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2014-11-08 12 28 02-1

Herbal Gifts from Your Garden


Were you able to dry some of the herbs or flowers you grew in your garden this summer? If so, there are a multitude of easy gifts you can make for the holiday season using those herbs. And if you're not an herb grower, don't worry, they're just as easy to purchase at the grocery store! We made the following easy gifts at a recent fall gardening program.
The first item is a Herbal Potpourri Sachet Bag that has multiple uses. These decorative and fragrant bags could be used as an air freshener in a car or drawer or could also be mixed with liquid and put on the stove to create a simmering blend. The fragrance and blend of ingredients could easily be customized to what you prefer. Add a gift tag and use it as a holiday gift or favor at your next party.

Apple Spice Potpourri Sachet Bags

Ingredients:

Dried apple slices

Flower petals

Crumbled cinnamon or cinnamon stick

Whole nutmeg

Whole cloves

Orange peel

Cinnamon or vanilla scented oil

 

The second item is a delicious Ranch Dip that is great with veggies at a party. Many of the herbs can be grown in the garden and dried or purchased at the grocery store. Mix them up and place in a decorative jar to make a great gift or favor!

Ranch Herb Dip and Dressing Mix

Ingredients:

¼ cup dried parsley flakes

¼ cup dried thyme leaves

2 tablespoons dried tarragon leaves

2 tablespoons dried onion flakes

3 teaspoons garlic powder

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

Directions:

Combine all and mix well.
Store in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Stir or shake before using.
Use as a seasoning in recipes.

Herb Mix Dip:
Use 1 tablespoon of the mix with ¾ cup sour cream,
¼ cup mayonnaise, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice.
Blend well. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
Serve with assorted fresh vegetables.



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