Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Sweet Potatoes

For your savory / sweet, nourishing and personalized part of your winter plate: spiced sweet potatoes. The December comfort that lasts all winter long and everyone loves because you can make every one a little different. Sweet potatoes are full of nutrients, great fiber, natural sweetness and feel so satiating. They’re one of my favorite things to batch cook on busier weeks, and serve for a crowd. Enjoy with your favorite toppings, and share readily.

More warm cozy kitchen creations: Everything Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup (Slow Cooker)

Happy December everyone. I hope you’re all having a warm and joyful holiday with lots of curl-up-with-a-book time and safe visits. If you’ve been itching to take new herbal courses next year, all of the Herbal Academy Courses are up to 40% off. And winter is an ideal time to cozy up and dive into a new course. I’ve updated my Apothecary shop with some of my favorites that I’ve enjoyed over the years, along with some other favorite gifting goodies.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

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Summer becomes full so fast. The garden now feels endlessly generous and more than I can receive on any day. Pesto is on everything this summer, and tomatoes…everywhere gorgeous pops of red. I’ve been keeping things intentionally very simple this season. Keeping my teas to two herbs or less. Keeping my daily schedule as light as possible. Keeping my recipes down to beans, veggies from the garden, greens and fruit cobblers. Keeping time down by the river as bookends to my day. I find that summer is a great time to unplug the internet when work is done and the weekends stretch out. Tending space, harvesting, watching the sun come up and the fireflies come out are treasures of daily existence. Like sunkissed cherry tomatoes first thing in the morning.

Kitchari with fennel, ginger, cumin, turmeric & chard.

Thistle, covered with bees and pollinators.

A new garden shed mural 🙂

Making corners of the house inviting book nooks with squishy linen Bloomist pillows.

Every week, fresh flowers from the garden and new vase arrangements. Perpetually practicing flower art.

And a simple summer tea recipe with hibiscus + rosehips

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The midway point between spring and summer, this time of year in the blue ridge mountains is predictably blissful. The air is warm and cool as the storms roll through, and windows open all night is one of the precursors to the best dreams. The garden has more energy under that blanket of teaming compost than any of those seeds were expecting. The rain smells so good. The sun still rays until almost 8. And new aromatic herbs are popping up in their formerly claimed spots. I found field mint on May 1, just where it left itself last year, and what a pure and simple delight it was to find a Beltane treasure for making field mint tea.

Field mint has a more rugged, earthy, wind swept flavor than peppermint, and a less intense minty bite than spearmint. It’s heaven, absolutely carefree spring flavored heaven when you quickly steep it, then re-steep it, and then re-steep it again. It just keeps giving and giving.

Read more: The Grounding Magic of Tea Ritual

The past couple of years have encouraged me to notice and appreciate how the best things in life really are the more simple ones. I’ve been keeping my tea blends that way, too. One or two together mingling in the mug. This time fresh fieldmint leaves and dried rosebuds. I can acknowledge them individually that way, and frankly, I wish I went down the simpler [herbal] avenues earlier. But, here we are. Happy Beltane, and cheers in your own simplicity.