                                          4 cups spruce tips
                                                          4 cups water
                                                          2 tablespoons lemon juice
                                                          1 package of pectin
                                                          1 1/2 cups sugar

(I used fresh squeezed lemon juice and organic evaporated sugar cane.) 

Add spruce tips to the water and simmer for 5 minutes.
Set infusion aside to steep until it reaches room temperature.

Strain the tips from the infusion.There should be 3 cups of infusion.

Combine spruce tip infusion, lemon juice and pectin, stir until dissolved. 
Bring to a hard boil for one minute.

Add sugar and stir until dissolved, then bring mixture to a hard boil
 for 1 minute or until mixture is ready to preserve. 
Process the ingredients in jars according to  fresh preserving instructions.

Makes 3 - 8 ounce jars of jelly.

Make a plate of these tasty appetizers for your next party
or summer gathering. Your guests will enjoy the unique taste.