Friday, 13 June 2014

Elderflower Cordial!

It's that time of year! The elderflower is blooming in abundance and I was determined to make some cordial from them this year (since I discovered how to identify them at last)

I used played fast and loose with the recipe from here:  

 The changes I made were: 
  • Added less sugar - 1kg instead of 2 (My pot wasn't big enough!)
  • Less citric acid - as a result of the less sugar, I added about 50g
  • Lemons AND Oranges! - I threw in the rind of an orange too. Bonus yum. 



And it has not disappointed at all. The kids keep asking for "Flower Juice" and we've gone through a bottle already. And it's such an easy recipe, you should hunt down some elderflowers and give it a try! 

Oh! and I made a label for it which you can download. :)

--Click here to download the .pdf of the elderflower cordial label!--

P.S. Here is the link to the post with the Blackcurrant labels. You know, just in case. :)

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Knock Backs

This is a bit of a tricky post for me to write - I think it's easier to put a positive face on when you're blogging, to make a post when things are going well and remain silent when things aren't so great.
Sometimes the "not so great" is something small and petty, and not worthy of mention, hence the silence. And sometimes it's something too big and personal and important to try and express in a few lines of type sent blissfully off to sit on some server somewhere, with millions of others like them.
Without context, however, the silence sounds the same. 
Having a post schedule to follow is helpful in such occasions too - rather than just sitting down and sharing whatever is on your heart, mind or camera, you have things saved up to share when your life goes off the rails.




Sorry, this is all a trifle ambiguous (and possibly self indulgent) but wrapped up in all the "not saying" is that things are back on track and I hope (once again) to get back to posting more often. And who knows. Maybe one of these days I'll work up the guts to actually say something in one of them. :)

xx
Holly

Monday, 24 March 2014

Spring Photos!

Spring!
We've been talking about it quite a lot around here lately, and I think an improvement in the weather is becoming a slight fixation of mine - I need to top up on my sunshine! Not that the March weather has been co-operating with this plan. However, the early flowers are starting to bloom, and the Daffodils are working very hard at cheering the place up! 


xx

Friday, 21 March 2014

Happy Accidents

Hiding under a rock... that's where I've been the past few weeks. 
I've sort of been languishing between stages 3 and 4 of 'The Process' for what feels like forever, but in reality has only been a couple of weeks... so in an attempt to banish the dismals, I have created this: 

It was supposed to be a lovely mint green, but my printer has run out of Blue (again) and it came out in a lovely sunny yellow. So I'm taking it as a sign, from my printer with love, to cheer up for goodness sake! 
xx