Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Tini's Blackberry Vodka Delight

Usually I make blackberry liqueur in late August/early September, since I figure you can have only so many blackberry pies and make only so much blackberry jam. But this year, after reading Tini's recipe for Blackberry Vodka Delight, I knew I had to try it.

















I didn't have enough regular sugar, so I used the box of sugar cubes I had stashed in the pantry for tea parties. Someone had given me a tiny bottle of Stoli blackberry essence vodka recently, so that too went into the batch. Necessity being the mother of invention, etc. etc.



















Whoo Hooooooo! Can barely wait the requisite six weeks to taste this!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Official Blackberry Report from Snohomish

Here is your official backyard blackberry picking report for the week of August 18th:

Nope, not quite there. Still need about a week of ripening before these babies are ready to pluck. Time to dust off your recipes for blackberry conserves, pies, cordials and liqueurs.












I still think we're looking at a half-n-half scenario here. I'm going to lighten the load and pick the ripe ones tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

FaerieWorlds and Florence

Last weekend I drove down to Eugene Oregon to attend FaerieWorlds, a three-day weekend of faery-related festivities. Entire families of faeries attend.



















Afterwards, I headed over to Florence which is on the coast to enjoy the beach and sand dunes. Okay, if you want to see great pictures of Florence and the sand dunes, go over to Tini's blog.

I honestly can't say which I enjoyed more - the faeries or the ocean...