I was asked about the herbs that I dry. I haven't any special equipment for this I just cut the herb such as mint into bunches, tie with string and hang in the kitchen to dry. This usually takes about 4 - 6 weeks. I then using forefinger and thumb rub the dried leaf until it crumbles, taking out the stems. I also use a ice cube tray for freezing fresh herbs adding a little water to pre-cut herbs. All ready to add to stews and casseroles. Hope that helps.
Prior to having the tummy upset I did have some fun in the kitchen making soap. Actually, I used melt and pour so I didn't technically make it. I did have so much fun, adding colour and scent. Dried cranberries, oats and lavender buds added to the fun too.
It was a slow process building up the layers, using an alcohol rub to ensure they stuck together. It was fun adding colour and making swirls down the middle.
My kitchen was a feast for the senses for several hours. It was left overnight to dry and the I had more fun wrapping the soaps in cellophane.
Raffia, a tag and finished with a button. I really enjoyed going through the buttons choosing each one to match the colour scheme.
Five different varieties, thirty soaps in all. All ready for stockings and gifts for Christmas.
Thank you for all your comments and emails. Gerard managed to drive to town and back on his own but it stressed me out a little and he was tired when he returned. We are going back to the old routine for little while longer and I will do the food shop while he is in rehab and then I can drive back.
See you soon.
PS Can you spot the deliberate spelling mistake? I have just noticed I have spelt lavender wrong...