I’m planning a stop on my vacation to the town I mention in Stealing Hope. It’s a small town in the mountains of Colorado. Ignacius. I have to convince my husband however! He doesn’t want to stop there. It’s too far out of the way from where we plan on going. I don’t think it’s that far!
In the mean time, I’m researching local trees so my heroine, Faith knows how each tree can help.
Boxelder (I have one of these in my yard!)
This maple of the plains provides sap suitable for making maple syrup. The syrup made from boxelder is not as sweet as the sugar from the true sugar maple.
I have been warned about sticking a tap into our tree, lol. We’ll see! They seen to be home to lots of these pests. So it’s not my favorite tree!
When ripe, they are tolerable eating, somewhat astringent. Ordinarily so abundant that it constitutes a large portion of the vegetable food of both Indians and white trappers who visit these regions.
3 cups prepared chokecherry juice (about 5 pounds chokecherries)
¼ cup lemon juice
1 package (1.75 ounces or 3 1/12 tablespoons) powdered pectin
4 ½ cups sugar
- Wash chokecherries. Do not pit. Mash thoroughly.
- Put cherries in a large pot and stir in 1 cup water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
- Extract juices by placing a cone-shaped sieve or a colander over a large bowl or pot. Spread three layers damp cheesecloth or jelly bag inside sieve or colander. Then, pour in hot prepared fruit. Tie cheesecloth top or close bag and let the fruit drip into the bowl or pot until dripping stops. Press gently. (Strain two or three more times for extra clear jelly.) Measure juice. If necessary, add up to ½ cup water for exact measure.
- Meanwhile, to prepare mason jars, place them on the canner rack and submerge in boiling water for 10 minutes. Place new, flat lids in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use.
- Measure prepared fruit juice and lemon juice in a 6- to 8-quart pot. Measure sugar and set aside in another bowl. Add pectin to juice mixture, and stir thoroughly.
- Place pot with juice mixture over high heat. Stir constantly to prevent scorching as the juice comes to a full roiling boil (a boil that does not stop when stirred). If mixture starts to scorch, reduce heat to medium heat.
- Stir in sugar, mixing well. To minimize foaming, add ¼ teaspoon butter. Bring to a full roiling boil again, stirring constantly. Continue to boil 2 minutes (1 minute, if using Sure-Jell Premium Fruit Pectin). Remove pot from heat, and skim off any foam with a tablespoon.
- Pull jelly jars from the canner, and place on counter. With a funnel, fill each jar to a quarter inch from the rim. Wipe the rim with a clean, damp cloth and place lid. Twist on band just to resistance — not tightly.
- Bring canner water to a boil, and place filled and capped jelly jars on the rack. Submerge for 10 minutes in the hot water bath.
- Carefully remove the jars and let them set up in a cool, dry place.
Yield: 6 8-ounce jars jelly
Source: MCP Pectin
Of course you have to know how to make sure you actually found a chokecherry tree!
Buzzel has a good article to do so. http://www.buzzle.com/articles/how-to-identify-a-chokecherry-tree-easily.html
Aspen bark contains salicin, a chemical closely related to aspirin, and the bark was used by Indians and pioneers to treat fevers.
It was also used as a diuretic, eczemas, wormer, an anti-rheumatic drug, disinfectant, and antiseptic.
There are tons of plants and trees around us that we no longer use in our world. We’ve become dependent on the newest latest drugs, pre-made food and drinks. If we open our eyes and learn about our world, how much better off would we be?
The host for Reader’s Entertainment Radio Show can vary, but is usually Debra Parmley of Reader’s Entertainment and Circle of Seven Tuesday 8:30PM EST.
THAT’S ME TODAY! Squee!
I’ll be on today at 8:30pm Eastern time so 7:30 central time.
I’ll be showing you a bit about my upcoming book A Sailor’s Delight. I know, I know, there are no dragons in it. BUT you can call in or chat on the chat board. Isn’t that awesome?
You can go to www.blogtalkradio.com/Circle-of-Seven to listen, call in or chat on our chat board. You can also come back an hour after the show and download the podcast from that site!
I can read the chats even after the show is over!
I’ll also be at a Facebook par-tay at 600 EST/ 700 Central. And, oh yeah, this one’s PARANORMAL! One of my friends is releasing a new bear (not bare, lol) book. Well, this one is actually a werewolf, but the rest of the series stars bear shifters.
So stop in all day, but don’t miss me!
Don’t forget to come meet me at MBLU!
I’ve been out and about. A Weekend with the Authors is done!
I finished the project I was working on for there. My dragon hoard! Here is different stages to make the sock dragon. I found the project on Pinterest. There was no way I wasn’t making it once I found it. I made eight of these babies! Here is the picture from Pinterest and the link to the project. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/429530883185444746/
I’m only sad I forgot to take a picture of the completed dragon horde!
I hand sewed these except for the body. Part of Stealing Hope involves repairing ripped clothing-for various reasons!
In May I’ll be in Tennessee! Join me at A Weekend with the Authors.
Registration is available. Just head over to the website below. If you’re local the book signing is 3-6 pm on Saturday!
I’ll have the following three available in print for autographing with me for all events. Hopefully more! It just depends on how fast I write!
On June 25, July 23rd, and August 27 I’ll be doing book signings in Beaver Dam WI.
This event is free to attend! Well, if you want a coffee you have to pay for it.
I’ve arranged a multi author event for those three days for Wisconsin authors. Yes, I’m sharing the spotlight! It gives me someone to talk to just in case no one shows up!
We’ll be reading excerpts and chapters from our books in the coffee shop, signing and selling autographed copies of our books and mingling.
Coffee and Books! What could be better?
Badger State Author Event
The Badger State Author Event is scheduled for Saturday August 13th, 2016. This event will take place at the Marriott West Hotel located in Madison, WI.The event will start at 9 am – 12 pm followed by a 2 hour lunch break and will resume at 2 pm – 5 pm.Tickets will be sold online starting in March 2016.
1313 John Q Hammons Drive Middleton, WI 53562 USA
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I’ll be here at the Mall of America in October! Head on over to visit if you’re in the area. The book signing is free to come meet me. If you want to come for the whole weekend, play and get to know lots of authors (50) sign up!
The website gives more information. It really is a fun time. Not to mention the mall is there to spend the rest of your time at.
Those who survived learned to adapt.
Dragons awaken to once again reign over the skies.
Upon eruption of a volcano, Ari awakens to a changed world, and a knowing that his dragon’s mate is near. He saves her twice—once as a dragon, and again as a man—and wins her confidence.
Hope cried out, moaning, “just change me with pleasure?”
Hope is restless and unfulfilled until she meets Ari, the man of her fantasies. The sensual tension between them heightens with every touch. When their passion explodes, Hope gets pulled into the dragon’s mating ritual…and into a world of erotic sensation she never dreamed existed but now cannot live without. The dragon binds his mate to him with a ritual that shows Hope her true nature in this humorous erotic romance.
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