Summer Morning Evening Beets

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Today seems like a quiet sort of day. I woke up early (for me) despite going to bed late after working on shop things^^^ The sun light  hazy and soft hitting all the cake toppers I’d worked on in the night that seem so peaceful. After I finish a batch it always seems like their waiting to go out into the world, ready for a party, ready to make a special little splash.

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There isn’t much human noise. I can hear the birds chattering loudly away, the insects rattling and the train. It’s a nice moment before the day really gets going and my little area of my little town wakes up.

The other night I experienced a big first for me…

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I’ve never made or even had beets before! To tell the truth I’ve always been a tinsy tiny little bit afraid of them. I’m a pretty adventurous eater. I will usually try things at least once and I’m not so sure why I’ve dragged my feets on the beets for so long 😉 BUT I finally worked up the courage to buy a bushel at the farmer’s market with a little encouragement from one of the regular venders.

I’ve been eyeing them for weeks. Even tough I was afraid to eat them, I’ve always thought they are beautiful! I found a recipe on pintrest from Angie Cooks in Portland. I think I went with this recipe not only because it sounded great but because this was also this bloggers first time with beets as well!

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As I started working with them

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My experience was the similar to hers. Seeing my hands turn red. Loving their beautiful color and earthy smell

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And looking at all the beautiful rings!

As it turns out I really like beets! They’re earthy and sweet! I ended up putting some on my turkey burger and that was a good idea!

 

Happy monday!

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Blueberries Are Raspberries

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Have you seen Thoroughly Modern Millie with Julie Andrews? If you can handle musicals or love Julie Andrews it’s a must! I love the character Muzzy. It seems her favorite phrase is “raspberries”! Maybe she’s rubbing off  on me after the hundreds of views I’ve sat through…

On to the blueberries!

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My second post in two days! Can you believe it? Neither can I! Last week at the farmers market I impulsed purchased a lovely crate of blueberries, much like the lemon I thought get now figure things out later. Do you see a pattern in my shopping?

Armed with my blueberries I set out to find a recipe. I’d been eyeing scones and thought why not? I came across this recipe from latabledenana and got started.

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This recipe was simple and easy peasy. Now I don’t know that much about scones. Weather there are scone faux pas or not, but I deviated from the recipe a little bit. I added almonds,^^^ a 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract and a little more sugar than the recipe called for. (The extra sugar and extracts are where I think the faux pas may come in…)

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The thing I really liked about this recipe is that you pretty much just throw everything into the bowl and mix it up!

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Dough all patted out and ready to be cut. Do NOT be fooled my this innocent picture, the dough is a bit sticky my hands were not so neat 🙂

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All cut and ready for the oven.

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All done!

*A note on the questionable extra sugar. If you like to eat your scones with jam or something of the like I think these are perfect the way they are. If you are going to eat them on their lonesome I would add just a bit more sugar. Even with the extra sugar I added they seemed a touch on the savory side to me but were still great!

The day I made these scones a lovely baker’s twine (named blueberry!) I’d ordered arrived! I think I’ve caught the Navy (color) bug and with all this blue around I ended up making some lovely little watercolor gift tags ^__^

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What do think? They came out so moody (in a good way!). I think I’m smitten

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A lovely blue tag to accompany and lovely blue treat!

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I also made some sweet pale pink tags among other projects. They’re all up in the shop 🙂

Happy Sunday!

Making Popsicles

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It’s been a whole three weeks since my last post! Time flies sometimes, especially when you’re busy! I promised my self I’d blog more often but then I just think thats not interesting enough to share. Do you ever feel that way?

Well any who today I wanted to share to my adventures in popsicle making!

I’ve been obsessed the last week with popsicle making. I saw one pin on pinterest (lets be friends!-I’d love to see yours!) and went pin crazy! There are so many options! Not to mention gorgeous pictures! This only made things worse :S So my next step was to go to amazon and check out popsicle molds (of course). They start at about $12 and go up, and while $12 isn’t that expensive, I’m cheap. Period. I decided to hold out. I figured I could probably get them cheaper in town and I’m glad I did! Target pulled through. I got two sets for a whopping $1.50 each! For a $1.50 I can live with the jelly bean 😉

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So with molds acquired it was time to let popsicle making commence! Back at pintrest, I started really looking at recipes and started to get a bit overwhelmed. There were TOOO many options. Like with most recipes some were easy others were more involved. So after gandering around a bit I decided to wing it.

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The first popsicle batch I made were pineapple and lime! This was a great decision! If you like lime this is for you! They were nice a tangy and not to sweet.

Up front I have to admit to you that I didn’t use fresh pineapple. Its nearly impossible to get here in Dekalb. They turned out great anyway!

Here’s a rough recipe of you’re interested. The lovely thing about popsicles (in my opinion) are if the base tastes good you’re all set. Just raid the fruit you have on hand and get to work!

I used:

1/2 a can of pineapples and 1/2 the juice

1 whole lime

1 tablespoon of sugar (about)

a bit of water

*You’ll need a blender

I squeezed the lime straight into the blender added the sugar and pineapple/juice and blended until smooth. Then added a bit of water just to make the mixture a bit more runny. You can use more juice but I was going to use my pineapple for my second batch. The water worked fine. Then pour into your molds.

Now at this point I have to warn you: no matter how much you wish that your popsicles will freeze instantly they won’t. 😦 So now you just wait. and wait and wait. Then maybe you’ll forget about them (I didn’t) and tada! Popsicle time!

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The second batch I made was pineapple and peach.

For these I used:

1/4 can of pineapple/juice

1 medium peach

a bit of water.

Then I just followed the same process. Throw it all in the blender, blend, add a bit of water, pour in mold and wait!

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Yay for popsicles! Do you make popsicles? What are your favorite recipes?!!