Category Archives: herbs

drying the herbs and making the blend

A summer glimpse of star gazer lilies.

What a great Saturday!  Today was the first day, in a long line of days, when I actually had energy and a positive spin.  I (successfully) had gum-jaw-alignment surgery about a week and a half ago.  That first week was completely a blur, although I do remember the “meals” that I ate.  My periodontist ordered me to stay away from all things spicy, acidic, and extreme in temperature.  Once all of my dietary modifications were made, I was relegated to enjoy multiple meals of mashed potatoes, pureed chicken noodle soup, and Greek yogurt.  (I did sneak in some homemade brownies that I pureed with some ice cream; that absolutely turned around my frame of mind!)  I could safely conclude that one truly never knows how deeply connected they are to the flavors, textures, and aromas of the foods they enjoy, until they are forbidden from eating those foods.

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mint and cocktail beginnings

I woke up rather late this morning.  And, by “rather late,” I mean 11:30AM.  Yes, that’s right.  There is a justifiable reason to waking up that late, and a contributing factor does include poking around on Pinterest until well after 3:00AM.  I kept company with a bottle of Frog’s Leap Chardonnay, and we settled down after delightfully agreeing upon the construct of the perfect spring lavender cocktail.  I think that I even made a few new friends along the way!

Orange mint-lemon sweet tea.

Waking up late can be a decadent treat, but most times, it renders me crestfallen.  I feel that my day has been robbed from me, and I feel a sting of guilt that I have squandered its most beautiful hours.  It is a careful balance, when you attain the satiety of enjoying the correct amount of sleep-hours and the bonus points of waking up early.  I did not meet that balance today.  Not anywhere close.  As I meandered to the kitchen and reached for a familiar pitcher, I realized that I must have consumed the last of my homemade sweet tea the night before.  Too tired to brew some, and too foggy to remember exactly how it dwindled so quickly, I waited until “someone else” made it for me.  It is always interesting to see how someone makes sweet tea happen.  Too lemony…too herbaceous…too sweet…  Everyone seems to have a “perfect recipe” for themselves.  My recipe tends to evolve around what I have available in my kitchen or garden at the time.

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citrus salt scrub | spring cleaning

Salt scrub with lavender, sage, and grapefruit.

I have enjoyed an amazing day off this Tuesday!  I met up with a good friend at one of Denver’s newest culinary additions, the Kitchen.  The sun beckoned us out to the patio, but the move was a bit premature.  As we shivered through lunch, we caught up, laughed, and kept the cocktails coming.  To avoid sounding like a spoiled food critic, I’ll keep my description of the restaurant succinct, but I must say that the mussels were a stand-out, as was the bruschetta, topped with burrata, anchovies, and watercress.  An Americano with cream gave me the necessary jittery fuel for the next steps in my day.

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