My Husband is a Master Gardener and loves to grow herbs. Our garden produces a large bounty of fresh, culinary herbs each year. The last couple of years we have been harvesting the herbs and crafting with them. One of my Husband's favorites is the lavender. After drying it, he adds it to sugar and blends the mixture together with vanilla beans to make a Lavender Vanilla Sugar. Yes, it's as good as it sounds. The lavender we grow is so strong that when he sits down to separate it for storage, our whole house is heavy with the scent.
Strawberry Mint Vinegar
He also learned how to make flavored vinegars and combines flavors like strawberry with mint or bluberry and sage. All of the herbs are grown right here using organic methods. The fruit is selected during the height of their season which gives the best flavor. I found that the vinegar is always really good with meat when I'm in a hurry and don't have time to marinate it. The sugar is really yummy in a warm cup of tea because the heat makes the lavender flavor bloom in your mouth...heavenly.
For the craft show I made up new labels for the vinegars and helped him get everything ready. I found some purple ribbon for the sugar jars which turned out really pretty. I even typed up little cards giving suggestions on how to use the sugar and vinegars. These items will be ready for sale in a few days in our Etsy Store, "Mimis Craft Pantry". Here are some pictures of everything as I was getting it all ready.