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Minting it

I realize it’s been a hot minute since I posted anything. To risk sounding trite: school has monopolized my spare time. soorrrrrryy. Admittedly, this is a bit of a lazy post. It’s less baking and more preparation for baking. Deal with it.

So I’ve been attempting to establish my green thumb….I got some seeds and dirt and got planting!

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aww they’re so cute!!!

I had this super original idea of putting them in mason jars that were attached to a piece of reclaimed wood and hanging them ever-so-handily in my kitchen for gorgeous meal preparation (thanks Pinterest)….

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So great, right? No. After I moved them from their cardboard seed tray home into the mason jars they plateaued in their growth. Sad face. The pic above showcases about how big they got. I tried to get them growing! I watered them everyday, and bought herb food, and texted my mom who is an amazing gardener…. but they died 😦 womp womp. Apparently, herbs need more space than just a tiny mason jar. Ah, the trials and errors of wannabe gardeners. So down went my dreams of an adorable hanging herb garden, complete with chalkboard labels…and on to thrift store bought, mismatching pots on the only windowsill in my apartment that gets any sun.

I’m not so proud that I can’t admit my failures…but I was determined not to give up. So I bought some seedlings and I’m happy to say I have more herbs than I know what to do with! yay!

When I was herb shopping, I thought mint would be fun. I mean, who doesn’t love a fresh mojito in the summertime?! But little did I know mint grows like a weed. F’real. And as much a I love mojitos, I couldn’t keep up. So what to do with a boat-load of mint? Mint extract. woop.

Super easy:

  • 1 1/2 -2 cups of vodka
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves

1. Wash mint and pat dry. Now rough ’em up a little bit. Smash ’em, crush ’em, no need to massacre, but you get the idea.
2. Put mint in a jar and completely cover with vodka. *if you don’t completely cover the leaves, they’ll mold*
3. Place tightly sealed jar in a cool, dark place for 1-2 months.

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I’ll letchya know how it turns out in about a month. I plan on making copious amounts of homemade thin mints. 😀

What do you guys do with you herbs? I’d love to hear your ideas!

*original recipe from The Prairie Homestead
http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2013/10/diy-mint-extract-recipe.html