Thursday, July 2, 2009

Fawns everywhere...

The sky got very dark this afternoon. I had just put the horses in their stalls when this little one stepped out into view. He was followed by 3 does and their fawns, then a couple yearlings, then a 3-point buck. Unfortunately, I didn't get a pic of the whole group, since I ran to the house to avoid getting drenched. Maybe next time. I love seeing the deer, but cringe when driving the roads this time of year. The deer are everywhere and tend to jump out at a moments notice. I've had some close calls.

Minty Fresh!

Today was a good day to harvest some fresh mints in my little herb garden. Among my favorite plants are Peppermint, Spearmint and Lemon Balm. All are good to make teas or cook with. Here is a summer recipe I love: Lemon Balm and Mint Potatoes 1 dozen small potatoes, scrubbed clean, 2 tablespoons chopped, fresh mint of your choice, 2 tablespoons chopped, fresh lemon balm, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 to 2 crushed garlic cloves. Boil your potatoes till firm, then set them aside to cool. Combine all the other ingredients and pour over the cold potatoes. Chill for 1 hour. Teas are super easy: 1 cup lemon balm leaves, 1 cup spearmint, leaves. Optional add to's: * a couple tablespoons orange peel (grated) * 1/4 tablespoon clove Pour 1-1/2 to 2 cups of boiling water over all...steep for a few minutes and strain. Add honey or not, and sip slowly! These mints all make great 'natural' bug repellents too. Just make an infusion and keep in a spray bottle in the fridge. Yes, the mint repellent needs to be applied more often than it's chemical counterparts, but they're safer to use.