I posted these photos of VIOLET JELLY! I want to share with EVERYONE! Because it makes me smile and sigh.
It's so amazing to me that these little purple (have I mentioned that purple is my favorite color?) flowers grow in the woods on our land, they are just there, peeking out, decorating the forrest floor.
When boiled into tea, the tea is a dark blue and then when you add lemon juice....BAM! purple again. It's magic! (well, chemistry, but that is basically the same thing). And it made me reflect on color changes...leaves in the fall, snow cone straws, self striping yarn...DEEP SIGH, I love color changes.
It started months ago in the Plum Deluxe Tea group on facebook when lots of people were posting photos of "Butterfly" tea mixed with lemonade; then our homeschool Co-op, on the last day we met before #stayhome orders, poured blue tea into lemonade for the preschoolers so they could watch it change colors. I was mesmerized, even more than the preschoolers! Next, my sweet friend Molly posted pictures of her Violet Jelly with a similar color change and I went straight into my yard and texted her pictures of purple flowers next to my house in the hopes they were the same (NOPE they are Vincas). But then Hubby texted me a photo during his walk in the woods and said "is this what you are looking for"? YES!!!! Heart shaped leaves and deep purple flowers.
So, I walked out of my dirty house, basket in hand, left the kids on screens (don't worry they interrupted us via cel phone calls several times during our walk), and picked two cups of violets while Hubby searched for mushrooms. I sighed deeply while picking them. I just couldn't believe they were there. Purple flowers ready for the Violet Jelly recipe.
It's not a new skill, it's not "taking advantage of this quarantime", it's not even a to-do list. It is AWE. The colors are awesome! There is something about color changing that makes me smile.
I love color changing leaves, straws, spoons and best of all YARN.
I hope that you have a deep sigh when you see these photos, it happened for me. I just can't help but smile. And the jelly is delicious, really delicious!
I have been meaning to start an Blog for years and Violet Jelly is the perfect excuse. (that link will give you my recipe).