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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Something's Coming

Happy Tuesday everyone! So sorry to have missed Show and Tell Monday with Make Mine Pink. Ended up spending the day in the ER with my hubby. Things are calmer today. But, no photos today.

Have started the crazy process of drying flower petals! I have stacks and stacks of racks already. Let the wild rumpus begin. It is so exciting to think of all the beautiful potpourris that I will be making out of this bounty. Have jars lined up on the kitchen counter to store my dried treasures--will be gorgeous here by the end of the week.

I read the cutest book last night, "Mrs. Thrift's Cupboard" by Betsy Williams. Here is a great idea she has for the partial jars of olives that end up in the fridge (or at least in mine!).
Pour all the olives and juice into a kitchen bowl (a mixture is best-green, black, Greek olives, oil cured olives). Remove the olives from the juice with a slotted spoon and pack into pint canning jars. Try to get a mixture of olives in each jar. Tuck a piece of fresh thyme and a peeled garlic clove or a small hot pepper into each jar of olives. Strain the olive juice through a coffee filter paper and pour the strained juice over each jar of olives. Fill the jars to the top. Screw on a new two-piece lid tightly. Label the bottles with the content and date. Store in the refrigerator until needed.

Now doesn't that sound like the gourmet olive salad you can get at the fancy markets? I'm on it. Will definitely have some gourmet olive salad in the fridge by tonight.

One more little tidbit for this week! Recent research has shown that oil of catnip may be effective against termites--think I'll be planting some catnip all around my 200 year old house. This is a win-win project. Protect the house from termites and have a nice crop of catnip for tea and pillows, and the cat will be in heaven all summer!

Well, off to battle this terrible heat--yuck! Can you believe it's the beginning of June and here in the Northeast we've broken 100 degrees twice this week????

Don't forget to check back on Thursday night--the Make Mine Pink, Shopping with a Twist event, "Pink Friday" is on again for this week. This weeks theme is Kitchy Kitchens, there should be loads of wonderful goodies from all the participating boutiques. You don't want to miss this one!


Carolyn Kocman said...

wow...that is some easy olive salad, pat.

i didn't know that catnip would keep mice away! learn something new everyday! i would love to plant that all the way around the house. someday...

Anonymous said...

The catnip hint is great, but with my outdoor cats I can never keep a decent patch anywhere!!!! And..your olive hint is clever also...but I confess ~ I shop at the fancy olive bars! LOL!
Stay cool!
Susan (dutchrose)

Lisa McDonald said...


I love the potpourri that I received from you. I smells so good. Can't wait to see what you do with your next batch.

The Olive Salad sounds delicious.