Friday, March 7, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
Finally February is over and out. This is the time of year that I get really motivated. The most dreary part is over,and my mind can start planning and dreaming of what comes next. Gardening, fun in the sun, discovering new local people and places, spring cleaning. Well, maybe not so much with the cleaning but, I do manage to tweek at least one area in my home that will help me improve my gardening skills and crafts.It's also when I seem to pay the closest attention to breakfast. With all these plans running around in my head I don't want to run out of gas.
So, this is what gives me the best start for my day. Today I started with several tablespoons of my Apple Spice Butter. I absolutely feel in love with fruit butters this year and since they contain very little sugar they must be healthy.....right. Then I top the butter with Greek Yogurt
Cover it all with a generous handful of my homemade granola.This batch used up the last of my dehydrated apples. Then, I drizzle it all with local honey. Definitely a great way to start the day. What gives you the best start to the day?.............said the hobbit
Friday, February 21, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
So happy I didn't attempt this before the holidays........I found this recipe HERE
I thought ............how hard can it be to make jelly drops? I got my ingredients together.
4 SHEETS OR ENVELOPES OF GELATIN
2 CUPS SUGAR
1/2 CUP WATER
JUICE OF A LEMON
ZEST OF AN ORANGE
2 DROPS YELLOW FOOD COLORING
Sheets of gelatin weren't available at my grocers so I got the envelopes. These had to be bloomed in 1/2 cup water Now this could have be my FIRST mistake. Was this an additional 1/2 cup water? Or was I to use the 1/2 cup in the recipe? After deciding to play it by ear and see if more liquid was needed as I went along I bloomed the gelatin and found it to look like a white hockey puck............pretty solid .
While that was going on I choose a bright orange to zest. This was for color so I found the prettiest one at the market.
Zested away ..............
Stopped for a healthy snack
brought my sugar and additional 1/2 cup water to a boil...added my gelatin and continued to cook an additional 15 minutes ....stirring constantly as suggested.When thickened I added the zest and lemon juice,poured it into the parchment lined pan and waited for it to cool.Hers was a beautiful shade of yellow.........looking more like gold then the deep dark amber color I got...............where did I go wrong?
She mentioned several times her need for perfection in making these for giving and although I too feel that need...............
A good coating of 10x sugar and a pat on the back for going where I had never gone before quickly erased any self thrashing I might have attempted. So......not very pretty but,
darn tasty and that's why I like being in the kitchen by myself ...........said the hobbit