Hi everyone, I guess I don’t need to say much about what’s happening outside.  The good part is that it is the peak fall color week in the area.  The other part, we now have the heater on and as I type this, I’m wrapped up in a giant alpaca wool blanket.  The garden is pretty much done for the year except for some of the hardier herbs.  One delicious and easy thing to do right now is to make some herbed butter.  Chopping up the various herbs makes the kitchen smell heavenly.  Add one giant clove of minced garlic and it is just out of this world. I used about 1/3 portion of room temperature Ocooch Mountain Reserve hand rolled butter from Alcam Creamery.  It would be about 1 stick and 1/2 if you’re using regular butter.  In a bowl, I tossed in some chopped sage, oregano, dill weed, basil, rosemary, thyme, and garlic.  I wrapped the kicked up butter in wax paper then placed it in a small freezer bag.  I can’t wait to use it in deep winter for roasted vegetables and meats to remind me that my sweet summer garden will come again.

The Scent of Summer

Sometimes I forget just how gorgeous and peaceful it is up on Merry Christmas Mine Hill.  It is a 43 acre restored prairie and the site of one of the largest zinc mines in the country in the late 1800’s.  There was a big find there on a Christmas day a long time ago, hence the name.  Nature was certainly showing off during my morning ramble a few days ago.

A Ramble at Merry Christmas Mine Hill


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