Homemade Oregano Pesto

Homemade Oregano Pesto

Last year, I planted some spicy oregano in my garden. I didn’t touch it after planting last season, but this year it grew so huge it was taking over my garden box, so I decided to cut the whole thing down and make a big batch of pesto with the harvest. This recipe is delicious… 

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Homemade Bitters

Homemade Bitters

Bitters are one of my favorite cocktail ingredients. A classic cure-all and drink flavoring, if you go to any cocktail bar here in Portland, you’ll find them used in many different drinks. I usually stick to using Angostura or Peychaud’s at home, but after reading this book, I decided to try making my own. I… 

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Gifts for Mom: Custom Spice Jar Labels

Custom Spice Jar Labels

My mom is a wonderful cook, so this year for Mother’s Day I thought I’d gift her a set of custom spice jar labels for her vintage style kitchen. I chose the label style Vintage Burlap in the color Seaglass, but Evermine has hundreds of design templates to choose from so you’re sure to find… 

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Wedding Favor Idea: Tea Blends

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If you and your spouse-to-be are aficionados of the tea leaf, you may want to consider gifting a hand-blend featuring both your favorite tea flavors as favors for your wedding guests. When it comes to tea, there are endless possibilities for combining tea leaves with flowers, herbs and spices (for a comprehensive list, see Jeanne’s… 

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Simple Gift: Split Pea Soup Mix

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This is about the easiest gift of any you could possibly make. And it is simple for the recipient too; there is nothing on earth easier to make than split pea soup! Plus it comes with such a satisfying reward: it is so delicious and warming on a winter day. All you really need to… 

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Mulling Spice Wedding Favors

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Mulled wine is my favorite way to celebrate the beginning of the fall season. The spices are easy to put together and can make the perfect favor for a fall wedding. Pair small bottles of red wine and apple cider with pouches of mulling spices for a unique and beautiful gift your friends and family… 

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Homemade Garlic Salt

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This is an amazing gift, and is not difficult. It needs some planning ahead. And talk about mileage! You will be remembered every time the cook adds a bit of garlic salt to a dish. If you don’t grow your own garlic, purchase it from a farmer’s market where you will find the best and freshest,… 

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Pickling Spice Blend

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(Used in this project: Rectangle Labels in Dottie style with Medium Cellophane Bags.) Every year, just before the first garden vegetables are ready to harvest, I prepare a pickling spice blend for all my small-batch pickling. I only make a few jars of pickles per vegetable (I eat or freeze the rest), so my spices… 

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Beer Bottle BBQ Spice Rub

Beer Bottle BBQ Spice Rub from My Own Ideas blog

(Used in this project: Beer Labels in Greenfield style.) It’s BBQ season again. Finally! While some can get out and grill all year long, the real fun is in hosting a group and dining in the gorgeous outdoors. Oh, and trying new recipes! We can’t forget how much fun it is to experiment with all… 

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Infused Sugar

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(Used in this project: Circle Labels and Small Diamond Tags in Color Wash style.) I always keep a vanilla bean in my sugar jar. I have yet to find a recipe or need for plain old sugar that doesn’t get a little lift from a vanilla bean. This got me thinking, “hmmm, I wonder what… 

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