Wednesday, September 30, 2009

How to Prepare Fresh Pie Pumpkins for Baking


The fresh pie pumpkins seem to be plentiful here. I don't remember seeing them before in a wal mart or regular grocery store, but ours had some really nice ones. So I bought one, and Sandy says she got one at a farmers market and already has hers prepared and in the freezer.

I love them, if I had a bunch I would get out the pressure canner, but will freeze instead.

http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Cook-Fresh-Pumpkin

http://southerncuisine.suite101.com/article.cfm/fresh_pumpkin_puree_for_recipes

lots of recipes at end of this article for pumpkin http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Baking-with-Fresh-Pumpkin/Detail.aspx

recipes here too http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Pumpkin-Recipes/Detail.aspx


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Photos of Coral Mushrooms-Battered

Update on my Wild Mushrooms-Recipe for Batter

I have been on the computer way too long this morning-lol-but before I get busy with stuff wanted to share my recipe for breading.

I rarely fry any foods, if we eat them it is a treat when we go out to eat-which we also rarely do any more-but I wanted to try this out with the wild coral mushrooms, and I can make the batter gluten free for me too.

I think this will be a really nice treat for our hunter friends this November when they come down for the opening deer gun hunt.

I made a batch last night-they were awesome!! So this afternoon I am going to batter the coral mushrooms up and freeze indivually. Will let you all know how that turns out when we fry them.

I searched online for a batter recipe that didn't have seltzer or beer in the recipe, as I didn't think that would freeze as well. I found one I liked than changed the flours around.

Kathy's Mushroom Batter-but also great with onion rings too-lol

1 egg well beaten

1/2 cup milk-may need more

1/4 tsp salt, also add any spices you want too like pepper and such

1/2 cup yellow corn flour (not meal)

1/2 cup brown rice or white rice flour

1 tsp. baking powder

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, til well blended and smooth. I needed to add a bit more milk to get the right thickness.

dip mushrooms or veggies and put into 350 degrees hot oil 2 to 4 minutes depending on size.

Enjoy! I was very thrilled with the results and gluten free too-lol

And The Winner Is:

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I knew I would sleep in this morning, was over tired so I couldn't get back to sleep til really late last night. Left a note for Larry to draw a name before he left to do a job this morning.

Soooo the winner is Hippy confetti Pictures, Images and Photos

Monday, September 28, 2009

Another Great Give Away

I love these-so fun! go here for a great flannel give away

To Give Away in Drawing Rodales Gardening Book

If you missed this post I will be holding the drawing tonight around 8 pm Missouri time. So far no one in the hat from blogger. I will be combining names from blogger and my multiply.

good luck

Two Quilt Books Just Arrived in the Mail

I am really happy with this purchase, I belong to a flea market for quilters on yahoo groups; I am always looking for certain titles of books.

I am really happy to have been able to pick up Liberated String Quilts by Marston, a great book for skinny scraps of fabric. This one is out of print and demands a high price, I got it for 15.00-check it out here on amazon books this link will let you look inside the book.

The other book I have been wanting to find is Landscape Quilts by Zieman and Sewell. This one looks like their first one on this subject. Sandy will like this book too. I would love to recreate a scene in our woods, perhaps the dogwoods. I got this one 5.00-can check this one out here on amazon books and can look inside the book too.

I am off to check my laundry blowing in the high winds and sun today-and to look thru my books again too

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Looking for Recipe for the Batter for Mushrooms-than can be Frozen

Larry was talking with a friend that also collected alot of coral mushrooms-they are very plentiful this year.

He said they already froze 3 gallons of them. What they did was make a batter for deep fat frying-dipped the mushrooms in the batter-then set on cookie sheets indivually and placed in the freezer. When totally frozen they put them in freezer bags.

Said works out perfectly to take out what you need and fry up.

