Thursday, August 26, 2010

I Heart "Heart Rock Herb and Spice Co."!

Moroccan Spice Blend
Yesterday, I promised to tell you what I received from my girlfriends on the trip to Lake Tahoe. One of the gifts was finding out that my friend Diane (the Master Gardener friend) is starting up a brand new company of hand blended herbs and spices!

Herbs de Provence

Diane has a spectacular garden, which I have blogged about before HERE. She has been collecting rocks in the shape of hearts ever since moving to the lake.....so it was only natural that the name for her new company would be Heart Rock Herb and Spice Co.
Diane surprised us with a little herb and spice blending party of our own! We are all big "foodies" and cook a big dinner whenever we visit, so this was right up our alley. We got to recreate some of her recipes for ourselves! SO cool! Diane let us choose the blends, so we picked her Moroccan blend, her Herbs de Provence blend, the Malaysian blend and we had to try the Tahoe blend, of course.

Diane has sourced herbs and spices specifically for their freshness and is blending the spices per order right before they are shipped so that they are at their peak of fragrant flavor.

Fresh Herbs and Spices
It was so much fun getting to play with all of the ingredients....like the rose petals and lavender, which we used in the Moroccan blend, and the lemon grass and dill we used in the Tahoe blend.
There is so much information on Diane's website HERE about all of the herbs and spices, and about how you can take advantage of all of the goodness yourselves! Diane not only has an array of cooking herbs and spices, but she has put together a delicious collection of room fragrance blends as well. (Part of our gift was a blend of the month club.....yes.....that means we are getting a new blend every month!!! Lucky or what?!)
Diane is donating 10% of her profits to two non-profit organizations she is passionate about:
Bread and Broth, a food program for the hungry of South Lake Tahoe where Diane is the Director, donating her cooking talents and direction, and also to the Thunderbird Gardens, where Diane is the Master Gardener/Garden Coordinator. Yes....Diane is one busy woman. She puts me to shame.....while at the same time inspiring me to do even more.
These are what I brought home with me!

Diane I "heart" you too! You are my favorite Spice Girl!!!


A heart rock we found on our picnic at Thunderbird Lodge. Our Girl's Weekend could not have held any more wonderful and coincidental little surprises!

5 comments:

Cristin @ Simplified Bee said...

I love it! I am from that part of Tahoe so will be sure to check out her store and let my family know. Thanks for sharing!

xo,
cristin

Splendid Sass said...

The herbs look perfect! I will try them, as I am a cook myself. Thanks for sharing.
Teresa

serena at the urban farmhouse said...

I love her packaging and the idea of a spice of the month is great!

katiedid said...

Hi Cristin!
There is so much more on Diane's online store! I have to say the spce and herb mixtures are delicious! We BBQ'd with the Moroccan blend the other night and it was so good! Can't wait ti try the Tahoe blend on fish!

Hi Teresa!
Thank for the visit!
You will not be sorry.

Hi Serena!
I know! Perfect for a a holiday gift I think. I am looking forward to see what will be coming in September!

Jenn said...

I love the idea of a new spice blend each month! That would make a fantastic Christmas gift for the gardener in our family. Thank you for sharing...sounds like you had a great time!