We grow catnip in the corner of the front yard. It’s a lovely bushy silvery green plant that smells a bit weedy when touched. Catnip is an easy plant to grow and takes a far amount of shade. We keep catnip both to use in tea for us and to entertain our cats in the winter.
If you want to grow catnip you can easily find a started plant at your local nursery.
You could save some money and start your catnip from seed if you would like more than one plant. Be warned that catnip is in the mint family and can be a bit invasive. To get around this, you may either plant it in a pot or in a space that you don’t mind it taking over. My plan is to put my new little plants in the corner of the yard under a bush that could use some brightening up.
When you are ready to preserve your catnip simply cut it, bind it and hang it. Never cut more than 2/3 of any plant in the mint family to keep it healthy. When you hang herbs to dry it is best to find an airy, dry place that does not get direct sun. I don’t have a place that is all of those things so mine go up in the window.
Cereal is boring, expensive and not particularly good for you ,yet I still have a soft spot for it. The redeeming quality of Cereal is that it’s fast, crunchy and my entire family loves it. I only buy cereal a few times a year. When I buy it I want to make it last and have it fill my family up. Somtimes we eat our cereal as a topping on yogurt but generally we just pull out our fruit, nuts and seed to top. Today’s cereal was rice chex topped with walnuts, banana, raspberries, Chia and flax seeds. My younger son and husband had flax milk with theirs and my older son and I had it with whole milk. Yum!
Good morning! I am attempting to get the hang of this whole blogging thing. Hopefully recurring posts will make me get the ball rolling. This morning we had oatmeal with maple syrup, raisins, cranberries, flaxseeds, Chia and walnuts. I make oatmeal the cheater way by boiling water and pouring it over rolled oat already in the bowl. It’s the best way to make oatmeal because it’s done by the time I get myself and the 4 year old dressed. I do really love soaked oats as well but oat meal tends to be our we are running late breakfast.
This morning my little and I made scones with some blueberries we bought at the farmers market and some raspberries we picked from the garden. these scones were so easy to make and they taste great! I used a recipe from my favorite cooking blog smitten kitchen ( http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2015/07/very-blueberry-scones/). These were so simple that the 3 year old did most of the work and they came together in less than 10 minutes. I did make a few changes to the recipe to make use of what we had. first I added raspberries from the garden and I also replaced the wheat flour with oat since I am out of whole wheat.