Friday, November 1, 2013

Upcoming Programs - Baking and Gifting

This November I have two very similar programs in two very different locations.
Be an Herbal Gourmet program in Vernon Hills

Tuesday, November 19 -- 7 to 9 PM

The first is Tuesday November 19th through the Vernon Hills Community Education Department of District 129.

On that night I will be presenting "Making Gifts with Herbs"  I call the program Sharing your Bounty. We will go over making spiced items perfect for the holiday decorating season as well as ways to craft vinegar, sugar and other dried herb and herb scented creations.  A special aspect of this program is what I call an Herbal Play Station where participants will be able to craft a few dried herb recipes to take home with them.

To register for this program being held at the Vernon Hills High School, just click this link.

Here is one of the recipes I will be demonstrating during this presentation.

Sofa Sachets

2 part rose petals
1 part lavender
1 part hyssop

Combine the dried herbs in a bowl or bag and mix thoroughly.  Measure 2 Tablespoons of the mixture into a large tea bag, coffee filter or muslin bag.  Tightly close the bag.  Give as a gift in groups of three with the instructions: Place beneath the cushions of your couch or chair and enjoy the sweet treat with every seat.

Saturday, November 23 -- 9:30 to Noon

On Saturday November 23rd (9:30 am to Noon) I will be at the Morton Arboretum presenting "Herbal Holiday Baking."  In this program we will explore ways to use sweet and savory herbs in baking and candy

The program will include techniques for making herbal sugar and honey, as well as herb butter.  Then we will use those materials to craft baked goods from scones to cookies to sweet and savory breads. Samples will abound and participants will take home a scone mix and some herb sugar.

If you are a member of the Morton Arboretum there is a $7.00 discount on the cost of the program.  To register, click here.

This is a recipe like those I will be sharing as part of this baking program:

Old Fashioned Rose Drop Cookies

1/2 cup butter or margarine
3 tablespoons finely minced fresh rose petals, organically grown
2/3 cup of sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon rose water

Cream together margarine and minced fresh rose petals. Add sugar and beat thoroughly.
Beat in eggs one at a time. Add rose water. Stir in flour previously mixed with baking
powder. Mix until smooth. Drop by tiny teaspoonfuls on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes. Cookies should be lightly browned just at the edges.

Makes about 80 bite-size cookies.

I will be presenting a Cleaning with Herbs program in December, in Vernon Hills.  For more details, follow this link.

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