So I recently stumbled across a recipe I thought I would stick away for another time; I bookmarked it and went on with my day. Next on my list was grocery shopping, and ironically, the main ingredient, blueberries, was on a crazy sale that day. 2lbs of blueberries for $1.99. Can’t beat that! The recipe is a delicious, multipurpose Blueberry Lemon Honey syrup. I had fresh lemons at home already, as well as a jar of fresh honey from a local beekeeper. Needless to say, my plans changed and I decided to give this syrup a whirl.
The nice thing about the syrup is that it can be used in pretty much anything you can think of. It’s delicious in teas like chamomile, regular lipton, green tea, etc…and it gives a great antioxidant boost! I also tried it out on belgian waffles with a little butter, and it was absolutely tasty. My husband was drooling over my shoulder hoping I wouldn’t finish it all. I did. Sorry hubs, maybe next time. I also thought that it might make a good ice cream topping, or an addition to a mixed drink for adults. The possibilities could be endless with a little imagination! Maybe a topping for a fresh angel food cake, versus the classic strawberry? If anyone comes up with anything interesting, definitely share it here in the comments, I’m always open for new ideas and love learning new things!
Anyway, by now I’m sure you’re drooling and want me to just get down to business and share the recipe with you, huh?
Blueberry Syrup with Lemon and Honey
Recipe From Rachel @ Grow a Good Life
- 4 cups blueberries
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup of water
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (fresh is ideal, as you will need the zest from a lemon as well)
- Using a paring knife or vegetable peeler, peel five 1-inch strips of zest from the lemon then juice the lemon reserving 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Set aside.
- Extract the blueberry juice by combining blueberries and water in a saucepan over low heat. Gently mash the blueberries with a potato masher and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain the juice into a heatproof bowl, pressing hard on the solids. Discard the solids. **Tip from A Recipe to Life: Another way you can do this, especially if you’d like to leave a little of the blueberry solids in there for either decoration or flavor is to use an immersion blender and break down the berries to consistency that you want them. I did this before I heated them, but you could do either.
- Return the blueberry juice to the saucepan and add the lemon zest and honey. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of your spoon or registers 225° on a candy thermometer. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Continue stirring and boil over high heat for 1 minute. Remove from heat, discard lemon zest, and allow the blueberry syrup to cool. Pour into just-cleaned bottles. Seal and refrigerate for up to 3 months.
As we all know, it’s been pretty darn cold this winter! I can’t say as much though, as some of you others can, I live in the Pacific Northwest and we’ve had some mild weather for the most part, although we are going through a cold snap right now, even seeing a few snowflakes today. Needless to say, cold brings chapped lips. I hopped online to try and find a recipe to make my own lip balm here at home, just for fun, and found this little goodie. Not too hard, and limited ingredients! Hubby and I are going to make some this afternoon. Give it a shot!
Lemon Lip Balm Tools
- double boiler or sauce pan and glass bowl
- eye dropper for essential oil
- wooden spoon
- grater that you don’t mind using only for beeswax
- small tins
Lemon Lip Balm Ingredients
- 3 tsp grated organic beeswax
- 5 tsp extra virgin coconut oil
- 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp dried lavender (optional)
- 1/4 tsp MAC pigment powder (optional)
- Grate the beeswax. Use a grater that you will only use for wax because it will be stuck there forever.
- Melt the beeswax, coconut oil, and olive oil together in the top of a double boiler. I just used a glass bowl set inside of a large saucepan and it worked perfectly. The wax melted within a few minutes.
- Remove from heat and mix in essential oil and any extra bits you want to add. I tried one batch with lavender and honey and one batch with pigment powder. I mixed my own shade of pink lip balm by experimenting with different shades of MAC pigment powders. If you add honey, stir thoroughly to combine properly.
- Pour the hot gooey wax into containers and let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes.
(“Recipe” from LeLe Adams)(Photos Courtesy Amazon.com and Google)