Hey Darlings! Hope you had a splendid weekend!! Were you were able to get out for at least one adventure?..Always a good weekend thing in my book...near or far...it just keeps you on your toes...and keeps your eyes, heart and spirit open to the next!! We went in to the mountains to this lovely spot near the river where a perfect swimming hole sits beckoning you to sit with blankets.. picnics..dogs, kids..wine , bikinis and the like...It was about 90 up there..which made the icy water feel stellar when you jumped in...our boys climbed up the huge rocks to jump off of those...I remember doing this when I was a kid...such fun...sort of scary..but really freeing too!
Do you ever make candy at home? It's always been a fantasy thought for me...is it for you!? We made lollipops last night...it's so simple...2/3 c. karo syrup, 2 1/2 c. sugar, 3/4 c. H2O. Put in a pan on your stove top mix it just a bit , stick a candy thermometer in the syrupy mix...let it get to 300 which is the hard-crack stage. I then pour it into 3 separate smaller pans, let the kids add flavors and food colors..then they pour it onto lolly sticks that are sitting on a parchment paper covered jellyroll pan. It's really that simple...I'm sure you could complicate it...but why...homemade lollipops....such a fun thing to do..no matter your age! Be super careful with the pouring part...this stuff is hot, hot..as in burn your skin hardcore hot!!
These are Gus's free pours..I like doing it this way rather than molds....shocking isn't it?! Yes, you can add other candies etc....let them cool completely before you lift them off the paper...
Do you ever plant a bush or tree that will provide fruit later on?! I have always been smitten by fruit bearing plants and trees....This is one of our wee olive trees....I am just so excited by the idea of these...my list of trees to plant is so long...is yours? What are you growing that bears fruit? Please you must try it...such fun.....! REALLY!!
Do you ever buy baby kale..sprinkle it with olive oil , a bit if balsamic + salt....pop it into a 350 oven and let it go for 10-15 minutes....I have always done this with swiss chard...but baby kale is crazy this way. Bonus is kale is #1 on the super food list....as in...super for your health!!! Worth a spin eh?! Also worth growing some in your garden this year..or in a pot near your kitchen!!
Do you ever pick flower heads and photograph them..or paint a watercolor of them , or sketch...or just make an arrangement to admire..or to let dry....It's all good, all creative....I like to then take the flowers apart then make my new version of flowers all petals mixed up this way and that way....big, little etc. It's lovely mindless puttering + creativity...good for the soul!
Do you ever need to cover up a bush that is being decimated by critters? Deer...rabbits..or chickens in my case!! I took and old tomato cage, flipped it upside down then wrapped chicken wire around it. I added an old cast candle-holder to the top...a wee bit of folly.....This is a 10 minutes project tops!! Happy rose bushes = happy gardeners!!
Do you ever....make a nice spot for yourself outside....a lovely place that beckons you to come and sit...? Mine is on the deck outside of my studio. I love working outside..so I moved a table, some chairs etc. and made a place ..I love it so much....I love when the chickens and ducks come over to snack with me...I keep a tin of old crackers for them....( I am now officially my grandmother.....it's out. )
Cheers to you..to a lovely week!!
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~ live your poetic wanderlust !….with love, from our studio + ranch~ in the California countryside …Tracy Porter~