Rosemary Infused Oil | Sugar Creek Chic

 

Rosemary is one of those Mediterranean flavors that most people love.  Don’t you love oven roasted chicken with lemon, rosemary and garlic? To purchase fresh rosemary or rosemary infused oil is usually quite expensive and who knows where the oil and/or herbs come from? So I decided I was going to try my hand at making rosemary infused oil with the rosemary from my garden.

My garden rosemary in bloom before using for rosemary infused cooking oil | Sugar Creek Chic
I did some internet searching and came across several different ways to make rosemary infused oil so I went to my state university extension.  Did you know they have a ton of free information? So, when in doubt, do a search on your state university extension page. The extension stated that you must start with dried herbs and heated oil. If you want to make these for the holidays,  store your rosemary in a cool dry place until infusing. This will eliminate a step when you are ready to make your gifts.

As my garden started to go dormant, I snipped off several sprigs of rosemary for each bottle of rosemary infused oil I wanted to make, and set on a paper towel to dry out. It took about 10 days to be thoroughly dry.  I thought I might give these out as culinary gifts for the holidays.  What a fun and sophisticated gift?

Rosemary Infused Cooking Oil | Sugar Creek Chic

My rosemary in bloom

 

What you need to get started:

  • 2 cups of organic or good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 small dried rosemary sprigs per jar (or 1T of dried rosemary leaves)
  • Glass jars 6-8 oz in size

 

Step #1: Sanitize

Bring a pot of water, enough to cover your glass container, to a boil.  Once boiling, submerge your glass container into the boiling water for a good minute along with the lid, if metal.  Remove both pieces and place on a paper towel making sure they are dry before use.

Step #2: Infuse

In a separate pot, add your 2 cups of olive oil and warm to 180º, then remove from the heat. While waiting for your oil to heat up, add 3 sprigs to each glass container your making.  When oil is ready, pour the oil into each container, covering up the rosemary.  Cover your containers and let cool down and then tighten your lids.

Step #3: Storage

Store the infused oil in a cool, dark place such as a kitchen cabinet.  Date the bottle.  Homemade rosemary infused oil lasts 1-2 months. It should be thrown away after that.  This recipe makes 2 cups of infused oil.

 

Rosemary Infused Cooking Oil | Sugar Creek Chic

Rosemary infused oil is awesome by itself for Mediterranean meals, but including other herbs in the oil can add an additional layer to your dishes.  Some complimentary herbs are bay leaf, oregano, fennel or sage. Try your oil as a marinade for chicken, saute leftover zucchini from your garden, or use as a base in a salad dressing. This oil is a wonderful start in a healthy Mediterranean diet and you did it yourself!

Here is another neat way to work with garden herbs for Thanksgiving.

Halloween @ the Dollar Store

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Halloween Wreath

 

It’s that time of year again, Fall!

Spooky, scary, and cooler. Changing leaves and football games. I love this time of year.

I also love decorating for the Spookiest Day – Halloween! I have about 4 large bins of decor, but honestly, who doesn’t like to change it up? So I am always on the lookout for DIY fast & afforable while mixing old and new. I saw a neat Halloween wreath on Pinterest and thought, I can make that very afforablly.

I went on down to my local Dollar Store and found a 12″ vine wreath for $1. They also had all their spooky decor for Halloween including their flower bouquets, you guessed it $1. I picked up 3 and ended up mixing two of them together by cutting off the individual stems. Can you see the cute little bats?

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1. Configure the way you like.

I spray painted the wreath black with whatever I had left over in my spray paint collection (using it up and makin’ room). Laid it inside a box and sprayed in the sun. It dried up fast and Ta-Da, Spooky!

vine wreath

2. Spray paint black

I wove the long stems in between the vines so I did not have to get the hot glue out. I wanted this to be an under an hour kinda thing.  I hung it on my covered side door and, done and done.  If I am not happy with the design next year, I will just pop in at the local Dollar Store again and redo the decoration on the wreath. Or, donate it.  Final cost $3.00, leftover paint, wreath, 2 sets flowers.

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3. Put it all together

DIY Concrete Garden Globes

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Who doesn’t like garden art? Who likes to put it away? Not me.  We live in a harsh climate where sometimes we don’t have anything too interesting to look at for quite a while.  One way for us to fix this, is by putting out garden art.  But, who wants to take it in and out every year. Or, hope the sun, rain, or wind does not damage it too much. I saw these really cool globes at the garden center that were so colorful but made of metal or plastic.  They would add a ton of color and brightness to an otherwise sad yard in the harsh months.  The prices for some these were $35.00-$125.00 depending on how they were made.  No way am I paying that price when I can have 60 mph winds gusting through my valley.  Could you imagine all my pretty globes rolling down the road? Well, there goes that idea.

shiny concrete garden globe

Then when I was de-cluttering my magazine collection,  I noticed there was directions on how to make concrete globes for the yard.  Hmmm, I am pretty sure wind would not blow those away!  I watched the video from BHG.com/GardenBall.  The video directions seemed pretty easy so I wanted to share them with you.  If you would like to watch the video, click the link above.

 

Concrete Garden Globes
 
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Inexpensive and fun idea for your yard or patio. Can be painted or stained for cool color options.
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Ingredients
  • Small bucket
  • Newspaper to line bucket
  • Glass globe for a light fixture
  • Cooking spray
  • Large flexible plastic bucket
  • Rubber gloves
  • 5 pound bag of concrete or mortar mix
  • Water
  • Stir stick
  • Heavy- duty plastic bag for the globe to fit inside
  • Safety glasses
  • Hammer
  • Soft cloth
Instructions
  1. Spray the inside of the globe with cooking spray
  2. Put on gloves and glasses
  3. Place concrete or mortar in large flex bucket
  4. Add water until it is the consistency of a thick milkshake
  5. Pour into the globe(s)
  6. Place in newspaper lined bucket to set up for 48 hours for concrete and 1 week for mortar
  7. Place dried globe in heavy duty plastic bag
  8. Glasses on, hit gently with hammer until the glass is removed from the globe
  9. Remove globe and wipe any remaining glass
  10. Seal with paint, stain, or concrete sealer. Or leave unsealed.
Notes
Start with a half bag of concrete as the glass globe sizes will vary. Using the concrete will produce a matte finish as mortar will result in a shiny finish. Seal if left out all year.

Adapted from BHG.com/gardenball