Thyme On My Hands

9 Jul

My Take

DiVoran Lites

My mother, grandmother and even Dad were all good cooks, but they didn’t use herbs. When I became a full-time homemaker, I decided to experiment and my family liked them. Now, I’m learning to grow my own.

Recently I harvested basil, rosemary, oregano, cilantro, chives and of course thyme. Thyme is a small miracle. It adds great flavor to food, it’s a survivor, an antioxidant, and an antiseptic. I love the aroma that lets me know it’s around. The other herbs fit all together in small packets for the freezer, but the thyme filled a colander all by itself.             

Hey, there’s an idea, maybe I have plenty of clock time too. What would happen if, instead of indiscriminately giving it away or throwing it away I ask God to guide me in its use? I’m sure if I put him in charge, the housework will get done, I’ll have minutes and hours to listen and I can develop healthier habits. Hobbies, weeding and mending can still happen. Maybe if I do what I feel is intuitively right for me, I will discover the things God created me to do. Maybe I’ll be more at peace with myself, and more effective in every way.

I spread handfuls of thyme over a cookie sheet and froze it, and then I made packages of  it  to throw into stews and vegetables. When I prayed about individual choices in clock time, I began to feel more settled, more satisfied, and eventually more peaceful. I believe I’ve become more effective in every way.

Check out this snippet from The Message Bible: …”if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty.” (Matthew 23:12)

Herbs: Thyme, oregano and rosemary

Herbs: Thyme, oregano and rosemary (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Note from Onisha: I think thyme is one of my favorite herbs too but I have a question, what constitutes a sprig of thyme?

4 Responses to “Thyme On My Hands”

  1. Patricia Paris July 10, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    Loved seeing this post on herbs! Thyme is one of my favorites, right up there with sweet basil and rosemary…and oregano and sage. Onisha, a sprig is one of the small offshoots that you can pinch off of the stalk. The sprig may also have its own small offshoots. I love when it gets the pretty, dainty little blue flowers all ove it!


    • oldthingsrnew July 11, 2012 at 11:29 am #

      Patrica, thanks for stopping by and special thanks for answering the sprig question. I had to choose dried thyme in a recipe because I had no idea what a sprig was.


  2. onisha Ellis July 9, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    Sadly, I am still confused. Is one tiny stalk the part that grows from the ground to the tip is it the small section that shoots out from the stalk arising from the ground?


  3. DiVoran July 9, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    Onisha, I believe a sprig of thyme is one tiny stalk. I’ve read and you probably have too, where you can use the large stalks, without leaves, as a small skewer to at flavor to shish-kebob, but I’ve never had a stalk that big.


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