Canning 101 – Lilac Blossom Jelly

lilac jamI love when readers send in their canning recipes! The last recipe Susan submitted for Canned Pickled Dill Carrots was a super hit, so I was pretty excited when she submitted another one. This time, she’s using lilacs to make jelly, which is a first for me. I’m so excited to try it out. Here’s what Susan had to say:

Hi Mavis!

My lilacs are blooming, so I decided to make this Lilac Jelly. I will be using these for gifts – kind of a “gourmet” item. I hope to make another batch before my flowers “rust” and are gone.


2 cups lilac blossoms, no leaves or stems
2 1/2 cups boiling water
2 drops purple food coloring, OPTIONAL {the color of the jelly will be a golden/yellow otherwise. I add the coloring for aesthetic appeal.}
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon butter {for less foaming}
4 cups sugar
One box powdered pectin


Place the blossoms in a glass bowl and pour the boiling water on them. Let this steep on the counter overnight {or approximately 8 hours}. Strain the flowers out of the water. Squeeze dry, adding the liquid into what you already have. You should have roughly 2 1/4 cups infused water. Add more water if needed.

Place the flower infusion, lemon juice, butter and pectin in a large heavy bottomed pot. Bring to a boil. Add sugar all at once. Return to boil. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Ladle jelly into clean, sterilized jars, leaving 1/4″ head space. Wipe rims and screw on the lids. Process for 10 minutes in a water bath canner.

Makes 5 half pint jars {5 cups}

Susan :)

Thanks for sharing another great recipe, Susan!

Thanks so much for sharing Susan. They look so pretty and sound delicious!

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Want to start canning, but don’t know where to begin? Here’s a guide to help you get started.

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Honey Bees and Langstroth Hives

Honey Bees and Langstroth Hives

My Friend Jane and her husband Jamey picked up 40,000 bees last week for their Langstroth hives {yes those bees are riding shotgun in their van!!!} and I wanted to share her beekeeping experiences with those of you who might be interested.


Jane’s first batch of bee’s died this winter after several months of super low temperatures, but after experiencing a record honey harvest last year, they are back at it again with a new colony of bees.

Langstroth Hives

I’ve always wanted to keep bees but I am severally allergic to them, so I guess I’ll just have to live vicariously through her. ūüėȬ†If you are interested in beekeeping, be sure and stop by her site ThyHandHathProvided and check out the latest installment in her beekeeping series.


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DIY Garden Markers Using Painted Rocks

DIY Garden Markers Using Painted Rocks

Rock garden markers, well…rock. ¬†You can pretty much always find rocks for free, they never blow away in the wind, and they add a lot of color to your garden. ¬†Oh, and the best part is that you don’t really have to be very artsy to make them look awesome.

You’ll Need:

  • Larger Flat Rocks {pretty easy to scavenge at construction sites, river beds, hikes, etc.}
  • Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Clear Coat {to make sure that watering your plants doesn’t also water the color right off of your rocks}

DIY Garden Markers Using Painted RocksDirections:

These are pretty basic. ¬†Paint your rock, or leave them rock colored and just paint the name of the plant on the rock. ¬†You can add pictures, polka-dots…whatever floats your boat. ¬†Allow them to dry. ¬†Apply a clear coat over the top of the painted rock to seal the paint.

Place them next to the plant, and walk away. ¬†It just doesn’t get easier than that :)



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Leggy or Spindly Seedlings

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One Hundred Dollar a Month reader, Vicky, recently asked me a question about the seedlings she started indoors. ¬†Her problem is so common, I thought I’d answer her question in a post, in case anyone else is experiencing the same thing this time of year. ¬†She writes,

Hello Mavis, I started seeds for the first time this year. They grew long and spindly. I grew them indoors under a plastic little make shift greenhouse tray that I purchased. Is there any hope for my long spindly veggies ( cucumber tomatoes zucchini and peppers)HELP!!!

