Five Uses for Sage

http://www.funhappinessandlife.com/five-uses-for-sageThe sage in my little herb garden has done wonderfully this year. I am dreading the first frost because it will all wilt up and die. Before that first frost happens I want to use this beautiful looking and smelling plant. I’ve found a few delicious and very pretty ways of using this versatile and aromatic herb.

Sage has a nice broad leaf with a soft feel whose scent is clean. It can traditionally be used in dishes of poultry and pork recipes. It pairs very nicely in a butter based sauces. Below are the five ways I use sage in my home.

1. sage Butter

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Herbs can be used in flavored butter. Once the butter is made it can be used in dishes, frozen, or given as an addition to a present. This is a simple and straight forward preparation.

Grab about 20 sage leaves, remove the stems, wash and fully dry the leaves. Allow a stick of unsalted butter to come to room temperature. Finely chop up the sage leaves. Fold the herbs into the butter and form a ball or log and wrap with plastic wrap. Place into freezer to form solidly. Ta-da Sage Butter!

2. Sage hummus

Sage hummus a seed and nut free spread. http://www.funhappinessandlife.com/five-uses-for-sageI made this hummus without tahini oil because D-Man, my older child, has a sesame seed and nut allergy. We can’t buy hummus from the store because of the these allergies, so I make my own. I have tried a couple of recipes, sage hummus is one of my favorite spreads on a pita chip.




Open a can of chick peas (garbanzo beans), rinse, and drain. Mince 2-3 cloves of garlic, use more or less depending on taste. Wash, dry, and coarsely chop sage leaves. Add all ingredients to food processor. While processing add olive oil and sea salt to taste. Continue to add and process until desired texture is achieved. Delicious!

3. Dried Sage

Drying sage to use during the winter months. http://www.funhappinessandlife.com/five-uses-for-sageDrying sage is super easy and can be used throughout the winter months until your fresh plant grows back in the summer. Cut down a portion of the plant, depending on how much you think you will use. Gather the stems and tie together with baker’s string. Hang in dry and dark space with room for air to circulate around, for best drying. Let dry for at least 4 weeks until brittle to the touch. Place into air tight container to use when needed.

4. Sage salt

Ingredients needed for herb flavored salt are found in your herb garden. Drying sage to use during the winter months. http://www.funhappinessandlife.com/five-uses-for-sageFlavored salt is another great way to use and preserve herbs to be used for later. Take your fresh ingredients of sage leaves, lemon thyme, garlic and salt. I use about 1/2 cup sea salt, 2 cups fresh sage leaves, 1 cup lemon thyme, and 1 clove garlic. I pulse the ingredients a few times in the food processor. Try not to over process it ruins the texture of the salt. Spread out on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool and store in mason jar. This can be used in sauces and on meats. You can add any herbs you want, but this post is about sage.

5. Sage wreath

Sage wreath http://www.funhappinessandlife.com/five-uses-for-sageThis is the last item you can use sage to create. It’s a craft and not a recipe, but you can use the leaves as they dry out in recipes. Just remember as you use them the wreath with look more and more bare. I used a 12″ foam wreath form from the dollar store, garden wire, needle nosed pliers and wire snips. This wreath used about 10 stalks off my sage plant. I arranged the leaves from top to bottom. I really filled in and overlapped the gathered leaves. Remember this will quickly wilt and sag so you need to add more wire sections to hold it in place.Sage wreath adds a natural touch and nice aroma to the kitchen. http://www.funhappinessandlife.com/five-uses-for-sageTo make the wire stays. I clipped the wire about 1 inch long, held in the needle nose snips and bent down the wire.

Once completed I used a colorful ribbon to place over my kitchen sink. I enjoy the aroma and the look. Notice the difference in the leaves from when I was assembling the wreath to one day later. The sage leaves do droop, but that’s because it’s not made out of plastic.

Sage is a wonderfully versatile and tasty herb that can be used in your kitchen and for decoration. I hope you enjoy making all the herb inspired flavorings and crafts.

Use rustoleum paint to upcycle a jello mold and make it into your DIY succulent planter. Fits right on your patio table and has room for an umbrella.

DIY Succulent Planter

I am so excited to share this Make It Monday creation with you all. This DIY succulent planter is one of those projects that I had an idea of what I wanted in my head, but was unsure if it would turn out as I desired. I have been looking at the succulents at the garden stores, on Pinterest and on Instagram. The simplicity of their look is beautiful and all the posts keep saying they are so easy to maintain….we shall see.natural organic products

I had an idea for what I wanted for my patio table, but wasn’t sure I could find what I was looking for at the local Goodwill store. I was thinking a type of bundt pan, but the opening would be too small for what I intended. Then looking over the piles of discarded baking pans I came across the perfect jello mold. Continue reading “DIY Succulent Planter”

Planting seeds is a great activity to do with your kids to work on fine motor skill development and get a head start on your gardening.

Planting Seeds

getting the garden ready is a great THERAPY THURSDAY activity!

Planting seeds for our vegetable garden a wonderful way to work on fine motor skils into our hectic daily life. #therapythursday #funhappinessandlife #finemotorskillsPlanting seeds for your garden or in your home is a great activity for your kiddos. It is wonderful for them to learn about how things grow, what we can do to help and how we get food to the table (did you know it doesn’t just magically appear at the grocery store?). For our kiddos that need a little extra help on developing their fine motor skills, it is a wonderful task. I have a 3 year old with Down Syndrome, we are working on developing his fine motor skills due to his low muscle tone and delayed coordination skills. I also have a 5 year old whose unit in preschool (4K) is nature, which goes great with what we are doing at home!


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Colorful garden stakes using paint stir sticks, sharpie marker, paint and sealant. Great upcycle idea

DIY Garden Stakes

Spring is finally here! We hope the threat of frost is gone, so now it’s time time to get into our garden. I love our family’s little vegetable garden. It’s located right outside our kitchen door, so if I want to grab some lettuce or a tomato to put into a dish, I just run outside and get it. I have been looking in garden shops for fun garden stakes to label our vegetables, but wasn’t able to find anything that I really loved. I wanted something colorful and bold. Enter PINTEREST! You know I’m an addict, right?



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Working on our developmental motor skills during our first garden harvest of rhubarb and chives

First Garden Harvest

Chives and rhubarb ready to harvest!

It was a gloomy Saturday morning today, but not raining yet, so the family got outside to enjoy some fresh air after being cooped up for a week with the fever.

It’s not even May yet but the rhubarb is ready for the first harvest and the chives also could use a little cutting back. We keep a vegetable and a herb garden right next to our kitchen door. Both are quite small, but just the right size to provide some freshness to our meals.



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