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Seasoning Food and Hot Drinks With Herbs and Spices Will Jingle Your Taste Buds This Holiday Season

Something about the holidays getting closer conjures up thoughts of tasty casseroles straight from the oven and piping hot drinks with twirls of steam rising from our favorite mug helping to make rosy cheeks even rosier.

Why not add a new twist of flavor to go along with the twirls of steam?  Adding a pinch of fresh or dried herbs from the farmer’s market to any food or hot drink can bring a richness to the festivities in your home that permeates all the senses.  When all our senses have been nourished, it delights our soul, don’t you think?

The most popular herbs and spices are sage, rosemary, mint, oregano, basil, dill, parsley, thyme and cinnamon.  Just reading about them brings up the twinkling sights and jingle-jangle sounds of the holidays.

Sage has a unique earthiness to it and it uniquely pops poultry and dressing with a hint of peppery flavor.  After using rubbed sage for years, I decided to add some not-so-finely-diced fresh green sage to our Thanksgiving dressing. My goodness, what a zing to our taste buds!  It’s been a holiday tradition at our house ever since.

Sage is also used by gourmet cooks in seasoning soup, specifically vegetable soup.  No wonder it is sometimes referred to as “garden sage” or “kitchen sage”.  Many family recipe books are filled with the gourmet seasoning blends of rosemary, parsley, thyme, oregano, basil and dill in heirloom recipes handed down from grandmother to bride for centuries.

Mint leaves added to a carrot casserole refreshes the palate and refreshes the plate it’s served on, too.  When a food pleases the eye, it accomplishes so much more than just thoughtlessly spooning it out of a boring serving dish.  Imagine mint infused cooked carrots glistening from a sparkling white serving dish with tiny sprigs of mint tucked in, trying to peep out.  Add a halved maraschino cherry,  cozily nestled to one side to refresh the eye. 

Cinnamon is highly aromatic and when mixed with sage, dried apples and honey, makes for a hot cinnamon toddy the whole family can enjoy together.  Add boiling water to a few slices of dried apples, a leaf of sage and a tablespoon of honey, then stir with a cinnamon stick.  The mixture may make you sleep so well, you’ll wonder the next morning if you were sprinkled with fairy dust the night before.

How festive, how fun!



Source by Mary Theresa McLean

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How to Purchase a Wreath That Will Last For More Than a Season

As we move around town, one thing many homes have in common are the large number of wreaths hanging on the front door. We also have people who have the wrong kind of wreaths hanging on their front door. What many people don't know is an outdoor wreath for the front door can last much longer than they realize if purchased correctly. This is also true for indoor wreaths. I am going to share with you a few simple guidelines to help you in purchasing a beautiful wreath that will last more than just one season or perhaps even less.

The first guideline in considering an outdoor wreath purchase is to determine where you want to hang it. There's the front door, the patio, the deck area and some folks like to put a wreath over the garage door. The best place to hang it is under a covered porch or an indented entry way. Looking at the surrounding area, we want to discern what the environmental conditions are around the designated hanging spot. Is it receiving direct sunlight and if so, then for how long? Will the rain and the wind affect the wreath?

The reason why it's so important to get the answers to these questions is to know what kind of wreath will do well where you want to hang it. There are some all natural twig bases with various natural dried grasses that hang quite beautifully on front doors however even those are subject to the weather conditions. Some people prefer the natural beauty of eucalyptus which also comes with a wonderful natural scent. However, the sad thing about eucalyptus wreaths today is that many manufacturers will dye the eucalyptus to get all those luscious colors. What happens is the dye will run down their front door when the rain hits it. In some cases, I have seen the dye run when the humidity is real high. To be safe it's best not to use eucalyptus outdoors.

The best outdoor wreaths are the all natural and the silk florals with a natural base. They look the closest to fresh and they can withstand the weather conditions the best if placed under a covered porch or an indented doorway. The silk florals will fade in direct sunlight. Dried floral wreaths will fall apart in the weather increments. Now, I'm not suggesting not getting a wreath for your front door because of the weather conditions. I am suggesting to protect your wreath and your finances by using common sense in protecting them during these hard times. Also, speaking of common sense, when purchasing your wreath, be sure to ask for the box. You will need it for storing your wreath.

Once you decide which wreath you want for your front door that's when the fun begins. So often times, people will plant their front flower beds and then try to purchase their wreath. You may find less frustration if you purchase the wreath you want with the colors you love and then find the bedding plants to enhance and compliment the wreath. A nursery will have more options in colors and textures than your wreath supplier.

