Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad | MyRecipes.com(with home made mayo)
Aren't the floating chamomile flowers pretty? This links to a recipe for Sweetsleep Infusion-- sounded good for bedtime but concerns regarding valerian in the comments make me think it might be safer and easier to just sip some Celestial Seasonings Sleepy Time or Bigelow Sweet Dreams. Have any of you ever made your own herbal tea blends?
sweet sleep tea - chamomile, rosebuds, willow bark, lemonbalm, valerian, cinnamon, honey
Ground Ivy, Gill Over the Ground, as well as many other names, this plant is diuretic, astringent, tonic and gently stimulant. Last week we posted a picture of garlic mustard and some thought it looked like this. It does, but the flowers couldn't be more different. When learning to forage, it is important to visit the plant in many different stages while still learning to identify.
Mom in Madison: growing wheatgrass.
This morning seemed like a good time to start a "welcome to spring" cordial. I started with a layer of red rose petals and then violets, topping it with a small handful of blueberries - all gathered from the gardens last year - before covering it in vodka. Eventually, I'll add some of the lemon blossom tincture made in the fall. Then some simple syrup - and it should be about ready to toast in the spring equinox.
I've also watched ants turn and run from this scent. If surrounded by a ring of hydrosol (yes, a slightly twisted experiment), they die.
pine trees-Use: The needles can be eaten year-round. The young shoots can be eaten as candy when stripped of the needles, peeled, boiled until tender, and then simmered for 20-30 minutes in a sugary syrup....pine cones-Use: Pine nuts can be eaten raw or baked into a casserole.