Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Blackberry Pie

Here's a photo of my finished blackberry pie and a link to the recipe. I published the recipe along with a "How I did it" on eHow. Yum!

Blackberry Pie Recipe

Sunday, July 19, 2009

July 19th, Blackberries, and then more Blackberries!

Wow, we have a lot of blackberries! This week I made pie, cobbler, smoothies and put quite a few away in the freezer.

I also harvested and dried some sage.

My peppermint is just beginning to flower and seed which marks the end of the peppermint harvest this year.

I also learned a lot of skin uses for lavender this week, so I'll be making up some lavender salve and oil soon.

Monday, July 13, 2009

July 12th, 2009 - Cattails, Blackberries, Nettle, Red Clover, Dandelion and Sage

Allergy Tea
Today, I experimented with my recipe for allergy tea. It contains nettle, echinacea, red clover, and peppermint. I added dried blackberry to the tea to see what kind of flavor it would give it. I have to admit, I couldn't taste the blackberry flavor much, but it did give it a distinct color similar to black tea rather than green tea. I have yet to find a good use for dried blackberries, so I do not think I will dry them anymore.

Ben went and gathered some nettle from the river bank. When he got them home I gathered them up by the stems. Tied them in bunches. Rinsed them over the bathtub and hung them to dry in the pantry. Our house stays about 80 degrees which is perfect for drying herbs by hanging. They need a place with no light at all, so I put them in the pantry.

Ben got me some cattails when he was at the river. I've got a place by the gutter drain that I've dug out to collect water. I thought it would be a perfect place for trasplanting cattails. One of my forage goals is to collect some of my favorite foraged plants and grow them in my own backyard.

Red Clover, Dandelion and Sage
After all this, I gathered up some more red clover and dandelions from my yard, which are about done for the year. I also harvested some sage from my herb garden. Everything got washed and set out to dry right away. Herbs do much better if you tend to them immediately after harvesting. I use a dehydrator for the clover, dandelion and sage.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

July 5th 2009, Blackberries, Mulberries, Dandelions, Red Clover

Each time we go out there are more blackberries. We get several quarts each trip and it looks as if we will have the same luck throughout the month of July. Our blackberry picking may continue into August as well. The mulberries are more or less finished for the year. They are still dropping a little, but I have given up on collecting them. Dandelions are poking up there heads now and again and I can collect quite a few on a weekly forage through my yard prior to mowing. The red clover are still blooming like crazy and they seem bloom better when picked.

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