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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Reflection and yummy stuff

I've been trying to think about what I might be able to post about so you can at least see something when you come for a visit.  After seeing a post on Christine's blog showing a piece she had done several years ago I had an 'aha' moment and decided it might be fun to show a few of the things I've made over the years that you might have missed seeing.  For those of you that remember all of this, feel free to hit the snooze alarm!

Back in 2005 I made a small wallhanging (17 x 17") that was entered into a breast cancer fundraiser called 'The Quilt'. 

This one was entitled "Hope - Is Eternal"
"This small quilt was created - in hope - that a cure will
soon be found"

I didn't have a great camera back then, so the quality of the photo is probably not the best.

I don't suppose any of you are like me and that you haven't had the experience of drinking something called 'Raspberry Vinegar'.  When I was little my paternal grandmother had a large raspberry patch and she made this drink mixture which tasted SO good!!  Unfortunately all of her recipes were lost in a house fire.  I've been years trying to find the directions and finally came across them in an antique cookbook.  We found raspberries on sale for a really good price so thought we'd give it a try...

There's no 'recipe' as such....Place washed raspberries in a glass bowl and cover with white vinegar.  Let stand 24 hours. Make sure you put a tight cover on or you will have a bunch of drunken fruit flies!!   Bring to boil and mash berries.  Strain and measure the amount of liquid.  Add an equal amount of sugar and return to boil.  Simmer for 20 minutes.  Place in  sterilized jar(s).  Refrigerate.  Add some to either regular water or sparkling water and enjoy.  (The directions aren't explicit as to ratio of water to juice, so you would have to experiment). 

Today the quote is from Melissa Accadia....."Just because you're handed a cactus doesn't mean you have to sit on it"


  1. Thanks for sharing your quilt and the raspberry vinegar recipe, sounds so tart, I can almost imagine puckering up after I tasted it.

  2. Hello Mary Anne! What a fabulous little quilt! I love it! Your raspberry vinegar sounds rather delicious! Nice to have something different to drink in the summer! :) x

  3. Oh that green quilt.I adore green , and this one has so much prettiness going on. I am not much of a cook these days as it's Kev's territory.I am allowed in there to clean !!I'm not complaining!!hehe.
    Judy xx

  4. No, I have not seen your quilt before, it is beautiful and the purpose of it's creation. How sad to lose the family recipe I would never have thought to put Raspberries with vinegar, lucky you to be in raspberry season, they are soooo expensive here (writing from Melbourne!!!)
    I have to tell you we had rhubarb last night because of you, I didn't manage the mini marshmallows but it went down a treat!
    Happy days!
    Wren x

  5. I'll have to try that beverage! I sometimes use vinegar as a brightener in drinks - adds zip without the scratchy throat that usually comes (to me, anyway) with lemon juice.

  6. That's really interesting. A local touristy café sells a variety of fruit flavoured vinegars and I recall seeing a raspberry vinegar there. It said for use in salads and suggested other meals which of course I cant now recall. Wonder if it tasted anything similar!

  7. Love the quilt, which I had not seen. Beautiful and balanced.

    My much older sisters used to speak of having raspberry vinegar drinks but I never tasted any. I must try your recipe.

  8. The quilt is beautiful. My grandma used to make raspberry vinegar too


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