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 TIP JELLY


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



FRESHLY HARVESTED SPRUCE TIPS


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.