I am a woman searching for my inner goddess and using fabrics, words and photography as my road map. I find great comfort and order in my creative efforts and hope that in sharing them you find a peace also. Welcome and Be Blessed!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Your Mother was a Hamster...

And your Father smelt of Elderberries.... ah... Elderberries. I had never had them much less smelled them but now I know.

IMG_2852 Elderberries picked from the bushes.

IMG_2853 I used a fork to pull the berries from the stems.

IMG_2854 The berries are cooked and then wrapped up to drain overnight. I ended up with 1 gallon of juice for my efforts!

IMG_2855 6 Cups juice, 1/2 C. lemon juice, 2 boxes fruit pectin, 1/2 teaspoon butter to prevent foaming, and 9 (gasp) C sugar. Bubble bubble.

IMG_2857 I got 11 and 1/2 jars of elderberry jelly. I took some of that 1/2 jar and melted it back down to syrup and poured it on vanilla ice cream. You don't get photos of that one or you would be mad at me for not sharing. It was that amazing. Tomorrow I have 2 more batches to make so maybe if you are really really nice..........

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I believe that things can always be cured with a hug and a cup of tea, fixed with either a needle and thread, duct tape, WD40 or coke, and that prayer works every time. I take in strays whether in animal or childlike form. I have been mother to many for a time and this is my way of keeping up with some of those straying children that I miss. I appreciate shock value and use it often to remind people that the world is round and colorful and we are not all living in square brown cardboard boxes with little holes cut in for windows. Look for the warm fuzzies- God delivers them up fresh every day just to say- I think you are pretty darned special- so special that I have your picture up on my fridge for life and I am sending you a hug to remind you that you matter to me.

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