Raspberry Syrup The Sequal


Hold on tight I took the original Black Raspberry Syrup recipe posted by Food in Jars and modified it. Now that I got a hold of more red raspberries, I modified it again!


3Cups of berries

1/2 cup water

1 cup sugar

1 vanilla bean

I put my jars lids and rings into a large pot add water till all are covered and turn it on high. When it just starts to simmer I turn the heat down low enough to avoid boiling but keep the water simmering. Then I make my syrup.

Put the berries into the blender and really puree them well. Then  strain the mixture through a sieve to get out the seeds. This is the part that takes the longest. I just put on a podcast and mashed away until I can’t get any more juice/fine pulp through the sieve.

Pour the pureed/strained berries into a pot, add 1/2 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar and one cut open and scraped vanilla bean.

Boil for 5 minutes. It is supposed to be runny, not thick like jam or anything.

Remove vanilla bean with a fork.

Remove jars from simmering water with tongs and pour syrup into clean, hot canning jars.

Add lids and rings, boil in a hot waterbath for 10 min.

I love that the vanilla cuts down the tartness of the berries just a smidge. Uses for this syrup have turned out to be endless.

Heat and pour over waffels, crepes, pancakes or icecream

Add to lemon water, sparkling water.

Add 1 tablespoon to a bowl of oatmeal.

Add 1/4 cup to pudding, cake mix or brownie mix.

I love adding 1 tsp of this syrup and squeezing half a lemon into my waterbottle before biking to the beach. Super refreshing and it helps me drink more water!


What I Love About Summer


Living in the northern half of the United States gives one a great appreciation for the warm feeling of the sun in the summer.  Here are my top 10 favorite things about summer. Be sure you tell me some of yours!

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Raspberry Syrup


I don’t know if you heard in your neck of the woods but IHOP had its anniversary on Tuesday with $.58  pancakes. I wasn’t in the mood to take my kids out for breakfast because we were recovering from our beach day and one of them came down with a stomach bug.

My sick child also happens to be the biggest fan of pancakes. I decided to see if I could make some really special ones for him when he was well again.

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Thank you Summer

I love summer. 

Sometimes in the hustle of working and being a Mom I forget.

  I let the chaos absorb me. I find myself hurrying through the days, spending more energy thinking about the next thing. The calendar. The next place.

Today, I took a walk with my family and in the middle of the walk, somewhere between the pumpkin patch and the Beaver pond, I realized that this moment was important. The sky was fading to purple in the late summer sun.

My kids were laughing. I was holding my husbands hand. Flowers were blooming along the path.

It was beautiful, I was happy, life was good. I walked and I was now, I was present. 

I just breathed. I soaked it in. I thought about what I was grateful for. My mind was clear and in the twilight I could really see the people around me.

Slow down. Enjoy a moment. Not every moment is enjoyable. So, I was glad the universe reminded me to savor one.

Happy summer.