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January Ponderings

January Ponderings

The cold weather is upon us and we are doing things to keep warm. These winter months are supposed to be a time of respite. What are you doing to keep warm and nourish yourself? Here are a few subjects that i have been contemplating...

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Tomato Basil Cream Sauce

Tomato Basil Cream Sauce

This is the time of year when we want to nestle in and stay at home and eat warming comfort foods. At our house we eat lots of soups and stews, beans and rice, grains and pasta. this pasta sauce first appeared in Cooking with Herbs in 1981! It has been prepared countless times and with many variations and still remains a family favorite.

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Resolve to Garden for Good in 2019

Resolve to Garden for Good in 2019

What gardening resolutions do you have for this year? If eating more vegetables is at the top of your list, you’ve come to the right place.

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Seasons Greenings at the United States Botanic Garden

Season's Greenings at the United States Botanic Garden

Yesterday, I went for my annual trek to see the holiday exhibit at the USBG. Fortunately for me and the many other visitors, the Botanic Garden has not been shut down due to government closures. Every time I go to the USBG, I am so glad that I went and am thankful that we have such a marvelous collection of botanical specimens right here in Washington, D.C. Visitors from around the world marveled right along with me at the variety of plants and the seasonal train exhibit. Read all about it...

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Herbal Desserts for the New Year

Herbal Desserts for the New Year

Recently, at my daughter Lucie's wedding instead of a wedding cake, we had a dessert table. Lucie and Matt decided to have a selection of some favorite desserts, which our friend and caterer Anna Saint John created. Since I had a number of requests for recipes, I am posting or linking them here.

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Winter Solstice Wedding

Winter Solstice Wedding

The winter holiday season has begun--yesterday was the winter solstice--and today the full cold moon shines bright in the night sky. Yesterday, we celebrated the marriage of my daughter Lucie to Matt, the love of her life. We used the herbs and greenery of the season with lots of candlelight and sparkly fairy lights to add to the magic of the day.

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Birds are Wild for Homemade Suet

Birds are Wild for Homemade Suet

Suet cakes placed strategically in the garden help wild birds find their way to your landscape in winter. Homemade suet is easy to make, especially this vegetarian variety.

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Make Miniature Pomanders for Christmas

Make Miniature Pomanders for Christmas

There are so many wonderful aromas of Christmas, from unusual ones like frankincense and myrrh to the more familiar pine and cinnamon. Cloves are also one of the special spices used to add special fragrance to the holiday.

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Garden Fun for Kids in New Orleans

Garden Fun for Kids in New Orleans

Can't let my recent visit to the Big Easy go by without reporting about two really fun places for kids (both young and old)--if you live there--don't miss these gardens. If you are a visitor or wannabe, put these on your must do list.

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Longue Vue Gardens in New Orleans

Longue Vue Gardens in New Orleans

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Recently had a taste of the sweet, sunny South--left Maryland in 23-degree weather and arrived in New Orleans to 60 degrees with leaves still on the trees and many plants in bloom. Headed for a favorite garden spot to visit: Longue Vue Gardens. Enjoy the sunshine in the gardens even if it is cold where you are!

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Holiday Decorations to Attract Birds in Winter

Holiday Decorations to Attract Birds in Winter

Homemade holiday decorations are a delicious way to attract wild birds to your garden this winter.

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How to Grow an Indoor Rosemary Topiary

How to Grow an Indoor Rosemary Topiary

Rosemary is an evergreen herb that has a long association to Christmas and the holiday season. Here’s how to create an easy tabletop decoration made with this fragrant member of the mint family.

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Make your own Calendula Salve

Make your own Calendula Salve

Today is the last day of November (already!)--it's that time of year where we need to think about holiday gifts--and what better than a useful, homemade gift? Calendula salve is easy to make once your calendula petals have infused in oil and it makes a wonderful herbal salve. As a gardener, I use it regularly, however it is great for chapped lips, hands and dry skin and it is gentle enough to be used in preparations for babies. Give a gift that will be appreciated and used--this one is thoughtful, homemade and healing!

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Baker Creek Grows Like the Seeds it Sells

Baker Creek Grows Like the Seeds it Sells

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds is celebrating its 22nd annual catalog of selling rare seeds to home gardeners. The company may have grown, but it still has that down-home family feeling.

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Awesome Easy Cranberry-Orange Relish

Awesome Easy Cranberry-Orange Relish

Cranberries are a staple of the Thanksgiving table. I am not one to appreciate a quivery, jelly-like mass. I go for the gusto--texture, flavor and freshness. This is the best cranberry relish that I have ever eaten--has three simple seasonal ingredients-- and it takes just 5 minutes to make!

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Thankful for Sage, the Herb for Thanksgiving

Thankful for Sage, the Herb for Thanksgiving

If you haven't decided on a dressing recipe for your Thanksgiving dinner--this is what I'm making this Thursday--it is a bit different from the norm and downright tasty! Fresh herbs make all the difference--and sage is the featured herb!

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Plant Some Fun this Weekend

Plant Some Fun this Weekend

Why not use this Thanksgiving holiday to plant a gardening seed? You can help sprout young gardeners with these easy indoor gardening projects.

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5 Ways to Veg Out for Thanksgiving

5 Ways to Veg Out for Thanksgiving

It’s time to give thanks for vegetables! Here are five simple ways to give vegetables a special place at the Thanksgiving table.

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Hoecakes are Better than Cornbread!

Hoecakes are Better than Cornbread!

Many folks have asked me to share this recipe, which Tina Marie Wilcox and I prepared at the Herb Harvest Fall Festival. They are great hot off the griddle. Quite honestly, I like them better than cornbread--they are fun to eat--and they travel well and are less crumbly than cornbread. You can make them large or small depending upon what you are doing with them They make a killer grilled cheese sandwich with a slice of onion and/or tomato!

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Infused Vinegar is a Simple Garden Gift

Infused Vinegar is a Simple Garden Gift

November ushers in the season of giving. From giving thanks to giving gifts, vegetable gardeners can use their fruits, vegetables and herbs to create something simply delicious.

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