Month: June 2013

Sunday Legends-By Any Other Name

Just so today has a theme…what roses mean other than being a tasty addition to dessert.

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Sometimes you set up an idea or theme that you want to work with and the universe decides that it wants your energies somewhere else. Roses have been everywhere for me lately, so I’m taking the hint-and this time it wasn’t even a case of ignoring it and hoping the nagging would stop, this is just the first time I had to sit down and write on it.

Admittedly, this is a topic that feels strange to me. I don’t really mesh well with the traditional trappings of Western femininity. I think that I’ve said as much on this blog before, I must have. I am the girl who’s the first to admit that I’m not like other girls. I asked Mid for stuffed bats for Valentine’s Day one year. And when I think ‘roses’ I think about as girly as you can get, right up there with wanting to…

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Painting the Roses Red

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I was poking around Pinterest this morning, and through looking at another recipe entirely, I came across this post about preserving roses. I thought that it looked cool, and low key enough that I had idle thoughts at some point about using the sugar/preserves to make a scented jam with.

But where would I get unsprayed roses? I put the thought to the back of my mind.

…Until one of my friend presented me with roses from her (unsprayed) bush today.
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(My style choice of wallets is called ‘what Target had the day I went shopping.’)

It’s a very straightforward process. The biggest issue I had with it was that my blender didn’t want to blend, but my Ninjachop handled it fine. I didn’t add the rum, so I’m storing it in the fridge.

I plan on giving some to Heather, gifting a jar to someone else, and keeping a jar myself.

Preserved Roses

rose petals, pushed down fairly firmly

1 to 2 times the amount of sugar (i e 1 to 2 cups per cup of rose petals)

2 tablespoons of lemon juice

*2 tablespoons rum

Using a food processor, pulse clean petals and sugar until you get a fairly dark colored sugar/paste. If you want, remove and bottle for rose tinted/scented sugar at this stage. If not, add the lemon juice until well combined and bottle. I’m not sure how long this should stay, but at leave a couple of months in the fridge. If you want, make sure to use the 2x amount of sugar and add rum (I didn’t) to make it shelf stable for even longer.

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Bluebeard

There was a man who was as feared as he was respected. His very appearance was able to spark fear in the community; the man’s beard was as blue as the night sky.

Bluebeard decided that it was time to take a wife. He put on his best clothes and set out on his best horse to visit all the unmarried women. On the edge of the forest he found a widow with three beautiful daughters. He felt that any one of the three would make a fine wife, so he stopped and invited the four women to dinner.

The widow, sensing there was something wrong, initially told him no. The two oldest daughters, sensing there was something wrong, turned down his invitation. The youngest daughter thought that he wasn’t so bad and protested-but was shushed by her elders.

Bluebeard was undeterred and returned the next day with pretty ponies and bearing gifts. The widow was still wary but allowed Bluebeard to take her family on a ride in the forest. Seeing how well-mannered he was and how nice the ride went, she allowed her daughters to go to his castle for dinner.

Her two eldest daughters still felt there was something wrong with the man. There was a danger that they didn’t trust. The youngest looked at him and thought, he’s not so bad. His hair’s not so strange. He has a nice estate. He’s rich. He would make me a fine husband. So when he asked for her hand, she agreed to the marriage.

Everything was fine for the youngest daughter and her husband. Eventually however Bluebeard had to go away on business. He left his wife in charge of the house and gave her a keyring. Bluebeard told her that she could explore the castle as long as she didn’t open the door that the smallest key unlocked.

His wife invited her sisters to the castle, being unwilling to be there alone. They were impressed with its size and decorations. The two pressed her to go exploring with them, being that the estate was so large. The three went about trying all the keys in all the doors.

All but one. Every key but the smallest was identified and explored. The smallest key seemed to have no door. The girls were determined and finally found a door in the basement that they had overlooked. It was an odd door, both very small and very ornate. The key fit the lock and they crept inside.

The sisters were horrified. The room was stacked floor to ceiling with bones and the floor was stained with blood. They quickly left and slammed the door. The two eldest begged their sister to come home with them.

‘Oh no’, the eldest cried, ‘You’re bleeding!’

The key was oozing blood.

Just then they heard the gates open. Bluebeard was returning home. The two sisters crept out and hid in the garden.

Bluebeard found his wife covered in blood. Knowing exactly what happened, he screamed,

‘You opened the door, so now you’ll rest with my other wives!’

The youngest sister, thinking fast, begged for fifteen minutes to prepare herself for her fate. Bluebeard reluctantly agreed, but told her that she had only fifteen minutes to live.

She called out the window to her sisters, where are our brothers?

They are coming, we have summoned them, they called back.

Ten minutes, called out Bluebeard.

Where are our brothers?

They are coming. We see dust in the distance.

Five minutes.

Where are our brothers?

They are coming. They are at the gates.

Just as Bluebeard reached for his wife to kill her, her brothers broke into the room. They fell on the man like a storm, leaving nothing but a stain on the floor when they were done.

June Preservation

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The spring was pretty quiet for canning/preservation, but I hit the ground running in June

Canning

Tomatoes– 3 quarts, whole

Jams

Firestarter-2.25 quarts

Peach Pie-1.5 pints

Blackstrap Strawberry-1 pint

Syrups-

Blackstrap berries-1 pint

Spiked Berries-1.5 pints

Can It Up/Spiked Peach Cherry Preserves-1.25 pints

Pickles and Relishes-

Dilly Beans-1 quart

Pickled Carrots-1.25 quarts

Double Dill Relish-1 quart

Freezer

1 quart plums

1 quart peaches

Blueberries-1 pint

Other

Apple Mint Extract started Litha/first day of summer

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But Where Has All the Fiber Gone?

Don’t worry, it’ll be back. I’m just spending all my free time at home canning. (Or looking up canning recipes on Pinterest, I’m fairly certain my followers hate me right now.)

So what’s going on in yarn-land?

-The socks for Spring Is For Socks

I will be doing an update/wrap-up at least. I’m just a little embarrassed that there’s no work on those socks.

-Hellfire Club

That’s the working title of my Inferno themed scarf. I’m about a third of the way through knitting it, but I’m debating starting over. I like the general pattern, but at this rate we will have gone past ‘long scarf’ into ‘I’m escaping a building and won’t have to tie sheets together’.

-Phoenix

The last yarn that I have to spin for the aforementioned project. I’m almost at plying stage.

-Autumn Rose

I pick this one up every so often. But Phoenix has spindle priority right now. I haven’t switched over to bringing my spindle to work yet. Right now it’s that time of the year to re-read American Gods.

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