Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Dandelion Jelly

Dandelion Jelly

We made dandelion jelly several years ago. I remembered it didn't set up the way I wanted it and it tasted like honey. I wasn't sure I'd ever make it again because getting rid of the green from the blossoms is a bit time consuming. That was until we walked outside a few days ago and were met with thousands of the sweet little flowers all over the lawn. My middle girl asked if we could make dandelion jelly. I agreed and we picked a bucket full of flowers. Some people worried we were taking all the flowers away from the bees and all the other critters who use them for food. Well, not to worry. We have acres of dandelions, much to my brother's disapproval. And, the area we cleaned out of most of the flowers had even more blooming the next day.

I looked up a recipe online and followed it.  Basically, you pick dandelions, cut the petals from the rest of the plant, make a dandelion tea, then use that tea to make a jelly. I want to give credit to the person whose recipe I used so here is a link to the website if anyone wants to try it:

And here is a picture of the finished product. It didn't set up to the thickness I'd hoped for (for a jelly) so I put it in the fridge. After a couple of days it thickened to the consistency of honey, but nothing more. I'm okay with that because of the taste, however, if I make it again, I'll do a little research to try to figure out why it didn't set up all that great and try to get it right.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Movie Review - Passengers

Jennifer Lawrence
Chris Pratt

1h 56min

I recently rented Passengers from Amazon. I'd come across the trailer while watching something else online. I really enjoy both Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence so I was interested in watching it.

I don't often go to the theater because of the cost so I waited until this one was available for streaming. I wouldn't have been disappointed to pay theater prices, but I'm equally not disappointed to have waited. I enjoyed the movie and my faith in both Pratt and Lawrence has remained intact. They did a great job with this story.

The story was a good one. It wasn't anything mind blowing but it did give me outside thoughts. How would I handle being stranded in the manner in which they were and so on. There were a couple of things near the beginning that I questioned, such as, why didn't he wake up someone to help him? The absolute inability to fix things seemed glossed over and not very well explained. Still, I ignored those questions and liked the movie despite the questions I had.

If you haven't seen the movie yet and might be interested I'm including a link to Amazon so you can either rent or buy it.

Click here to be taken to the Amazon page - Passengers

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter 2017

Happy Easter to all who celebrate it. My family is among those who do celebrate Easter. Some of you already know I do a little crochet from time to time. I've posted a few of my projects here before, but I've never made tiny Easter baskets before. These were super fun and easy to make. Plus, they are a great way to show off our awesome eggs.

And, just to give credit to those who helped me create these pictures I have to thank my nine-year-old for setting the scene and my birds for laying such gorgeous eggs. 

Also, what fun is Easter without babies? For me, Easter symbolizes not only the sacrifice made for me, but Spring, new beginnings, and new life. So I'm including pictures of our newest babies. Two little Plymouth Rock pullets and two Embden geese. The chickens should be girls, but we don't know if the geese are girls, boys, or one of each.  When taking these pictures I did learn we have a natural photo bomber! That chicken is a little creepier than I thought a baby chick could be.

In the interest of full disclosure, the pictures taken of the baby birds were taken March 31st so they are most definitely bigger now. This post was scheduled before its release date and the birds may already be living outside with the rest of the flock.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Featured Book - Motion to Kill by Joel Goldman

Motion to Kill
(Lou Mason Thrillers Book 1)
Joel Goldman 


A dead partner is bad for business. Real bad.
Motion to Kill is the knockout, bestselling first book in the Lou Mason legal thriller series. Hold on for a blistering thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the explosive finale you’ll never see coming!

Lou Mason fights to stay one step ahead of the killer who’s murdering his partners in a case where no one is who they appear to be and the winner is the last man standing.

Think Lee Child and Michael Connelly and you’ll get Joel Goldman! That’s why they both recommend Motion to Kill.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Submissions Reopened

I recently received a message from a friend who follows my blog. He's probably my most active blog reader and he said he was going to unfollow my blog because I neglect it more often than not. I'm not ready to completely pull the plug on my blog so I need to make a decided effort to keep this blog relevant.

In the past my blog has covered a lot of topics including photo's I've taken, recipes I've used, I've posted about things relevant to my books and other people's books as well as quick and easy reviews. I think where I fell down on it was when I was trying to make a post every day and it devolved into strictly posting about other books to be sure I had enough material. I'm going to change that up and become more personal again. I have reopened my submissions, but will not post only book posts. The only thing I will say here about submissions is to please visit my submissions page and follow the guidelines.

I felt more connected to my blog when I posted more personal posts so I'm going to get back to that as much as possible. I will try to post at least once a week from here on out but reserve the right to post more often.