Saturday, August 21, 2010

Swallowtail Saturday


Here's another picture of one of the many Swallowtails that have graced our homestead. I hope you'll indulge me a little while longer in posting butterfly pictures. In the end, I made another batch of elderberry syrup yesterday. I had already turned it into juice, so made the syrup an alternate way I'd read about. I brought the juice close to boiling, then added in some cinnamon basil honey I'd created a few summers back. The ratio was approximately 2 3/4c juice to 3 1/2c honey. Once the honey dissolved, I took it off the heat and added 1 1/2c alcohol (finished my brandy & topped it off with vodka). When cool, I poured it into brown glass bottles I had boiled for 10 minutes, then capped it with their lids, which had been put into a pot of water just after it boiled. You don't want to boil any lid with plastic parts. A taste test assured me that a spoonful of this will go down easily. I've been cleaning up and taking pictures of my vintage finds, and have begun adding them to my shop. Have a marvelous weekend, friends!

3 comments:

Kiki said...

What a beauty..thanks for sharing this gorgeous creature! Lucky!

and yay..enjoy your kitchen magic!

cookingwithgas said...

that sounds tasty even if you don't have a cough....
this has been the best year for butterflies!

JLK Jewelry said...

Wow Laurie, that sounds like some good stuff!!