Happy almost halfway through the year 2021!
Last year, the days seemed to be crawling by. But, for good or bad, it seems we are back to the days speeding by.
We are taking our first real ‘vacation’ in almost 2 years this week, heading to Charleston, SC for a few days to meet up with some friends. We will back for the 4th and then head out a few days later to vacation with some other friends at their Lake House in Virginia. We are trying to make up for the lost time!
With our travels, we will be spending some time in the car. What are your favorite podcasts right now? Confession Time, I am a little addicted to True Crime Podcasts. If you know of some good ones, please share. Here are some of my favorite podcasts if you too find yourself spending time in the car.
I’m not sure who will get kicked out first; Delilah from the Mallard Duck society or Flora from the Golden Retriever society!
I can watch the bees flit around my garden all day…I find it mesmerizing. If you are looking to attract and feed the bees, then I have the plant for you! I have several Anise Hyssop in the garden and they are bee magnets! See that little orange/yellow blob on her leg? It is called a Corbicula or Pollen Basket. As she flits from flower to flower and accumulates pollen, she pushes it into that basket. Isn’t that cool?
The fact that the 4th of July is this Sunday has alarmed me just a bit! I need to get my act together! I can safely say that I will most likely be making this Pulled Pork and these Red, White, and Blue Sparkler Sugar Cookies, unless I let Rob have an opinion and then I’ll probably be making these Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream Popsicles too.
I’ve been busy in the kitchen lately! This Apricot Jam (with or without added Thyme, though I think you should add it!) is my most favorite jam. I have always loved apricot jam; I think cooking and canning this particular fruit really intensifies the otherwise subtle apricot flavor.
Speaking of apricots, did you know they are a low-pectin fruit? As such, they need a little help to get to the gel stage. You could most certainly use commercial pectin, but I’m going to challenge you (it’s an easy challenge, don’t worry) to make apple pectin stock. Seriously, it’s just a matter of cooking down chopped apples (including core, pits, seeds) in water! Then you use that liquid to add the necessary pectin to low-pectin fruits. Pop on over to get the Apple Pectin Stock recipe and the free chart showing the level of pectin in a variety of fruit.
And just wait until next week, I have the most delicious Strawberry Coffee Cake to share with you!
If you have some knit blanket projects planned, make sure you bookmark this post on Resizing Knit Blankets, Dishcloths and Towels.
A printable list of 50+ chores that will take you 15-minutes or less.
This Living Centerpiece is going strong two years later! I have two of the little orchids that I have been able to ‘recycle’, so I haven’t had to purchase plants again!. I really enjoy having fresh plants and flowers on my 365 days a year, without having the cost of buying fresh plants and flowers on a regular basis!
Well my friends, before we close let me take a minute to offer prayers to the victims and their families from that Condo collapse in Miami. My heart breaks for all of them…it is unfathomable.
Wishing you peace and light,