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Bea Rigsby Kunz - Herb Compatability

Just a brief summary of herbs that pair well with certain foods. This is by no means a hard and fast rule…I’ll be the first to try new blendings of taste that may seem a little out of the norm. Some work out and some don’t. But do be bold, work out your likes and dislikes, it’s all about your personal taste.


Most of the Mint family, Sweet Violet, and Thyme. Thyme can be used in almost every dish you can imagine. (with its delicate clove-like flavor.)

(Meats and Fish)

Basils, Rosemary, Thyme, Marjoram, Coriander (Cilantro)
Dill, Fennel, Garlic, Sage, and Tarragon.

(Sauces, Soups, and Stews)

Basils, Oreganos, Thymes, Horseradish, Hyssop, Lovage, Sweet Marjoram, Flat Leaf Parsley, Tarragon, and Burnet.

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Both cooked and Raw.

Thyme, Tarragon, Rosemary, Flat Leaf(Italian)Parsley, Garlic, Dill, Chives, Chervil, Borage, and Basils.

Most of the herbs above you can work into bread and breakfast dishes that include eggs. Dill, Chives, and Basils are delicious stirred into egg dishes.

Fennel adds an awesome taste to Apple pie!

And of course, good healthy teas can be brewed from almost any herb.
Some of my favorites are:

Sage and Apple Mint Tea.
Chamomile Tea
Rose Scented Geranium Tea
Lavender and Lemon Balm Tea
Peppermint and Thyme Tea.
Jasmine Tea.

And the list could go on and on.
Herbs are the most versatile ingredient you can add to your kitchen. It’s just a matter of taste.

So jump in, give it a try, I promise you’ll have great fun and your tummy and your taste buds will love you forever!

4 old-timer herbs that aren’t as well known as most culinary herbs today.

(Lovage, Chervil, Burnet, and Borage)

Goes back to ancient Celtic times. Soldiers drank it in a wine before battle to give them courage.
It has a cucumber-like flavor, the leaves and flowers can be tossed into salads and vegetables. The stems can be eaten raw like celery. It’s best used fresh, does not hold up well to drying.

Was popular in Elizabethan England. Used in salads and vegetables. Sprigs can also be popped into white wine spritzers.

Is of course one of the “fines herbs” very much used in French cooking. Has an anise flavor, can be used in place of parsley. Great on vegetables. When adding to a cooked dish, never cook it for more than 10 min, it will turn bitter if cooked too long.

Was used by Psychics in the Middle Ages.
Has a celery flavor but holds up better in cooking than celery. It’s wonderful in potato salad and on poultry.

Eat well, drink a lot of water, move, move, move…connect with nature, have verbal exchange every day about the blessings in our life…..and read good books, stay informed of life around us.

Doesn’t mean we block out the negative, in fact, it is just for the opposite effect…fuels the mind and body to face the demands of whatever is thrown our way.

Stay strong, claim your faith constantly, speak kindly…and carry a big stick!!

December And Its Bliss~
Dress pretty, smile from the heart and hug with intention~

December is overflowing with Blissful moments and things….

Textures, smells, sounds, and views…the feel of a fresh cut Christmas tree, the smell of kitchen aroma’s ( from cornbread to gingerbread )
the sound of bells, chimes, and stillness of the cold winter day…and the landscapes of beauty everywhere we look.

Please, let us not forget to share all of these Blissful gifts with those among us who may not be as blessed to have access to the same.

Peace On Earth, Goodwill Toward Men…is worth striving for.It’s beginning to look, sound, and smell…a lot like December ~





**You may or may not believe that the power and energy used to make and woven into the fiber of the whole universe, also is woven into our being.**

This is what makes each of us individual in all ways….so many people, and not a single one identical to another…even Identical twins have some differences.

The” real thing” astrology is very educational and helps one to understand the world and self in a way that isn’t always understood on a surface look.

A few facts that make up the core of those born under the Sun sign…Beware!!

Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac. These folks are impossible to miss, since they love being center stage. Making an impression is Job One for Leos, and when you consider their personal magnetism, you see the job is quite easy. Leos are an ambitious lot, and their strength of purpose allows them to accomplish a great deal. The fact that these folks are also creative makes their endeavors fun for them and everyone else.

It’s the Lion that symbolizes Leos, and the king (or queen) of the jungle is a most appropriate mascot, since they consider themselves the rulers of their universe (and the zodiac at that). Like Lions, Leos tend to be dignified and strong, and it’s this sense of their power that allows them to get things done. A Leo on your team is a good thing, since Lions are eager to see their projects through to completion. Putting these folks at the helm is a good thing, too, since the Leo-born are natural leaders. They may ruffle a few feathers along the way, however, since they can also be overbearing and somewhat autocratic. This may be in keeping with the Fixed Quality assigned to this sign — Lions are indeed opinionated and set in their ways. That said, they are well organized, idealistic and have a knack for inspiring others.

Leo is ruled by the Sun — the center of the universe and the fuel for our being. In much the same way, Leos consider themselves indispensable and the center of the universe, and those who would tell them otherwise had better look out! Lions are outgoing, self-assured and have a tremendous zest for life. So what if the world revolves around them? There are worse role models, for sure. Regardless of appearance, those born under this sign can be counted on for their loyalty and sense of honor. They are also decisive, intensely proud and wonderfully romantic.

The element associated with Leo is Fire. Everything about the Lion’s personality is hot, hot, hot. Those born under this sign are fearless and strong, which may be why Lions plunge in headfirst and let the chips fall where they may. Thankfully, Leos are dignified enough not to commit too many pratfalls. .

The great strengths of the Leo-born are their creativity, idealism and leadership. Lions don’t lack for ambition, either, so they’re likely to accomplish a lot — and have fun while they’re at it. Their warmth and loyalty ensures that others will enjoy the ride as well.

The month of August brings 8 birthday’s in my family circle…that is a lot of Leo personality’s ! Are we going to have a wild month or what!

I’m thinking we plan a party of connection…

If you are close by or coming my way…pop in and have a cookie…or a cucumber…LOL…I’m burned out on cukes so I’ll be opting for the cookies!!

Happy birthday to Us…


Birthday’s…are important, they are the cornerstone from  where we come , where we are and where we will be in the future….
They are the heartbeat, the tear-drops, the laughter …the core….

I have spent 34 years of my life in the setting  called a farm…as a young child until the age of 18…and now…the gardens and I find ourselves closing out 17 years together

I know in the deepest recesses of my being…the last two decades of my life have  been a silent tribute to the first 2 decades…those years in between were/are the candles on the cake!!

Thank you….to my family, my children, friends, clients….Celebrate with us…life is a gift…Sage Hill is on holiday (no more commercial production)
I, on the other hand…have only just begun!!  Wanna dance??

Can We Get There From Here?

January stuff

cool stuffI sometimes enjoy sharing “cool stuff” I find in my reading or traveling. I found this in the news magazine “Mother Jones”… (I first shared it in 2008)

I think it points out the fact that we need to take more control over our health decisions. Change some habits, take a hard look at our diets, our food sources, and make radical changes.

This is the text of the article from Mother Jones…

Do You Care About Your Health?

According to a report from the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, avoidable medical mistakes are the eighth leading cause of death in the United States, ahead of car accidents, breast cancer, and AIDS.
There is no legal limit on the number of hours a physician can work in a 24-hour period. 70% of surgeons do not believe that fatigue affects their performance in the operating room.
In a recent year, there were an estimated 44,000 to 98,000 avoidable patient deaths in American health care.
There are no federal laws requiring hospitals to report deaths and injuries to patients caused by error.

**Some of these stats may have changed since published date**

Sure makes me look closer at other options!

To Your Good Health!~~

2019 can be YOUR year to take control and be all you are meant to be.

Just Do It!


Herbs, Home and History~

Nothing more patriotic than home embraced….