Thought I would try this, can always change to gluten free ingredients for the recipe, would like one with no beer-think would freeze better. any ideas? I don't fry much, but thought it would be a nice treat when our hunters come down in November I have not found a recipe I like online yet.

thank you ahead of time

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Check out this Give Away

I found out about this one from Colleens pages, Sweet P Quilting and Creations I would love to win this one too

Autumn Leaf Test from Deb's Pages



You Are Caring and Cautious



You are a responsible, likable person. You can be counted on to be consistent.

You believe it's important to do the right thing in life. You are a loyal friend and family member.



It's fairly easy for you to develop strong social and emotional bonds with others. You can be counted on.

You are deeply ethical and the furthest thing from superficial. It bothers you when people are too flakey.

Fabric cut for one of the quilts

wow big time t storms and rains this morning

Here is a photo of the 20 different fabrics for one of mens quilts I am making.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Slideshow-in my woods today

Flaxseed-as an egg substiture

We all have read what a valuble ingredient healthwise flax is, here is a little information

http://www.ameriflax.com/default.cfm?page=ffacts

Flaxseed is also an excellent substitute for eggs in your baking

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/flaxseed-egg-substitute.html

To replace one egg:
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
3 tablespoons water (or other liquid)

Stir together until thick and gelatinous.

You can also use whole flaxseeds:

1 tablespoon whole flaxseeds
4 tablespoons water (or other liquid)

Process seeds in a blender to a fine meal, add liquid and blend well.

You can make a bigger batch by increasing the ingredient amounts. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

When I make meatloaf, to make it gluten free-no cracker or bread crumbs, I add a little ground flaxseed to the mix-not too much-just a tablespoon full

and here is another link, that links you to recipes as well http://healthy-desserts.suite101.com/article.cfm/flaxseed_egg_substitute_recipe

Thursday, September 24, 2009

We Went out in our Woods and found Mushrooms





I love mushroom hunting, especially since we can just go out the back door and into the woods.

We have had much more rainfall than normal here in the ozarks, all spring thru now, along with record low temps too, so the mushrooms are in abundance. The only ones we know for sure that are edible here in the fall are the corals-and we collected lots.

I filled the deyhdrator, have a gallon ice cream tub full and in the frig. for cooking with, and also a big bag to share with a neighbor.

These would be wonderful canned too, but I don't have any more half pints, so would need to buy some and also clean up the pressure canner too.

I love the wild mushrooms for flavoring soup stock.

Herbs for Thursdays

I do miss reading the different posts on herbs on thursdays, but right now I don't miss doing all the research each week, especially when the participation so dropped off.

Sea and I had been doing this for a couple years now-carried over from 360-so after awhile it must have gotton to be boring reading or just alwyas there-so not as interesting for our readers.

Anyways, it is still gloomy and rainy here-the sun promises to shine again tomorrow sometime. Got thinking of fall, and gardens, and my goldenrod dye project I want to do on cotton soon, and well that got me to thinking of herbs. I really love learning all about the herbs.

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Planting in the fall for spring herbs:

Planting herb seeds in the fall excellent article on which seeds to plant

another good article on what to plant in the fall

growing herbs in texas this is a beautiful article for those of you in Texas-MamaBear this is for you lol

one more excellent article

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

To Give Away in a Drawing Here-Organic Gardening Book

Instead of selling this book at the resale shop, and probably only getting a couple dollars or less for it, I decided to offer this up as a give away to my gardening friends.

This is heavy hardback copy of Rodales The Encyclodpedia of Organic Gardening 1978 edition. It is in very good condition except for the paper jacket which is torn. I will send this out to USA winners for free using media mail.

International welcome, but since this is a heavy book, will request payment for shipping with paypal

To enter tell me why you would enjoy this book with your name in comments. I will combine the names from my multiply and my blogger blog when I hold the drawing.

Probably Monday morning I will draw a name from a hat good luck

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

My Day Today

It's definately one of those fall days here in the ozarks.

Storms all night long, and today no rain, but misty, cloudy, in the 60s, even kinda erie outside-as the air is still, very humid-like something is going to happen weather wise.

I called my Mom first thing this morning, she is actually more socially active than I am, and was gone yesterday: we ended up talking over 2 1/2 hours. lol That's too much talking at one time for me, but was nice to catch up, and hear of her next quilting projects, and such.

