SUMMER

 

WITCH in the WOODS Summer Essentials

In-balance: SUN + FUN, vigorous exercise, sweat, swimming, trimming, beach, eat light

Imbalance: hiding inside, shy, afraid to play, over-serious, over eating, fainthearted

 

Seaweed Foraging

My favorite summertime activity to do is seaweed harvesting!  Typically in June, when the tide is negative and the rocks are exposed.  A simple recipe for pickled seaweed: A mason jar filled with seaweed cystoseira, 2/3 ACV, 1/3 soy sauce or tamari, 2 tablespoons sesame oil, red pepper flakes, garlic, onion, ginger.

Pressed Flowers

With so many amazing flowers around, it’s nice to preserve some of them using a flower press.  There are beautiful handmade flower presses available on ETSY, but here is a link for a DIY flower press.  My new favorite project to do with pressed flowers is to put them in hanging wall frames.         Great for the kids too!  https://homesteading.com/how-to-press-flowers-diy/

 

Floral Ice Cubes

Making your own ice cubes for summer cocktails is also not a bad idea!  I like to use the colossal ice cube trays to add more color. Good herbs & flowers to use: Mint, lemon verbena, calendula, borage, chamomile, basil, sage, roses.  For even more color and beauty add a sprig of fresh cut rosemary or a slice of dried grapefruit to your drink.  If you want to use flowers but not sure what is edible, I have seen and edible flower pack in the herb section at safeway.