Summer Flowers all Year Long!

Pounded Flower Prints

Materials
  • Scissors or clippers
  • Jar with water
  • Pounded Flower PrintsHeavy board or sturdy worktable (one you can pound on)
  • Watercolor paper
  • Stack of newspapers
  • Paper towels
  • Hammer
  • Tweezers
  • Clear acrylic coating spray (available at craft and hardware stores)
  • Pencil
Instructions
  1. Cut flowers from your yard or pick a few common and abundant wildflowers and weeds, such as dandelions. Place stems in the jar of water as soon as they’re cut.
  2. On the board or worktable, set a sheet of watercolor paper on the newspaper.
  3. Place a flower on the paper and cover it with a paper towel. Use the hammer to tap it gently and repeatedly, making sure you tap the entire flower and the stem, if desired. Peel back the paper towel to see how well the color is transferring. If the paper towel looks saturated, the watercolor paper will be too. When you’re satisfied with the color, remove the paper towel and the smashed flower, using tweezers if necessary.
  4. Repeat step 3 with the other flowers.
  5. To protect the colors, spray the paper with the clear acrylic coating and let dry, then write the flowers’ names in pencil.

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Flowers are in Bloom and ready to…Eat! Try these fresh Edible Flower Recipes!

LAVENDER LEMONADE

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon fresh lavender buds lavender1
1 cup boiling water
6 cups fresh squeezed lemonade
Lemon slices
Sprigs of fresh lavender

Directions:
1. Place lavender buds in a large glass and add boiling water. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a 2-quart pitcher. Discard lavender buds.

2. Stir lemonade into mixture in pitcher. Cover and chill several hours or overnight. To serve, pour lemonade mixture over ice cubes in stemmed goblets. Garnish each with a lemon slice and fresh sprig of lavender.

ROSEMARY FLOWER BISCUITS

Rosemary bushes produce tiny purple flowers that can liven up biscuits, quickbreads and salad dressings. They also make a lovely garnish for finished dishes. Serve these tasty biscuits with oven-fried chicken and roasted asparagus for a savory satisfying meal.

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder 133095382_75068e1a32
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) plus 2 tablespoons butter, cut into tiny pieces
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary flowers
3/4 cup milk

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.

2. Cut in 1/4 cup butter with a pastry cutter or two knives until mixture is a coarse meal. Stir in rosemary flowers. Stir in the milk until ingredients are moistened.

3. Turn dough out onto a floured board. Shape and knead just until dough forms a square shape about 1-1/2 Inches thick. Transfer dough to a heavy cookie sheet. With a sharp knife, cut dough into 8 squares. Dot squares with remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.

PANSY HERB SALAD

With their beautiful array of colors and mild lettuce-like flavor, pansies brighten any dish. For this salad, only lemon juice is used as a dressing. The walnuts and feta add quite enough flavor.

Ingredients:
4 cups mixed greens
1/4 cup fresh sprigs of dill  pansy1
1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
4 large basil leaves, rolled up and thinly sliced crosswise
1 large lemon, halved
Pinch of salt
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
1 cup toasted walnuts
3/4 cup crumbled feta
1 cup fresh pansy flowers

Directions:
Toss salad greens and herbs in a large bowl. Squeeze lemon juice (without the seeds) over the greens and season with salt and pepper. Toss again. Add walnuts and feta and toss well. Divide salad and pansies among four serving plates and serve.

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Make Your Own Spring Flowers!

Spring has sprung!  It has only been 4 days since the beginning of Spring, so most of us haven’t experienced the flowers or green yet.  Make your own flowers from tissue paper to help get into the season!

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Supplies:

  • 1 package of multicolored tissue or crepe paper
  • 1 package of green pipe cleaners
  • Scissors

Directions:

Take four to five sheets of the tissue paper and layer them (if you want multicolored flowers, use different colors). Cut into 8-inch squares. Keeping the sheets layered, take one set of squares and fold it like an accordion so it looks like a thin rectangle. At the center of the rectangle, cut a small v-shaped notch on both sides. Take the end of a pipe cleaner and twist it around the notch. With the stem pointing straight down, gently pull up one layer of tissue into the center. Pull up the remaining layers, one by one. Repeat for the other side of the flower. Once all the layers are pulled up, fluff them in place to look natural. Continue making more flowers with the remaining stacks of squares.

Tips and variations:

For sturdier stems, wrap two pipe cleaners together. Cut smaller or larger squares to change the size of your flowers. Add more layers for thicker flowers or less layers for thinner ones. For a shiny effect, dip the top edges in white glue and then dip in loose glitter. Glue a pin on the back of a flower for a fluffy lapel decoration. Make smaller flowers and string them together as garland.

Courtesy of:

AZ Central

Can’t Choose Between Flowers or Candy? Send Both!

Friendship Blossoms

Friendship Blossoms

Here, two classic Valentine’s Day gifts — flowers and candy — combine to make one sweet treat.

Materials
  • Scrapbooking paper or card stock
  • Scissors
  • Lollipops
  • Tape
Instructions
  1. For each, cut three heart-shaped petals, two leaves, and two flower centers from scrapbooking paper or card stock.
  2. Poke a small hole in each, crease the petals as shown, and slide the pieces onto a lollipop stem. Tape the bottom to secure.

    More messages:
    You’re a sweet heart
    Our friendship is blooming
    Be my bud-dy

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