Good morning! Well, it’s just 5 days until the Party Thyme spice giveaway and recipe link party opens! Yes, it’s just 5 days until August 26th! Where has the summer gone?
Just to recap, our giveaway in August is super amazing! Why? It’s not just a giveaway for September’s featured spices. Nope, it’s not! Five lucky winners will get Septembers’s spices AND another five lucky winners will get a set of all of the 12 spices that were featured during “Summer Thyme”! So, mark your calendar and tell all your friends to stop by and enter between August 26 and August 31!
To help you get pumped for the upcoming party, today through August 25 I will be sharing 3 recipes each day (at 10:00 am, 3:00 pm, and 7:00 pm) that either use one or more of August’s featured spices (dill seed, cayenne pepper, parsley, and rosemary) or focus on preserving some of your summer’s harvest! Yup, 15 recipes over the next 5 days! Are you ready to get cooking with me? Well, let’s grab our aprons and get started ’cause we’ve got a lot to do!
When I think of summer, I definitely think “blueberries”, don’t you? There used to be a blueberry farm about 10 miles from our house that the kids and I would go and pick about 20 pounds each year (of course this doesn’t include the blueberries we ate while picking..hehe!) Our first recipe is one that will help you enjoy blueberry goodness throughout the year!
- 1 dry pint blueberries
- Zest from 3 lemons
- 2 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
Boil for 20 minutes. You will see some of the blueberries split and you will find the water will turn a beautiful dark purple/blue. You do not need to stir your pot but do keep an eye on it.
Pour your cooked ingredients through a strainer to remove the lemon zest and blueberry skins.
Place the strained syrup back into your pot and add the sugar. Bring your syrup to a boil and cook an additional 5 minutes to make sure the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow the syrup to cool. You will notice that your syrup will thicken as it cools. If you find your syrup is a bit too thick, no worries…just add some additional water, 1 Tablespoon at a time.
Pour your cooled syrup in to a jar (I used an old salad dressing bottle). Store in the refrigerator. If you make a large batch, place extras in the freezer.
Here are a few ways you can enjoy your blueberry syrup?
- Pour over pancakes
- Stir into yogurt
- Add to some sparkling water for a refreshing beverage
- Pour on top of ice cream