MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

December 4, 2013

Carols and crumpets Saturday

By Molly Day
All the Dirt on Gardening

— The Tulsa Herb Society’s annual Carols and Crumpets on Saturday is an event that hundreds of holiday shoppers eagerly anticipate every year. The club makes a variety of home and garden crafts and has invited lots of vendors to bring their hand-crafted items to the holiday sale. The fun atmosphere they create is guaranteed to stir up your holiday spirit.

Co-chair of Carols and Crumpets, Patsy Wynn, said that her love for the event and appreciation for all the vendors keeps her working hard on it year after year.

“We’re such a close group,” Wynn said. “I’ve been a member 19 years. When I found Tulsa Herb Society, I was looking for a group that did things with nature, greenery, and herbs. Since the first time I came, I fell in love with the Garden Center mansion and have made lots of new friends.”

Twenty-eight vendors from four states will be on hand at Carols and Crumpets, selling Vintage linens, greeting cards, ornaments, chocolates, confections, jams, home and garden decor, spices, herbs, jewelry, paintings, custom made pens, chalk ware, Santa’s, pottery garden signs, hypertufa puddlers, plant markers, paper Mache snowmen, silver Christmas trees, live wreaths, baskets, pottery, metal sculpture, herb pots, dolls, live plants, and containers.

The Herb Society members’ crafts include their signature chutney, herb vinegars and jellies, candy cane sleighs, twig snowflakes and reindeer, bay leaf trees, forced bulbs in antique creamers, Christmas pillows, crocus crackers, wreaths, diorama Boxes, flower fairies, bath crystals, moth repellent bags and lavender fire starters.

In addition, the Society has a Greenery Booth where freshly cut greens are available for holiday decorating.

The Herb Society’s 3-ring, 244-page, cookbook, “It’s About Thyme” costs $20. Members’ favorite recipes include: Rosemary Squares, Apple-Pear Salad, Vermicelli Salad, Cucumbers and Cilantro, and, Fennel Seed Ceremonial Cookies.

The Snowflake Café in the Garden Center basement will be open for lunch from 11 to 2. The cost is $7 which includes crustless quiche, soup, salad, bread, dessert and iced tea.

“We started offering lunch so people can stay and shop as long as they want,” Wynn said.

Wynn said that a percentage of sales at Carols and Crumpets is contributed to the Garden Center and provides plants for the Linnaeus Garden.

The Herb Society grows every week, according to Wynn, because they have such a good variety of activities to offer.

“Herb Society members get together every Tuesday to work on crafts and kitchen projects,” Wynn said. “Also, on Tuesdays there is an herb study group that meets to talk about gardening, how use herbs in the kitchen and to exchange seeds.”

At their regular meeting, the second Tuesday of the month, they have an educational presentation or program

Wynn said, “We want the public to know about handmade crafts, gardening and all the ways herbs can be used. I’ve been involved in Carols and Crumpets forever because I love doing it - watching it come together and seeing the public enjoy it so much.”

Be sure to visit the raffle table to check out the wool feather tree with beaded birds and a hand appliqued skirt you could win.



Fennel Seed Ceremonial Cookies

1 cup low-fat Bisquick

1/4 cup butter-flavor shortening

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon fennel seeds

2 tablespoons boiling water

Mix thoroughly until the dough forms around fork and cleans bowl. For each cookie, drop 1 tablespoon dough onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 375 for 12-minutes. Remove from pan with spatula and roll in confectioners’ sugar, cool on waxed paper and store in airtight container. 4 dozen.

If you go

WHAT: Carols and Crumpets.

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7.

WHERE: Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 Peoria.

COST: Free admission and parking.

INFORMATION: Patsy Wynn, (918) 289-6217 or patsywynn@cox.net and http://tulsaherb.com.