Do you do anything for Earth Day?
It’s one of my favorite days of the year.
Sometimes I do a “campus clean up,” or participate in a Billion Acts of Green.
But this year, I’ve made a few things AND I’m eating a few things.
Check out the video to see some ways in which I’m celebrating Earth Day.
Of course, you know art and drawing are involved, right?
Here’s a better look at the Sharpie drawing I shared. It’s called “Earth Mother.”
Last year, I made a shirt with an earth flower on it, and I still have the drawing. In honor of Earth Day, I’m sharing here:
And yes, I made violet syrup. Around where I live, the violet flowers bloom in the month of April.
I collected a LOT of flowers. You don’t need that many to make syrup, though. Here’s what I did:
- 3 oz. violet flowers
- 1 – 1.5 cups of boiled water
- a glass jar
- 20 oz. of organic sugar or confectioner’s sugar
- lemon juice
- Rinse violet flowers and place in glass jar.
- Pour 1-1.5 cups of hot, boiled water over the flowers. Allow to steep for 24 hours.
- Strain the liquid and compost the flowers.
- Pour the liquid into a large saucepan and add the sugar.
- Heat over medium-high heat until the mixture starts to bubble.
- Reduce heat so that the mixture still simmers but doesn’t stop boiling completely and stir constantly for 10 minutes.
- While stirring, add a bit of lemon juice (1-2 tsp.).
- Pour into jar. Let cool and then cover and refrigerate for up to 6 months.
Use it in tea, drizzle over ice cream or fruit, mix with butter, pour over pancakes, substitute a little in your cake or dessert recipes, and anywhere else you want to add a little sweetness.
And the final thing I’m doing for Earth Day?
Watching the Lyrid Meteor Shower.
What do you plan on doing for Earth Day?