Thursday, July 31, 2014

12 Herbs You Can Grow Indoors

There are plenty of herbs that you can grow indoors or move from your garden and bring indoors when the weather starts to get cold.

1. Basil - Basil can be grown indoors and sprigs can be cut, chopped, and added to spaghetti sauce. Eating a leaf of basil will also tame bad breath.

2. Chives - Chives grow really well when potted and brought indoors. Use fresh, chopped chives in scrambled eggs are as a garnish for deviled eggs.

3. Dill - Grow inside and add fresh dill to breads and soups.

4. Fennel - Fennel is commonly used to cure an upset stomach. Grow indoors in a well-drained pot.

5. Hyssop - Grow hyssop in a sunny window and use it to make a healthy tea.

6. Lavender - Lavender growing in a sunny window can make a whole room smell beautiful.

7. Parsley - Parsley is a popular garnish and freshly chopped parsley is a much needed addition to homemade chicken noodle soup.

8. Peppermint - Peppermint grown in a sunny window can be used to make tea that will soothe an upset stomach.

9. Rosemary - Potted rosemary plants are a common Christmas gift and can be grown indoors.

10. Sage - Sage is a great addition to breads, bread stuffing, and soups. Use freshly grown sage for baking, cooking, and in teas.

11. Savory - Savory can be added to meat dishes and it is used in making broths.

12. Thyme - Thyme can be added to a number of meat dishes, soups, and broths.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Drying Herbs in the Car

There are many ways to dry freshly picked herbs, but drying them in my car is my favorite method. Cars can get very hot in the summer when the sun is beating down on them. It makes a great oven for drying herbs, without the risk of burning them. When I dry herbs in the car, I don't have to worry about bugs getting into the drying herbs and any bugs that were on the herbs quickly die in the heat. Being a cat owner, cat hair can also be an issue when drying herbs. There is no cat hair in my car. Also, the drying herbs make my car smell great.

My method for drying herbs in the car is simple. I spread newspaper over the seats. I then gather my herbs and spread them out over the newspaper. I crack two of the windows just a tiny bit so that moisture can escape. Finally, I turn the herbs every 4 hours during daylight. I close the car windows and turn them once before going to bed. The next morning, I give them another turn and crack open two windows. I continue this until the herbs are completely dry. They are usually dry in 2 days, but I like to keep this up for three days just to be certain that everything is fully dried.

Years ago, I used to tie herbs in bunches and hang them to dry, but they would collect dust, cat hair,and an occasional spider web. Drying my herbs in the car has given me cleaner herbs to use in my cooking, and the herbs dry quickly without wasting electricity.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Mexican hamburgers recipe

Mexican hamburgers recipe

1 lb ground beef 
1/3 cup crushed corn chips 
2 tbsp  finely chopped green chilies 
1/4 tsp salt 

Put all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix. Shape into 4 patties and grill.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Sunflower hamburgers recipe

Sunflower hamburgers recipe 

1 lb ground beef 
1/4 cup chopped sunflower seeds, unsalted 
1/4 cup finely chopped onion 
1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 tsp salt 
Dash of pepper 

Put all ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix and shape into 4 patties. Grill.