Sunday, June 12, 2011
Each year, I harvest the most vibrant and unblemished grape leaves. I carefully dehydrate them and store them until I'm ready to grind them and infuse them in oil. Today, I made a wonderful lotion featuring a combination of my grape leaves and raspberry leaves (harvested earlier this year).
This lotion is rich and luxurious. Raspberry leaves, grape leaves, calendula blossoms, mango butter and other butters simply make skin smile the moment you glide on this lotion. Oh, and the smell is wonderful - light and sweet! I used hints of mint and chamomile in this recipe. I am looking forward to sharing this with my friends - it's delightful!
In this case, the raspberry and grape leaves are my secret heroes in anti-aging crèmes. The skin drinks up these pants and becomes smooth and radiant with each use. I've noted when real plants are used in our products, they last longer, they are more effective and the visual effects linger well after the product has been applied. Experiencing the vibrancy of plants in skin care products makes it hard to go back to stale, artificial, lifeless lotions at the stores. There simply is no comparison.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
I've noted a bloom delay due to the heat with my bee balm. This time last year, I was collecting blossoms and making bee balm honey and bee balm infusions. What a difference. They are struggling to bloom this year. I'm taking close care of them in hopes of a delayed bloom and wonderful 2011 honey infusion.
The dry hot heat does make for some scrumptious tomatoes, though! Tomatoes just love the heat. This fruit originates near the equator so the hotter and sunnier the better!
We are having so much fun celebrating the heirlooms we planted earlier this year. Just take a look at these beauties fresh picked from the garden!
To make this simple summer salad all you need is:
- fresh picked basil from the garden
- organic red lettuce
- cottage cheese
- tomatoes from the garden (shown here Thomas Yellow and Black Pearl)
Be sure to eat outdoors to celebrate nature's bounty, no matter how big or small!