We Americans like our mayonnaise.
The U.S. consumes some $2 billion worth of mayonnaise each year, and the average person uses a lot – not a little, says registered dietitian Keri Gans, author of “The Small Change Diet” and blogger. Health-wise, that can be problematic for a number of reasons. Now research firm Euromonitor says it’s surpassed ketchup as the No. 1 most-used condiment.
A number of us galfriends went together this year to buy vanilla beans to make homemade vanilla extract in time for holiday baking.
We placed quite a large group order on Amazon and got a better price per vanilla bean because of volume. We allowed plenty of time for shipping, etc., because it takes 6-8 weeks to steep.
I’ve had my eye on this nearby mullein plant for 2 months waiting for it to flower. New flowers open up each day.
Mullein makes a very appropriate first herbal ally for beginners in herbcraft.
In the 19th century, people smoked mullein leaves or dried flowers to treat respiratory diseases, coughs, and asthma symptoms – a practice borrowed from the Mohegan and Penobscot Indians.
Mullein is an Old World plant, where it was for centuries an esteemed medicinal herb. The colonists planted it in their gardens; it has since escaped and become naturalized in various species throughout the United States….
One of the home remedies (and now commercial) uses for marigolds is that is makes a pretty effective spray to repel flies, horse flies, tomato hornworms, leaf-cutting insects and asparagus beetles. There is a natural commercial version that uses marigold as a fly spray for dogs, cats and horses.
We live in an area with quite a few horse farms, and they are always dealing with that issue, especially on very hot days. No toxic chemicals here to make you or your animals sick.