Posts Tagged ‘herbs’

I had the privilege to try another tea from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Peace Tea is an organic herbal loose tea.

 This is a gentle and calming nervine blend; a chance for reflection while providing an opportunity to imagine a peaceful world. Takes the stress out of life for a while. A wonderful infusion drink for meditation and quiet moments.

Contains: organic Chamomile flowers, organic Spearmint, organic Lavender flowers, organic Cinnamon bark, organic Passionflower, and organic Rose petals.

In the bag, this tea had a heavy Spearmint scent. I reluctantly tried it, as I’m not a big mint fan. My hot cup turned out sensational. All the ingredients blended into a pleasant tasting, yellow-colored tea. With the diverse flavors of this tea, I forwent adding honey like I usually do.

I suggest this tea for the late afternoon or evening

with quiet conversation and feet up.

I received Peace Tea from Mountain Rose Herbs to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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McFadden Farm Potter Valley, California

McFadden Farm is certified organic vineyard! It has be owned and operated in Potter Valley, California since 1970.

I received a delightful bottle of McFadden Vineyard 2007 Pinot Noir.

Travel down a dusty county road, mushrooms, sweet cherries, chocolate, with a hint of cedar, dry with a long finish. Of all the classic grapes, pinot noir is the most difficult to make into wine. It mutates easily in the vineyard, is highly sensitive to climate changes and variations in soil composition, and is unstable during winemaking. All this makes pinot noir a riskier ( and more expensive) proposition for the winegrower, the winemaker, and the wine drinker than, say, cabernet sauvignon. However, it is precisely this enological gamble that makes pinot noir all the more fascinating and irresistible.

Winemaker’s Notes
Made from Certified (CCOF)organically grown grapes
Harvested: September 15, 2006
Sugar 23.0 Brix, TA .75 g/ml, pH 3.16
100% McFadden Vineyard, Potter Valley, Mendocino County, California
100% Pinot Noir, clones Pommard 4, Dijon 113, and Dijon 115
Wine Alcohol 13.5% TA .52 g/ml, pH 3.64
Reduced Sugar 0.10
Sufites 33ppm free, 91ppm total
991 cases bottled May 16, 2008
750 ml

I’m not a wine expert so in this review I can’t provide you with the fancy wine descriptions that this wine deserves. I can say that this is a remarkable wine and one that I wouldn’t hesitate to serve again. It was a fine accompaniment to a porterhouse; full bodied, smooth and slightly dry with a suggestion of sweetness.

Visit the McFadden Vineyard website to view their wines and learn more about the vineyard and their wine club.

I received a bottle of 2007 Pinot noir from McFadden Farm to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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I’m thrilled to be reviewing some of the great how-to books from Storey Publishing. Visit their website and see the huge selection of interesting and informative books. Check out their blog, too.

Each month I’ll be sharing a Storey Publishing book with you.

In the garden and in the kitchen, liven up your summer with herbs! The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herbs details 26 specific herbs for the novice herb grower. [that’s me!]

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The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herbs

26 Herbs Everyone Should Grow and Enjoy

Charles W.G. Smith

Nothing tastes better than herbs fresh from the garden. Discover how easy and rewarding it is to grow your own! Simple instructions, tempting recipes, and beautiful full-color photographs by Saxon Holt will inspire you to grow, harvest, preserve, and cook with 26 of the most popular kitchen herbs, including basil, chives, cilantro, dill, fennel, garlic, lavender, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, and tarragon. A great gift for any herb lover.

The table of contents attractively lists the 26  herbs by photo identification. Each herb chapter starts with the herb description and then a catchy title that highlights an important aspect of the herb. A few pages are devoted to that herb discussing how to grow it and harvest it with tips, recipes and most important uses. The end of the book offers a handy reference chart for the 26 herbs.

This is a kitchen reference keeper. The 140 pages of information and photos inspired me to plant a small herb container garden. I am growing basil, pineapple sage, cilantro and stevia. (the first three herbs are in the book) Having my own herbs on hand will be a treat this summer and a savings when you consider the cost for fresh herbs in the food store.

My thanks to Storey Publishing for allowing me to review this book. This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.

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Mountain Rose Herbs offers herbal products of the freshest quality. The photo will  link  to their site where you can see for yourself their plentiful selection of  natural and organic products.

I reviewed the Organic Oregon Chai Tea  & the Celestial Tea Strainer.
Contains: Organic Ginger root, organic Cinnamon, organic Darjeeling Tea, organic Cardamom, organic Cloves, organic Nutmeg, and organic Vanilla bean.
This was my first experience drinking loose leaf tea. I experimented and enjoyed it black, with a little milk which added some richness and sweetness, and with a teaspoon of honey -my favorite. It suited me best at breakfast; I liked the Oregon Chai paired with Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Honey Grahams or Nonni’s Original Biscotti.  🙂 I really appreciated the vanilla in this tea.
The Celestial Tea Strainer is stainless steel and fits on mugs of all sizes.  It’s an attractive way to brew loose teas.
I also reviewed the Cucumber Aroma Spray.
Contains: Certified Organic Cucumber Hydrosol, Distilled water, and Witch Hazel extract.
This is how Mountain Rose describes the Cucumber Mist:
 Pure and fresh “summer in a bottle”, this has become our affectionate name for this wonderful and irresistible new aroma spray. Merely a mist or two will invoke summertime memories, and perhaps a little bit of salivation from the intoxicating scent of fresh cucumber slices. Refreshing and evocative, this aroma spray smells like freshly cut cucumber straight out of the garden. It is superb as a room freshener, body spritzer, as a facial mist, and it has anti-inflammatory and soothing effects on the skin. Who could ask for more?
I love the simple, natural ingredients. The scent is all cucumber! I used it as a kitchen freshener and it helps with the wintertime blues.
The winner is: Bev Elliott
Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2012-03-01 10:39:04 UTC
Mountain Rose Herbs is giving away a 3 oz. bag of Oregon Chai to a random Notes From Dawn reader.
To enter, leave a comment telling me you would like to win this tea from Mountain Rose Herbs. For a second entry, subscribe to this blog and leave a comment telling me you did this. A maximum of two entries per person. Please be sure to leave your email address. If I have no contact information, I can’t award you as winner.
Contest ends February 29th @ 11:59 pm est. (available only to US residents)  A winner will be selected at random using the integer generator from The winner must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize.
I received Organic Oregon Chai Tea, the Celestial Tea Strainer, and the Cucumber Aroma Spray in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.

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