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Advent Calendars and Fun ideas

Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh

Advent Calendars and Fun ideas

We moved in 2021.  This was not expected and our garden was all planned when we had to suddenly pack and move.  The move happened when the weather was crushingly hot and by the time we were settled in, the fall shopping season had begun. Needless to say, I feel so behind with everything I am doing. I decided that this year I would create my annual advent calendar as an email sent out each day to those who subscribe.  So if you want get a daily message with recipes, craft ideas or other fun Holiday herb themed idea, Just...

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Garden Planning part 2 - Spring Activities

Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh garden planning

Garden Planning part 2 - Spring Activities

Begin your herb garden planning process by looking at Color, Aroma, Texture, Focus and Environment.

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Garden Planning - Winter Activities - part 1

Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh

Garden Planning - Winter Activities - part 1

Now that the Holiday season has passed and we look to Spring, I begin garden planning. This year we took down a large, but dying tree in the backyard exposing 75% of our yard to full sun which had been full to part shade previously. We also lost the path and my garden edging to the process of removing the tree.  Our raised beds, were used to start with when we installed them in 2015, have rotted at the edges.  After parts of the tree were dropped on the fragile edges(with our permission,) we will need to replace those as...

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Advent Calendar - Cranberry Apple Bourbon Cocktail - Dec 25

Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh Advent Calendar Christmas cocktail Gifts with Herbs

Advent Calendar - Cranberry Apple Bourbon Cocktail - Dec 25

Merry Christmas! May your holiday be merry and safe! I am ending the Advent Calendar with a cocktail.  2020 is a year of many trials and tribulations, which sometimes calls for a cocktail. I also have fun sharing herb scented or flavored cocktails and I shared this variation during my recent Merry Mocktails program. Cranberries are not just for Thanksgiving.  They will carry you through the entire holiday season.  With this recipe you need to make a cranberry simple syrup and craft a garnish that uses rosemary and fresh cranberries.  I got the original recipe from Inspiredbycharm.com but I have...

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Advent Calendar - Stovetop Potpourri - Dec 24

Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh

Advent Calendar - Stovetop Potpourri - Dec 24

Make your home smell of the holidays with this wonderful simmering potpourri.  This recipe was crafted to make as a last-minute gift for neighbors or as a party favor for holiday guests with some extra for home use. Stovetop Potpourri 1-part cinnamon sticks, broken 1-part whole cloves 1/2-part whole allspice 1-part dried citrus cubes or slices 2-parts dried cranberries 1-part dehydrated apples chunks or slices ½-part dried rosemary Combine as large or as small a batch as you want by increasing or decreasing the size of the part.  Fill 4-ounce Mason Jars or 8-ounce jelly jars with the mixture.  Decorate...

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