Rosemary Tea

January 5, 2012 at 1:35 am (Favorite Recipes)

Rosemary Tea

I like to make a simple cup of Rosemary Tea  after a workout in the morning.  It’s warm, which is good because after I cool down, I am freezing!   When I workout, I don’t mess around ~ I work very hard and sweat ~ it isn’t pretty but I’ve heard it will keep me in shape.  Afterwards, it is nice to relax a few minutes and sip a cup of tea and this one is perfect.   Rosemary is said to be good for: colds, female problems, headaches, nerves, sore throats and weight loss among other ailments.  How can you lose?

Anyways, this is how I make it.  First run out and get some rosemary, just a sprig will do.

Then seep it in a couple of cups of water.   I use the coffeemaker without any coffee grounds in it.   I’m not allowed to use whistling tea pots anymore.  That is another story for another time but did you know that teapots left on the stove with the eye turned on can get so hot that the paint on the teapot melts?  That is the short version of why I’m not allowed to use the teapot anymore ~ it is strictly for looks.

Back to the tea.  Let the rosemary seep in the hot water for about 10 – 15 minutes.  If you leave it in too long it will taste like medicine and that isn’t as relaxing and pleasant as rosemary tea just right.

When the tea has seeped and you can smell a faint rosemary fragrance, then you know it is ready.  I like to add a little lemon since I almost always have some lemons or limes in the fridge.  (the sprig of rosemary shown in the picture is only for aesthetics ~ don’t leave it in it will get too strong)



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Hello, welcome to my world!

April 23, 2010 at 8:32 pm (Uncategorized)

Thank you for stopping by.  I have moved my blog to   I hope you will visit me there 🙂

Welcome to my blog covering everything from interior design, gardening, cooking, nutrition and who knows what all.  You will find my philosophy on life in general and  I hope you will enjoy this glimpse of my life.  Serving God, my family and friends is my greatest blessing & I am so happy you are visiting.    My training is in Interior Design and for many years I owned an Interior Design business but when we moved to Nashville  I wanted to do something different.  I have always enjoyed doing a variety of things so blogging seemed like a good outlet for all my interests.  Through the years and expecially lately, many of you have ask me for some of my recipes, skin care tips and much much more.  So here goes!

Family ~ Food ~ Fun ~ Faith  that is what you will find here, although not necessarily in that order. 

If you don’t see anything new here try some of the other pages, you never know what might be happening! 





There’s a simple cup of Rosemary Tea in Favorite Recipes.






Tidbits from Becki has a hair tip for you.


Last week: 

September 24, 2010  ~ There is a sad entry on Grandpups today.



September 23, 2010              A new recipe for Autumn  – yum 

Check out the Butternut Squash with Apples and Cinnamon recipe on the Favorite Recipes page!


 Just me and my camera cruisin’ around the countryside enjoying the last few days of summer and watching fall come in.

This is the “Welcome” display to the Hicklen Farms in Nolensville, TN; it helps locate the entrance among all the curves and hills on the way out there.    At Hicklen Farms you’ll find pumpkins, squash, cornstalks and all kinds of farm stuff to decorate for fall or get in the Halloween spirit.  They have some cute displays set up for more inspirations.  See some of them below.



And there are so many pretty places around……. 

Pretty roadside view, it looks like the beautiful summer plants are getting tired.  Autumn is the most beautiful time of the year but ohhhh how I hate to see summer fade away.  These are some of the sights I saw driving around today.  Driving?  Yes that’s why you see roadside stuff! 

This is my way of saying good-bye to summer, my favorite time of the year.  I love the heat (not the humidity)  and the fresh vegetables straight from the garden or in our case the Farmer’s Market.   Please take time to enjoy every last minute of this day!

 A few braves flowers peek over the bridge embankment!

 And below the trees begin to change


Get ready!  Tomorrow is the first day of Fall, can you believe how fast this summer has gone?  It started off hot and rainy and ended hot and dry.  That usually means the leaves won’t be as colorful as when we have a wet season, hopefully, some of the spring moisture will still be around enough to color the leaves a lot of brilliant reds, oranges and golds.




Favorite Recipes has a new recipe:   Zucchini  Boats if you are interested 🙂


September 7, 2010     OK, this was just too cool.  Our cute little A/C guy was here for the regular maintenance call and when he was leaving he said,  “I still love your ceiling.  Everytime I turn your corner I say to myself ~ there’s the cool ceiling!”

So, ok, I had to run around like a crazy person getting you a picture.  It wasn’t easy since the house was in ‘family’ mode.  That means not perfect enough for the designer in me.






I hope you can see how pretty it really is ~ I promise I’m going to learn to take pictures someday!



The crepe myrtle we planted 4 summers ago has finally bloomed!


September 7, 2010  Is it autumn already!  Our busy little hummingbirds are frantically trying to stock up for their migration south ~ south-er!  We only have about six this year, don’t know what happened to Frank and Scruffy.  Frank was Frank because he was always so meticulously groomed he made us think of Frank Sinatra in a tux.  And poor Scruffy always looked like he’d just rolled out of bed after a hard night, but he was so cute! 

When it gets this time of the year they feed frantically and they don’t like to share at all ~ it isn’t as if they ever like to share.  But you can see the “boss” sitting on her rooste just waiting for any other birds to try and feed.  She’s meaner than dirt!  I couldn’t get more than one at a time because they are just too fast for me.



