Both delicious and colorful, making herbal vinegar is fast and easy. Make a house blend, and give them to all the herb lovers on your list.
Herbal vinegars can be used for salad dressings, sauces and to brighten up many dishes. Be careful, you may end up with a cupboard full of flavors, like I have.
Make them with medicinal herbs and call them cough drops, or with your favorite flavored herbal tea and give them as hard candies. These herb drops are a big hit with young and old alike!
I dust mine lightly with slippery elm powder, to help prevent sticking to the wrapper, and then wrap in squares of wax paper. They are lovely when piled into a 1/2 pint jar with a ribbon. The perfect gift for any herb lover.
3. Herbal Sugar
Herbal liqueurs are perfect for the holiday season. Why not start making them a few weeks early (say now, for example), so they will be ready to give and enjoy as soon as they aer opened.
Another nice treat, is to give a crafty friend the mix of herbs in a decorative tin or pouch. Then they can make their own treat whenever they want!
I always am on the lookout for pretty, glass bottles to fill as gifts. Dollar stores and thrift shops, seem to have a wide variety of them for pennies. Filled with your homemade liqueur, these are wonderful gifts.
Simple and very useful, these scented hot pads will bring a smile to the face of even the most difficult to buy for recipient. They can be made any size, color and scent to fit any decor, and the scent is slowly released when a hot item is placed onto the surface.
Even a beginning stitcher can manage to whip out a few of these pretty items.
Herbal Chai is the perfect gift for everyone on your gift list! It makes a savory pick me up in the morning, and a warming treat after a long day of sledding outside.
One of my customers used to buy this very mix, to flavor his mulled wine. It is that tasty. I recommend making extra for yourself. Once you taste it, this herbal chai will be a favorite.
9. Herbal Jelly
Herbal jelly is a delicate and definately unique treat for the holidays. Using your favorite herb tea blend, make the perfect gift for any tea drinking, herb loving friends on your list.
This recipe is specifically for dandelions, but use whatever you like.