Season's Greetings for your South Surrey Garden Club executive!
~Linda, Roberta, Pam, Lorna, Doug, Lorraine, Debbie B, Susan, Marilyn, Colleen, Cindy, Debbie M, Carol, Lisa, and Lee
As we cannot meet at the church, we're bringing you a few videos to help you recreate the scene at your house. Watch this quick video for inspiration to enliven your next holiday punch bowl! Heidi makes this punch for us every year for our November Holiday Meeting.
Heidi also oversees the door prizes and shared several prizes to give away at our Zoom meeting. Congratulations to the winners: Kathy, Wendy, and Brenda
1. Rinse the grapes strawberries or raspberries in cold water. Drain.
2. Fill the ring mold pan 1-inch deep with water and immerse the cut up fruits in the water
3. Place the ring mold on a flat surface in the freezer (overnight is best )
4. To unmold, run briefly under warm water to loosen.
5. Float the wreath in punch bowl.
Making the punch . . .
1 two-litre bottle of club soda or ginger ale
1 two-litre bottle cranberry juice or red wine
If you are serving this punch for a specific occasion (like a wedding shower, baby shower, holiday party, etc.) you can coordinate the colors of the fruit with the colors of that occasion. For example, sliced oranges, lemons and lime look great in the summertime. Pink berries work great for girl showers and blue/blackberries work for boy baby showers.
BACKYARD APPLE BRANDY TODDY
Here’s a great recipe from SSGC member Roger Phillips. Gather some apples from your backyard and give them a bit of a scrub (discarding apples with too much worm content or critter nibbles). Quarter the apples and put them in a juicer (Breville makes a nice one). Then, put your juice on simmer with a cinnamon stick and cloves. Pour into mugs and add the honey, lemon, brandy, and garnish. À votre santé!
✦ apple juice for two to four people
✦ cinnamon stick and three cloves
✦ teaspoon honey in each mug
✦ squeeze the juice of half a lemon, saving a thin slice for garnish, in each mug
✦ VSOP brandy to taste
Watch Roger and his granddaughter’s video for a how-to so you can obtain the maximum quantity of juice and perfect your mixology skills.
✦ kitchen scraps (no meat, fish, cheese)
✦ water to mix
Throw the ingredients into a bargain blender and pulverize until it’s a nice thick slurpy mixture. Pour this mixture into the compost bin and cover it with a bit of composted soil, dry leaves, etc. The worms will come up for a sip and you will increase the nutrients in your compost.
Sharing resources that may be helpful to our members--this is one way I hope to stay connected with you while we are unable to meet in person!