The first part of this series can be found here.
Just as I was inspired by my summer garden when planning my Thanksgiving menu, I look to my autumn harvest with garden gifts for the holidays in mind. First up, these beautiful hand printed gift bags packed with homemade dried red pepper flakes. My co-worker Kelly had a bumper crop of cayenne peppers this summer, and she’s turned her surplus into these spicy treasures.
Didn’t plant peppers this year? Perhaps you found yourself up to your elbows in mint. I keep mint growing in a container, lest it take over my entire yard, and even with these constraints I ended up with a mountain of mint leaves. I have my eye on this homemade peppermint extract to give as gifts; wouldn’t it make a great addition to hot chocolate?
Another great use of garden herbs is making your own infused oils. My rosemary plant is still thriving, thanks in part to our mild winter so far, so I am thinking about making savory rosemary-infused oil to give alongside a loaf of crusty bread.
Those are some of my gardeny present plans (don’t tell my family!) for this holiday season. Are you using your green thumb when it comes to gift-giving this winter? Do tell.