Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Drying Herbs From The Garden: Basil

This is our first Spring/Summer garden in our home. For the first year of being in our home I focused on the inside and when Spring hit us this year all I wanted to do was hang outside! 
We have a little rock boarder around our pool so to not take up yard space, I put four garden beds along the backside of our pool enclosure. We weren't expecting too much from this garden since it was more of trial run and see if we could handle it. Surprisingly we're all enjoying the upkeep of the garden. One of the beds is for herbs and the Basil was ready for clipping!

This part is the fun part for the little ones since they ALWAYS want to pull everything off in the garden. I showed them how to pluck the leaves and away they went filling their colander! We decided to make dried Basil for now but would like to try our hand at making a Pesto sauce next. Since we make some Christmas gifts every year we are putting the dried Basil into glass herb jars.

The bright green leaves were just too pretty not to take some photos! 

After giving the Basil a good wash we laid the leaves out on a backing sheet and backed at 180 degrees for two hours. This dried the Basil leaves out and we could just crumble them up now to funnel them into the jar.

I purchased glass seasoning jars from Target a couple years back with the intention of making our spices prettier but I never did it. I'll be putting them to use this year to make our homemade basil Christmas gifts!

What are some of your favorite handmade gifts? We try to make useful gifts every year.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Our Inspired Collection Link Party #8

Welcome back to another week of Our Inspired Collection Linkup Party! Keep those projects coming! We love seeing all of the inspiration!
In case you missed last weeks post I shared a vintage inspired 4th of July table scape HERE! Next week we will be taking a break while we enjoy some family vacation time!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Red White & Blue Tablescape Blog Hop

I'm so excited to be joining 20 other talented bloggers for this Red White & Blue Tablescape Blog Hop! When Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate asked me to join I was thrilled! I had already put together a Vintage Chic 4th Tablescape a couple weeks back and I had some other ideas already spinning in my head as I was setting that one for another one! haha, funny how that works, right?

 When I think about what the 4th of July means to me, I think history! The signing of the Declaration of Independence, our freedom & land of our own!  I had these elements in my mind when I was playing with ideas. I wanted to set the table with a vintage/history feeling but still elegant. 

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