"He causeth the grass to grow for food, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth a man's heart." ~Psalm 104: 14-15


Super Simple, Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe

I wrote this up in August 2016. It was a dinner I put together for my husband and myself, on the fly. It was so good and so easy, I wanted to share it with you all, my Gypsy Herbal blog readers. :-) Just sorry I never hit "publish"! (Perhaps none of you are left around, after all.) I'm especially glad to have another simple soup recipe to share, since my Simple Butternut Soup Recipe continues to be the top read post on the blog! :-)

Super Simple, Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe

In a med/large cast iron skillet over medium heat:
2 TBS Olive Oil

When hot, add:
1 tsp dehydrated onion bits
1-2 TBS white flour, organic
1/2 - 1 tsp salt
garlic, fresh minced (3 cloves, or 1 tsp) or 1/2 tsp dried/granulated
Cook rue for a couple minutes, stirring constantly to prevent burning. 

Then add in: 
1/2 can tomato paste, organic
1 tsp Italian seasoning
Dash of ground pepper

Whisk in
1 c water
1/4-1/2 c half-and-half or heavy cream
add more water (up to 1 1/2 c) for desired consistency.

And that's it!  Serve right away with hot buttered toast or grilled cheese. :-)


Under Construction

Hello, dear old Readers. I'm sorry I've neglected this report for so long!

What's going on?

I do not yet have a detailed update - sorry! -
But meanwhile, there are changes coming to the blog, with older posts updated and outdated things being removed. We might even change location (but would leave you a link, in case you'd like to follow)....  Thanks for reading, and if you have been waiting around, thank you for not giving up on us entirely!

Why the changes?

I've been in a blog re-construction mode; I've changed the way I use herbs, the methods used in learning what and how to use home remedies, and from where I gather my information. I'm working toward making the blog reflect those changes; towards the goal of being more helpful to provide information on  safe and effective herbs to use in the home, with more of an emphasis on scientifically researched information.

(If you should miss anything that used to be around, please just drop me a line, I'll probably have a copy of it stashed away!) 

BHS is closing!

*Edit: in the end, BHS did not close it's doors. They're currently selling a more limited supply of herbs/products than in the past.

On a side note, I do want to just mention - an old favorite place is shutting down; Bulk Herb Store is closing their doors (along with taking down their blog and YouTube channel). So make sure you pop over there and check for any old favorite (or something you always wanted to try), and print a copy of any blog posts you want to reference back to! Here is my affiliate link: Bulk Herb Store