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Posts by Judy Larkin

FLOWER PETAL JELLIES

LILAC JELLY 4 cups lilac flowers – no stems or leaves 3 ½ cups boiling water ½ teaspoon unsalted butter 6 heaped tablespoons fruit pectin powder 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 4 cups white cane sugar (measure and keep warm in 300° oven.) Rinse petals to remove any dirt or insects. Pour boiling water over…

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FLOWER PETAL JELLIES

When there is time, making jams and jellies is one of my favorite past times. There is always such a feeling of accomplishment to seeing the jars displayed on the pantry shelf.  I also enjoy sharing them with friends and neighbors.  It evokes fond memories of making jams with my mother-in-law, Helen, who shared her…

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Egga-lious

It’s lots of fun to dye hard-boiled eggs at Easter time.  However, once Easter is over, what are you going to do with those leftover eggs?  As eggs are currently in short supply, you certainly don’t want to waste them. If you dyed them with food coloring or natural dyes (remember our blog on dying…

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Combat Loneliness With Tea With Friends

Three Dog Night once sang “One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do.” It’s been 50 years since that song was released, and yet the line still resonates today. Although we are more connected than ever through texting and social media, we have become lonelier human beings. Being lonely Earlier this year, MDLinx, which…

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How Tea Helps Roses

Nature is wondrous. Every element in it helps the other in nature. The sun helps the trees, which in turn feeds the air. And so, the circle continues every day. If you think about it, then, using tea leaves to help in the growth of roses shouldn’t be that strange at all. Both tea and…

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Why Do We Put Ice In Tea?

This month as we raise our glasses to celebrate National Iced Tea Month, thank Frederic Tudor. Although in 1795, South Carolina grew the first crop of tea in the U.S, it was Boston-born Tudor who commercially produced the ice with which we use to chill our tall glasses of tea. In the early 1800s, Tudor…

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Time for Tea Cozy Contest

There is something nostalgic about a tea cozy. In a world where we’re constantly on the go, we should make more time to slow down. We need to  take time to sip tea and chat with friends long enough that we need to keep our tea pot warm under a tea cozy. Knitting also has…

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