Violet Lavender Sugar

Wild Violets

Wild Violets

Earlier this spring I foraged our front yard for violet flowers.

I gathered a bunch, separated the petals, mixed them with dried lavender left over from the herb garden, mixed in pure cane sugar and then put in a baking pan on a low 200F until it was fully dry. Then I cut them into squares.  Easy as that!

I love putting these sugar cubes in my Earl Grey Tea.

Violet Lavender Sugar Cubes

Violet Lavender Sugar Cubes

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Back Home & Spring has Sprung

It has been just over a month since we arrived back to our home in Virginia.  Wow!  Everything moves so fast in the spring.  We have been up to quite a lot since our arrival.

1) We got a new puppy dog.  She is a mixed breed; aussie shepherd, chesapeake bay retriever, and who knows what else mix.  Her name is Ara.

Ara

Ara

2)  This year has been a bounty morel mushroom year in our area.  We found many in different locations, but it is the first year we have found some on our own farm.

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Here is a quick relaxed recipe.

Soak morels in salt water for a couple minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Melt a bit of butter in a sautéing pan.

Add a clove or two of garlic.

Then add the morels.

Cook until thoroughly limp.

In another pot, make spiral pasta.

Mix the pasta with the morels.

Add some fresh spinach, the heat from the pasta will make it nice and tender.

add some parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste.

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Morel & Spinach Pasta

3) We have been planting tons.

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4) Enjoying all the Spring flowers.

PawPaw blooms

PawPaw blooms

Spring flowers

Spring flower in the woods.

Peony

Peony