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Staying Busy in the Kitchen

October 21st, 2017 at 10:41 pm

It's been busy around here. Weather forecasters are predicting a freeze a week from today. It shouldn't be a shock, it is October, but we want to make sure certain things are completed if the forecast freeze comes to fruition.

I have been cutting herbs, washing them, and getting them ready to air dry. I had 3 herbs done before today. Today I did the last two. I think our neighbors think we are nuts, but DH loves growing herbs, I like using both fresh and dried, and with the cost of herbs in the store, I'm sure we save a bunch of money. I know the neighbor was giving me an odd look today. I was sitting in a lawn chair pulling off the best of the basil leaves. It was easier than bending over or crouching. Of course I don't think the neighbor eats much of anything that is natural.

I decided to make some sage tea with some of the leaves. I guess it is supposed to be pretty healthy. It's not bad. I don't usually put any sweetener in my tea so it is a little different straight, but I have lots of fresh sage and I'd prefer to use it.

I also chopped a bunch of bell peppers to stash in the freezer. DH picked what was left and pulled up the plants. We picked tomatoes today. It is crazy, but the plants are still producing and a couple of them even have blossoms.

I told George I felt like a medicine woman with these herbs. After reading all the great things they supposedly do, I feel like we are dealing with things holistically.

I found a nice butternut squash at Aldi. I roasted it today and am in the process of making soup. That should make a lovely meal tomorrow; it is supposed to rain most of the day. I cooked a whole chicken in the Crockpot today so I have lots of fresh broth for the soup.

3 Responses to “Staying Busy in the Kitchen”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    I really enjoy my culinary and medicinal herbs, too. It is a lot of fun learning about them and becoming a little more self-sufficient.

  2. snafu Says:

    My mom used to pour an 1/8 tsp over chopped herbs loaded into old fashioned ice cube trays. Once frozen they were bagged and labelled. They worked terrifically in CrockPot or in a chicken cavity. I've stuck a few stems in a glass of water as a feeble attempt at hydroponic gardening. I brought my crop in and repotted a hand spade in paper cups that were at hand. I 'daisy' them in my biggest patio pot and DH is still laughing, It's still alive in the laundry rm so I'm still using small clippings. They won't be getting sufficient sunlight as our days are so short. I've a 'grow' light lamp from an old, failed experiment but it's a history of failed projects.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Our bell pepper plants didn't produce much, so I'm thinking of buying up the bell peppers at 10 for $1 and dicing and freezing.

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