Fresh marmalade and bread. I made them a couple weeks ago and the maramlade is wonderful. The bread didn't last long of course, there's something about warm bread and butter, especially with fresh jam. The marmalade is made with the zest and fruit of navel oranges, lemons, grapefruit and tangerines, boiled with some sugar for 30 minutes and mixed with a box of sure-jel to ensure that it actually sets. I store it in the freezer. I took some to work and most really liked it, but you could tell that it was too tart for some folks. I didn't use as much sugar as the box recipe calls for, and it is pretty tart, but I love it. It has a real grapefruit/lemon tang to it. I plan to bring some raspberry jam and marmalde to the beach this summer to have with fresh biscuits and coffee. Heavenly.
These pussywillows were cut on Feb 17 from the wetland behind the Walmart. I love pussywillows. They are the first harbingers of spring here, before the red-winged blackbirds or crocus, both of which are here now on March 29.
Enough for today, I have a couple more photos of stuff that I have finished this last month, but even more photos of things that I can't put up yet because they are surprises. However this weekend, I will take new photos of D's quilt, which turned out pretty cool with it's apple quilting, and my new Easter table runner, made with the dyed fabric and old jean strips, which looks great on the table. D is bringing a friend from school for dinner on Sunday so it will be a fun weekend. Happy Easter to everyone, enjoy the holiday, and it is supposed to be 70 this weekend. If so, we are eating our roast chicken on the deck. How cool is that?