Saturday, March 07, 2009

Our customers are the kindest, most interesting and generous folks in the whole wide world.


Angela is one of our favorite people! We've never met her in person, but have talked to her via phone and email, and she always sends us the CUTEST cards, decorated with stickers and made of gorgeous recycled papers. She's so great. :) And just when we thought she couldn't be any cooler....she sends us THIS:

(note cute stickers and adorable handwritten note!)

It's a box of the most divine, amazing, succulent, box of DATES! Four varieties - from her business, The Date People! They specialize in rare and unusual varieties - frankly, I had no idea there were so many varieties of dates. She sent us 4 varieties, all carefully labeled (see pic below), and they are all delightfully different in scent, taste and texture. Can you believe what a kind and generous (and yummy) gift?

So, thanks Angela - you have made us at Prairieland Herbs very spoiled and happy. YUM!!!

Friday, March 06, 2009

Freebie Friday Double Header!

Herb Blog Contest - Week 2

For the week between Friday, March 6 and Thursday, March 12, you can enter simply by entering a comment in response to this blog entry and take a chance at winning Fairyland Cookie Cutter and Fairyland Recipe Card. Each cookie recipe comes with 1 "friend of the fairies" fairy cookie cutter and fairy sprinkles. Cutters include bird, dragonfly, fairy, gnome, flower, butterfly – she’ll choose one for you!

Garden Chick has a delightful selection of products that are either created by Karen or something she found on her adventures and loves enough to share!

The following blogs are also participating, so stop over to enter with them for additional chances to win AND the chance to explore some cool blogs.

SunRose Aromatics
Herbs from the Labyrinth
Patti’s Potions
Aquarian Bath
The Rosemary House
Nature's Gift
Torchsong Studio
The Essential Herbal
Garden Chick

Last week's winner - of a subscription to The Essential Herbal - is WifeMotherManiac! Tina will be contacting you to get your address!
As some of you know, I (Maggie) am a writer for Herb Quarterly magazine. In the current issue,I have an article about "green"gardening (ironic, no?), and I talk alot about re-using items you already have, or scavenging things from craig's list and freecycle. I mention our little greenhouse as an example - It was actually given to us, years ago - an older woman we knew was no longer able to use it, and wanted it to have a good new home. Her husband had built it for her, using primarily recycled window frames and ingeneuity. It's an adorable little greenhouse and has given many people years of use - while keeping loads of windows out of the landfills!

Kate, an HQ reader, wrote to me asking for pictures of our little greenhouse. I dug this out from our archives. If I can find better ones, I'll post them later, but for now, Kate (and all other curious HQ readers) - here it is!
Happy Freebie Friday!!!

Rosemary (sunflower seed) and ikkinlala are the winners of our Magic Mud giveaway! Drop us an email at shop at prairielandherbs dot com with your addresses and we'll send them right out!

This week, we'll give away some Healing Wands, as that was another much-requested item.

These wands are great! Our healing salve works beautifully on rashes, mosquito or bug bites, scrapes, sores, sunburn, heat burn, athlete's foot - well, in short, just about everything. We'll give away 2 of our .5 oz. tubes of this Healing Wand. Oh, they work great for pets too - in my house I keep on tube marked "people" and one marked "pets". :)

If you'd like to win these a healing wand- you must leave a comment on today's blog post.

1) One entry per person.
2) You must have a registered ID to post - if your post shows up under "anonymous", we don't know who you are, and therefore you can't win.
3) You have until the next Thursday at midnight, CST, to enter your comment.
4) Winner will be announced the following Friday - you must check back to see if it's you!
5) International folks are welcome. We ship Prairieland Herbs items all over the world, so we'll ship our "Friday freebie" anywhere too!
6) Each eligible post will be assigned a number, and we'll use a free online random number generator to determine the winner.

It's amazingly beautiful and sunny here. It was 75 degrees yesterday! Today it's 60 and sunny. We're beginning to believe that spring might actually be around the corner. Of course, we tend to get our heavest snowstorms and biggest blizzards in March and April, so....I'm sure we've got a bit of "weather" coming our way yet.....

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Our friend at Des Moines Adult Ed have asked us to share their great lineup of spring gardening classes with you - including a class taught by us! Check them out! (Click on the graphic above to see it larger)

Sunday, March 01, 2009

So, the other day my grandpa (who lives on the farm with my mom) was diagnosed with gout - in both his little pinky fingers.

He was most disgusted, as he said, because "that's an old folk's disease".

(note: Grandpa will be 90 in May. How I love that man!)

So, at excellent suggestion from the Nature's Gate website, I whipped him up some customized "Gout-B-Gone" using our St. John's Wort oil and the essential oils she recommends.  And my grandpa says it really works!

So I just thought I'd post this, in case anyone else is looking for some relief from gout.