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Making Rose Petal Beads

Have you ever wondered where the name rosary comes from? Originally the beads were made from rose petals! Here’s how you can make your own scented beads.

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Oregano!

My family loves Italian style food so we go through a ton of the herb oregano each year. Luckily it’s very easy to grow; you can start it from seed or buy a plant at most local nurseries.  It does best in full sun and doesn’t like to be water logged but do be aware […]

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Time to Dry Herbs

Drying your own herbs is a great way to spice up your dishes, make nice presents and save money.   The fragrant oils are at their peak around mid-morning so this is a great time to harvest.  If you need to wash them then give a light spray with the hose first thing in the […]

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Ginger Bug!

This zesty fermented drink is the base of a great ginger ale or beer.  You can also use it for rhubarb or other flavored sodas. Making it is a easy as chopping up some ginger, putting it in a jar, adding dechlorinated water and some sugar.  The recipe calls for two teaspoons of ginger, two cups water and […]

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Sambucus Cerulea or Blue Elderberry Elderberries are in bloom now in the lower elevations of Puget Sound.  The Blue or the Black Elderberry is the one to use instead of the Red Elderberry. Freshly picked Elder Flowers These fragrant white to pink flowers can be gathered, steeped, then the liquid sugared to make a delicious syrup.  If you […]

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Edible Flowers

Many of the flowers that grace our yards are edible.  They can be used as accents in a salad or as garnish on a main dish. Here are a few of my favorites: I like to use chive flowers in salads to lend a slightly onion flavor.  Here’s a recipe for omelets with chive flowers. Lavender cookies are […]

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Rhubarb Crisp

The rhubarb is exploding out of the ground – it’s time to make a crisp!  There are many ways to eat this tangy plant but my favorite way is in a crunchy, nutty, sweet and sour dessert. Ingredients: Fresh rhubarb stems 1/4 cup tapioca or flour for thickening the juices 2 cups sugar One cup […]

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Carmelite Water

Here’s a soothing tonic for stressful times. Carmelite Water or Eau de Mélisse, has been used since the Middle Ages to settle nerves. Here’s how to make a simplified version using readily available ingredients: Two cups white wine One cup lemon balm leaves Zest of one lemon 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

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This is still one of my favorite recipes! These crackers rival the 5 dollar a bag ones from the market and you can experiment with all sorts of herbs and flavors. Panzanella Croccatini 1.5 cups of flour .5 cup very cold water 1 tsp salt, play with this so it is to your taste, I […]

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Soil Testing

You’re getting ready to prep the garden but aren’t sure what the soil needs? Time for testing! There are lots of available kits and meters. Or you can send samples to a lab for testing. We have a lot of rain in the Pacific Northwest and I was sure our soil would be acidic. I […]

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