Herbs

My Wild Child

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I have this little herb that I planted in my front garden. Actually, I moved it from my former home to this one. It is a herb that is hard to find here in the U.S.. It is called Mexican Oregano, Lippia graveolens.  But I call it Muchacho, my Wild Child. Why you ask? This:

Wild-child

It reminds me of a little boy with a bad haircut!

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A Lemony Kindness

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I woke up this morning with the beginning of bronchitis. I have been busy, busy, busy because we are getting ready to sell our house. (Just what I need in addition to Christmas preparations.) So I am now coughing and feeling quite run down.

Some lovely friends of ours dropped by with a surprise: homegrown lemons! They are huge and so juicy. Just the Vitamin C ticket for me. I have already sliced the first one to put in some water. I swear that just drinking it is making me feel better!

The other thing I am doing is taking one of my herbal preparations (or as some of the family calls it: Witches’ Brew). Read the rest of this entry »

Bee Balm

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Bee balm harvest
Bee balm harvest

It is the time of year in my area to change out the crops in the garden. My little gardens have suffered greatly this year because of my accident and the fact that where I have them receives a lot of reflected heat from the side of my house. One plant that seems to love those conditions is my Bee Balm, Monarda. Read the rest of this entry »

Make Your Own Pineapple Vinegar

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If you have been reading my blog for very long you already know that one of my grandsons lovingly dubbed me a witch because there is always something fermenting, brewing or steeping somewhere in my house. Today I want to tell you about my current fermentation: pineapple vinegar. This “secret ingredient” is a favorite in many Mexican homes and is called vinagre de pina. Not only is it delicious and healthful, it is easy-peasy to make! Read the rest of this entry »