Color Study | Violet Jelly Experiment

violet blossoms in glass bowl

violet blossoms in glass bowl

Early this summer (well, when the violets were blooming) I sent my kids out to pick a bowlful of blooms with the goal in mind to make a batch of jelly. I ended up picking the last 2-3 cups, and the jelly turned out more like a thick syrup, but check out these awesome colors.

violet blossoms and water have turned blue after steeping
Steeping in Boiling Water

Who knew boiling water and then lemon juice would create these changes?!

liquid has turned a deep violet color after adding lemon juice
After adding Sugar and Lemon Juice

The recipe I used is from Taste of Home and can be found here.

jelly in the jars after water bath is bright magenta
Finished Violet Jelly

P.S. As for the texture issue, I’m guessing my pectin was old, or I boiled for too long or short a time.  Cooking and canning is NOT my area of expertise!



P52 Prompt: Motherhood

girl crouched on sandbar looking for rocks

Last week’s prompt for the P52 I play along with was “motherhood”. Of course my first thought was “self portrait with the kids”, quickly followed by, “that would require dressing nicely and doing my hair”. So instead as I flipped through my images from last week, I pulled this one to submit. Because, you know, it has one of my children in it, and she looks cute (picks her own outfits), and this was a moment when I was totally focused on her –observing her, listening to her, responding to her, and enjoying being together.  So, basically, I nailed motherhood for, like, 20 minutes.

Spring Wildflowers | Backbone State Park

Cutleaf Toothwort (Dentaria laciniata) small pink flowers with four petals drooping from an upright stalk bearing 5 lobed toothed leaves
Cutleaf Toothwort (Dentaria laciniata) small pink flowers with four petals drooping from an upright stalk bearing 5 lobed toothed leaves
Cutleaf Toothwort (Dentaria laciniata)

It’s always fun to revisit a favorite place, especially one that holds memories going back to our childhood.  As we drove through Backbone State Park I was recalling the times I’d picnicked there with my cousins, walked the river with my siblings, and hiked it as a teenager.  This time we were on a morel mission.

As we hunted the elusive fungus we came across several other subjects more willing to be found and captured– on film, not in a ‘shroom bag.

This Bellwort was a new discovery for me, and we didn’t see very many of them, just right past the trailhead of the Devil’s Backbone.

Bellwort (uvularia grandiflora) yellow wildflower with drooping twisted bloom
Bellwort (uvularia grandiflora)

This one below is a favorite of mine, although seeing it growing on the side of the hill put it at eye level which made for a different perspective.

Wild Ginger (asarum canadense) red and white 3 lobed flower on fuzzy stalk under leaves
Wild Ginger (asarum canadense)

And go figure we’d find a whole patch of these, and not a single true morel!  Ah well, an excuse to wander the woods another time.

red-brown wrinkled false morel
False Morel (Verpa bohemica)

Spring. No, for real this time | Waterloo, IA

I woke up before my alarm this morning because the sun was actually brightening the sky outside my windows.
Thank. Goodness.
I don’t think this family could have handled another rainy day.

I did manage to get out Saturday during one break in the rain and captured a few images that maybe (maybe) have me convinced spring is really here.

Pink Crab Tree blossoms  Morel in situLeaves emerging from Hickory bud