December 31, 2013 Calendar Entry

We have really enjoyed sharing Vanilla with you this month! It is hard to believe that just a few weeks ago, you recorded your thoughts about her on page 7. It is time to turn to the second part of the Herb Spirits section and find out how your thoughts and feelings have changed. We would […]

December 27, 2013 Calendar Entry

Good morning! We have enjoyed sharing our recipes with you this month. For the last crafting in the kitchen activity of the year, turn to page 27. Today, we will be making a Nervine Blend. You will need about 5 ingredients and 15 minutes to begin your journey to relaxation. For those of you who […]

December 26, 2013 Calendar Entry

For today’s listening pleasure, we are heading over to  http://www.floradelaterre.com/radio-showpodcasts/audiofile-archive.html. Listen to her audio files on Vanilla and many other herbs. We would love to know what you discover! What did you learn that you did not know before?

December 25, 2013 Calendar Entry

How have you been enjoying Vanilla this month? We have started a Vanilla extract. We have made a Vanilla flower. We have crafted an After Dinner Brew, a Feverish Tea Blend, Vanilla Oil, and some Vanilla Cherry cough drops. We have learned about her story. We reviewed what we learned with a crossword puzzle. Yesterday, we […]

December 24, 2013 Calendar Entry

Good morning! We are excited to share with you a song Kristine has written about the herb of the month. Turn to page 24 to begin singing “Vanilla” as sung to the tune, “Aura Lee”. We hope that you enjoy this song with your friends. Here are the first four lines: When my nerves are tense […]

December 20, 2013 Calendar Entry

For the last few weeks, we have been deepening our knowledge and appreciation of Vanilla. Now, it is time to review. Turn to page 39 to work on the crossword puzzle. How many words can you find before looking at the word bank?

December 19, 2013 Calendar Entry

  It is time to open those journals! If you could just write one sentence about Vanilla, what would you write today? What do you think of her personality? What has been your favorite activity with her this month? We are looking forward to reading your comments!

December 18, 2013 Calendar Entry

Let us head into the kitchen for another Crafting in the Kitchen activity. For those of you who were here yesterday, we learned that Vanilla helps to ease digestion and lower fevers. But did you know that she can also help soothe sore throats and calm spasmodic coughs? Today, let us put that knowledge to […]

December 17, 2013 Calendar Entry

We hope that you enjoyed learning about the parts of Vanilla over the weekend. We are so happy that you could join us this week! Did you know that the beautiful flowers of the Vanilla plant bloom for only 2-3 hours? That is what the Totonac people found out about her centuries ago. They did […]

December 13, 2013 Calendar Entry

It is time to study the botany of Vanilla. Did you know that she is a vine? Vanilla can grow as tall as the tree that is supporting her. You can find out more on page 19.  When you are ready, turn to the next page to view the diagram. There are 6 parts to […]

December 12, 2013 Calendar Entry

With a couple of ingredients, you can craft today’s herbal recipe, Vanilla Oil.  It helps soothe spasmodic areas of the body. Vanilla Oil can even help soothe menstrual cramps. This oil can be ready to use in about two days, then stored. We hope that you enjoy this recipe with your family and friends.

December 11, 2013 Calendar Entry

In the coming weeks, we will continue to share some of our favorite Vanilla recipes. If you have fresh Vanilla bean pods, how will you store them? On page 33, we have listed some ways that work well for us. What is your favorite Vanilla recipe?

December 10, 2013 Calendar Entry

How did you like your After Dinner Brew? Today, we’ll be making Feverish Tea Blend. With one vanilla bean pod and a couple of other ingredients, this blend can be ready to add to a cup of boiling water to help soothe a fever. Turn to page 27 to find the ingredients and directions. Remember […]