Side note: Applesauce may be my new favorite homemade gift -- in addition to its delicious taste and simplicity to prepare, it does not run up against any of the special diet restrictions that many people have. Applesauce is vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, no sugar added, good-for-upset-tummies.
2014 is a challenging year thus far, but I'm trying to stay optimistic. This weekend, the temperature has risen above freezing and the glacier on top of our driveway is melting away. The Lane River looks like it is ready to shed its icy covering.
|You can see the freeze-thaw circles in the ice.|
|Too bad Smell-o--vision never took off. This rosemary smells as vibrant as it looks.|
The stevia demands more water and is much more finicky - if you are growing stevia, keep it in a sunny spot where you will see it everyday and will notice when the leaves start to get wilty - keep it watered well! Stevia is a low-calorie sweetener (you can learn more about it here) and I like to use the dried leaves to add a little sweetness to iced tea.