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Earth Day


In keeping it GREEN, we are doing our annual planting of the family garden and taking in all the great things Mother Nature has to offer.  Recently it was Earth Day (April 23, 2011), but for us it has been a month (if not decades) of Earth Day.

In addition to the many DIY garden projects and home-school science projects we have going, Earth ‘month’ has pulled it all together into one nice neat little package.

More on Earth Day

 

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Prickly Pear Jelly


OK, Trivia Tuesday, so I have to ask!  DID YOU KNOW, that jams, jellies and marmalade arrived in Europe, right around the middle ages?  No?  Don’t feel bad, I didn’t either.  Check this out… then let’s get on to the recipe!

There is some controversy as to where it actually originated, but it is thought to be from the Middle Eastern Countries. Being introduced to Europe upon the Crusaders return from there. 

The first book of recipes, Of Culinary Matters, was written by a Roman Gastronome by the name of Marcus Gavius Apicius. This book of recipes includes recipes for fruit preserves!

Marmalade is thought to have been created in 1561 by the attending doctor to Mary, Queen of Scots.  He mixed orange and crushed sugar to keep her seasickness at bay.  It is plausible, that the word marmalade derives from the words “Marie est malade” meaning Mary is sick. 

Now being the good Scotswoman / Irishwoman that I am (just to name a couple), and being a direct descendant of Mary, Queen of Scots, I would like to believe we have this delectable treat because of one of my ancestors. 😛

But it is much more likely that the word marmalade comes from the word marmelo.  Being of Portuguese decent, meaning quince (fruit).

NOW, you know… 😀

Prickly Pear Jelly

 

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