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A Recipe For A Good Dinner

There is something about a good dinner party…oh, I mean meeting. Yes we had a meeting and that part went well. But I really do love hostessing. I enjoy setting the table pretty, having delicious food roasting in the oven, and seeing my guests enjoy themselves. There is something wonderful about knowing that people enjoyed themselves and that you got to contribute to that.

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A Pointless Post About Home Grown Tea

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It occurred to me, while sitting here drinking a cup of home grown Lemon Balm Spearmint tea, reading freshly pressed, that I haven’t actually posted about tea in a while.

I steeped it in one of those teapots that has the strainer basket inside the pot. Every time I use this I end up getting up at least three times in the night to go to the bathroom. For some reason I feel I must drink the entire pot that night. Either that or the tea is so good I can’t stop until its gone.

What makes my tea so good? Well I am so glad you asked…I grow it myself. Its not a true tea, its a tisane, which is simply a fancy word for saying herbal tea. I started something last year and it has become a slight obsession for me. It is called edible landscaping and I have now gotten the bug. I do not plant anything unless I can eat it, steep it, or bake it and then eat it. I am not sure why this fascinates me so much other than the wonderful satisfaction I get from eating, drinking, and cooking with food that I have grown myself. That and fresh food is crazy good.

So, back to the tea, I planted quite a few Lemon Balm plants this year, along with some Lemon Thyme, Lavender, and Jasmine. I prefer Lemon Balm over Lemon Verbana simply because I have compared the flavors and I do not care for Lemon Verbana…I have no explanation beyond that so don’t ask.

Every now and then I will cut a bunch of clippings of these plants and dry them. They are producing enough leaves to let me have a nice supply all through winter. But in the summer, mostly, I will use fresh. Tonight I used dried leaves, however, because I was being lazy tonight. I like being lazy sometimes.

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