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.
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!
Today, December 17, is National Maple Syrup Day!
Up until the 1930s, the United States led in maple syrup production, now Canada is the world’s largest maple syrup producer.
Maple syrup was first collected, processed and used by the indigenous peoples of North America. The practice was then adopted by the European settlers who gradually refined production methods.
A maple syrup production farm is called a sugarbush or a sugarwood.
Sap is boiled in a sugar house which is also known as a sugar shack, sugar shanty or a cabane à sucre.
A while back I vacationed in Quebec City. It was maple syrup heaven! Since then I have been using maple syrup in place of white, refined sugar in recipes. This is a baked fruit dish where I use maple syrup to sweeten. It is a recipe adapted from @wholefedhomestead.
Today is St Lucy’s Day. Also known as the Feast of Santa Lucia. Santa Lucia delivered saffron buns to people hiding in the catacombs. She wore a lighted wreath atop her head to guide her travels.
“In Scandinavia, where Saint Lucy is called Santa Lucia in Norwegian and Danish, and Sankta Lucia in Swedish, she is represented as a lady in a white dress (a symbol of a Christian's white baptismal robe) and red sash (symbolizing the blood of her martyrdom) with a crown or wreath of candles on her head. In Norway, Sweden and Swedish-speaking regions of Finland, as songs are sung, girls dressed as Saint Lucy carry cookies and saffron buns in procession, which "symbolizes bringing the light of Christianity throughout world darkness".[
I love Mountain Ash trees! When I visited the North Shore this fall it was loaded with them. Hundreds of trees showing of their clumps of crimson berries. It was magical 🧙♀️ to say the least!
Remember to set your shoes out tonight for the Feast of St. Nicholas tomorrow!
The focal point of the painting is the youngest daughter of the family, a golden-child, painted, in fact, in a golden smock and showing golden locks. She has behaved all year, and Saint Nicholas has rewarded her by stuffing her shoe with a doll and other treats, which she carries in her bucket. She is in stark contrast to her elder brother, standing to her right, who is sobbing, while another brother looks on, laughing. Apparently, the elder brother has been naughty, and his shoe, held up by an elder sister behind him, was left empty. Still there is hope for the sobbing boy. Hidden in the background, almost obscured by the draperies, his grandmother seems to beckon to him—perhaps she is hiding a gift for him too, behind the heavy curtains. While the mother attempts to coax the golden girl to show her the gifts she received, the father, seated in the center of the painting, seems to smile as he remembers his own childhood on this festive night. Further to the right a child can be seen holding a baby and pointing up the chimney, while a younger child looks on in amazement, as he has probably just been told that this was Sinterklaas' method of gaining entry to the house.
The Feast of St. Nicholas .. oil painting on canvas by Jan Steen