Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Give a Woman an Herb Garden ~ Herbal Syrup ~ Lemon Balm
I finally dug up the lemon balm, and put it into a pot this year. I planted it directly in the herb garden over 8 years ago when I had no clue what I was doing. I'll probably be digging it up for the next 20-some years.
And of course, my new pot could not keep all of it, so the rest went inside. And of course, this took me "off course" with my work, and I got side tracked. The herb garden stayed looking that way, while I went inside.
First, I filled my 9 tray dehydrator with lemon balm leaves. It was somewhat therapeutic pulling all those leaves off. They smelled so wonderful.
Then, I made my first herbal syrup. I think this was the first time, ha ha! I used water, organic sugar and lemon balm (fresh). I tasted it after it cooled. It's amazing!
I actually made two batches. One to use now, and one for the freezer. It can be used in cakes (not that I need it), to sweeten teas, and used over fruit or biscuits. You can find the recipe at Grit online.
I guess the Good Lord doesn't want me in the vegetable garden just yet, so I am working in my herb garden when the "Rain Gods" allow.
Which isn't today.
Rain arrived again late night and it appears it will continue (off and on) today.
I'll be making a gallon jug of iced tea to use that syrup in today. Hm. Every time it rains, I keep thinking I really should clean the rest of the garage out.