Healthy Eating Reaps Bountiful Solutions #HERBS

My definition of HERBS above is why I always have a few in my kitchen. Right now I have  cilantro and parsley as you can see from the picture above. Can you tell which is which? I love fresh herbs and use them daily. From planting, watching them grow, picking them fresh to nibble on, to use when cooking, and we can’t forget all their extraordinary medicinal benefits. So grab your garden tools, get down on your knees, and start planting! I promise the end result will be rewarding.

Below are seven favorites that are easy to grow in your garden or containers if you don’t have the space. All the herbs below enjoy plenty of sunshine, who doesn’t, but can tolerate light shade. Don’t stress when planting. Enjoy the fresh air and getting dirty; it’s good for the soul. If all else fails, you can always run to your local garden store and hand pick your ready to use herbs to enjoy. No judgement here!

BASIL
A go-to herb in the summer. Give it well-drained soil and you’ll be making pesto in no time. Be sure to pinch off any flower buds because once basil begins to flower, the leaf flavor declines.

OREGANO
A beautiful herb to plant in a pot to control growth. The small leaves are packed with flavor and perfect for topping homemade pizza.

ROSEMARY
A woody shrub with an unforgettable aroma and needle-like foliage that adds flavor to roasted potatoes and chicken dishes. The quickest way to kill container-grown rosemary is by watering it too much. It needs consistent moisture, not wet feet.

THYME
Looks beautiful when planted at the front of a container where the tiny leaves can mound over the edge of the pot. Don’t overwater; it’s drought-resistant making it easy to grow.

MINT
Love, love, love! It will quickly take over so grow mint in pots where its aggressive growth can be contained. Growing mint in your garden can help ward off ants and flies.

PARSLEY
A favorite culinary herb used in sauces, salads, and soups. It also lessens the need for salt. Parsley makes a perfect garnish and it’s also good for you; it’s rich in iron and vitamins A and C.

CILANTRO
Love it or hate it. Me, I can’t get enough of it. Cutting off the flower heads redirects the plant’s energy back into leaf and not flower or seed production. With Cinco de Mayo this weekend, what better way to celebrate than with a cilantro lime shrimp taco and tequila; the perfect pair but that’s for another post.

Rebecca Louise | Realife Co

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Real Queens Fix Each Other’s Crowns

In the age of social media it’s very easy to connect with friends you’ve lost touch with. Reconnecting with your childhood girlfriends can be extremely rewarding. They know where you came from and what you’ve been through. Spend time with them and celebrate your trials and tribulations, tell your secrets, your wants and desires BUT never judge! Why do we do that? It serves no purpose.

As we get older, we seem to make time for everything but our girlfriends. Probably because they’ve always been around and we can always reschedule, right? I say, make the time. Just because they’ve been around forever doesn’t mean they’ll be around forever.

Sometimes we need a reminder and other times…..we’re reminded of who will actually make the time. In the end, if you’re there, she’ll be there.

Rebecca Louise | Realife Co

 

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Tequila & Daisies

Fun Facts are always just that…fun! In an earlier blog post I expressed how I love daisies. Well, I also love tequila. Some things are just meant to be….

When you make your next margarita think of not just tequila but daisies!

Let’s start things off with one fact…no one is really certain of the origin of the margarita. One story revolves around a totally separate drink, The Daisy. In its heyday in the late 1930s, The Daisy included a base liquor such as tequila, curacao and citrus. Tequila Daisies appeared in cocktail pamphlets from this period, and it’s not too much of a stretch to see how this morphed into the margarita: the word “margarita” is Spanish for “daisy”.

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner so bookmark this blog post so you can refer back and know how to make a Tequila Daisy for your next celebration.

Ingredients
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon superfine sugar
2 ounces tequila
½ ounce fine orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
Club Soda to top

Directions
In a cocktail shaker, stir together the lemon juice and superfine sugar. Add the tequila and orange liqueur. Fill the shaker with ice, shake until the mixture is well-chilled and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with club soda and ENJOY!

 

By: Rebecca Louise | Realife Co