Category Archives: gardening

making jam with summer strawberries

I happened upon a great sale at Vitamin Cottage this afternoon and had to purchase the fresh, organic strawberries that caught my eye. Optimally, I would make a journey out to Berry Patch Farms in Brighton, Colorado, to hand-pick some berries, but the journey seemed too far today.  This hot weather we have experienced here lately kept me close to home.  If you do live in Colorado, and you have a morning’s worth of berry picking in you, a trip to Berry Patch Farms is a treat.  Not only do they open their farm to you, to hand-pick herbs, fruits, and veggies, but they also offer “pre-picked” varieties.  Although this farm is kid-friendly, I opt to venture out on the quieter days designated as “kid free.”  Here is today’s finished product – what a fun experiment!

Quick strawberry jam…
This recipe yields about 32 ounces of delicious jam,
and it keeps in your refrigerator  up to ten days.  I used eight four-ounce jam jars for this recipe.

 

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mint and cocktail beginnings

I woke up rather late this morning.  And, by “rather late,” I mean 11:30AM.  Yes, that’s right.  There is a justifiable reason to waking up that late, and a contributing factor does include poking around on Pinterest until well after 3:00AM.  I kept company with a bottle of Frog’s Leap Chardonnay, and we settled down after delightfully agreeing upon the construct of the perfect spring lavender cocktail.  I think that I even made a few new friends along the way!

Orange mint-lemon sweet tea.

Waking up late can be a decadent treat, but most times, it renders me crestfallen.  I feel that my day has been robbed from me, and I feel a sting of guilt that I have squandered its most beautiful hours.  It is a careful balance, when you attain the satiety of enjoying the correct amount of sleep-hours and the bonus points of waking up early.  I did not meet that balance today.  Not anywhere close.  As I meandered to the kitchen and reached for a familiar pitcher, I realized that I must have consumed the last of my homemade sweet tea the night before.  Too tired to brew some, and too foggy to remember exactly how it dwindled so quickly, I waited until “someone else” made it for me.  It is always interesting to see how someone makes sweet tea happen.  Too lemony…too herbaceous…too sweet…  Everyone seems to have a “perfect recipe” for themselves.  My recipe tends to evolve around what I have available in my kitchen or garden at the time.

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something old, something new, something borrowed, something bleu

The 24 inches of snow is finally starting to melt from our recent deluge here in Denver.  Unfortunately, I was unable to burrow down and hibernate; the outside world’s demands forced me to wake up, shovel, and brave the roads.  My view of the back porch is a stark contrast to my cozy, warm perch here on the floor, beside my coffee table.

My usual resting spot to catch the last rays of sunshine…not so much today!

Two days before the snowstorm, I drove to my plot at Ellis Elementary School’s community garden.  This garden is sponsored by Denver Urban Gardens and hosts roughly 15 plots for those without adequate gardening space at their homes.  I have been living in an apartment for the past year and have thoroughly missed having fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs within a short walk’s reach.  Purchasing a plot here was one of the most rewarding and inexpensive things that I have recently done.

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