After I took Nikita for her morning walk, I really didn't feel like doing anything constructive. My shoulder is still really bad-I forgot all about taking care of my shoulder as I have to for my back now-I over worked the right shoulder with all that painting and lifting wood. So, I read a little, and Larry tackled more of the computer issues.

Then I decided to start cutting out the pieces I need for the two quilts I want to make for our Wisconsin friends that come down hunting every November. So I have been pressing the pieces I already took apart from the mens shirts, and then cutting. Giving my shoulder another workout-but better to keep it doing stuff to work out the soreness.

I posted this before probably under healthy mondays or green living posts this year, but I will be following that Turning 20 pattern-goes fast, big pieces, and really works out well for these "faster" quilts. The pattern calls for 20 fat quarters so I am starting out with 10 different shirts and then will go thru my woodsy fabrics for the other 10 pieces. If I don't have enough fabrics will go back to the shirts. I am always amazed when I first start working the shirts again, how very soft and comfy they are.

Also wanted to repost the link to Quiltville, I bought her first book, this designer offers many free patterns and how to's on her site. She pretty much exclusivley uses reclaimed men's shirts and men's pjs that are 100% cottons for all of her amazing quilts. It was from her shirt buying tips that I learned to pretty much stick with buying mens xxl size-much more fabric in those, and all shirt sizes usually sell for the same prices.

I think I am going to make an easy supper tonight; I bought a new flavor of classico sauce that has cheeses and spinach mixed in with the spaghetti sauce so will try that out tonight.

We are off to get our yearly flu shot tomorrow morning, here in Missouri they are free at the Health Department. I have not decided about taking the swine flu shot yet though.

Off to cut more fabric

Happy Fall

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Before all the Rains Return

Later on tonight, we are to get rain storms coming thru the ozarks; probably last a couple of days.

So, since I did alot of physical labor most of last week, I am catching up on the domestic chores-lol-very humid today but the sun is mostly out and there is a nice breeze, so as I do the laundry-I am hanging most of it outside on the line-I love that-saves money on the gas dryer, and I love sun dried clothing.

A neighbor gave us a few acorn squash and I bought a pie pumpkin, so I may put all those in the oven and bake, or not sure, may do them all on the grill-again saves on the propane gas and keeps the heat outdoors.

Haven't done any fun sewing or quilting projects lately, trying to stay focused on the work that needs to get done around the house. I have a couple quilts in mind I want to make, an 1830s quilt with applique, ozarks troubles, several men quilts for gifts-which I can use alot of my reclaimed cotton shirts for, and am anxious to see the pumpkin pattern I won, as I have hand dyed in the past several pumpkin-oranges on kona cotton and muslin cottons that may work for that quilt. That would be neat if I could use all my hand dyes for that project-I have enough colors for that I think.

What are you all doing to enjoy autumn, indian summer, and getting ready for the coming winter months?

I won!-How fun


Isn't it fun to win something?? I am one of those people that rarely win in contests, but last month I won $25.00 worth of neutral fabrics from the fab shop hop, and I just now won this really neat pumpkin quilt pattern.
I love her blog for inspiration on hooking and such so do check her out and browse her blog posts.
Thanks again to Colleen for holding this contest for us all.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Happy Sunday Friends-The Rains Arrived

The rains finally arrived late yesterday afternoon, one of those soaker rains, we ended up with 2 inches-per Sandys rain gauge. I painted a little on the house so hoping the rains didn't hurt it, was a straight gentle rain with no wind-so should be good.

Aches and pains big time last night and still this morning-my body has had quite a physical workout this week. I ended up sleeping in til 7 am this morning, and Larry was at the computer. He said he got up and stayed up all night re formating the computer. Has alot of it back in, but we are still locked out of our regular emails. He is off to have coffee with a friend this morning and then hopefully get some sleep. We will probably have more rain coming in so a good sleep day.

I am working on catching up with the laundry, and this afternoon helping Sandy with her quilt she is making for her mother in law. Maybe take more of the basting out of that one I am redoing too.

