Did you party it up big on Mother’s Day?  We really did.  Between what we did here in our own little family and getting together with the moms and our Sunday morning church service…we partied hearty for Mother’s Day. I hope that it was a good day for all of you.

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So….we are back to mmmMonday!  You know…I contemplated not blogging this week.  Please don’t cry.  (I kid…I kid.)  This week is just so crazy-busy for us.  Is the merry (crazy) month of may like that for you all?  We have three graduations to attend this week.  It’s exciting and “whew” all at the same time.  We are also having our annual fellowship meeting at church this week.  Whew…whew.  School also gets out so…throw a few award ceremonies and end of the year activities.  Whew…whew…whew.

Anyway…I didn’t want to leave you hanging.  We are friends, right?  Right.  We talk foodie things on mmmMonday…so that is what we are going to do.  We are going to herb it up a little.

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Are you guys crazy about herbs?  I. am.  I have been for years and years.  I am crazy about their color, shape, texture and smell.  I think that I have even shown you pictures of my little herb bed out back.  I actually started out growing them when we lived in town.  My first little lavender plant grew by our front porch steps.  I would go out side and rub the leaves and then smell my hand.  Very….therapeutic.

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Do you love to cook with fresh herbs?  In my little herb bed…there is dill weed…just waiting to hop into my summer pickles.  Sometimes I run out there for a sprig of oregano for a sauce or I grab a few chives for a topping of some sort.  I don’t use the spearmint much…and it is really fortunate that I let it stay.  The only reason is…the Mr. and I love the smell.  When he uses the weed eater out there…it smells wonderful.  Spearmint is very invasive though…you have to keep it in it’s boundaries…or it takes over.  I’m talking…growing up through your kitchen floor.  (No…not really. Why did I say that? Just making sure that you are paying attention.)  😉

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When we were younger and before we had kids…we were house hunting.  We looked at this house that had a wonderful (overgrown) herb bed.  Herbs appeal to the side of me that kicks off my shoes and runs barefoot with the kids through the grass.  (Am I a hippie at heart?  I was born in the late seventies. Hmmmm……) They just seem wild and free.  They aren’t only pretty but they serve a purpose.  I love that.

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I have a friend named Pat.  She is very passionate about herbs.  When we start talking about them…we are both in the zone.  Isn’t it fun to have a variety of friendships like that?  With each person it is something different that you connect over.  God is good…to put things into motion like He does.

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Whether you like to cook with herbs or just look at them…they are a wonderful addition to your yard.  They are also lovely as a little cut arrangement to grace your counter.  I love that.  They stay green and perked up in water for days. One of the hashtags on my Instagram is #greenmakesmehappy. (If you want to join us on Instagram…we are alongthedirtroad)  Truly…there is something about all of this green around us…that God created…that does a special work down deep in my soul.  Seeing the creation…kindles worship in me…for the Creator.

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Have a wonderful day, Dirt Road Friends.  Don’t forget to stop and smell the spearmint!

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