In spite of thoroughly mangling a perfectly good plum jam recipe, I stumbled on the best plum jam ever! So I’m giving you the recipe exactly as I made it. Mangled. Feel free not to follow the recipe — except oh, pleeease do not skip the brandy, cinnamon and vanilla. And if it turns out too runny to be jam — pour it on your pancakes and call it syrup. Yummo!
It’s a Fine Afternoon for Iced LemonTea
Izzy is so photogeneic!
Saturday Smoothies: Watermelon-Peach Green Grin
Quick! Before summer is officially over and watermelons and peaches are just sweet memories, make at least one batch of this awesome smoothie! I used some leftover frozen agua fresca that I made last week, plus spinach, coconut milk and almonds. If you don’t have frozen agua fresca cubes, just substitute the ingredients that go into the aqua fresca (watermelon, peaches, ice) and you will have an amazingly delicious and easy smoothie
Hollyhock Dolls: a throwback to simpler times
I can’t remember if my grandmother or my mom taught me to make these hollyhock dolls, or maybe just told me about them. Anyway, I didn’t need to look up how to make them. I remembered they were made the hollyhock blossoms, a needle and thread. Some folks make them with toothpicks or stiff pine needles. For an old-fashioned nature craft on a relaxed summer day, this is the perfect way to have fun with your kids while making and reliving memories. They’re so easy!
Saturday Smoothies: Tropical Guava Delight
When it’s hot outside, a smoothie is the perfect breakfast or lunch. Rich in vitamins, fiber, protein and minerals, smoothies give you just about everything you need in a meal. This one is a true delight, sweet, cold, with an amazing mouth-feel. Tropical Guava Delight is a combination of guava, pineapple, lemon, coconut, vanilla and raw hazelnuts. Just right for a late summer day. Go for it! Yuh-Ummmm!
Peach Raspberry Buckle … or is it a Cobbler?
Growing up I made this recipe for peach cobbler from the Gasparilla Cookbook. I think we (my family) were all so inured to sugar that my memory of the cobbler is warped. I’ve made it twice in the last couple of weeks trying to get back to that way I remembered it. In my memory, this “Prize Peach Cobbler was not as sweet as this one turned out. So, I made it again this time using less sugar and butter. I like my version better.
Street Musicians and Other Farmers Market Characters
The Helena Farmers Market is a hoppin’ place in August when the harvest is rich and our days are warm. People bring their shopping bags and market baskets, their strollers and dogs, and their dollar bills to give to our entertaining street musicians. Today we also celebrate the Lake Helena Watershed Festival at Women’s Park adjacent to the Farmers Market. Enjoy the gallery of photos.
Kid’s Art: Root Creatures
Have you ever wanted to make an imaginary creatures? Here’s a DIY tutorial. All you need is a few driftwood roots and some paint. You can make whatever you can imagine when you look at the sticks.