Enjoy your Sunday and have a wonderful New Week ahead.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Just a few photos of doings here in the ozarks

With the help of Sandy and Larry's new dump trailor that he built; we are getting alot of wood in, I think this is the most we have ever gotton split up before winter-thats a good thing.

and little Autumn follows me every where, she was "supervising" my work lol

We got a couple big piles of wood going

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I finished up most of the other end of the house today, since I did wood this morning, my body pooped out at 3 pm. I have just a little corner to finish up, and then will start on the back of the house tomorrow and see how far my stain will go.

Monday, September 14, 2009

My Day

This was my 3rd prize gift from the American Quilters Society that came in the mail today: http://www.amazon.com/Birds-n-Roses-Applique-Masterpiece/dp/1574329146 this is beyond my expertise at the moment, but anxious to read thru it and see what I can learn. Sandy will enjoy reading thru this book too. It is very advanced but gorgeous applique work, I think I saw some ribbon embroidery in the book too.

So wow that was cool to win something again-lol I had entered their giveaway to the Des Moines Ia quilt show-would have been an all expense paid trip, and then the other prizes were quilting items.

With friend Sandy's help and the trailor Larry built that dumps the wood out, instead of having to throw it off the trailor-we are getting lots of wood split and hauled. We finished up another load that Larry worked on by himself the last few days, and the three of us filled another load to the top. We are thinking we have dumped 5 to 6 loads now. The weather has just been so perfect too for this project, coolish, cloudy-overcast, and usually a little breeze too, although today no breeze. a good feeling getting the winter's wood in.

The weatherman keeps telling us rain is moving in, so I haven't started on the stain project for the outside of the house yet-still no rain. They are saying now rain tonight and the next couple of days-

Yesterday I told Larry I didn't want him working hard, Larry never takes a day off for himself, so he worked on the wood in the morning, came in had lunch and then slept the rest of the day and evening. For me-it was a Sunday full of football!

I love watching my football teams, and with yesterday being free for Sunday Ticket, I got to watch the Vikings with my favortie qb Brett Favre in HD and they won, and then the Sunday night football game was the Green Bay Packers V the Chicago Bears also in HD. The Bears are all excited because they have this new and great quarterback that will bring them victory for sure. Well, he must have been nervous or all wound up as he was throwing the ball everywheres except to his recievers. I also didn't think the Packers looked all the great, and they were bragging them up and how much better thier qb Rodgers was then Favre-well I got bored, the Bears were ahead and I fell asleep and missed the last 10 minutes; Which turned out to be good football and the Packers won.

So both my teams won -and that made me happy-lol

Today is our week to drop off stuff to sell at the resale shop we go to-so I got a box crammed full of all sorts of cool stuff to sell-and get out of the house. Sandy and I are on a mission to get rid of stuff we don't use any more. I have such a hard time with this, but I also have two big bags of clothes to give away to charity too.

I am off to recuperate from the days work, and read my new book.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Good Morning Sunday

We have had such a cool summer, now we are getting a little warmer temperatures, but you can still smell Fall in the air. Colors are turning, especially the reds, fall yellow flowers are blooming, crispness in the morning. Enjoy your new week.

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Water with Lemon for my friends that don't drink coffee

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Friday, September 11, 2009

What color Angel are you? from Deb and Sea's Pages

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You're a "Purple Angel". You're a fighter and you know it. If you were an angel, you'd be part of the celestial army because your the strongest of all the angel types. You're tough as nails and definately a go big or go home person. You do everything to the best of your ability. You're not like the gaudian angel where you just protect your friends but you protect everybody. You can't stand to see people suffering and you'd do anything to change that. You're a very fun person as long as people are on your good side and you're very laid back.

Click here: What Color Angel Are You? (PICS) - Quiz | Get More Quizzes at Quizilla

Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day Morning-Mother Nature Does Art--Slideshow

When you have thick fog in the country, mother nature gives you gorgeous art work-just have to take in the day.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Good Morning Sunday

Got woke up early with a hard down poar of rain-lasted about 10 minutes, now it's all wet outside again and cloudy.

