Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tastes Like Sunshine On Your Tongue Marmalade

Valentine's Day this year was the perfect time when my oranges were ripe and ready to be lovingly made into my Tastes Like Sunshine on My Tongue Marmalade.  There were plenty of lemons on the tree to use, too.  Neither the oranges nor the lemons are large, but they do have thick skins, and I have to use many more than the recipe indicates. Using the great ideas from:  http://www.pickyourown.org/marmalade.php, I made 5 1/2 pints.  We like our marmalade with lots of both orange and lemon peel, and I make it with organic orange juice instead of water (so it isn't clear) and organic sugar.  Try it.  You'll love how it tastes like sunshine on your tongue.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Bursts of Bloom


Our creek plum has burst into bloom thanks to the last three weeks of sunshine and heat.  WOW!  That is one side of the story.  The other side is that many other trees, such as the wicked juniper, are dispensing tons of pollen.  I'm the one with allergies, so it has been a blessing and a curse to see the blossoms.