apple blossoms

My apple tree is blossoming, and I just read that it will be another 6 years before it bears fruit. Apple trees are not self-pollinating, they need bees. There are over 2500 varieties of apples in the US and over 7000 in the world. 100 varieties are grown commercially in 36 states, that is a lot of bees!  


Tea Olives at Christmas

It is December and it is going to 75 degrees today in Atlanta. Goodness! There are butterflies in my backyard and the birds are in their nests. You would think it is spring instead of Christmas time. My gaillardia are still flowering, my tea olive is sharing its sweet  fragrance thinking it is spring or fall and my daffodils are trying to come up with my daphnes, craziness is going on my yard. Roses are still blooming. These should not be gracing my yard with all my camellias. To see all the photos check out my pinterest page and blog.


Wendy's Marzipan

For full disclosure, marzipan has never been my favorite sweet, maybe because they are almost too beautiful too eat. Look at the photos of Wendy’s marzipan, they look real! I want to decorate my Christmas tree with them. Wendy’s creations have graced the pages of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine as illustrated here.

The original recipe may have be been almonds and honey that is ground with pestle and mortar and then sprinkled with rose water. Now that sounds divine! It reminds me of my products with the sweet almond oil and roses.

I was introduced to marzipan while living in Spain, where some say marzipan originated under the Arab influence in the early 900s. However, in my research there appears to be controversy of the actual origin. Some say Persia  and others claim China. I tend to believe Spain, as they grow prolifically there. What I did not know is the amount of almond paste that is required for the marzipan and that it is actually regulated. In Toledo, Spain the almond content must be a minimum of 50% of the total weight. Maybe this will be my favorite sweet after all!

All of Wendy’s confections are a work of art! And don’t forget to mark your calendars, she will be in the studio on December 1.