Raspberry Syrup The Sequal

https://static.pexels.com/photos/6680/summer-dessert-sweet-snack.jpg

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!

Ingredients:

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!

Advertisements

What I Love About Summer

lake-queens-ann-lace.jpg

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!

Continue reading

Raspberry Syrup

food-lunch-kitchen-eat.jpg

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.

Continue reading

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.