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YellowRose Posted - Aug 29 2014 : 3:03:43 PM
6 8oz pkg. port-a-bella mushrooms - yielded 1 quart & 1/2 pint

1 lemon zest






Sara
Walk in Peace - Live with Joy
FarmGirl Sister #6034 Aug 25, 2014
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nndairy Posted - Jul 11 2024 : 2:12:41 PM
I love that you're drinking alfalfa now, Sara! I just had some spearmint with mine this morning :) I use a french press for my tea rather than teabags though.

Right now I'm caught up on drying. I need to get another box of peaches though. We ate all the last box before I was able to dry any.

~Heather
I would rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world. George Washington

YellowRose Posted - Jul 10 2024 : 06:18:22 AM
Drying spearmint today. Heather got me hooked on having alfalfa tea for my afternoon and middle of the night tea so I thought I would add spearmint to it. I have single serve tea bags that I can fill with the dried spearmint and seal with my iron.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
StitchinWitch Posted - Jun 30 2024 : 12:15:59 PM
I didn't eat peanut butter for about 50 years for the same reason and it's only recently that I'm eating curry again. I still won't eat seafood more than 100 miles from the ocean due to a food poisoning episode in Wyoming when I was 16. I guess it is our memories trying to protect us from it happening again.

Alfalfa tea is good and when we grew our own corn I liked to make corn silk tea.

Judith

7932 FGOTM 6/21, 6/24
I'm old and I do wear purple
nndairy Posted - Jun 30 2024 : 12:04:53 PM
Sara - that's awesome that you decided to try some! We have 2 alfalfa fields for the cows. I'm going to be cutting more to dry soon because it's almost time to mow the hay again.

Lisa - It's good as iced tea! I know what you mean about being sick as a kid and not being able to eat/drink something as an adult. I can't eat oatmeal cream pies. My grandma used to pick me and my sister up from school and take us to gymnastics once a week when we were in elementary school. She's bring a box of oatmeal cream pies and we'd eat the entire box on the way. Needless to say we didn't feel so good during gymnastics! Not sure why she let us have the whole box - must be a grandma thing! But neither me or my sister can eat them now!

I have lemon balm and stevia drying today.

~Heather
I would rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world. George Washington

nubidane Posted - Jun 30 2024 : 11:06:11 AM
Heather, it makes sense that alfalfa would be a nice tea; it does have such a sweet smell in hay. I may try it, but I have to admit, that I am just not a tea drinker. I try periodically, but for some reason, it reminds me of being sick as a child. I think my mom may have given it to me then. I do like some iced teas though. Maybe I will try it that way.
YellowRose Posted - Jun 29 2024 : 08:35:22 AM
Heather, I was intrigued by your alfalfa tea so I order USA grown organic alfalfa tea on Amazon. Received it yesterday and had a cup right away and then one in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep. Enjoyed both cups and looking forward to another cup this afternoon. Gotta have my English breakfast tea in the mornings. Thanks for letting me know about it and I think it's cool you grow your own alfalfa.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
nndairy Posted - Jun 26 2024 : 10:08:15 AM
Sara - for tea. It's like taking a multivitamin! It's so good for you and it's surprisingly sweet tasting. There's no need to add anything to it. And it's good hot or cold!

~Heather
I would rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world. George Washington

YellowRose Posted - Jun 26 2024 : 09:43:01 AM
Heather, how do you use alfalfa?

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
nndairy Posted - Jun 26 2024 : 09:34:35 AM
I have some thyme, rosemary, and alfalfa drying right now.

~Heather
I would rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world. George Washington

YellowRose Posted - Jun 26 2024 : 06:38:32 AM
Drying grocery store cilantro today. It's 65 cents for a good size bunch at Aldi so I can dry it when I need to.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
YellowRose Posted - Jun 19 2024 : 04:52:13 AM
Michelle, I haven't grown basil from seed, always just bought a plant, and put it in a container. Didn't make it to the nursery this spring so no basil this year. I have bought fresh basil a couple of times from the grocery store but it's not the same as having my own plant on the deck.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
windypines Posted - Jun 19 2024 : 04:40:00 AM
I dried the garlic scapes. Will try to use them in place of garlic.
Sara good job on the parsley. I planted some this year, old seed, and I don't think any of it is coming up. Though it does take a while.
Yesterday I put some basil seed in a raised bed. I was getting low on dried basil.
Truth be told, I thought I had planted basil earlier, but darn if I could find it. I think it was parsley and not basil that I planted.

