Upcycling Works in Progress and a Day Off.




Yesterday was a lazy, kitchen-free day. Yes, there was another trip to a friend's farm for berries for jam and cream for butter, but aside from that the kids and I called an official day-off from putting food by. And we set of to an undisclosed location. A Mystery Wednesday, as it were.

We packed a lunch, grabbed some swimming suits and towels and hit the road. By lunch time we found ourselves in a small "city" less than an hour away and spent the day buying supplies for some wonderful upcycling projects I have up my sleeve and playing at a sprinkler park. (Suggestions for all of these vintage drawers? They are fairly shallow and I have 14. I'd love to hear your ideas.)




And today?

This morning as the sun came up Pete and I harvested some of our herbs (mint, lemon balm, and chamomile) and have them set out to dry in the shade. The rest of the day we'll be inside, making jam and preserving other garden goods until the sun goes down. My fridge is brimming with berries from yesterday and I've got those new Tattler lids to try out for the first time. (We'll be using this recipe for our jam, minus the rhubarb and I'll let you know how I like the lids!)

Hope your today is wonderful as well. Keep cool, northern hemisphere friends!


22 thoughts on “Upcycling Works in Progress and a Day Off.

  1. Suzanne says:

    Hi Rachel,
    I have used old drawers as a chalkboard. Paint the outside whatever color you like then the inside drawer part is chalkboard. Use it for our farmers market too:-)

  2. katie steege says:

    rachel, what part of the chamomile do you use for tea? i have just been using the blossoms. wondering if you add the greens too? thanks!

  3. Karlamcurry.wordpress.com says:

    Arrrgh… I keep losing my comments!

    Do you have any tried and true recipes for tea/icea tea using mint from the garden? I have a bunch of chocolate mint, and just dried some and put it in the freezer. I also want to give some as a gift with a recipe.

    I have always wanted to put drawers on wheels (castors?) and use them as under-bed, under-couch, under-wherever storage (here’s an example:http://www.flickr.com/photos/postroadvintage/5110901004). I also like the idea of using them as shadow box-y displays, alone or grouped together.

    Here’s a cute idea for a dollhouse: http://www.neatorama.com/neatobambino/2011/06/16/from-dresser-drawer-to-dollhouse/drawer-dollhouse/.

  4. Julie says:

    I am also interested in your mint recipes. I have tons of mint and am not sure what to do with it. Do you just dry it, store it in jars and use it in tea? Thanks! Any secrets to drying it? I have grown herbs for a long time, but usually use them fresh and do not dry them so I am flummoxed by the mint!

  5. Julie says:

    My best idea for your drawers is here: Cutest dollhouse for your daughter, EVER!!!

    I am a silent reader of your blog…but I had to comment on this!!!

    Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

  6. Rachel Wolf says:

    I always dry it for tea. The flavor is better. For use cold I mash it with a mortar and pestle or roll it between my hands and cover with cold water. So wonderful. Or try fresh mint and lime juice in fizzy water with a pinch of stevia for a virgin mojito. To dry your mint snip the sprigs, bundle and hang to dry. Then crumble off the stem into your jars. I dried my last batch on an arch of garden fence which worked well also. Does this help?


  7. Rachel Wolf says:

    Wonderful! Thanks for the dollhouse link. I dig it. For mint iced tea start with dry mint and make sun tea. Use quite a bit though so you have good flavor. We love fresh mint mashed (between hands, roll vigorously or pound with a mortar and pestle) and infused into water. Soooo good.


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