I am a pinner...What I mean is that when I am looking to start a new hobby, learn a new skill or begin a new project, I start pinning.  And ever since I decided it was time we started eating healthier meals made from scratch with as many of our own home grown ingredients as possible, I have been pinning recipes to my Pinterest Boards like nobodies business.

One of the ingredients that seems to come up quite often are herbs.  While I have always grown herbs for their ease and beauty and occasional jar of pesto or mint infused mojito, I thought it was high time I started growing a few of the most commonly used cooking herbs and actually used them in recipes.

So I went to my local nursery with list in hand and bought sage, oregano and thyme to add to my already established collection of rosemary, basil, parsley, mint, lavender and chives.  I am determined to add a couple of herb inspired recipes to our weekly menu and will be starting with this Browned Chicken Thigh recipe and this Ginger Beef with Rice Noodles dish.

I also purchased a couple of seeds packets for herbs that I couldn't find in pots or that don't do well in the heat of the summer and will grow them as soon as the weather cools down including cilantro and dill.

Do you cook with herbs?  Did I miss any of your favorites?  I put together a free tutorial on how to over winter herbs if you don't live in a mild climate like me and want to use them all winter long.

Also new for me this week is my foray into baking all the things from scratch.  Today I am starting my first sourdough starter plus I am beginning my adventure through Martha Stewarts Baking Handbook.  I know, I know, who are you and what have you done with the old Patty?  She's still there, just feeling the need to eat healthier as I get older.

I will be sharing how I liked the recipes and maybe even a cooking video or two over on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube so be sure and follow me there if you don't already.

Have a wonderful week my friends!

xo, Patty

Here is the link to my YouTube Video tour of my herb containers.  If you don't subscribe there, I'd love to have you join me.

Just in case you want to start your own herbs in teacup pots, I found these cute things on Amazon!


  1. Patty, I have never grown any herbs. My daughter Kathy does and love having fresh on hand. I have wanted to grow rosemary all around , because it helps deter bugs and mosquitoes. :):) Hope you are doing well. I love your voice on your videos. Blessings to you honey. xoxo, Susie

  2. Herbs elevate any dish!

    Smiles :)


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