Martha I am not.
I love the idea of do-it-yourself projects with the kids, especially if they are nature-themed, but our projects often fall apart…literally.
For example, this past winter, the kids and I set out to make edible ornaments to hang outside for the birds. We even tried making our own suet. Yes, I actually bought fat from the grocer, boiled it down, and the kids dropped in the seeds and berries before freezing them.
Here they are in the pan.
Here they are out of the pan.
Likewise, a few years ago, the kids and I set out to make homemade dandelion jelly from the plentiful flowers in the spring.
Sadly, the jelly never set, so we had jars upon jars of dandelion syrup.
If anything, we are persistent.
We decided to try again this year, but followed a different recipe.
Thanks to Martha Stewart, it worked (you can easily print off the recipe, Martha Stewart’s Dandelion Jelly Recipe).
Now that we are accomplished jelly-makers, we can share a big tip. Be sure to pull only the yellow petals from the flower as the green parts are bitter. It is a bit trickier than it sounds. In the end, I did most of the petal pinching and the kids took care of the harvesting (Daley, in particular, enjoyed using his new trowel to whack the stems).
We enjoyed our homemade dandelion jelly on biscuits. Having a grade-schooler in the house, we had fun practicing descriptive words.
Daley (7 years old): not sour
Finley (3 years old): yellow
Tim: slightly tangy
Kristina: light and delicate
What nature-oriented projects do you enjoy…or not? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!