Infusing My Life with Herbs

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All the jars ready to be filled with herby goodness

This past weekend I spent all my time doing two things: 1. Writing down ally favorite herb infusion recipes from Pinterest and 2. Clipping fresh herbs from my patio garden here in beautiful Hawaii.

Below are the recipes I wrote down and my labors of love in making the most of my year round herb garden.

 

Herb Infused Vinegar 

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The vinegar in its rightful place over the washing machine!

I use vinegar all over the house: washing my laundry, my daily shower spray, cleaning, etc. So I jumped at the opportunity to add a little herb magic to the already amazing elixir. Below is the recipe for getting your own amazing vinegar concoction.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups White Vinegar
  • 2-1/2 cups Herb of Choice

Instructions:

In pan over low heat warm the vinegar

In pan over low heat warm the vinegar

If using a container with a dispenser add glass beads to prevent herbs coming out with vinegar

If using a container with a dispenser add glass beads to prevent herbs coming out with vinegar

Wash herbs with cold water to remove dirt Fill jar with the herbs and pour vinegar over

Wash herbs with cold water to remove dirt
Fill jar with the herbs and pour vinegar over

Let vinegar cool completely and place in cool dark place for 2 weeks. Strain and disgard herbs and enjoy vinegar.

Let vinegar cool completely and place in cool dark place for 2 weeks.
Strain and disgard herbs and enjoy vinegar.

 

Notes:

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Only 1 week has past since I put together my infused vinegar so I will have to get back to you on how it turns out. I also did a second smaller batch with basil in a jar. I did not warm the vinegar for that batch because as it turns out I do not own a funnel, so I just poured it straight from the bottle. I will let you know if there is any notable difference between the two. Also check out my Cleaning board on Pinterest to see all the great natural cleaning recipes you can use your infused vinegar in!

 

Herb Infused Sea Salt

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I love sea salt, and living here in Hawaii puts me in close proximity of some of the greatest sea salt EVER! So when I realized I could infuse this with my herbs I was all over it. I am planning on using this in some bath salts and salt scrubs!!

Ingredients:

  • Herb of choice
  • Sea Salt

Instructions:

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  • Place ingredients in food processor or herb chopper if you have one
  • Blend until well incorporated (and enjoy the amazing smell!!)
  • Pour onto baking sheet and spread evenly
  • Cover with cheese cloth
  • Dry in cool dark place 1 day
  • Blend again
  • Store in air tight container. Keeps 6 months.

Notes:

Blending the herbs and the sea salt helps evening distribute the herbs in the salt and it smells amazing. Blending the spearmint mixture smelled so amazing that I cannot wait to turn it into my next body scrub.

 

COMING NEXT WEEK:

  • Oil infused baking soda
  • Infused coconut oil (for body butter)
  • Natural Dryer sheets w/lavender infused vinegar
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Birthday Invite Photoshop Fun

On account of Hurricane Iselle the other week my Tea Party had to rescheduled and now it’s my birthday party! Of course I had to make a new invite. Below are the result of some fun I had with photoshop and this vintage pic I found on The Graphics Fairy.

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Come join the party…Stuffed feline companion optional

 

Herb is the Word

Hi everyone! So, lately I have taken up gardening on my back patio, and the herbs have been going wild. I do not do am lot of cooking so in an effort to find ways to use my freshly grown bounty, I took to Pinterest. After a few searches on the proper harvesting techniques, I came across a plethora of recipes for infusing herbs into everything! Oils, vinegar, sea salt, water, etc. I probably wrote down about 17 recipes and I am so excited to get going. 

All the herbs I picked from my garden this morning.

All the herbs I picked from my garden this morning. You can see Lilo down in the corner

 

Classing Up Dinner Time

Now that I am finally settled in my new home here in Hawaii, I’ve been looking for a new project to break in my craft room. I came across some bargain bin fabric scraps I had bought for 50 cents at Michaels years ago. The fabric has this adorable victorian country scenes on it. After some Pinterest research I decided on cloth napkins as my project. The tutorial on the blog Blissfully Content was both simple and elegant. See my results below:

These napkins are the perfect compliment to my "fancy" flatware.

These napkins are the perfect compliment to my “fancy” flatware.

I now have three gorgeous cloth napkins to class up my next dinner party!