I thought I would take part in Thrifty Household's and Silver Pebble's Making Winter. I too am not really a winter lover, I hate the pewter grey skys and the cold, I hate that I can't get out into the garden to potter and earth myself and what I hate most of all are the dark mornings :-( So here goes with a bit of creativity to see if that helps lift my spirits :-)
A month or so ago I took advantage of my neighbours Quince tree and made some Quince Jelly from the book below. I love this book, it is full of wonderful recipes ....
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I then stewed them ....
I hung them to drain off over night, I was going to make a net fruit bag but got this off e-bay for cheaper than I could create one in the end :-)
You then re-boil the liquid with lots of sugar until it becomes syrupy in consistency . I did find I had to squeeze a lemon into it to get it to change more quickly although Quince are meant to be high in pectin.
I then sterilised some old coffee jars and jarred the jelly up.
It is a really lovely taste, sweet with a summery flowery taste .... hmmm I can't really describe it. It goes really well with strong cheese or pork. Here it is on a plate with some of my friends piccalilli :-)
I think I will make smaller jars next year as less is more with Quince Jelly.
I have also been playing with Merino wool with the children and had fun wet felting and needle felting with them.
Here are some little felted acrons I made :-)
Here are the children's.
After chatting the a lady who created gorgeous felted scarves about creating a tortoise in a walnut shell (she must have thought I was a little bonkers :-)) she suggested a pin cushion would be great too - she was right, I love this little pin cushion :-)
And then of course there are my son's (right) and my tortoises made out of walnut shells :-)
There is something else I am creating but that will have to stay secret for a little while longer .... this is the scene in my sock drawer (away from prying little eyes :-)).