Well, now that it’s really sinking in that we have broken up with Mother Nature, we are having some second thoughts. Maybe we were a little bit harsh, after all we have known her for a long time...
And this unexpected, and early, cold snap has been good for something.
Icy lights, they glitter and glow outside, and while the temperatures remain cold they hold their shape perfectly. When it warms up again, they gracefully melt down into the ground.
Homemade giant ice cubes that you can dot all around your outdoor area. Lot’s of fun to make, and you can even use up those old withered cranberries that have been lurking in the freezer for ages. I know that those berries in the photo look kind of like raspberries, but they are cranberries.
I used my Angel Food cake pan, and filled it with water, then sprinkled the berries on top.
I also had every intention of having them perfectly spaced, but let’s just say “out of sight, out of mind.”
Then in a fit of inspiration I took more unbreakable containers and filled them with water, the tall thin ones in my mind to be filled with branches and layers of cranberries.
Like I said, “out of sight”...so when I went back to place the branches the water was completely frozen.
Oh, and –10C [that’s extremely cold in any measurement] temperatures made me loath to go outside to do any shaking and stirring.
Note to self: when doing this next time, be patient and don’t try to turn out the icy lights before they are truly frozen. And yes, it takes longer for them to freeze then it does for your fingers to do that.
So it looks like I am going to have plenty of times to practice my ice making skills in the coming months. We have another snowfall coming, and then a warming trend.
But meanwhile my icy lights brighten the dark skies.
Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams