Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Hanging out the Herbs

Drying HerbsTime to dry those herbs--it's been a good summer for growing and I've got pineapple mint (which really does smell like pineapple), tarragon (LOVE that stuff) and sage hanging here.

One of the kids has a friend whose mother's name is Cinnamon. Isn't that lovely? I don't even know the woman but the name says it all. If I were going to name my kids after herbs and spices then Grace would be Anise, Spencer would be Coriander, David would be Turmeric and Lillian would be Nutmeg. Of course you could always go with plain old Rosemary and Ginger I suppose but who would want to be plain?

I think I'd want to be Saffron. Yes, Saffron please, from now on.

Drying Herbs


And a few other things . . .

First, Stephanie from Metropolitan Mama has written an ebook, Bloggertunity: A Mom's Guide to Blogging which gives you instructions on setting up your own blog. I've met Stephanie and she's a wonderful person who gives her best to blogging so it's worth a peek to see what she has to say.

Second, Susan from Foodblogga has been kind enough to ask me a few questions which she's posted in a very thorough interview. Things you may already know about me but then again, maybe there are a few surprises.

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Bellini Valli said...

Well Saffron I think from now on you can call me Lemon Balm, Basil sounds like too masculine of a name for me despite it being the ultimate herb for me.

Jolanthe said...

I need to start drying my basil too. Next year...more spices. :)

I really want to look for pineapple mint and lemon mint next year - we already have apple mint and chocolate mint {yum!}.


jubilee said...

I have always loved the word Saffron. I can't speak for the herb itself, but for me the very sounds that make up the word embody the warmth of the color.

Saffron, saffron, saffron.

Heart2Heart said...


I see you have your herbs hung in the window but how long do you keep them there and how do you store them once they are dried.

I have a fully overgrown basil plant that I would love to dry but aren't quite sure how.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Marie N. said...

The look so pretty hanging there. Some day I hope to have a rosemary plant, but I don't know if they are hardy in my zone. For now I pick and freeze parsley like crazy. I harvest and dry dill and chives.

Stephanie Frieze said...

Cinnamon must have been born in the 1960s. There are a lot of thirty/forty somethings running around with names like Strawberry, Sage, etc. One of my personalities stems from leaving fresh rosemary and incense in a coworkers work mailbox and becoming known as Rosemary Incense.

I put my herbs in a brown paper bag which isn't nearly as pretty as your picture here, but dries the herbs quickly.

Thanks for the interesting resources. Scribbit is a treat every day.

Sonja said...

oooh...I can almost smell those herbs all the way from here. They look so lovely hanging there in the window!

Well, Saffron, it's always a pleasure to see what you're up to. :)

Carina said...

Once again, you have done something I spent all summer telling myself I would do. I'll do it next year.

I'm sure Nutmeg would get more than her fair share of teasing.

I think I'd want to be Cardamom. Get it? he he

Serena said...

Your herbs are lovely, and the Random questions from 25-35 year olds made me laugh almost hysterically--I only refrained because the baby was napping. What does it say about me that I totally sympathize with a good number of those questions?

jacjewelry said...

OK, Saffron! :) Your herbs look beautiful - wow, pineapple mint sounds interesting! I love lime mint or lemon mint (don't know if that's what it's called, but that's what it smells like!).

The Texas Bakers said...

Saffron - Love it! Also love the kids' spice names, well, maybe not Nutmeg. I'd probably have gone with Pumpkin Pie Spice. That way you could incorporate 3 or 4 different spices into one name. There was a girl in our ward in Houston named Cinnamon, though, and she was younger than me, so probably early 30s-ish.

Cheri said...

A woman that I once worked with was named Sage. She told me that she was working with some elderly people once (can't remember exactly where now) but one of the women there kept getting her name wrong and would call her "Oregano" instead of Sage! I got a chuckle from that.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I came to your blog after reading the interview on Food Blogga. You have a lovely blog and I look forward to visiting again, Saffron.

brian b. said...

I enjoy gardening and growing fruits and veggies has always been a hobby of mine. Not always getting good results, maybe you can help?