Sunday, July 8, 2018

Attracting Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are visiting my backyard feeder again this year. I make my own sweet nectar for them using 2 cups of water and 1/2 cup sugar. Boil water first. Add sugar and stir. Let cool. This keeps in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. I change it often.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Strawberry tart.

Make something delicious with fresh strawberries. 

Strawberries are the most cultivated berry in the country. They are grown in every state and are available at most farmers markets, if only for a brief time in colder climates. Nothing beats fresh, local more here:

Today I decided to use my tart pan I bought from the local thrift store. I knew I wanted a light tasting crust. I don’t like a pie crust that crumbles when you cut it.
Next I wanted a filling to resemble a cheesecake but not too thick or rich. I only want it to be about one half of an inch thick. I don’t like the creamy pudding texture most tarts have. Plus not too sweet.
Lastly the fruit topping should be fresh. Not fruit cooked in with with filling.
Ok, so now to find a recipe that fits my needs.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Spring Flowers

Spring time bulbs are blooming, trees are budding and grass is growing. Enjoy.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Need help with your bracelet?

Bracelet Helper Lampwork Glass Beads Handmade SRAJD Artist SRA

How does it work?

Attach the helper to the receiving end of the bracelet. Hold the Bracelet Helper in your hand with the alligator clip facing down and pointing to your wrist.Wrap bracelet around your hand and fasten the clasp with your other hand. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

What the heck is Kombucha?

I’ve seen Kombucha in the supermarkets and have tried a few different flavors. I decided I like it but didn’t like paying almost $4.00 per bottle. After a weeks worth of research and watching YouTube videos I was ready to make my own!

What is it? 
Kombucha is a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks commonly intended as functional beverages for their supposed health benefits. Wikipedia

You can find Kombucha in the "healthy" section in the refrigerated section at your local grocery store.  Kevita is one of the many brands you can buy.

Now my process:

Here is my gallon jar with the SCOBY* floating in it. Amazon sells the entire kit if you are interested. This is the link of what I ordered. 

I added sweetened black tea to ferment for the first time (F1).
A thermometer is helpful to gauge the temperature. I have the jar on a heating blanket.

*SCOBY stands for Symbiotic Colony OBacteria and Yeast. The Kombucha SCOBY is a cooperative of microorganisms that feed on tea and sugar and whose products of metabolism make up the delicious and healthful beverage.

When the fermentation is finished after a few days depending on the temperature, you take the SCOBY out and fill your bottles with your brew.

 Next is the 2nd fermentation (F2) which I added some fruit and fruit juice along with the sweetened tea brew.

After a few days you put the bottles in the refrigerator which stops the fermenting. 

Then enjoy! 
Happy BOOCH!