I love the holidays but what I DON’T love is to spend lots of time putting up decorations that will not be there more than a month. That’s why I try to keep my decorating to a minimum. As far as I’m concerned, an hour or two is all it should take. More than that and I will become impatient.
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As the weather chills and we spend more time indoors, potpourri becomes a welcome part of home life. Lift the lid on a potpourri jar and the room is filled with a gentle fragrance. If you’re planning on buying some for your home here are three tips for getting the good stuff.
Between the winter winds that dries everything and the indoor heating static builds up everywhere. Turning on a light switch can be a startling experience. The wool sweaters we favor when it gets chilly only aggravate the situation. And if you forget to add softener to the weekly laundry – watch out!
At this time of year the shortening days and cooler temperatures mean that not much is happening in our gardens. Even so herbs can still be part of our fun. In the spirit of this festive time, I have use my herbal knowledge and cobbled together lyrics to “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” For each day in the song, I have substituted herbs that have traditionally been associated with the Advent Season, Christmas, and the birth of Jesus. And here they are….
In the next two months, most of you will be hosting – or attending – gatherings of family and friends. Nearly every one of these events will involve food, some of it made by you. Now I know absolutely you want to bring something that will be flavorful. Of course this assumes that the herbs and spices you’re using will do the job.
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