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On Second Thought-Goodies For The Season

It is party time, bring out the decorations and fire up the ovens--let the festivities begin!

Nothing is more welcoming than a delicious smelling kitchen~

Simple, inexpensive and doable…

A small pot ¾ filled with water
Add 1 cinnamon stick
A handful of clove buds
Peels from one or two oranges and/or lemons
*Bring to a boil, reduce heat and slowly simmer -add more water as it steams away.

Not only does this fill the room with a delicious aroma, it releases good benefits into the air for breathing in.

Gardeners….fill vases with Rosemary stems and place near burning candles (not too close) the heat from the candles will force the aroma from the rosemary into the air.

Place small Lavender bags on the heating vents…oh so lovely! (Use the small drawstring bags that you find in better kitchen shops for this.) They can be washed and reused time and time again.

Herbal blends for cooking or herbal teas also make an excellent steeping aromatic addition to the holiday home.

What are the holidays without shortbread? This is yummy good and can be altered by replacing the rosemary with your choice of herb. (Lavender, lemon balm, or any mint is a good choice)

Rosemary Shortbread

¼ cup chopped pecans
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into chunks
½ cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon chopped rosemary leaves
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the chopped pecans on a foil-lined cookie sheet and lightly toast in the oven for 3 minutes. Set aside the nuts to cool.

Melt the butter over medium heat. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the confectioners’ sugar, rosemary, pecan pieces and salt. Stir in the flour to form the dough. Use fingers to spread the dough into an un-greased 8-inch baking pan.

Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly golden and firm. Cool the pan on a baking rack for 2 minutes and then cut into 16 squares. Let the cookies cool completely in the pan before removing them.

Now, put on something smashing and allow the season to work its magic~

Sage Hill Farms can guide you to a fun and healthy relationship with herbs if you need help.

Blessings for your day~

Bea Rigsby-Kunz and The Sage Hill Farms family~