Tuesday, October 13, 2015

How to Make Herbed Vinegar

Kendall Lane Designs traditional landscape
traditional landscape design courtesy of Houzz

Imagine a warm, breezy October morning. You open the gate and step into the herb garden.  The air is crisp and cool, but your herbs are flourishing. Delicious smells waft around you. A lazy bee circles the lavender. Tarragon grows in a patch of sun, giving off the poignant scent of anise. Rosemary (for remembrance) grows in spiky heaps.  The basil has grown knee-high. You brush your hands over the mint and imagine making sweet tea and jelly. You hunker down and pinch a sprig of oregano--it will be perfect for flatbread pizza tonight. Don't forget a handful of dill for the warm potato salad, along with sage for your cornbread (add chopped, fried bacon bits and a handful of chopped chives).

Monday, October 12, 2015

Sage: The Alpha Dog (Herb Series)

The smell of fresh sage pulls me far away from the here and now, to a pub in foggy Dartmoor. Inside, flames crackle in a fireplace. The air is dense and smoky, redolent of ale and fried chips. Mr. Sage sits at the bar, an elegant, yet rugged chap, all decked out in his Sunday best--suspenders, corduroy suit, tweed hat, a gold pocket watch ticking ominously in his pocket. His grim, poker face softens after he tosses back a shot of whisky. He reaches for another. As he leans closer to the bar, he gives off the faint smell of camphor. Maybe he has rubbed medicinal ointment on his chest --or is he trying to repel the other patrons? Indeed, he keeps to himself. But after a few more shots, he blossoms into a loud, mesmerizing storyteller. Yes, he has seen it all--sirens and mermaids and even Kate Middleton's underpants. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Foodie Friday and Everything Else -- October 9th

Cookie Ouija board tutorial | The Simple, Sweet Life
You'll find something wonderfully delicious and not-so-wicked at this week's Foodie Friday and Everything Else. Last week, we were wowed by Ouija Board cookies by The Simple Sweet Life.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

This Side of Heaven

The changing sky is the first true sign of a Tennessee autumn. The air is musical and iridescent, moving like a strummed banjo.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Blessing of Good Health

"A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses."

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else. Are you enjoying the splendid autumn weather?


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