Monday, September 8, 2014

~Herb Brushes for Cooking & Other Ideas~

I wanted to share with you an idea I saw from Matthew Mead.
Using wooden spoons, you cut herbs such as chives,
thyme, basil, oregano, sage, or rosemary.
Form the herb bunch around the handle of the wooden spoons and secure it with twine.
Melt butter and stir in salt and pepper.
Dip the ends of the herb brush to baste as the food cooks.
Herb brushes add favor to any grilled item,
 both vegetable and meat.
Great cooking idea for the grill.
We just bought a dehydrator and wanted to 
make some dried tomatoes for a salad.
Great way to use vegetables from your garden.
Carly made some Louisiana Chicken for us.
She found a recipe from Cheesecake Factory.

It was delicious!
I also made some Creamy Artichoke Soup.
Giada De Laurentiis's recipe was the perfect choice.
Our pear trees are just starting to bear fruit for the first time.
~Hosui Pear~
~Chives in Bloom~
Always a good thing 
to see bees in our garden.

I just love this photo of the sprinklers on.
Our hill seems to light up.
New flowers for the garden to plant.
A nice surprise next to the bee skep.
Played with some stamps and colored jute.

The white iceberg roses in our front yard are in full bloom.
Love seeing them from the living room window.
Sunday night sunset in San Diego.
Just beautiful!!
Baked some madeleines for dessert.
~It was a wonderful weekend~


  1. what a wonderful idea, herb brushes, that dehydrator sounds lovely!! I wish I had one!!! You've made me very hungry with this wonderful array of foods,

    1. Laurie, I love the idea of the herb brush too! I can't wait to dry some apples from the garden. It will be a great snack!
      Hugs, Jody

  2. Everything grows so much MORE whwre YOU live:)
    I am grateful for maybe 10 blooms on Iceberg all summer!
    I love the MM idea..what a cute gift too ..a wooden spoon w/ the herbs..had to Pin to my J'aime folder:)
    I love your popsickle sticks too..Very creative ur.

    1. Monique, San Diego's weather is year round about 70 degrees. Everything is pretty much in bloom all the time. I just wish we had some rain, we really need it here. I always love cooking with herbs too!

  3. You are so creative! I love the herb brushes idea and also the popsicle sticks are so pretty.

    1. Cindy, It was fun stamping the sticks and using the colored jute. Thanks for stopping by!!

  4. Wonderful pictures from a really wonderful weekend! The idea with the herb brushes is great!
    Thank you for sharing! wonderful and delicious food too...
    Thank you!
    Happy week,

    1. Claudia, It's always fun trying new recipes. Have a Great Week!

  5. Jody, Jody, Jody!
    This is one of my favorite posts!
    Every image is beautiful and so inspiring!
    I have been visiting on a whirlwind of comments have been few and far between.
    Mom had complete knee replacement surgery, a health scare with my Dad and the building of our deck.
    We are back to normal for now!
    Such a lovely and peaceful escape here!

    1. Lynne, Thanks for all your wonderful compliments! Hope your mom and dad are doing better. I've been reading your posts about your new deck and it looks awesome!! It will be a wonderful place for you and your family to entertain. Can't wait to see more!! Happy Tuesday!

  6. LONG ago I had seen the herb brush idea and had forgotten it. Thanks so much for the reminder -- I think I need to whip one up with my abundant rosemary!

    Your images are beautiful and what a lovely environment! Your stamped pieces are wonderful! Garden tags?

    1. Jeanie, I love the smell of rosemary and using it in recipes too! Garden tags is a great idea, thanks!!

  7. Hi Jody!
    LOVED your post! I am gaga over that chandy in your garden! How pretteee! After seeing all those mouth-watering pics,I am hungry now, gotta go! Lol
    Wishing you a beautiful week,
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

    1. Linda, I love that chandelier too! I've had it years and light the candles on it at night, but during the day the crystals shine. Happy Baking Week!!

  8. The veggie dish looks delicious . . . your little stamped sticks are cute so I pinned them in hopes of making some.

    1. Carol, Thanks for pinning the stamped sticks!! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Not that I need a reason to move to San Diego (I love it) but I would do it just to hang out at your house!
    Love everything you do, Jody.
    I am a big fan of Matthew, too. Herb brushes are wonderful. I used to have a hedge wall of rosemary out front and I'd always look out and be startled by my neighbor out there getting cuttings for herb brushes! There was so much that I was happy to share with the neighbors. And it all just died one day. I was so sad. I have no idea why.
    I will be needing a few of those madeleines please!

    1. Tina, You are so cute! I would love to have you as a neighbor!! I have had rosemary too that has just died. I'm not sure why either. Our weather here gets so hot, so it might have needed more water, not sure. Thank goodness for nurseries. There's plenty of madeleines if you stop by!!

  10. Oh my gosh! Your photo's are beautiful! Love the herb brush idea and I've never thought to deyhdrate my extra tomatoes. This was such a fun post! Loved it all :-)

    1. Sherry, Thanks so much for stopping by. I know I will dehydrate oranges and apples for the fall for garland. Glad you liked the post!!

  11. Gorgeous photos Jody! I love the herb brushes! I love everything Matthew Mead comes up with! Thanks for joining HSH!


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