Extra Garden Bounty: Peppermint & Parsley

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Aside from ending up with a plethora of jalapenos on my hands from last week’s garden foray, I also ended up with bunches and bunches of peppermint & parsley. Having extra peppermint isn’t always a bad thing.  There are lots of delights that extra peppermint can be used for:

Peppermint extract

Peppermint Essential Oil

2 of my favorites are Watermelon, Mint, Basil & Feta salad or infusing water or lemonade.

Extra peppermint doesn’t usually cause a problem in my farmhouse.  Nor does it typically last too long!

But, what in the world does one do with an excess of parsley?!   In typical fashion, I went ahead and dehydrated some of it to preserve as dried parsley.

dried parsleydried parsley

Since I don’t use much dried parsley in my cooking, I didn’t want to dehydrate more than I thought I’d be able to use.  So, I hit up Google to see what the world wide webs might offer for putting the rest to good use.

Lo and behold, I stumbled across this recipe from The Nerdy Farm Wife for doggie treats that use both peppermint and parsley.  Score!  Since we have 4 dogs, I can always use dog treats.  It’s a total bonus when those treats are natural and made from ingredients that I have on hand, which makes them frugal, right?  Double bonus when they’re going to help me put extra garden bounty to good use!

Making these dog treats is so easy.

peppermint and parsley dog treats

All it takes is throwing plain yogurt (no sweeteners or flavors added – only plain unflavored for the pups!), a few tablespoons of coconut oil (to add a health boost) and a handful of peppermint and parsley into the food processor.   Pulse until blended.  Spoon into ice cube trays and freeze until set.  Voila – natural homemade dog treats!

peppermint and parsley dog treatsSo far, my dogs have been loving them!  They used to wait by the pantry door to see what treats I’d pull out for them.  Now, I catch them sitting by the freezer door!

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