It has been a wet and windy weekend here so our next stage in building the outdoor playspace had to be put on hold…which was a shame as I had so much planned…but not to worry, I decided to use up the baskets of bush lemons and passionfruit we have been collecting.
Wet Winter days always make me feel like getting in the kitchen and as the toddler twosome were getting a bit stir crazy (and red after playing in all the mud with their ‘brellas'!) I decided we would make some Passionfruit and Lemon Butters in the morning and then use the leftover skins to get creative after naptime.
I was surprised to see how much the girls enjoyed these simple little activities and must remember to incorporate more cooking and food activities and craft….they seem to have a real interest in the vegie garden and growing food at the moment, getting crafty and messy with it is even better!
These big bush lemons come from a tree we found in the paddock when we began clearing…it's a bit of a hike but well worth it as they are so juicy!
So it was time to pull out my well worn lemon butter recipe…I just love this recipe, it was given to me by an older lady in a tiny country town after i was complaining that mine never seemed to set well enough.
She passed on her ‘foolproof' and very easy recipe and I haven't looked back!
To make the passionfruit butter I use an even simpler recipe but it tastes lovely….and it provides lots of fun for little budding chefs to join in on the action!
The toddler twosome were fascinated to watch the eggs breaking up and the seeds of the passionfruit swirling around the bowl.
I set out a little paste, some wool which Miss Teen had helped the girls to snip with their new scissors, some googly eyes, some small pompoms for noses (or eyes apparently) and the dry fruit shells.
And then we put our little friends to bed to dry so we can play with them another day!
What's your favourite thing to do with lemons or passionfruit? I have so many at the moment I would love some new ideas!
I love the stamping, such a great idea and so simple!
I am sooooooooooooooo envious of all those lemons and passion fruits! You are making my mouth water just looking at the photos!
The Imperfect Housewife says
Hmmmm lemon butter! All of a sudden I’m starving!
Little Home In The Country says
I can’t imagine how glorious it would be to have lemons and passionfruit growing in the yard!!!!!!!!!!! What a beautiful thing 🙂
Deborah Alter-Rasche says
Oooh, we always have a lemon tree brimming with lemons and usually end up giving most of them away as we just can’t use them all. I will definitely be trying this lemon butter recipe, thanks! I too am very envious of all your passionfruits though! YUM! Love your extensions for activities for the girls. 🙂
Kate Gribble says
Gosh I do love lemon butter…and passionfruit butter! I can’t have it in the fridge though… I eat it by the spoonful straight out of the jar! It calls to me from the fridge haha I love it that much!!
I do like that you had a bit of fun stamping with the skins though. That is a really nice idea. I don’t usually like to do food stamping but this is a nice way to use the skins before they go in the compost 🙂
[email protected] Little Bookcase says
Oh, how I love lemon butter. Thank you for the fool proof recipe.
Ii just think it’s wonderful that your girls have taken an interest in growing food.
Your jars of lemon and passionfruit butter look wonderful! What fun for your children to be involved with so many creative uses for your fruits. That’s the stuff special memories are made of 🙂 Elise @ Creative Play Central
Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky says
mmm yum, I must make some lemon butter from our ample lemon tree.
Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky says
Hello! I have lots of lemons to use up right now and this looks like a great way to use them! I have linked up to this post in my grateful/10 ways to use lemons post. It’s live tomorrow morning(23 August) – I’m telling you now so I don’t forget! 🙂