Kitchen Bundles--Another Easy Fragrant Gift for the Holidayscomments (9) December 16th, 2010
I've been making kitchen bundles, swags and wreaths ever since I began growing herbs. They are natural, fragrant gifts which can be used for decoration or, they are useful seasonings to the cook, novice or professional. Sometimes, I just bundle up the green herbs using the different textures and silvery gray and bright green tones. During the holidays, I like to brighten them with scarlet chile peppers and colored ribbon.
My favorite herbs to use in winter are the seasonal robust herbs like sage, rosemary, savory and oregano, however feel free to use whatever you like or have on hand. I especially like rosemary since it symbolizes remembrance and is celebrated as the Christmas herb, not to mention its resinous piney aroma. Although I make these with fresh herbs, they dry quite nicely, and I still use them to cook with. With some scissors, just snip what you need for your recipe.
To make kitchen bundles or mini wreaths, all you need are fresh herbs, some fresh or dried chile peppers, thin green florist wire and wire cutters, pretty ribbon, scissors--then let your creative juices flow. Give them as a hostess gift, tie them onto packages, or around the neck of a bottle. The little wreaths look great on the tree, hanging from a handle or knob, or in windows--I make each one different--no two are alike.
The photos below will guide you step-by-step through the process. And please be sure to click on Cranberry Nut Bars with Rosemary for a delightfully delicious holiday recipe featuring rosemary.
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