I absolutely adore fresh herbs in cooking...I use them in everything!
Marinades, Bread, Grilling, Vegetables and my favorite is herb butter! See the recipe here
Here is an easy way to keep herbs close to your kitchen door without having to have a full garden of herbs. Make yourself an Herb Baket. Find a nice sized basket..I chose this one because of the open area but I ended up not liking the open handle area..as the dirt tends to fall out a little bit.
Next cut a large piece of plastic black garbage bag to fit the basket. Trimming as necessary so it won't show past the edges of the basket.
Next add small rocks or pebbles to the bottom of the basket
(it helps with water drainage)
Fill your basket full of potting soil..I used Natures care organic and natural potting mix from Walmart.
Choose a nice mix of herbs to plant in your basket.. I used Onion chives, Oregano, Thyme, Parsley, Sage and Basil that I bought from Lowes. After you plant them, use a little more dirt to make sure they are all covered nicely.
Poke holes into the bottom of the basket with scissors or knife to allow for water to drain. I poked quite a few holes all around.
Finally water your newly planted herb basket.
To care for your herbs keep them in a bright light area or outside in some direct sunshine and part shade during the day. Water only when soil feels dry. Herbs like to dry out a little bit in between watering.
Then start cutting away..the more your use the more they will grow.
Here are few other recipes where I have used fresh herbs
Tomato Bruschetta Recipe
I love to make this easy appetizer as soon as the warm weather arrives but really it is good anytime.
I just use what I have on hand... a couple of tomatoes (but Roma tomatoes are the best) a little minced garlic, yellow, red or green peppers and of course fresh basil leaves.
Chop all the ingredients in tiny little pieces so that they fit on top of the baguettes slices.
Add 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1 Tbsp of Balsamic vinegar (or use either to your liking) and some black pepper
To get golden baguette slices I simply sliced the baguette into slices, added olive oil in a frying pan. (I prefer a plain ole black frying pan) because everything seems to cook up the better in it
. I also added a sprinkling of some kosher salt to the bread. Toast on both sides until golden
For this particular Bruschetta I added slices of fresh mozzarella on the baguette and then topped it with the fresh tomato bruschetta.
By Karin Brosnan - Saturday, April 22, 2017
Turn a thrift store chair into French Beauty the EASY WAY!!!
Yes this beautiful French looking chair came from a Thrift Store!!
Here is the before...it was a yucky old antiqued yellow chair with 80's striped fabric on it. I swear I remember seeing this chair in some of my friends houses growing up!
But notice the curvey french looking legs? uh huh Love that!
Notice the cane backs all in perfect condition...uh huh I love that too!
Notice the cute girl working so hard to help her mom uh huh I LOVE LOVE that! This is Madeline my oldest daughter from Eyes of Mad Blog who does the most amazing baby showers!!
All we did to these chairs was lightly sand and paint and then we wipe off the paint in places so they looked like they had an old patina to them. The cool thing about this is...because they were old the old oils came through and slightly yellowed the white paint to make them really look like they have a patina on them.
Then we sanded in a few spots here and there to make it look weathered.
Here is my beauty all gussied up. No primer, no having to be so careful... the messier the better.
Of course I had to change out that rocking 1980's fabric to something a little more cottage beachy looking. I found this gorgeeeous fabric at Joann's fabrics and had a coupon and got it for a great price....although I can't remember how much I paid for it now but it was good. We took off the old and stapled on the new!
I am so thrilled with how they turned out and so simple...all that was need was.just a little free child labor he he he
Uh Huh I LOVE THAT!! AND OF COURSE I LOVE HER TOO!!
After we put the chairs in the dinning room and oohed and ahhed over the new chairs I was not liking my beige parsons chairs that sit at each end of the table.....so...here is what I did to tie them into the room...you are going to love this! I simply took some of my left over fabric folded into thirds and tucked one end into the seam where the seat and back come together and brought the fabric up and over the top to hang down the back of the chair......it just kind of hung there but I knew I was on to something.... I decided it needed some "jewelry" I scrounged around in my messy buffet drawers and found I had these old goldish looking sea shell napkin rings.... so I cinched the flowing fabric around with some leftover cording (stuff you use to make pipping). It looks like rope but really soft and attached the sea shell to finish it off and
HELLO MY CUTENESS! NO SEWING INVOLVED!!
Just think I can change out the fabric on a whim for a different look!....I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!
(mine and my sisters fav saying...it has to be amazing to get 3 loves)
Here is my Gorgeeeous dining room all prettied up.
I could see the potential of it when I saw it sitting in the store.
I was featured on The DIY Show off!
I was featured on The DIY Show off!
Tomorrow I will tell you more about the other thrift store items in this room...
I am linking up to some fun linky partiesMarket Yourself Monday
Mad Skills @ Mad In Crafts
Inspire Me Monday @ Singing Three Little Birds
Show Off Your Cottage
Creative Me @ The Southern Institute
Pink Hippo Party @ Pinkapotamus
Beach Tablescape Summer Party Idea
Wouldn't it be a dream to live by the beach? Well I can't so I am just going to pretend I do by creating a beachy tablescape.
For my Centerpiece I chose to use my Ikea lantern filled with shells and a tall white candle surrounded by two other glass apothecary jars filled with sea shells and gold silverware.
The gorgeous satiny fabric that is flowing all down the center of the table is actually a $5.00 bolt of fabric from Wal-Mart! Yes indeedy cheap it the only way to go! It looks so romantic and kind of sexy don't you think?
My daughter Madeline took all the photos you see of my table. I love how all the gold forks just shine sitting in the tall glass apothecary jar filled with sea shells. Little Mermaid herself would love to sit down at this table.
My incredible chandelier was purchased at a consignment shop here in Salt Lake and it just adds that sparkle to the room. My hubby installed a dimmer switch so we can light it up or turn it down low for a more romantic feel.
|I actually found these clear slightly green salad bowls after we shot all the pics but I just had to show you my deal! I found these beauties at Tai Pan for only .99 each!! Are they not perfect or what?!|
These blue salad plates are from Tai Pan but they don't sell them anymore.I wish I could find dinner plates in the pattern and color! Notice the sea horse chocolates sitting in its own shell...they make such a nice gift for your guests.
More of these delectable chocolates sitting ready for me to eat! Actually I have already eaten a few ha ha!
|You will notice I used silver charges, silver candle sticks, mixed with "King Triton's" gold forks, spoons and knifes but it all works beautifully. I love my white napkin rings and I wish I had more to sell but they are no longer making them :(|
Madeline came up with this idea of putting all the gold forks in the jar. I leave this on my buffet most of the time..it is so fun. By the way....those gold forks are from Big Lots..ha ha years ago!
Now If I could just have this all set up in a beach house overlooking the ocean it would be perfect wouldn't it?
Our Easter dinner was held in our daughters backyard this year and it was so BEAUTIFUL!
We mixed my white dinner plates with hers, used two sets of my goblets and a mixture of colorful napkins and white napkins
The gorgeous flowers were from her yard...the smell of lilacs is amazing
Even "Bob" the chicken enjoyed having the whole family over. My 4 yr old grandson named her Bob and now the every time the 1byr old grandson sees a picture of a chicken he says Bob..its is hysterical!
We had not one but two tables set up to hold everyone...this was pretty much the kid table mixed with a few adults.
The weather was spectacular!
The food was so delicious and everyone brought something to share
Our beautiful daughter and her handsome hubby
The grandson that called chickens "Bob"
It was a perfect Easter Sunday spent with the family