Monday, October 27, 2008

Herbs 'n Spices: Fall Tidbits

There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery. ~Joseph Conrad

Goldfinches will also eat seeds from many herb plants,including catnip, lemon balm, and coneflowers. Leave those seed heads to dry for the birds.

Next time you boil potatoes try adding 2 minced garlic cloves and a small pinch of ground rosemary. Mash the potatoes as normal for a delicious treat!

Quick Herb Salt

2 Tbsp. kosher salt or sea salt
1/4 tsp. fennel seeds
1/4 tsp. black peppercorns
2 tsp. fresh thyme

Place 1 tablespoon of the salt, the fennel seeds, peppercorns, and thyme in a blender or grinder. Pulse until finely ground. Place in a glass jar (I use empty spice jars). Add the remaining salt. Use this on meats, poultry or fish.

Vanilla Lavender Syrup

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 cups water
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped lavender buds/flowers

Boil the sugar, water, and vanilla bean gently for 5 minutes. Remove the vanilla bean and stir in the vanilla extract and lavender. Cool and strain. Use in tea or desserts.

Essential Oil tips: Add 15-20 drops of Rosemary oil and 10-12 drops of Lemon to unscented shampoo as a treatment for dandruff. Baby shampoo will also work. Stir well. Wash hair as usual.

We have more tips on crafting with lavender here on OFL:

I hope your Monday is stress free! ~Brenda

1 comment:

  1. That herbed salt sounds yummy!! :) Since you're a foodie like me, you might enjoy the weekly meme over at Fun, Crafts and Recipes. Food related questions and recipes are always a good combo!


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