Saturday, June 25, 2016

Happy Little Tire Swing

OK.  So, our tire swing isn't exactly "little"!

At the bottom of Thursday's post about Blackberry Lemonade is a photo of our tire swing.  I am getting lots of questions about it.
 
Here is The Original Tire Swing Post back before I was editing photos on the blog.  ;-)

Handsome Husband created this wonderful toy in 2012.  He used a couple of old tractor tires...


Some chain, carabiners and eye bolts...


Along with a grand, old, oak tree.


Then he and his favorite five year old tested it.  These photos were taken in 2012!

 
Our adorable grandson is 10 years old now!  He sure was a cutie pie back then.  These days he's beginning to look like a young man.


He has spent many hours on this tire swing,


and in this tire swing!  ;-)


 
His sisters have, too!
 
 

  What's swingin' at your place?
 
;-)  Marci

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Blackberry Lemonade for Tea Parties


 
 These Adorables wanted to host a tea party for Grandad on Father's Day!  They insisted he drink from a fancy cup and even had a in depth discussion with him on how to behave like a princess.  It's a good thing Handsome Husband has their help!  His princess skills are a bit shaky.  ;-)



 
Juice from 5 Lemons
6 cups Water
2 Cups Sugar
 
 In a tall pitcher, mix ingredients well.  Serve in fancy cups with blackberries and sip like a princess!




I'm pretty sure Handsome Husband was relieved when they were ready to play outside on our Happy Little Tire Swing!




How are your princess skills?

;-)  -Marci 


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tuesdays with a Twist #167

We are your co hosts

 


Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being chosen.  Be sure to check all of our blogs!

Choosing features is so very difficult!   I love seeing all the creative posts!  Thank you for joining the party!

 No feature this week...  BOO!

  
If you have been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.

We all love comments!  Please hop around and show some love!

The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Friday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!
*Pictures should be your own* 
By linking up you give us permission to use these photos
 (with proper link backs) in our features. 
And now for the party!

;-)  -Marci




 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

A Little Stroll Thru My Garden


 
 

 
 

 
 

 


















 
   
These photos are from May 2016.  What's happening in your garden?
 
;-)  -Marci 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

DIY Blackberry Syrup, Mostly Seedless



We love blackberries!  They are easy to grow in our region and we're getting a bumper crop this year!! 

 



The seeds though...  We don't mind some, but they get annoying very quickly!  My solution is to strain most of them, leaving just enough to know the recipe has home grown blackberries in it!

DIY Blackberry Syrup
 
11 cups blackberries (that's just how many I had)
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups of sugar
More sugar to taste

First I picked all those blackberries.  11 cups!! 





Next they were rinsed and just checked quickly for leaves or stems.  My plan is to strain most of them anyway so a stray stem won't hurt anything.  The clean berries, sugar, and water were dumped into a soup pot with a lid.  I got them nice and warm over low heat for about an hour.

At this point, my Handsome Husband wanted to buy me lunch and run some errands.  When your favorite fellow invites you to lunch, who can say "No"?  Not me!  I turned off the heat and left for a nice lunch and a bit of shopping.  Upon return, the berries were perfect!  Lots of juice was already swimming in the pot.  I turned the stove back on low and started warming them slowly, leaving off the lid.

Using a slotted spoon, I scooped the berries from the pot and into a large bowl.  A few seeds slipped through, but I am OK with that. I chose just a small handful of the prettier berries and tossed them back in the pot.
 
 The rest were supposed to go thru my juicer.  It only took a few minutes and I smelled smoke.  How curious!  Then the juicer began shooting out little sparks! 

What the WHA!?!?

Welcome to my world!  The juicer was quickly unplugged and set outside.  Once the smoke settled, it was tossed into the trash.

I used a strainer and a serving spoon to juice the rest of the blackberries.  It really didn't take long.  All that juice without seeds was added back into the soup pot.  I cranked the temperature up to medium and let the it simmer until thickened.
 
Tasting it is important.  Depending on how ripe the berries are, you may or may not need a bit more sweetness.  Add some sugar if you like.  We don't care for deserts that are overly sweet.  At this point, I added a little sugar at a time until we were happy with the flavor.  I think I added about 1/3 cup.




All together, my recipe used just under 2 cups of sugar for 11 cups of raw blackberries.

When the syrup was as thick as I wanted, I deliberately scooped a few blackberries into each clean, sterilized jar.  They are really quite beautiful and a few seeds are barely noticed.  Then I ladled the rest of the juice into the jars.  Once completely cooled, all but one jar was tucked into the freezer.

I can't wait to tell you what happens next! 

What would you do with homemade blackberry syrup?

;-)  -Marci


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tuesdays with a Twist #166

I love Tuesdays, seeing all the lovely ideas and projects!  Are you ready for a great party?

We are your co hosts

 


Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being chosen.  Be sure to check all of our blogs!

Choosing features is so very difficult!   I love seeing all the creative posts!  Thank you for joining the party!

My feature this week is...  Drum roll please...  

DIY Hanging Basket Chandelier 




 from Christine at Little Brags!

  
If you have been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.

We all love comments!  Please hop around and show some love!

The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Friday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!
*Pictures should be your own* 
By linking up you give us permission to use these photos
 (with proper link backs) in our features. 
And now for the party!

;-)  -Marci




 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Nature Photo Challege {Danetta and Nancy}

On Facebook, I was nominated to do a Nature Photography Challenge by Mary Kalpos.  She is the master mind behind The Boondocks Blog.  The challenge was to post a nature photo, past or present, each day for 7 days and nominate a new friend each day to do the same.
 
It was so much fun, I'd like to share the ones I chose to post on Facebook!  I also have permission from my buddies that participated with me.  If you would like to see all of them, please click below!

Nature Photo Challenge Posts

Mine
Mary
Beverly
  Maggie
Travis
Robert

Some of today's shots belong to Nancy and some to Danetta!  They weren't able to complete all seven days.  Hey, life happens!  ;-)  Together, though we have plenty to enjoy!











 



What do you love about photographs?

;-)  -Marci