Legendary Herbs

Rosemary Gingerbread Cookies

Rosemary is a healing herb that is also an amazing culinary herb. It is often used to flavor meat, poultry, and vegetables.  I like to pick a few sprigs of rosemary from my backyard shrub and lay the individual needles on pork chops or chicken thighs before putting them on the grill.  Freshly minced rosemary […]

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Rosemary for your Bath

Years ago my daughter Lindsay and I took a weekend trip to Cambria, California, a small seaside tourist community. We were both finishing a week of school. She was in third grade and I was a fourth grade teacher.  Friday evening we checked into our motel located across the road from Moonstone Beach. The next […]

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Meet Rosemary

During the holiday season many folks buy a rosemary Christmas tree from a local nursery or even the grocery store. I have been one of those people. After the holidays I planted the tree in my school herb garden and now it is a thriving shrub. Year round my students and I harvest the stems […]

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What is a Sniffy?

A Sniffy is an aromatic bundle of herbs. Hold a sniffy in your hand and squeeze this herbal treasure to release a wonderful aroma. Sniffies come in many scents. They can be created from a single herb such as lavender or a combination of herbs. Years ago my 4th grade class and I made sniffies […]

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Peppermint- The Herb that Refreshes

When I feel overwhelmed by mental clutter and life in general,  it’s time to pick a peppermint leaf from the garden.  I rub it between my thumb and forefinger, close my eyes and inhale.  The cool, refreshing aroma clears away the cobwebs of my mind.  I’m always amazed  how one small leaf  so easily revives […]

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A Visit to My Family’s Tree Farm

  In September I visited my mother in Washington state. She lives on a 60 acre tree farm. Mom was born on this land. Both she and my father were raised in this small logging community. In their twenties they moved to California to become teachers. They continued to live in California throughout their teaching […]

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My New Favorite Breakfast Drink Celery and Apple Juice with Parsley

    Recently I read Anthony William’s special report on the Top Ten Super Foods. Celery was the first food listed. The very next day I used my Bullet to make celery apple juice with four sprigs of parsley. It was delicious and the best possible way to start my morning. I felt clean and […]

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Macaroni Garden Salad, A wonderful Summer Salad

One year I made this delicious salad with the herb garden club. The basil and parsley were harvested from our garden. Over the years I have tweaked the ingredients until my students, my family, and I were completely satisfied. You may find yourself changing a few things to better suits your taste buds. I always […]

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I Forgot the Parsley

This morning I went into the kitchen to make a green smoothie for breakfast.  I tossed the following ingredients into the blender: 1 cup kale or spinach 1/2 cup banana 1/2 chopped apple 1/2 cup blueberries ( frozen or fresh) 3 tbsps frozen orange juice 5  walnut halves about 2 cups water While sipping this wonder […]

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