First up. I'm writing an article on helping a friend cope with miscarraige for Everything Mom.
I'd love some input from my readers. If you've suffered a miscarraige, what was the best help/advice/act/statement from friends or family? Or what was the worst. You can comment below or email at darasquires AT gmail.com
Also, I'm writing a column on childcare and at what age our children can be left alone or care for younger siblings or friends. What are your thoughts?
Finally, Mrs. Mad, this is for you! I promised a dandelion cordial recipe. Hope it's not to late.
Here's what you do:
Find some dandelions away from traffic or places where pesticides may have been used.
Pinch off their heads. However many you want.
Next is the hardest part. You have to seperate the "petals" from the greenery. Some suggest using scissors, I just folded the dandelion head over on itself and pulled the yellow and white bits out.
Keep going till you can't do anymore. Put them in a bowl.
Give them a little rinse and then add enough water to cover. Also add the peel of an orange or a lemon or both. I had neither so I used grapefruit peel and it came out good.
Cover the bowl and let sit. How long you let sit is up to you. One to three days is best.
Strain the "juice" and remove the dandelion flowers and peel. I did this by using a colander and pushing down on the pulpy mixture to make sure I got all the liquid out.
Measure how much liquid you have.
Pour an equal amount of water into a pot (if using a stove-top method) or a microwave proof bowl (is using microwave).
Add sugar. This is up to personal taste. Some recipes read to add an equal amount of sugar as water. I used half as much plus 1 TBSP honey.
Heat until dissolved.
Let cool and mix in with juice.
Keep your cordial refrigerated. When ready to drink mix half and half with water (sparkling water is nice). If you want to get fancy, add a wedge of lemon!