Simple lavender sachet I made for the office today.
We all have those days, the ones when we just know we are going to need a little help to bring some peace and well-being to ourselves or our surroundings. Today was one such day. Full moon, rainy weather, and no small amount of external stress causing issues …
While waiting for my turn to shower I instinctively went to the still room and had an idea (the bowl of lavender I left out on the table was the first hint). I pulled a muslin bag out of the cabinet, stuck a piece of parchment paper inside, found a few pretty stamps and added Peace and some flowers and a dragonfly with blue ink. I stuffed the bag with lavender flowers and added 5 drops of Rose Geranium essential oil.
It’s now sitting on my desk bringing me peace and calm in the midst of chaos. I love aromatherapy and how something so simple can bring such health and happiness.
Simple gift idea- Chive Blossom Vinegar
So, most of us don’t have chive blossoms right now, but this is a great idea to tuck away wherever you keep that pile of things to make. Mine is known fondly as The Recipe Pile, and it is a pile. I have good intentions of organizing it someday, but for now it remains an overstuffed file folder filled with lovely things to make and do when the time is right.
And you can use other herbs for this- garlic, sage, dill, thyme, rosemary … lots and lots of choices and combinations come to mind.
Here you go, no real recipe needed-
1 pint jar with a plastic lid (one of the few times I advise using plastic is when making vinegars. If you don’t want to use a plastic lid, place a piece of plastic wrap over the jar before screwing on the metal lid to prevent corrosion and the ruin of your lovely vinegar.)
chive blossoms- enough to not quite fill your jar
vinegar- white wine vinegar is nice here, but use whatever white vinegar you prefer
Place the freshly cut chive blossoms in the jar, pour in enough vinegar to cover the blossoms, screw on the lid, and then wait 2-4 weeks until the vinegar is a pretty shade of pink and the vinegar has a nice oniony, chive flavor. Strain out the chive blossoms and decant into a decorative bottle. Don’t forget the label!
Now you have a nice gift for a friend who likes to cook, or a tasty vinegar for use in your own kitchen. This makes a delicious vinaigrette when mixed with olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper.
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I love lemon thyme. To be honest, I love all the lemony herbs- lemon thyme, lemon verbena, lemon balm, lemongrass, lemon scented geranium … which ones did I leave out?
This particular lemon thyme is a favorite because it is growing so prettily in this old enameled basin that I picked up somewhere. It spent the summer on the mostly shaded front porch. Now that fall is here, I’ll move it to a sunny spot on the back porch.
It will get a bit of a trim before winter and I have just the thing for the small harvest of lemony leaves- Lemon Thyme Cupcakes! I first saw this recipe years ago in The Herb Companion magazine (which is sadly no longer in print). It’s a great teatime recipe and one I’ve tweaked here and there as the mood strikes. For example, some of my children do not enjoy lemon zest in their food, so if I want to share with them, I omit it; if I want all the cupcakes for myself, I add extra! I don’t use milk much these days, so another change I will make is to use whatever non-dairy milk I’ve got on hand. Adding in a tiny bit of dried lavender or mint is also a fun twist on the original recipe.
Do you grow lemon thyme in your herb garden?
What is your favorite way to use it?
Cinnamon Basil is in bloom in the courtyard garden. The bees and butterflies love it at least as much as I do. It’s delightful in the tea pot as well as in a bouquet of herbal blossoms.