If thou canst but thither, There grows the flower of Peace, The Rose that cannot wither, Thy fortress and thy ease. ~ Henry Vaughn ~

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Roses from the garden

This year we bought some fragrant red roses to use in cooking and now that they are blooming it’s time for makin’ rose petal jam…. Now, just have to track down some scones 😉

Rose Petal Jam

1 cup fresh rose petals (must never have been sprayed with any chemicals)

3/4 cup water

Juice of 1 lemon

Puree in blender until smooth.

Slowly add 2 1/2 cups sugar, blend till all sugar has dissolved; (leave in blender). Stir 1 package pectin (ie. Sure Jell) into 3/4 cup water, bring to a boil, and boil hard for 1 minute. Pour mixture into blender with rose petal mixture until well blended. Do this very quickly – it sets up FAST!! Pour into baby food jars. Let set for 6 hours, till firm. Will keep one month in refrigerator. Freezes well.

~ Recipe courtesy ofRose Petal Jam Recipes by Mimi ~


Yesterday we received bulk (80 lbs) Portabella and Crimini mushroom spawn and spent the early evening planting some of the spawn in recycled Styrofoam fish containers that we picked up from the local grocery store (VONS). The other day as we were leaving the store one of the guys asked, “What are you going to do with all those containers?” I answered, “Grow mushrooms.”

Ok, I’m not thinking how this answer could be interpreted in a different way–that is until the guy asks, “Magic Mushrooms?” I started to laugh and shook my head and told him, “No, the eating kind!” Funny thing is, he’s not the only one who’s asked.  When the UPS guy delivered them yesterday he jokingly wanted to know if these were “psychedelic mushrooms.” And then yesterday evening, one of our friends asked us what have we been doing lately and when we told her “Planting mushrooms.” She smirked and asked, “Now, what KIND of mushrooms?”  *sigh*

Weather Report: Warm and going to get even warmer over the weekend with temps in the low 90’s – yikes!!!

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