Sunday, April 19, 2009

Hello from the West Family! While its raining out, just thought I would give an update on what’s happening here on the homestead. The rain is much needed and we are very grateful. It’s a bit chili, we must be having what the old timers call Blackberry Winter. But our little seedlings are staying nice and warm in the kitchen by the old wood cook stove. The raised beds are filling out with lettuce, cabbage, radish and broccoli. Chickweed is everywhere, we have been collecting and drying for later use for our healing salve. The herbs we have throughout the garden are making their appearance!
The Greek oregano are large, beautiful mounds of green. Its ready for its first trim. We have already made herb butter with plenty of oregano, garlic chives, thyme and sage. All ingredients right from our very own homestead ! You can make this healthy, tasty, butter too, here’s how; soften unsalted butter, 1/4 pound or so, you can add some olive oil if you wish, then chop or cut up about 1 to 2 teaspoons of fresh herbs real fine,(or if your using dried, ½ teaspoon) sprinkle the herbs into the butter, whip or stir the green and yellow mixture, and there you have it! Just pop this herb butter into the fridge or another cool place wait an hour or so, over night, even better! Yum! This wonderful, better butter, is so good spread on fresh baked bread or pastas or any food you would like to flavor up.

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