Winter is coming! Winter is coming! No amount of kicking and screaming will stop it either Dear Readers, unless that is your form of exercise and then, it in that case, have at it!
This past weekend, I had plans to not do a whole lot. I was committed to having a Mai Tai (or two, NO judging) and lazing about in the yard. We had a whopper of a storm here in the East that kept us indoors most of the weekend but I got my day in the sun yesterday. I set up a lounge chair, my husband made me a Mai Tai and I gathered the newspapers I needed to read. I felt like I needed to "earn" my lazy time. Don't most of us women folk not do "lazy" easily. We have guilt issues... Okay, I have guilt issues with being lazy, even though my "lazy" means, I made a Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake, went shopping for dinner and did all the dinner prep before I went outside to "laze" about. Then, I thought, I still need to "earn" my lazy so I harvested herbs while the ice in my delicious Mai Tai melted!
Herb harvesting is something I do at the end of every summer. I gather what is growing, tie them up and lay them on towels to dry before labeling and bagging them up for use later. I recently blogged about this but I bet you think I don't actually practice what I blog. (Shame on you Dear Reader! I do practice what I blog.) Above is what I have harvested so far; lavender, chamomile, lemon thyme, basil, mint, sage and chive. They are catching some rays in our sunroom as I blog. I will be thankful I took a bit of time and effort and began to assemble a winter pantry.
Share your harvest and winter pantry ideas in the comments section so we can all get ready for cooler days ahead, together.
Avid home cook and passionate instructor