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My tremendously supportive husband & I have 3 wonderful children, 1 dog, 12 laying hens, 2 dairy goats, 3 bee hives, and a 2000 sq foot vegetable garden on a small 1/4 acre lot in the city. In the center of it all is our small 1,000 sq foot house purchased in 2008 as a foreclosure that we fully renovated to host our growing family, home school adventures, and small home business (CozyLeaf.com). We have a desire to learn a path to self sufficiency finding ways to be good stewards of the resources God has given us. We want to learn to live with less as we laydown roots to our little homestead.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Mint Mint and More Mint!!

I love mint! Especially Spearmint (this is due to my friend Erin teaching me a love for Mojitos!!). I became a little overeager in my planting of the mint this year and seeing as mint is a perennial plant that spreads like crazy...I'm sure I will have an OVER abundance next year. What to do? Well, I started looking into as many things as I can do with mint now to preserve it for the winter and enjoy the spearmint all winter! Canning and more canning! I made a spearmint jelly (that turned out more like syrup) and some spearmint oil (mainly to rub on my aching back and shoulders!). I'm also going to try and can some spearmint simple syrup so I can have some mojitos during the winter :)
I cut back spearmint almost every day and find that one of my favorite parts is that my house smells SO good!! I even put some in a vase like flowers...looks and smells pretty!

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