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2 Ingredient Window Cleaner

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” 1 Corinthians 13:2

Winter is passing…….

I am amazed at how windows have this ability to accumulate a black film on them while I am completely unaware.  We really do see dimly…..like the above verse says.  Spring is a great time to ‘wash the film’ away figuratively and literally. 

Here is an inexpensive window cleaner and as your scrubbing away at the windows ask the Spirit  to wash away the places in your heart that are black with a film that you are unaware of.  He is faithful to reveal those ‘dark’ places in our souls.

Here is the simple recipe:

6 Tbsp Vinegar

3 Cups Water

Spray Bottle

Mix together vinegar and water into spray bottle.

You can use newspapers instead of paper towels to wash your windows.  It’s an inexpensive way to get those windows clean.

Cheers to a beautiful day to get your windows cleaned…..

Dawn

Canning Peaches

To me peaches in the frozen section of my grocery store NEVER yield the same taste as seasonally canned peaches.  Canning peaches is relatively easy!  I thought I would do a short blog post on my adventure last week.  You kinda have to view it as an adventure because when you have been on your feet all day long and you are pulling the last canner off at 11:45 p.m., your body is screaming sleep the only way I can reconcile it in my mind…is an adventure!

IMG_0365IMG_0369I let these bad boys ripen on the floor of my basement.  They came to me  a bit hard but ripened up beautifully, it took a couple of days for them to get soft and delicious.  I like to place them in warm water  for peeling, it seems they peel easier with warm water.  I rinse my canning jars out and start filling.  This year  I sweetened with 1/32 tsp of pure stevia, donked it into the jar and filled with cold water vs making a simple syrup to pour over them.

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Box of canning peaches

Canning jars

Canning lids

Canner

Sweetener of your choice, I used pure stevia

Water

Wash peaches in warm water, fill jars.  You can fill your jars with peach halves, sliced peaches or diced peaches, it doesn’t matter how you cut them to can just don’t over fill your jars. I had 2 jars that didn’t seal because I had filled them too full.  It’s fine because I just refrigerated them and we have used the 1 quart on baked oatmeal this week.   I donked my 1/32 tsp of stevia into the jar and filled with tap water. I leave a good 1″ of head space, aka no water on the top.  If you are making a simple syrup you can cook 1 cup of sugar to 6 cups of water on the stove, once the sugar is dissolved pour over your full peach jars.  Never put a jar into your canner without liquid, it will explode in your canner.

IMG_0359IMG_0343Wipe the top of the jar off with a warm wash rag.  I put my lids in a little kettle of water and bring them to a boil.  Take them off the stove, drain water and place on top of jar.  Them secure the ring over top of your lid, tightly.  Place the jar in the canner.  Once your canner is full, fill it with water to the top of the necks, drop your jars all the way to the bottom of the canner.  Turn on high, once boiling set your timer for 8 minutes after the 8 minutes turn burner off, lift jars up with the device that is in your canner.  I put an old towel out and place my hot jars on the towel and wait for that magical ‘popping’ sound.  It is like music to my ears!

IMG_0378I don’t move them or touch them until they are fully cooled.  The next morning I am always running my finger on top of the lid to make sure they are all sealed.  You will know if one did not because that center bubble will give, even if it stays down after you touched it, it has not sealed.  You will want to refrigerate that jar because of you put it on your basement shelf, the peaches will spoil.  If run your finger over all the lids and they are all smooth on top you have just canned a perfect batch of peaches!

Cheers!

Dawn

 

A Simple Garnish

Whether your friend is coming by for coffee and cookies or you would like to remind your family how important they are to you; here is a simple garnish. 

Here I used a pear cookie cutter I have.

Here I used a pear cookie cutter I have.

 With July 4th just around the corner you could easily use a star cookie cutter for your party, as well.  I have multiple sizes of star cookie cutters so two different sizes would be a fun garnish on the plates.  If you don’t plan to set the table throw some watermelon stars on several of your food serving platters.

Simply slice a piece of watermelon to the degree of thickness you like and add a sprig of an herb from your garden.  I used parsley for this one.

Simply slice a piece of watermelon to the degree of thickness you like and add an herb sprig from your garden. I used parsley for this one but basil or rosemary would be pretty too.

I really do love garnishing and with just a tiny bit of time, you can do it too with very little fore thought.

Cheers to a great weekend!

Dawn

Success! First for both flowers

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I have always wanted to play around with rooting my own flowers from a leaf cutting.  Last summer, I snipped a couple of clippings from my sisters gorgeous, old fashioned hydrangea and Viola this summer I have such gorgeous big flowers from one of the clippings!  Granted not all of them made it but I am so happy with the one!

IMG_2398 IMG_2395This is what I did.  At an angle, I  clipped a stock of hearty stem with several leaves on it and dipped it into a rooting hormone.  You should be able to buy this or a similar product at your local Lowe’s, Home Depot or garden center.   Dug a little hole in the ground and stuck it in.  Tucked dirt all around it and watered it occasionally. I would advise you that you find a somewhat relatively shady area if you are going to try to root things in the heat of the summer. You can always transplant later.

And then the other success this spring, last fall are these gorgeous stalks of larkspur. IMG_2531I have tried for years to get a crop going to of no avail. I am sure I have bought nearly 15 packets of seeds.  I would scatter in the fall and hope upon hope that they would come up.  Last fall I planted these pink seeds and this year they are in full bloom!!!  I am so excited. I also randomly planted some more lark spur  seeds this spring and had a bit more  success. I have lavenders, purples and whites just starting to bloom. I am so excited about this as well!!!  If you plant them in a good place they are supposed to re-seed themselves year after year.   IMG_2561So even though they are not a perennial , if the soil below it is fertile and loose the seeds will drop and next summer you will have another crop of these gorgeous spikes!!

For now we are all enjoying this little bit of summer in our home!

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