Minnesota Herb Society is an organization of herb enthusiasts who come together to encourage the study, the growing, and the use of herbs.
As volunteers, we plant and maintain the designated herb gardens at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Meetings are the 4th Tuesdays of January, March, May, August and October. Contact us to learn more.
Today is Mardi Gras - which means Fat Tuesday! It’s also Ash Wednesday, Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday and - something new to me - Fastnacht Day!
These “days” are basically all the same day. A day of feasting on the best foods (fat, lard, butter, eggs, yeast, flour etc.) in your kitchen pantry before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, and a time for fasting. Fastnacht Day is a German celebration and a fastnacht is a donut! I found this recipe for sourdough donuts which would be perfect for this day - and a little on the healthy side 😉!!
Today is National Sticky Bun Day!!
I’m sharing a recipe for sticky rolls from the China Bayles mystery “Bittersweet”. It’s #23 in the series. It’s a quick and easy recipe that goes well with homemade chili or any favorite soup!
Have a great day and enjoy a sticky bun - wherever they come from!
Sue Ellen’s Lemon-Rosemary Sticky Rolls
1 7.5-ounce tube refrigerated crescent rolls 1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon allspice
zest of 2 lemons
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons softened butter or margarine
2 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
Remove the crescent rolls from the package and open each one. Mix the sugar, allspice, lemon zest, and rosemary with a spoon or your fingers. Add the lemon juice and margarine and mix very well. Spread evenly over the opened rolls and reroll each one, not too tightly. Bake at 375° for 11-13 minutes, or until brown. Glaze with lemon-cream cheese glaze.
To make glaze: mix cream cheese, lemon juice, and confectioner’s sugar. Drizzle over rolls.
I’ve been on many a MN Herb Society excursion where there is always a winery along the way. If you enjoy wine Minnesota is the place to be!
Happy Valentines Day Herbies! ❤️💕😍🥰
Here is an interesting gender fact to ponder. During the year, women purchase 75% of the chocolate, but during the days before Valentine’s Day, 75% of the chocolate purchases are made by men. Consider this, too: we’re not the first civilization to value chocolate—and of course, chocolate is an herb, too! ❤️🥰
Is the Corinvirus scare making you nervous? ... influenza?
After visiting the hospital for the past 6 weeks while my husband was ill I can vouch for the claims in this article. Use preventative care and take care of yourself before, during and after.
Happy Birthday Laura Ingalls Wilder
A Garden of Used-to-Be
Laura Ingalls was born in Pepin, Wisconsin on February 7, 1867. She spent her girlhood moving with her family to Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, and Dakota Territory, where they finally settled.
Like many other pioneer women, Laura’s mother, Caroline Ingalls, had the task of making a home wherever the family lived. Pioneer women always took seeds and “starts” (plant divisions) from one home to another, for they could not expect to find what they needed where they settled. Gardens were vital to survival, producing not only vegetables for the table but the medicinal herbs that women used to treat the family’s common ailments and sweeten their lives with fragrance and flavor.
A pioneer garden—a “Garden of Used-to-Be,” as Laura once called it—can be an interesting theme garden. If you’d like to include a pioneer corner in your herb garden, consider these plants:
Medicinal herbs: thyme, lavender, yarrow, horehound, feverfew, echinacea, peppermint, wormwood, mullein, clover, Queen Anne’s lace
Tea herbs: mint, beebalm, lemon balm, catnip, red clover
Culinary herbs: sage, thyme, dill, horseradish, mustard, rosemary
Housekeeping herbs: mint (pesticide), lavender and rosemary (disinfectant), southernwood and tansy (to repel fleas, moths)
Here’s an easy herb project that Caroline Ingalls might have asked her daughters to make to freshen drawers and trunks and as simple gifts for friends and neighbors.
Drawer Freshener and Moth Repellent
Blend together some or all of the following dried herbs, in equal amounts: wormwood, tansy, lavender, thyme, rosemary, mint. Cut six-inch squares of loose-weave fabric. Lay wrong-side up and place 2-3 tablespoons of dried herbs in the center. Gather up the edges and tie securely with a pretty ribbon.
Welcome to January - official Hot Tea Month!
Cold weather can not escape us during winter. Bitter cold can come when we are thinking of flying south. But for a lot of us that is not an option. Here are some happy healthy ways to make choices when buying, making and sipping hot tea!
Zero waste and healthy!