tomato plants

This is a super common problem. ¬†The plants grow tall and spindly {usually called leggy} and the stems look weak and thin. ¬†It is almost always caused by too little light. ¬†I used to have this problem before I started using a grow light. ¬†Unless you have a window with amazing direct sunlight, plants tend to do this. ¬†My suggestion would be to get a grow light and finish them off under there. ¬† That will fortify them a bit over the next month before you plant. ¬†If a grow light is an absolute no, you may want to “chase the sun” in your house. ¬†Move your plants throughout the day to ensure that they have direct, steady sunlight all day long.

greenhouse tomatoes

Even if you can’t completely reverse their growing patter with more light, the good news is that even leggy plants have hope. ¬†They can typically rally once planted outside–though, be aware, they will not be as strong as non-leggy plants. ¬†The wind will be their biggest enemy as their stems are simply not as strong to withstand it. ¬†You may want to protect them from inclement weather outside until they have grown stronger.

Have any of you ever dealt with leggy seedlings?  How did your garden ultimately turn out?


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Free Kindle Books, Zaycon Fresh, Beach Dresses, Sam’s Club Membership, Canning Jars and More


Word of the Day: Propound  Definition: To set fourth, to offer for consideration, to explain  Used in a sentence: When the secretary was consulted, he would invariably propound his own doctrine.

lucy the puggle dog

At some point I looked at the temperature gauge outside and noticed it was 77 degrees outside. HOLY CATS people… that is crazy warm for the Seattle area in April. Lucy was so worn out after our hour long walk that she made it just 3 steps inside the front door before plopping down. :) She snoozed for a good 20 minutes! And as an added bonus, my cheeks got a wee bit of pink in them too. It was a good day.

Sadly, according to KOMO, the weather is suppose to turn to showers for the rest of the week. :(

Have a great day everyone, whatever the weather is in your neck of the woods.

‚ô• Mavis

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Chicken wire, moss and some spring flowers and you’ve got yourself a DIY Hanging Flower Basket. Find more tips and tricks on my Gardening Pinterest Board.

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6pm has SKECHERS Bleaching It Sandals on sale for $14.99 shipped. Perfect for the beach!

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The Joe’s New Balance Outlet Deal of the Day is the¬†Men’s Print Hooded Jacket for just $19.99!

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Amazon has the¬†Hee Grand Women’s Long Beach Dress starting at $7.57 shipped!

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Amazon also has the Little Tikes 3′ Trampoline  on sale for only $44.99 shipped {reg. $79.99!}. What a good way to wear them out.

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Eating Well Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire 4/22/15 at midnight EST.

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Are you a little short on space? Amazon currently has the Hydrofarm Dirt Pot 5 Gallon containers on sale for just $5.77 each and they ship FREE with Amazon Prime and the reviews are AWESOME. Yee-Haw!
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Amazon has the set of 6 Ball Jar Ball Heritage Collection Pint Jars with Lids and Bands on sale for $8.47 and they ship FREE with Amazon Prime. Perfect for canning season!

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You can also snag a set of 12 Quilted¬†Ball Jar Crystal Jelly Jars with Lids and Bands for just $7.99. It’s the prefect size for gift giving.


Wanna make a super fun breakfast that also happens to taste awesome? Try these Dutch Breakfast Puffs. Mmm mmm good. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later. Find more recipes on my Breakfast Pinterest Board.

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Zaycon Foods is now taking orders for their upcoming events. Below are their offerings and prices in my area.Go HERE to find out if this deal is available in your area.

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.69/lb $67.60/case
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  • ¬†Carvemaster Boneless Applewood Smoked Ham¬†$3.79/lb | $83.38/case
  • ¬†Meaty Back Ribs¬†$3.79/lb | $136.44/case
  • ¬†Bacon-Wrapped Pork Fillet¬†$4.69/lb | $46.90/case
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Check out the post on how we process so much Zaycon meat at one time.

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