For indoor wreaths the purchasing rules don't really apply here but you may consider the amount of direct sunlight on silk florals. Colors and textures are what indoor wreaths are about. You can use a wreath like a piece of art work in any room of the house. They can add a focal point or a just a soft compliment to the overall decor. Indoor wreaths can bring an ambiance of comfort and relaxation, unity and peace, or warmth and friendship. Like the wedding ring, they symbolize unity among all who dwell there.

Choosing the colors is usually determined by matching or complimenting the largest piece of furniture or artwork in the room. There are also themed wreaths available like diaper wreaths for the baby's room, culinary wreaths for the kitchen or dining room. There are wedding, spring, summer, fall and winter wreaths, holiday wreaths as well as garage wreaths. If you look hard enough you can find almost any kind of wreath.

The last thing you will want to do is clean your wreath at least once or twice a month. There are wreath cleaners available to do a great job cleaning your wreath while protecting it as well. Never put your wreath under running water or standing water. Use a hair dryer with a low cool setting to blow the dust off.



Source by Theresa Hilden

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How to Purchase a Wreath That Will Last For More Than a Season

As we move around town, one thing many homes have in common are the large number of wreaths hanging on the front door. We also have people who have the wrong kind of wreaths hanging on their front door. What many people do not know is an outdoor wreath for the front door can last much longer than they realize if purchased correctly. This is also true for indoor wreaths. I am going to share with you a few simple guidelines to help you in purchasing a beautiful wreath that will last more than just one season or even less.

The first guideline in considering an outdoor wreath purchase is to determine where you want to hang it. There's the front door, the patio, the deck area and some folks like to put a wreath over the garage door. The best place to hang it is under a covered porch or an indented entry way. Looking at the surrounding area, we want to discern what the environmental conditions are around the designated hanging spot. Is it receiving direct sunlight and if so, then for how long? Will the rain and the wind affect the wreath?

The reason why it's so important to get the answers to these questions is to know what kind of wreath will do well where you want to hang it. There are some all natural twig bases with various natural dried grasses that hang quite beautiful on front doors however even those are subject to the weather conditions. Some people prefer the natural beauty of eucalyptus which also comes with a wonderful natural scent. However, the sad thing about eucalyptus wreaths today is that many manufacturers will dye the eucalyptus to get all those luscious colors. What happens is the dye will run down their front door when the rain hits it. In some cases, I have seen the dye run when the humidity is real high. To be safe it's best to use eucalyptus outdoors.

The best outdoor wreaths are the all natural and the silk florals with a natural base. They look the closest to fresh and they can withstand the weather conditions the best if placed under a covered porch or an indented doorway. The silk florals will fade in direct sunlight. Dried floral wreaths will fall apart in the weather increments. Now, I'm not suggesting not getting a wreath for your front door because of the weather conditions. I am suggesting to protect your wreath and your finances by using common sense in protecting them during these hard times. Also, speaking of common sense, when purchasing your wreath, be sure to ask for the box. You will need it for storing your wreath.

Once you decide which wreath you want for your front door that's when the fun begins. So often times, people will plant their front flower beds and then try to purchase their wreath. You may find less frustration if you purchase the wreath you want with the colors you love and then find the bedding plants to enhance and compliment the wreath. A nursery will have more options in colors and textures than your wreath supplier.

For indoor wreaths the purchasing rules do not really apply here but you may consider the amount of direct sunlight on silk florals. Colors and textures are what indoor wreaths are about. You can use a wreath like a piece of art work in any room of the house. They can add a focal point or a just a soft compliment to the overall decor. Indoor wreaths can bring an ambiance of comfort and relaxation, unity and peace, or warmth and friendship. Like the wedding ring, they symbolize unity among all who dwell there.

Choosing the colors is usually determined by matching or complimenting the largest piece of furniture or artwork in the room. There are also themed wreaths available like diaper wreaths for the baby's room, culinary wreaths for the kitchen or dining room. There are wedding, spring, summer, fall and winter wreaths, holiday wreaths as well as garage wreaths. If you look hard enough you can find almost any kind of wreath.

The last thing you will want to do is clean your wreath at least once or twice a month. There are wreath cleaners available to do a great job cleaning your wreath while protecting it as well. Never put your wreath under running water or standing water. Use a hair dryer with a low cool setting to blow the dust off.



Source by Theresa Hilden

This article is brought to you by Kokula Krishna Hari Kunasekaran! Visit Website or Follow back at @kkkhari