I’m getting a little behind in my blogging but still want to show you what is happening in my backyard.

June 27, 2010   Ok, I’ve been set straight, it is Evening Primrose ~ beautiful whatever name you call it.  And so fun to watch in the evening.  It slowly puffs up then *poof*  it pops open and slowly finishes opening completely and stays until about 9:00 or 10:00 the next morning.

June 2, 2010    Look what I found when we returned from our visit to Indiana!  My beautiful Mississippi (or is it Missouri) Primrose had bloomed.  It looks so pretty beside my rosemary.  


Lexi’s Graduation 

We spent a wonderful long weekend in Goshen, IN for our first granddaughter’s graduation.   Graduation is always bittersweet but most of the time we were laughing and having a good time.  The weather was hot but it was great to spend time with family and friends ~ not to mention all the really good food.   Thanks Tim!  Tim is our son-in-law/gourmet cook and he NEVER  disappoints us with new dishes to try and some old stand-bys with a twist.  Sorry, I was so busy eating, I forgot to take any pictures of our brunch 😦

We also spent some time visiting some of our favorite spots in town ~ and yes,  there was plenty of time spent eating.   Goshen, IN  is a cute little town and the ‘powers that be’ have worked hard to get looking so pretty and inviting.  Here’s a sample of some of the ‘cute spots’

The Electric Brew

This was so nice to be with everyone and I’m sorry you don’t get to see pictures of my sisters and their families, my nieces and nephews.  There were Open Houses and worship services.  Great meals and we even met up with some friends of Becki and Tim’s  from Montreal and Arizona ~ hadn’t seen them for ages!


When I looked out my kitchen window this morning, there was a magnolia just starting to open.  By 10:00 it was completely open and ohhh so beautiful.  Please take time to enjoy some of God’s creation today.

Friday, May 21, 2010   Do you know I have to look at the “date” notice at the bottom of my computer screen every time I want to write the date!  There is probably a name for that type of behavior ~ oh wait, I already know what it is ~ spacey!

Monday, May 10, 2010   My adopted hometown, Nashville, TN has been working to recover from the terrible floods of last weekend.  Strangers, family and friends are pulling together to help each other.  It is beautiful to see and it seems we have gotten our priorities straight real quick.  Nothing is more important than family and friends (strangers are just friends we haven’t met)  There are so many stories of unexpected compassion and an outpouring of help from all over.  Church families working tirelessly to clean up.  There have been and will continue to be many fund-raisers to cope with the huge loss.  Plese keep us in your prayers and if you would like to help, please see below.  Thanks, Jeanie

One benefit:  Music City Keep on Playin’ A benefit for flood relief .  It is on GAC  Sunday evening, May 16th at 8:00 p.m. CST.  If you would like more information please click on the link below.
Happy Mother’s Day Mom  
 Sunday, May 9, 2010     Who can find a virtuous woman?   for her price is far above rubies.  The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.  She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.  She seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands.  She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.  She riseth also while it is yet night and giveth meat to her household and a portion to her maidens.  She considereth a field and buyeth it; with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.  She girdeth her loins with strength and strengtheneth her arms.  She perceiveth that her merchandise is good; her candle goeth not out by night.  She layeth her hands to the spindle and her hands hold the distaff.  She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.  She is not afraid of the snow for her household for all her household are clothed with scarlet.  She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.  Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.  She maketh fine linen and selleth it and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.  Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.  She openeth her mouth with wisdom and in her tongue is the law of kindness.  She looketh well to the ways of her household and eateth not the bread of idleness.  Her children arise up and call her blessed, her busband also, and he praiseth her.  Many daughters have done virtuously abut thou excellest them all.  Favour is deceitful and beauty is vain but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.  Give her of the fruit of her hands and let her own works praise her in the gates.  Proverbs 31:10 -31.     
I love you Mom!
 Wednesday, May 5, 2010   I want to thank all of you that let me know when I make a mistake, get stuff out of order and make typos.  You know I need lots of help and appreciate you helping me.  Ok, it’s mostly my daughter but she’s good.   thanks Sweetie 🙂

Monday, May 3, 2010  Today seemed like a good day to do some deep cleaning around the house.   After wrestling with the vacuum and finally getting the brush attachment assembled I began the tedious job of vacuuming around the baseboards of the guest room ~ after all the guests were gone now 😦    It didn’t take long to realize there is a reason we don’t do this stuff anymore.  Nobody cares!  At least I don’t, do you?  I’m going to go get a pedicure 🙂 

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.  Serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God; it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.  Psalm 100


This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

Think of this as my theme song.  No matter what happens, God is in charge and I can have joy whatever my circumstances


Wednesday, April 28,2010 Getting ready for Don’s sisters to visit for the weekend, we’re looking forward to seeing them and checking out some of the tourist attractions Nashville has to offer.  Most of the time we’ll just eat and talk but we plan to see the Hermitage Friday and take the ‘Nash Trash Tour Saturday.  Stay tuned…..



Tuesday, April 27, 2010    Sometimes I get so sick of all the political bickering and pettiness,  I’m so glad God’s in control and even if I don’t know what will work for the best,  He does. 

For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peacable, gentle and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.  James 3:16-18

Why can’t we all just play nice?


Saturday, April 24, 2010   This morning when a friend gave me a hug, she stopped, drew back and said, “Wow, you feel strong ~ you’re solid.”  I spent the entire day feeling buffed.  It was a great day 🙂

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