last true month of summer

The Herb Blurb – August 2021

Here we are at the last true month of summer. What summer adventures have you had so far? What new things have you experienced? Learned? Blow off that to-do list full of trivial chores, those can wait. August of 2021, as stressful as it might sometimes feel, will never be back. Fill it with more […]

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Terrific Tomatoes

Gazpacho – Terrific Tomatoes

Tomatoes were not widely eaten in the US until the late 1800s. Belonging to the nightshade family they were considered poisonous. Today we know that tomatoes contain Vitamin C, A, iron, and potassium along with lycopene. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that helps in preventing cancer. You will absorb more lycopene from cooked tomatoes than […]

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may flowers in colorado

The Herb Blurb – May 2021

Here comes the gorgeous month of May when it seems the whole world begins anew. I love the longer days, the spring flowers, sudden rainstorms, the first hummingbirds, and baby deer. What will you begin now that we are emerging from the pandemic and new opportunities and adventures beckon? What can you release from this […]

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april tulips

The Herb Blurb – April 2021

We’re not out of the drifts yet but signs of spring are everywhere as are hopeful indicators for an end to the pandemic. It’s been a long, hard slog but April arrives with an intoxicating sense of anticipation and possibility. Get your hands in the soil, and dig that warm-weather wardrobe out of the closet. […]

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Artichokes with Lemon Butter

Artichokes with Lemon Butter

Artichokes are in the markets now. They can be intimidating for the beginning cook but they are truly easy and quite delicious! 2 artichokes butter lemon With a sharp, serrated kitchen knife, cut off about one inch from the top of the artichoke, removing the sharp tips. Remove the stem close to the base of […]

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The Herb Blurb – December 2020

Hoping to find you all safe and well as this crazy year winds up. Weird Thanksgiving this year with just my husband and I. Missed celebrating the annual feast with my large, rowdy family though he was ecstatic with the reduction in cleaning, dishwashing, and in-laws. He doesn’t share my enthusiasm for dance parties and […]

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The Herb Blurb – November 2020

Yep, the world is a strange place right now. We’ll eventually get through this and looking back may see that this time of upheaval was a necessary evil. I’m leaving for my first real trip of the year, hitting the highway, so this is coming out a bit early. With all the chaos and vitriol […]

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Oatmeal Bath

1/2 cup oatmeal Clean cotton sock Calendula petals, lavender buds, or rose petals (optional) Mix oatmeal with herbs and put it into a clean cotton sock. Insert sock over the bath faucet and secure it in place with a heavy-duty rubber band. The kind that comes wrapped around your broccoli spears. Start running water slowly […]

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Gardening

The Herb Blurb – August 2020

Here we are at the last true month of summer. Feel it slipping away? Skip the drudgery of the to-do list and make some time now for celebrating this fleeting season. Yes, the pandemic is wearing on us all but there are options available. Go for a hike, take a nap in the hammock, swim […]

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The Herb Blurb -May 2020

A time of warm (hot?) days, fresh spring produce, gardening, and nature bursting forth in all it’s abundance. Strawberries, artichokes, asparagus, radishes, and spring greens are in the markets and it’s time to get serious about getting the garden in order. In this newsletter, I’m going to cover how to get better sleep, the many […]

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The Herb Blurb – April 2020

In the early days of the pandemic I had the news running on a never-ending loop with the latest dire predictions, tragic world scenes, hoarding shoppers, and political mismanagement. After three days of increasing worry and insomnia, I turned off the screens, took a nap on the porch in the sun, did some garden clean […]

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