Monthly Archives: August 2016

Clover Honey….

So I had this wonderful idea as I sat by a patch of delicious smelling white clover having an afternoon coffee.

I searched the yard looking for the sweet smell of honey. Duh! Clover that was right beside me. The heat was sending up the most delicious smell. My brain being in the canning mode and foraging mindset said “HEY! Make some honey! It can’t be that hard.”

Soooo…I set the girls to work collecting the best clover heads.

 

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The girls gave up trying to find enough clover flowers to fill the basket. So I took over and went wandering allover the property. Tada!

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Yumminess in a basket.

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I made clover tea…which I let steep overnight. I wanted to extract all the flavour I could.

*BIG NOTE: Make sure to strain you tea really really really well. I mean through the finest cloth you can find. There are teeny tiny little black bugs that hide in the flowers that you can not just shake or wash out.

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Tea strained really well. I actually put it through a cloth tea bag and then the metal strainer.

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Add lots of sugar.

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Difference in the colour of the tea to the honey!

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TADA HONEY!!

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Liquid gold to pick us up out of the winter dulldrums

OH MY! I can’t even begin to describe how yummy this is. Clover Honey is a new family favourite. I may make another batch before the clover all dies. I don’t think the 9 jars will last. HAHA!

Never be afraid to try something new…

❤ D

Playing with Apricots and Cherries

So my Mom-in-love comes up to me while the girls and I are waiting for Seren’s shift at the Burns Lake Public Library with two boxes…one of Apricots and one of Bing Cherries.

OH MY!

So…in the next two days we eat some of each and then the rest I get to work on…

First up:

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Apricots on the boil down

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Crappy photo….Fresh Apricot Jam

Next:

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Bing Cherries and Apricots make…

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Very very yummy Jam.

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Especially on homemade buns from the Neighbor!

After this I still had cherries left and wasn’t sure what I would make. We aren’t big on canned cherries…Blech! Too many in our past. What other way could one use cherries?

So as I pitted the cherries, struggling with what to make, Seren noticed how red with juice they were. She had just been reading a thriller novel so you know where her brain was…

“Mom you look you just murdered something.”

My quick response was whispered,”Just…cherries….” Well that cracked us up and I decided I would make…*whispered* Just Cherry Jam….Muhahha!

My cold room is getting jam packed with summer goodness for the winter. Stay tuned I have a lot of catching you up to do….sorry. 😉

❤ D