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Taylor Herbal Teas

Southern Lemon Mint Tea

Lemon Juice
Lipton tea bags & Water
Sweet & Low
Herb: Peppermint (Boil with Tea bags & strain)
(Add a few fresh sprigs of peppermint with Ice)

Effingham Tea

Lemon Juice
Lipton tea bags & water
Sweet & Low
Herbs: Peppermint, Catnip, & Pineapple Sage
(Boil with Tea bags & strain…Good with or without Ice)

Herb & Oil Dipping Sauce

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Rosemary, Sweet Marjoram, Garlic Chives,
Persian Anise & Sweet Basil, Bronze Fennel,
Dill, Bergaten Sage
(Simmer in Pan on “Boil” setting for 10 minutes, then remove & place sauce in glass jar to cool, and lastly serve on plate)
*Use Italian/French Bread for dipping*

Purple & Green Salad

Romaine Lettuce
Sliced Carrots
Cherry Tomatoes
Choice of Dressing


Purple-leaf, Sweet, & Persian Anise Basil,
Garlic Chives, Flat Parsley
(Mix All Ingredients & Bon Appetite!)

Chicken a la Herb

Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breast
Salt & Pepper, Diced Garlic
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Rosemary, Sweet Marjoram, Garlic Chives,
Persian Anise & Sweet Basil, Bronze Fennel,
Dill, Bergaten Sage
(Sautee herbs in oil before cooking the chicken)

Fig Jam

3 cups of mashed Figs
3 cups of Sugar **(or substitute 72 packets of Equal)
2 (3 oz.) packages of Strawberry Jell-O
(may substitute Sugar Free Jell-O)


Combine figs, sugar, & Jell-O. Let stand for 30
Minutes to blend flavors and allow liquid to form.
Bring it to a boiling point. Stir the mixture for 7
Minutes and then pour it into a sterilized container
and seal. Fig Jam is great as a breakfast spread.
Try it on biscuits or toast.


Hortiphobia is a fear of gardening. It usually stems from a propensity to avoid tedious work, but some are coupled with “unresolved” tendencies that are rooted in notions that prevent clear and simple contingencies. These fears can grow out of proportion and interrupt fruitful exchanges and endeavors.

Now let’s simplify things. What are you really afraid of in the garden: snakes, lizards, spiders or weeds, thorns, wisteria? Maybe you are apprehensive about pruning or transplanting or fertilizing. Do you neglect watering by waiting on the rain? Who cares if the lawn is mowed? Maybe you would rather not sweat, or perspire? Ha! Ha!

Sweat is sweet when fulfilling a task

Listen, examine, is that hard you ask?

Yes it’s tough to plant a tree,

Especially in the heat of day you see.

Why not plan your tasks in the cool?

Reward yourself, remember school?

Do your job the best you can,

Complete it well, now you’re the “man” (or “woman”).

So how do you overcome hortiphobia? According to WebMD Inc. a phobic person needs correction in thinking. Deep and slow breathing helps one relax and prepare to rethink their fears. “The more you know,” says Herskowitz, the less you imagine.” (

The Apostle Paul told Timothy: “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.” (II Tim. 1:7, NKJV). The gospel of Christ Jesus gives life.

Make your soul “blossom” by replacing fear of gardening with love and hope for a fruitful season by God’s grace, and make your garden have a destination…

Put plants in the ground,

Garden, don’t frown.

Breathe a little while

Express your own style.

Know what to do,

Step one, then two.

Plants in the ground,

Share love all around.

Tommy Taylor, Effingham Taylor, The Rappin’ Rotarian, March 13, 2010