Yay for May! May Day was always one of my favorite spring days. We came home from school and quickly created baskets using paper cups and pipe cleaners, filled them with candy and snuck over to leave them for our neighbor friends. I woke up this morning and made a ‘basket’ for my nephew, complete with two of his favorite things – dandelions and fruit snacks. Too bad this only occurs once a year, or I might have hope for ridding my yard of the weeds.
Speaking of dandelions… have you ever tried dandelion wine? About ten years ago, after reading a newspaper article, I decided to make some. I let the weeds blossom until the yard was thick with them (my landlord at the time, not so thrilled), then picked hundreds and meticulously cut off the yellow petals (the green parts are too bitter to include) while my roommates teased me. I added honey and some other fruits and let it hang out in a dark spot for a long while. After bottling, it looked beautiful – crystal clear with a slight golden hue. Then came tasting time… it smelled like bananas covered in brown sugar. Yum, right? Well, smell can be deceiving. My wine tasted something akin to ‘band-aid smell’. Something somewhere didn’t go quite right, but it packed a punch and my friends were more than happy to chug it down. I’m happy to say that my subsequent attempt at wine (apple) went much better.
Back from that tangent…. all it takes to make this kid smile is handful of dandelions!