New Book: The Cook’s Herb Garden

Just picked up The Cook’s Herb Garden by Jeff Cox & Marie-Pierre Moine at Barnes & Noble this weekend. I’m always looking for ways to make the most of my garden and my plan is to grow a lot of herbs this year. Great information and great pictures. I love the oil & herb recipes and the ice cube herb recipes. Definitely a new favorite!

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Mr. Peaches is not impressed by my new book.



Pottery: Cake Stands

These cake stands are so precious to me. First of all, they were extremely difficult to make and then I was very surprised they made it through the bisque firing. I’ve had them for a long time trying to decide which colors to glaze them. I finally pulled the trigger and went with these colors. What do you think? Success?


I can’t wait to see how they look with a cake on them!




New Book: Kitchen Gardening for Beginners

I picked up Kitchen Gardening for Beginners by Simon Akeroyd because I am always looking for more ways to make the most out of my garden. I always have trouble coming up with ways to use everything. It’s a fun little book with great diagrams, images, instructions and illustrations and you can tell each page was treated individually from a design standpoint. Love it!

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Indoor Herbs

Yesterday I went to Mulhalls in Omaha, Nebraska to check out their selection of herbs. I’m going to keep a mini-herb garden in my house this winter. I ended up buying lavender, bay and rosemary. Now our house smells absolutely wonderful!

‘Goodwin Creek’ Lavender – This type of lavender is not a perennial in Iowa so it must be brought inside each winter.

‘Emerald Wave’ Sweet Bay – I read that the best herb to keep potted indoors is a bay plant. That way you can pick a leaf every time you make soup.

‘Barbecue’ Rosemary – I love the smell of rosemary.

It sounds like I will really have to watch the lavender and the rosemary to ensure they do not dry out. Both prefer humid air and like being misted. Bay needs to dry out between waterings.