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Your Sunday morning plan

make teacup trifle and craft some patio jellyfish

A spring morning calls for a fruity and fresh breakfast, followed with an outdoor craft. Pureed berries and homemade biscuits get molded into a teacup (or a mug/chalice/goblet/up to you) for a personalized treat. After you’re good and sated, celebrate the spring weather by giving your front porch some flair. These hanging jellyfish are enchanting!

EAT

Serves 4 – 6

  • 2 pints of mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable shortening
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup milk

In a food processor, combine berries (reserve ¼ cup for garnish) with sugar and pulse to a puree. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 450F. In a food processor, combine flour, baking powder, butter, shortening, salt and pulse until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Pour in the milk and pulse till dough is just blended. Drop by 2 Tbsp mounds onto a baking sheet and bake 12 – 14 minutes until golden. After they’re cool, cut each biscuit horizontally into three slices.

Now, line 4 – 6 teacups with plastic wrap, allowing a 10 cm overhang on each side. Pour 1 Tbsp berry puree in the bottom of each teacup. Top with a layer of biscuit. Repeat 2 more times, topping with any additional puree. Wrap trifle with plastic wrap and refrigerate about an hour (or you can make it the night before).

To un-mold, take off the plastic wrap and turn the teacup over onto a plate. Garnish with remaining berries.

DO

Deck out your porch with a little Octopus’s garden flavour this spring. These cool hanging jellyfish will wave their jelly legs in the breeze like they’re under the sea. Majestic!

You’ll need:

  • Empty clear fruit cups
  • White glue, diluted with a bit of water
  • Glitter
  • Tissue paper
  • Large nail
  • A handful of yarn and ribbon pieces, each about 45 cm long
  • 45 cm length of yarn

Brush the inside of the fruit cup with a layer of white glue, then sprinkle with glitter. Tear the tissue paper into small pieces and stick them into the inside of the cup, brushing more diluted glue over top as you go. Allow to dry.

Poke a hole in the bottom of the cup by turning it upside down and hammering a nail through the base.

Gather about 35 pieces of yarn and ribbon into a neat bundle. Tie the length of yarn around the bundle, about 3-4 cm from one end. Thread the ends of this piece of yarn up though the hole in the cup. Thread the ends of this piece of yarn up through the hole in the cup. Tie the ends together for a hanging loop.

Photos by jules stone soup and lusciousblopster  via Flickr

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