Simple Ways to Make Your Guest Feel Welcomed In Your Home
Now that the holidays are over it usually means no more guests. Well for some of us that isn't the case. Maybe family that couldn't make it during the holidays can now plan a trip. How about unexpected guests? Here are a few simple ideas that can make a huge impact when it comes to making them feel extra welcomed.
Fresh Flowers - sounds simple but it's easily forgotten. A bouquet of store purchased flowers not only smells wonderful but adds life & color to a guest room. We love the idea of a potted plant or blooming flowers on a dresser or bed side table. Purchase a plant from your local nursery and drop the plastic pot right into a decorative garden container. Prefer a more decorative pot? Use a tea pot, water pitcher, or tall glass. Wa La easy and lovely.
Guest Items - Fill a empty flowerpot with mini sizes containers of shampoo, soap, liquid soap, close soap (for small messes) & a sewing kit. Leave a note that lets them know that it's ok to use any items they wish.
Use a small ceramic pot as a candy dish. Fill it full of individually wrapped chocolates or mints. Set on the dresser or side table so that your guest not only feel welcomed but they can enjoy a sweet reminder from you anytime they wish.
Lastly, make sure there is an extra blanket available so that your guests don't have to ask if they get cold. In the summer maybe place a water bottle next to the bed or a spray water bottle to help keep them cool during their visit.
The point is to think of your guests needs before they even know they need anything. Be welcoming and loving and you will be remembered as the perfect hostess! So simple!
Eating flowers may raise eyebrows today, but history shows it's a centuries old culinary tradition. Today many people eat flowers without knowing it. Broccoli and cauliflower are undeveloped flower buds, Saffron comes from the stamen of the crocus flower. Many teas are made with roses, chamomile, and other flowers.
Edible flowers add flavor and color to your cooking. Some are even high in vitamins and nutrients. Below are a list of some of the most popular edible flowers.
Growing flowers in potted plants outside a kitchen door is easy and fun to do. Filling planter pots on a patio with edible flowers adds fragrance and character to your landscaping and decorating needs. You can use most different types of planters but the most healthiest to use would be terracotta. This type of clay pot is meant to breathe and helps to keep the plants root system healthy.
Borage: This annual grows 2 to 4 feet tall with purplish blue, star-shaped flowers. Sow seeds in a sunny spot in spring after last frost, or earlier in warm climates. Borage tolerates most soil types and usually reseeds itself. This flower adds a cucumber taste to salads, dips, and cold soups. Freeze flowers in ice cube trays to float in decorative drinks.
Calendula: also known as pot marigold, this annual was a favorite in medieval cooking pots. It grows up to 20" tall with attractive pale yellow to deep orange flowers. Sow seeds in a sunny spot and provide afternoon shade in hot temperatures. This flower has a slightly bitter taste. Add the petals to scrambled eggs, cheeses, poultry, and rice. Chop the leaves and petals in soups, salads, and stews.
Chamomile: Another annual that has tiny daisy like flowers that can be brewed in tea. Easily grown from seeds in spring, this plant grows up to 2 feet tall in full sun. Chamomile has a sweet apple flavor and fragrance make a delicious tea. Steep 2 to 4 teaspoons of fresh flowers with a cup of boiled water for three minutes. Strain and serve.
Chives: This perennial grows up to 24" tall with pink and lavendar flowers that have flavored meals for centuries. It prefers full sun and moist soil. Chives grow well in sunny windows. Break apart chive florets to add mild onion flavor to dinner rolls, casseroles, eggs, potatoes, and herb butters.
Lavender: This perennial requires dry, good draining soil. It grows best in full sun. It's taste combines well with rosemary and thyme in chicken and lamb marinades. Add a teaspoon to sugar cookie and cake recipes.
Introduce edible flowers into your diet gradually. Eat only the petals on most edible flowers. Just before eating, remove interior flower parts such as the pistils and stamen. These can taste bitter, and the pollen can cause allergic reactions.
When cooking with flowers, match the favors to your recipes.