Farming in WI

Michele


YellowRose Posted - Jun 18 2024 : 12:25:29 PM
Yesterday I dried parsley that I brought from the grocery store. I've tried many times to grow parsley without success, parsley and cilantro are two herbs I have given up on growing. I needed dried parsley for pizza sauce I want to can and drying store-bought parsley is cheaper than buying it already dried in those little jars.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
windypines Posted - Jun 08 2024 : 03:50:33 AM
Rose petals is for my cousin Dawn. She uses them in some recipes she makes for her husband. She can explain better.

Farming in WI

Michele


nndairy Posted - Jun 07 2024 : 6:10:01 PM
I'm curious too! I have some wild roses along the fence row that smell wonderfully but didn't know what to do with them. I thought about trying to infuse some oil or tallow but wasn't sure if the smell would transfer.

I have a bunch of herbs to dry when the cherries are done. My oregano is currently being flattened. There is a cat that has claimed it as her spot to raise a new kitten :) I wish she would have picked the irises since they're done flowering. Oh well, my mother in law has plenty of oregano she doesn't use so I can get some from her.

Sara and Judith - I'm sorry to hear your butterflies and bees are disappearing! They must have made their way here. There are a ton of them in the pasture and hay field here. I think it's because we haven't been able to get out there due to so much rain and they're enjoying the alfalfa and clover flowers :) I'm waiting on the hummingbirds. I always love seeing them in the summer.

~Heather
I would rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world. George Washington

lovecatsandsunshine Posted - Jun 07 2024 : 3:50:04 PM
I cut a lot of parsley, sage and thyme to dry.
Michele, do u dry roses for tea?

Today's good mood brought to you by a lot of coffee!!!
Farmgirl in SC
Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023
StitchinWitch Posted - Jun 07 2024 : 11:11:12 AM
Sara -- it makes me sad too. I've seen no ladybugs or butterflies this year. I haven't seen a praying mantis in years. I've had an organic yard for 36 years but I guess the neighbors all spray chemicals or call the bug man. It probably also accounts for the disappearance of all the little birds, the finches and sparrows that eat bugs.
I have some mint and lemon balm ready to dry soon; the Mexican oregano and catnip need a little longer to grow.

Judith

7932 FGOTM 6/21
I'm old and I do wear purple
windypines Posted - Jun 07 2024 : 03:54:10 AM
Enjoy the fruits Heather. I planted a cherry tree this year. I had two a long time ago.
I got the dehydrator out the other day. Got oregano done. This morning garlic chives, rose petals, thyme, and a few plantain leaves are done. Some for me, my sister and my cousin.

Farming in WI

Michele


nndairy Posted - Jun 06 2024 : 1:39:03 PM
I finally finished all the strawberries (4 buckets!). Now I'm on to the cherries. Our tree is loaded with them this year and they look great!

~Heather
I would rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world. George Washington

YellowRose Posted - May 02 2024 : 08:36:56 AM
Today I am drying Greek oregano. I let my one container of GO go to flower for the butterflies and bees but so far I haven't seen either. Makes me sad to think about how few b&bs I see these days.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
lovecatsandsunshine Posted - Apr 22 2024 : 1:55:35 PM
There was a storm yesterday and wind bent the onion stalks. I plucked a handful and will dry. Dehydrator will go in garage.
Sara, my sage is growing well. I may cut a few leaves and dry.

Today's good mood brought to you by a lot of coffee!!!
Farmgirl in SC
Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023
YellowRose Posted - Apr 22 2024 : 08:09:45 AM
Drying sage today. My sage has really taken off so to keep it the right size for its container I pruned it this morning. Love the smell of fresh sage on my hands and in the air.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
YellowRose Posted - Mar 26 2024 : 10:43:05 AM
Tara lemon slices do take a long time to dry. I tried it once, now I either dry or freeze lemon zest. Reminds me I need to do another batch or lemon zest. Lemon zest is handy for hot tea, lemon pepper, or herb/spice blends.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
lovecatsandsunshine Posted - Mar 26 2024 : 10:20:47 AM
Lemon slices today. They are taking a long time to dry.

Today's good mood brought to you by a lot of coffee!!!
Farmgirl in SC
Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023
YellowRose Posted - Mar 26 2024 : 09:25:46 AM
Julie, have fun playing with your new toy. I know your grandkids will like their strawberry drink.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.

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