Back to moving some more stuff out of the room we want to work on, a little domestic stuff in the kitchen too-banana bread making, do something with some pears that are really ripe now, but first a little something to get me going-come join me

anyone camping this weekend? This is for you

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a little water too for my friends that don't drink coffee

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mmm and some hot biscuits right out of the dutch oven this morning

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to go with breakfast

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

A Couple of my Favorite Spirits Recipes

These are old standbys, and I have made these off and on for over 30 plus years now.

I look for neat bottles with caps like the grolsch beer bottles-love those.

Kaluha

(this comes from Larry's cousin Janice)

I usually make a double of batch of this recipe, if making to give away for the holidays, I'll make two double batches.

5 cups sugar-I have used honey too-very nice

3 cups water

10 tablespoons of quality instant coffee

1/5 bottle vodka (2 2/3 cups)

4 teaspoons vanilla extract

In a large deep pan combine the sugar, water and coffee. Bring just to a boil, stirring til all is dissolved. Do not walk away from this, as when it comes to a boil-it will boil over the pan.

Let cool completely, add the vodka and vanilla extract. Pour into bottles and let set at least a month in a dark cabinet.

Amoretto-(I love this but have not made for awhile)

2 cups vodka

2 cups sugar

2 cups brandy

4 teaspoons almond extract

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, and two cups of water. Bring to boiling, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes; stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat. Let cool down.

Stir in vodka, brandy, and almont extract. transfer to air tight bottles. makes about 6 cups

Bailey's Irish Cream

(This is a definate treat when I make it.)

3 eggs

2 cups whiskey any type

1 (8.8 ounce) carton half and half

1 can evaporated milk- small can

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

Mix well in a blender. Chill in dark bottles. Keep refrigerated.This makes up a couple small bottles.

Making up a Couple Big Bottles of Vanilla Extract

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I found this nice photo online.

I made up 2 big bottles this time, the bottle I am using has less than 1/3 left of my extract, and it was dated 2007-so it is just fabulous now.

I bought the vanilla beans over a year ago I think now, oh my, and just now getting around to making up a couple batches. This is best if it can set for a few months-I like 6 months best. With baking season coming soon, this has been on my mind to make.

My recipe is:

Vanilla Extract

multiply this up to fill the size bottle you want to, I like the vodka bottles with nice cork-glass tops on them

1 whole vanilla bean-split

3 ounces vodka

1/2 teaspoon sugar

Place one split vanilla bean, vodka, sugar, into your container. I flip the bottle top to bottom-to mix the sugar-hold on to the top-lol.

if giving for gifts, may strain the bean out, but I keep my beans in the bottles, and I also just keep adding vanilla beans to the original bottle-lots of flavor.

I found this nice blog entry http://cottagedays.blogspot.com/2009/06/homemade-vanilla-extract-part-2.html

and another blog with tutorial and photos http://www.vanillareview.com/make-vanilla-extract/

I haven't bought vanilla extract now for probably at least 10 years or more

Friday, September 4, 2009

The Rains Have Arrived-My Resale Shop Finds Today

Sandy and I always have such a fun day on our bi-weekly "Girls Day Out" The weather was pleasant and overcast a nice day out, at our last stop after lunch the rains came and came, and its still raining now. They said we would get lots of rain once it arrives. We can use some rainfall again, as things were getting pretty dry, but lots of rain we can do without.

Our new favorite lunch spot is a mexican restuarant with excellent food choices, always consistant, and the best part for me, depending on what I choose to eat my lunch ticket is 5 to $6.00 I love that.

I did really well on my re sale shop finds. I found 3 xxl large long sleeve cotton shirts for my quilt projects-cotton threads from Paris France-I think that will work out for needle punch projects-those were marked down 80% so paid $.60 for that whole lot of threads, neat belts I can use on my market bag creations-those were all at 80% off too-so paid $.50 each for those, and my main find was this beautiful grape leaf shaped plate from Japan-that was still there and had just gotton marked down 50% so was able to pick that up for $5.25, Sandy and I have been watching that plate for the last 6 weeks. and I love this little bowl I picked up-another find at 80% off and from Japan. I have been picking up pretty little bowls and plates to serve veggies and stuff in at dinner time.

