Refreshing Saturday

This is day 3 of my mega long weekend. I am so enjoying it. After a busy month, I needed to kick back and relax. I had my naps, my reading…today it was a sit on the porch kind of day…kind of. After we did everything else.

First, we went to the parade. Munchkin loved the gallons of candy he got. I’m pretty sure he ate about five pounds of tootsie rolls just during the parade, not to mention everything we took home.

Then we went to the grand opening of Columbus Commons. It was lots of fun, but I think the festivities could have been a little more clearly defined. It was hard to figure out everything that was going on without any posters or schedules. Fun, non the less. The science experiments by COSI were a highlight!

So, we were ready for a break, or at least I was. We were sitting on the porch eating some of my cinnamon bread when I spotted the mint and I HAD to have something with it…immediately. So I made some yummy mint simply syrup to put in some iced tea. Ah, did that hit the spot!

We topped the evening off with Tangled. Very cute, classic Disney movie. We might have to buy that one.

Mint Iced Tea

Combine 2 cups sugar, 2 cups water and approx 10-15 mint leaves (chopped) and bring to a low boil and stir until all sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain into a jar and refrigerate.

To serve: Pour about 1/4 of glass with simple syrup. Fill glass with ice and top with iced tea. Stir and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Enjoy!

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Exercise + Cooking Show = More Exercise

Image from the Food Network

At home I only have the most basic of cable, roughly 15 channels. I get the major networks and a few random other channels. What don’t I get? The Food Network. Well, at the gym I go to they have a million channels and televisions on each piece of machinery. While exercising I tend to rotate between Lifetime Family, VH1 and of course, the Food Network. Well, actually the Food Network is most of the time. Not really a good idea to work up an appetite while exercising, but hey, it’s a great channel!

So, Saturday morning while I was on the eliptical I was watching the Paula Dean show and saw this fabulous recipe for Sweet and Spicy Coleslaw. It looks delicious, and it adds to my desire to make some jalapeno pepper jelly. Because you know, I’m obsessed with canning lately. I also seem to love anything with vinegar in it. Maybe it’s a nutritional deficiency or something.

I also watched 5 Ingredient Fix. I had never watched this show before, but it’s kinda fun. And who doesn’t love Frozen Lemon Mint Juleps?

I have been thinking about having people over for dinner sometime in the near future now that it is warming up. I think these both might make it on the menu!

Slightly Green Thumb

Munchkin and I planted a lot of our garden last night. I  figured since it was to be in the 80s for  the rest of the week, we’d be okay with the frost date. Well, I planted and he dug up worms and made a collection of helicopter seeds. What did we plant? Roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, rosemary, cilantro, beans, zucchini, basil, lettuce (planted a few weeks ago), peppers, hot peppers, carrots, eggplant. I still need to get in the flowers and the cucumber. I just love to see the progress the plants make every day, and it pains me to see it grow and have to wait for its yummy deliciousness.

I planted a ton this year because I have been slightly obsessed with the idea of canning, so I am hoping to capture some of that yummy goodness in the form of pickles, salsa, tomato sauce, jams, jellies, in addition to the usual muffins. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

We go round and round

I’ll admit, I’ve been accused of having horrible taste in music. This is particularly entertaining when you add the fact that I have three degrees in music. You would think I would know better, but I can’t help it. I could listen to cheesy music from the 40s, 50s and 60s and Christmas music all day. Well, actually, I do listen to that all day. (Love Pandora!)

So, I have been super duper swamped lately, and I can’t get the song “Round and Round” by Perry Como out of my head. Sure, it’s about falling in love and not being busy, but hey, I can’t help it. The two go together. Work with me people!

Happy Mother’s Day – You better like it!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies out there, especially mine! She’s pretty alright, I guess. 🙂

Mother’s Day was lovely. CBear took me out to breakfast at Bob Evans (a favorite!) on Saturday and put up with my super grumpiness due to being over worked, over stressed, tired, and not being able to breathe due to stupid allergies. Honeysuckle and I just don’t get along.

Sunday I went home. Both mom and my sister were sick with a cold, Munchkin had a tummy bug, so between allergies and colds and bugs, we were quite the bunch! But, this morning we went out to eat at Preto’s and stopped at a few tag sales where I found some new hammered aluminum and had quite a few fun conversations with the other treasure hunters. I even got to run out in the glorious, wonderful sunshine that finally has made an appearance this spring. Beautiful!

When we arrived back home, I was discussing canning blogs (How much do I love Food in a Jar!!) with my mom when she said she saw a recipe for violet jelly, and wanted to try it. So, I thought, I’ll go pick the flowers, and mom will love it!

So I headed outside and carefully picked these beautiful little purple flowers that were all over the yard. Did I mention they were little? As in super tiny? And I needed two cups!!! I finally got about a cup and went inside after about an hour of picking. We could just make half a batch.

Super tiny, super hard to pick, little purple flowers.

Mom loved it, right? Wrong. Mom did NOT want to make the jelly. She just thought it looked interesting, so suggested I make it instead. Me, who has never canned anything EVER. Blergh. I agreed to maybe. Then, a few minutes later I hear lots of talk about the flowers. Turns out my idea of little purple flowers and other people’s idea are two totally different flowers, and I had not picked violets, but some other type of flora. Doh!

So, back out I went, this time with both mom and sister in tow helping pick the correct flower. I must say, actual violets are SO MUCH FASTER to pick! I was sent home with the violets, left over pizza, canning equipment and some seedlings to plant in my garden.

Violets...what I should have picked the first time.

As soon as I got home I immediately started the jelly. Once I get my mind on doing something, I have to finish it. What do you think?

I have no idea if it will be good or not. One jar fell when taking it out of the water bath, so that one will probably need to go in the fridge. I know I heard at least five pings from the seven jars, so that is a good sign I won’t make everyone sick.

Happy Mother’s Day, mom. You better like your jelly!