Those who know me well know I’m an avid history buff…the more ancient the times, the more intense the interest.

I found this to be a very calming bit to know.

In Victorian times the seeds of Fennel came to symbolize the virtue of strength.
(a patriotic truth.)

At one time , fennel seeds were combined with those of Dill and Caraway in little sacks or purses, to be chewed at prayer meetings to quell hunger pangs; they were
known as “meeting seeds.”

Fennel is a self sowing herb valued for it’s distinctive aroma.
The leaves have an aniseed aroma.

I make this wonderful cleanser for my skin a couple of times a week during the winter.

1 tablespoon fennel seed
8 ounces of boiling water
1 teaspoon local honey
2 tablespoons buttermilk

Lightly crush the fennel seeds,
place in the boiling water and allow to infuse for 30 minutes.

Strain the cool liquid into a small bowl, add honey and buttermilk.
Put into a clean bottle and keep in the frig.

Used once or twice a day this will last about a week.

Rub over face and neck or the whole body…leave on for a few minutes and gently rinse away with a soft cloth and warm water.

Leaves the skin silky, clean, and delicious smelling.
(our body is a temple, on loan…treat it with love and respect.)

This makes a lovely wash for children and small babies.
(parents, treat your children like precious jewels…for they surely are)

Little girls adore it and it’s just bold enough that little boys don’t think it’s to girlie.

Enjoy-pamper yourself and your children~

Eat together, sit by the fire, read good books (including the Bible)
Sing, tell stories, laugh and fly the flag high and proud.

A great new year is waiting in the wings….make it a full fledged Patriotic one!!

January 1-2018…it can happen!!

January is a lovely month in my eyes, I love the cold and the snow. I love the trees with no leaves. I love the promise you can find if you look under the dead and dying
plants, little lives in the making just waiting to be warmed and nourished and given permission to grow.

Most of the year in middle Tennessee I see green rolling hills when I look out my windows, and that’s a lovely picture always, but to see those rolling hills covered in snow and grey low-hanging sky–it sends a message to slow down and re-group for the coming months. I like that reminder!

About the herb garden in January-Where you are located has a major impact on what you can do now. Here in the middle south, we just kinda relax, read good books (mostly about growing things, enjoy the things we stored from last years harvest and wait for spring.)

If you were going to plant garlic for a crop this coming summer, it should already be in the ground. However, if you missed that window, plant in the early spring and harvest in the late fall.

Remember also if your growing herbs inside, they need to be in a location that gives them at least a half-day of sun and or light. I’m not a real supporter of growing inside, just too many problems, requires a lot of tending in order to have good strong healthy plants. But if you’re willing to put in the time, and the interest is strong enough to push you to gain the knowledge, it can be rewarding.

I love doing things as natural and with the least amount of resistant’s as possible.
So, I’ll stick to the outside growing.

For those of you who have ask, No, I will not be growing any items for sale in the coming year….it is time to close the garden gate to retail…and so it is done.
Please feel free to visit (check first to confirm I’m in!!) the website is still stocked with awesome information and classes can be scheduled by appointment.

Have a request? Send it along. I will respond in a timely fashion.

Remember your feathered friends during these cold months. Keep plenty of fresh water and bird seed and suet out and you’ll be blessed with beautiful birds all winter.

Sending each and all the most prosperous wishes for the coming year.

Eat Well-Be Well in 2019.

Almost finished with phase 1 …flooring…a few trim-sets to go and then phase II..stairs will be last on the list…Regardless, my next move is color and update/replacement of furnishings….nothing major…(love my stuff!)

Before and After… office, guest bedroom and hallway

Walls are a mystique shade of lavender , reflects different shades of same with changing light exposure. Can and does go from the lightest shade of lavender to the lightest shade of gray….these walls will stay as they are….washed and polished…still good…

Walls on the downstairs will get new paint…. ( staying with the Cape Cod design colors.

flooring  flooring

Doorplates still to go down.
after afterafter

Next…Colors!!   Gonna be fun!! Stay tuned…