Put a Hole in it – Stay Cool with Ball Jars & Elixir Recipe

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Photo by David Kiang

I get a hammer and a screwdriver and put the disk part on top of the ring. I pound a hole into the disk with the screwdriver, being careful not to drive it so hard that I damage the table beneath.water lid Then I flip the lid and whack it with a hammer to seal the scratchy edges.  I usually have to wiggle in a bigger hole with the screwdriver,  because I like fat straws.

Do this. Don’t buy water in plastic bottles. Just don’t.watermelon 1

And drink this all day – (from my book of course).

Homemade Watermelon Ginger Elixir 

3 quarts lemonade
2 cups watermelon juice (puree watermelon in a blender to make juice)
2 cups or more ginger juice
Sprigs of fresh mint, rosemary, or lavender

Mix everything together in a beautiful pitcher. Garnish with sprigs of fresh herbs.

Excellent wth a shot of vodka.


2 cups sugar – –  2 cups fresh lemon juice – – 3 quarts water

Melt sugar and lemon juice together in a small pan over medium-high heat just until the sugar melts and the mixture is smooth, about 10 minutes. (Alternatively, combine them in a pitcher and stir until the sugar is melted, also about 10 minutes.) Remove from heat and mix in enough water to make 1 gallon.The concentrate keeps indefinitely in the refrigerator. Mix with water before serving.

Ginger Juice

1 pound fresh ginger, unpeeled, sliced or chopped in a food processor – –  4 quarts of water

Place ginger and water in a stockpot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook at a high simmer until reduced to a quart, about 1 hour. Remove from heat, strain ginger pieces from the liquid, and store in a clean quart container.

(To make a cup of healing tisane, mix 1/4 cup Ginger Concentrate with 3/4 cup hot water and a squeeze of fresh lemon and sweeten to taste.)

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Samantha’s Backyard Wedding

Once upon a time, a little girl loved a little restaurant called the Double Dutch. Her Momma loved it too. When it was vegetarian wedding time, the decision was simple! Call Jennie!! We reminisced, shared recipes and created a lovely backyard celebration.

The space was petite.  We had to wait till after the ceremony to set up the tables. It all worked out of course, it always does.

They made these cute party favors, and guests used them, too.

There were about 100 guests tucked into the small space, and you’d never know. Everyone was very happy to rub elbows with their neighbors.

It was our second Henson Cake of the season! This was a three tier, naked  funfetti cake. Back before Ms. Piggy left her Frog. (Breaking news – they reconciled.)

It was a joyous occasion! It’s not often that we get a request for the corn sensation, but when we do, it’s usually an old Double Dutcher.  Cheers to many more shared recipes, intimate events and… Babies!!

Oh!  One more thing –  I loved these glasses available when guests arrived. The ceremony was sun kissed and this was a nice change from fans and parasols. It’s fun to mix it up.