Friday, July 29, 2011

This is a great article on the use of certain wild plants (ie: weeds), their herbal uses, and how to prepare them.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Summer pics

Asparagus ferns next to the old wood fence.
Such a beautiful fragrance from this rose.
Ready to eat (wish I could eat them all over again...oh well, I will enjoy them this winter.

On the Homestead

Today I dried dill and parsley. It has to be dried quickly in order to crumble, so in the oven at a low temp is the easiest way to manage this. Dill may also be frozen with excellent results. I froze mine but dried the extras for sale.

I picked a big basket of snow peas today-so crisp and crunchy!

I had to redo my princess Leia costume today with better results. It looks more like her costume and less like a large white tent. I also sewed a modest bathing suit for a friend's daughter today. It went so quick and smoothly! So glad, 'cause I was tired by that point. Just a wookie costume to go and I'm done....

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dried herbs, Pricess Leia, and THUNDER

Today I have crumbled some dried herbs to put away for the winter, namely oregano and lemon thyme. My herb garden is lovely this year. I segmented the garden into small beds of each different kinds of spice. I have oregano, lemon thyme, regular thyme, basil, summer savory, sage, rosemary, and 2 garlic plants (I plan on replanting these).

I'm thinking about selling my extra herbs, so if anyone wants some, just let me know :)

I'm sewing costumes for my mom-in-love's 50'th anniversary party that we (the family) are putting together. Today I'm making a princess Leia costume (white dress) to fit myself as one of the songs is a Star Wars theme. I tried to find fur at our local Frenchy's (goodwill/thrift store) but nothing has shown up yet.

In the midst of a large thunderstorm and have set aside water in case the power goes out. I think this summer should be called the summer of the thunderstorms. We have had thunder from April on and with some doozies of storms too!