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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Candied lemon Meyer's peel

As I mentioned in my previous post, I had lots of lemons this winter and was looking for an easy way to store them for future use. So I froze the juice and used the peel to make a candied lemon peel. All you need is sugar, water and of course, a lemon peel ( I am using a lemon Meyer one and just love how thin and fragrant the skin is).
 Here is how I made it:
1. Clean your lemons with warm water and wipe them dry. Cut in half horizontally and juice them, using citrus juicer. Strain the juice through fine mesh colander and pour into prepared ice cube trays. Save the peel.
2. Cut the half lemon peel into quarters. With a flexible knife, remove the inner white lining and discard it. Cut the lemon peel into long skinny strips. Pack it in the prepared measuring cup (I am using 2-cup measuring cup as a measure) .

3. Heat 4 cups of water until it boils. Add 2 cups packed lemon peel, reduce the heat and cook about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the peel with a slotted spoon and set aside.

4. Add 4 cups of sugar to the water, increase the heat and cook until the sugar dissolve, constantly stirring. Add the peel, boil about 1-2 minutes, then reduce the heat to medium low and cook for about 40 minutes, stirring from time to time.

5. Remove the peel out of the syrup with a slotted spoon and transfer it on to prepared cookies trays lined with a parchment paper.

6. Let it air dry for a couple of days. I am tossing mine from time to time to make sure it will dry well. If it feels dry enough, it's time to store it.

I am using a glass jar with a vacuum seal and storing my candied peel in the refrigerator. The leftover syrup can be used also so I just sealed it in jars and put it the refrigerator.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Citrus harvest

Winter for us is a citrus harvest time. This year we were so lucky to have our  first harvest of lemon Meyer.
I quickly found out that they do not store well, even in refrigerator, so besides giving them away I was looking for some recipes. As always, the dilemma is how to get a healthy food without adding too much sugar. I've tried several great recipes and loved them all but I was looking also for a longer storage life also.

I have not cooked with stevia yet so I've decided to juice the lemons and freeze it in the ice cube trays. The skin was so thin and fragrant that it was pity to throw it away, especially knowing that it is full of vitamin C. So I made a candied lemon peel with it. After it was dried, I was surprised to see that the whole harvest fit into one jar!
Everyone loves it. We are storing it in refrigerator and using it as a snack. It was easy to make and really a great way to use the whole fruit. I will share the recipe in my next post.

Friday, January 30, 2015

January 2015

January was such a busy time for us. We are very happy about lots of custom orders, it keeps us busy. Last holiday season showed that people love our product and we are very grateful to each and everyone of our customers at our socksandmittens shop on Etsy.

We have some lovely ideas for the spring and summer but we are still working on some warmer accessories for the customers for this season. 
 The winter is almost ended here in Arizona but the weather is not so warm in some other areas. So there is always a need for some pretty and warm gloves, cozy socks and warm fashion accessories!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all, my dear friends. May this Christmas bring you comfort, joy, peace and happiness to last throughout the coming year!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A little red fox

A little red fox is my favorite image this December.
I've already went through Pinterest to see the beautiful fox photographs, bought a sleeping fox figurine at an antique shop, cross stitched a cute fox embroidery, and I am stamping my holiday gift tags with a little fox wearing a scarf image. Foxes are everywhere for me this Holiday season!
I mentioned this on our Etsy forum and one very talented artist sent me her fox painting to add to my collection.
What a wonderful surprise! Thank you, Elina from sublimecolors! I am framing it right now and it will be a part of our holiday decor this year.
Wait until you see the other images from her shop. The paintings are so beautiful and so colorful. There are stories behind each and all of them! Her images were also put on pillow cases and they are so pretty. I just love Elina's art.
The holidays are almost here and we are very busy with our custom orders this year. We are so grateful to our customers for letting us be a part of their gift giving. Please enjoy our product!   
Best wishes from socksandmittens this holiday season.

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Holiday tree cross stitch necklace DIY

This cross stitch necklace is a very quick project for the coming Holidays. I made mine in cheerful green and red Christmas colors but you can choose any colors you want.

 To make this, you need:
pre-made brass necklace with round pendant setting (I made my necklace together with Albina albinasjewelry)
white cardstock
white felt
linen to cross stitch
DMC threads
Fabric/ paper and all purpose glue
embroidery and beading needles, scissors, i

How to make this:

Measure your pendant diameter and cut a circle from cardstock and another one from felt to fit inside the circle. Cut a 3rd circle from a linen fabric but make it overlap the cardstock circle, about 1/4" all the way around.

Fold the linen circle to find the center of the design and stitch your little Christmas tree. Carefully iron it and start to assemble.
Glue the felt circle on top of cardstock. Place the stitched design on top of your cardstock & felt sandwich and make some small vertical cuts all the way around the linen circle to fold the extra fabric around the base. Add some glue around the cardstock perimeter and fold the excess of linen towards the center to make a perfect round stitched insert for your brass pendant. Place it in between 2 sheets of white paper and put in under a heavy book for about 10 minutes to make it flat.
Glue your finished ornament to the pendant setting with all purpose glue. Place it under the book to grip for 10 more minutes. Sew the beads around the perimeter.
Here is a free cross stitch chart for you to make this, A Holiday Tree:
Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Blue Christmas, A Christmas tree to cross stitch

While I am making some new small cross stitch patterns for the coming Holidays I'd like to add one to match the previous Snowflake one. You will find it here in my previous post. 
I made both ornaments a long time ago, both ornament look pretty together and continue the theme of a Blue Christmas.

Both of these patterns are very simple and you can finish your project over the weekend.

Please enjoy this free pattern. Happy Holidays!