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This Weeks Gardening And Kitchen Projects

I was about to enter my apartment when I heard a tiny defeated tweet from what looked like a scrap of dried leaf. Upon closer inspection it was an Anna’s Hummingbird that had gotten trapped in the stairwell and become exhausted. I offered it some sugar water and carried it to safety.

This morning I planted some ginger and put it next to my Aerogarden for light. Then trimmed back my lemon balm & chamomile and planted those this morning.

I started cilantro, dill and basil in the aerogarden.

Trimmings from the lemon balm and lemon slices are steeping in cold water for later. I baked some bread and some bran muffins.

I tried a new park I haven’t been to yet. It’s a bit of a walk to get to but worth it, at least up until spider season arrives.

 

I’ve been working on some soap recipes, I have a loofah I want to experiment with and also I was gifted a wire coat hanger for some experimentation with hanger swirls. I’m having some trouble deciding. I know scent wise it’s either going to be Vanilla with Espresso, Ginger Patchouli or Valencia Orange.

Freshening the air, gardening and ordering new things.

Cinnamon Scented Automotive Air Freshener 

I used  3 cotton balls and let about 1 ml of cinnamon essential oil absorb into them

You could also use a nice sachet or a piece of decorated felt to hang from the mirror but I didn’t want it to be seen so I used a large tea bag and tossed it under my seat.

Then I came inside and boiled about 6 cups of water with an orange peel, a stick of cinnamon and 8-10 cloves until my home smelled nice. 

I planted a new aerogarden so I will have fresh herbs soon. From my last grow I just used the last of my dried sage and parsley in my turkey day stuffing. I got a whole jar of dried dill which I use all the time. The Lavender is still drying, then I am going to reinfuse my lavender oil to make it stronger. As for my outdoor plants the native strawberry is still green and my moroccan mint is clinging on, everything else has died back, fall is certainly done. The first snow fell last night but melted right away. I hope it’s not too late to post that fall picture I took three weeks ago.

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I am restocking citric acid and I may make some bath bombs later on since I ordered Rose Clay but more importantly I needed it for dish washer soap, I’m almost out.

New ingredients I haven’t tried yet are nettle extract and tamanu oil, I got sample sizes of them. I am really excited about making a nettle hair wash and a tamanu lotion.

My Vacation Adventures with Tanqueray(aka “I Measure Nothing!”)

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Pomegranate + Garlic Press = Pomegranate Juice

 

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Ice and Gin

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1 Lime and Soda water or Club Soda. I juice half of the lime and add slices with the other half, also top with about a tablespoon of pomegranate seeds.  I believe this drink is called a Pomegin if you need to look up exact measurements. If you leave out the soda and add a little sugar you have a Pomegranate Gin Sling. I needs my drinks more watered down than that, I’m a lightweight.

 

Drink # 2 was the English Mojito

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Add 6 spearmint leaves to a glass and cover with ice about half a glass full. Cover glass with your hand and shake ice and leaves vigorously for about 10 shakes, the leaves should be bruised and/or in pieces. Half squeeze a lime into the drink and drop the rest in, or slice it, however, I was going for simple. Add Gin and soda water, I have lemon lime unsweeted seltzer water. If you use Rum then you have a proper mojito, if you leave out all alcohol you have a Nojito. Traditionally Yerba Buena is used instead of spearmint, you could use other mint varieties but it is said that spearmint is a popular alternative. Lemon can also be used instead of lime.

 

Drink #3 The Tripple Berry Smoothie with Gin

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Add to blender 1 banana broken into 4 pieces(it matters for how I “measure”) and about the same volume of ice as the banana, add about the same amount of frozen fruit as the banana also. I use the triple berry frozen fruit from the market, Raspberries, Blueberries and Strawberries. It’s in the freezer aisle near the pie crusts usually. Tap the blender pitcher on the counter once or twice to settle the contents then pour in Orange juice until it is almost to the top of the ice and berries and all of that, add a shot or so of gin. Blend well. if too thick add more juice if too thin add more ice. If you use fresh fruit I recommend adding more ice. You can substitute the orange juice with something like sprite or the ice with something like Raspberry Sorbet.

 

Consider my vacation well enjoyed.