So was a great day out with my best friend.

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I just fell in love with this shirt on the right-very high quality, the fabric feels like quilt store quality fabric-, very soft, and this was a big xxl shirt; so I "splurged" and paid $2.00 which is high for me, as my top price is usually a dollar for these-but this also looked like it had never been worn. I also picked up a third shirt which is hiding.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Don't Stop Being Active-Move that Body-lol

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I have never been one to stick with an exercise program, try as I may, I just never can stick with it.

Two years ago I did a women's challenge and I think it was for 3 months, had to walk or run several times a week improving each week-I did stick with that.

Last fall I started daily walks with Nikita to get her moving and she greatly improved. We don't walk much in the summer as it is usually too hot, too many bugs which is a big one for me, or some other excuse-lol-instead of getting up early and taking our walk when its cool-I just skipped it this summer again. Bad idea.

I started our walks back up again, as Nikita is getting worse, and man I am really getting out of shape. It's not like I sit around watching tv all day, but I don't use alot of my muscles.

I found that out big time a couple days ago. Larry tested out the log splitter to get ready to start getting the wood in for winter, so I decided to put the wood in the new trailor he just built which has always been my part in the process. You got it, after 15 minutes, I could feel it already in my lower back, this is such an aggravation for me. I came in right away and did my back stretching exercises, and laid on the heat pad for a bit. Realizing I really must start doing some warm ups before getting into the wood again-I just never do that either, and I know I must.

So today I do it again. There was a little hand digging project I needed to do to help out, and man that got my back again and my bad knee, and my bad shoulder. It probably got me so fast today because of all the work with the pears. But geez, I am not that old yet???

The reason for this post you may ask?? lol before you are not able to-keep your body moving, exercise if you can, take walks, do some strength exercises, I don't do sports-but if you do-do that-and don't stop-or one day down the road, you just may not be able to do what you want to do.

I really really admire my mom much more now, she turned 81 years this spring-still had her gardens, but this was the first time she didn't can all of her own food. She did freeze alot though instead-I hope I am still canning and moving at 80-

Karina's Kitchen-Gluten Free

I have posted before to Karina's Kitchen, she has an excellent blog on gluten free.

Wanted to share a couple new links to her pages. First one is tips for gluten free on a budget: http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2009/03/cooking-gluten-free-on-budget-brown.html

and the 2nd one is for her End of Summer Picnic Recipes-lots and lots of choices here http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2009/03/cooking-gluten-free-on-budget-brown.html

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Limoncello Photos

Remember a month ago I started a batch of limoncello?

Well-lol--I couldn't wait til tomorrow so making it up tonight. I decided much better to follow the recipe as is and not change the ratio of the sugar to water.

When I do use sugar in recipes now, I use only organic sugars. I had used up the last of the brand I usually use, and opened up dominos organic sugar-wow! it is really really dark. Regular sugar is so processed and bleached that when you go back to "real" unprocessed sugar it is amazing how dark it really is when mixed with a liquid.

So I don't want to waste this syrup, but the color of the final product of my limoncello will definately be much darker than it normally looks like.

I am really amazed at the difference in organic sugar brands. I used organic sugar in all my canned pears and the syrup was just a little beige-this is like dark brown sugar, however it has a very nice taste.

As you can see from my photos, the dark brown sugar syrup was mostly an optical illusion somehow from my stainless steel pan. When I poured a little in a shot glass was a beautiful yellow. Of course I had to test it-lol-this will be fabulous served out of the freezer-can't wait. Can definately taste the lemon, a hint of the lime, and just a hint of the lavender-very lovely!!

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A close up

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and the color difference-amazing to me

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and this how much it made in a gallon plastic water container-for some reason some of my photos did not shrink in size like they were suppose to lol-this goes in the freezer now-and you serve in shot glasses out of the freezer

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