A Heart Healthy Valentine on WOOD-TV8

Give heart healthy Valentines this year
using dried herbs from your garden,
or plan ahead to create meaningful and economical
gifts in the future.
Today, on eightWest WOOD-TV8, co-hosts Terri DeBoer and Rachael Ruiz invited me to show their viewers how to package a custom dried herb mix in a container that can be used to make an Herbed Vinaigrette or Herbed Olive Oil.
Harvest the herbs from your garden, dry them and store them until you are ready to use. Herbs can be dried by hanging them up in a cool, dry place, or they can be dried in a dehydrator. Then, assemble your gifts using the directions below.
All your Valentine will need to do is mince the included garlic clove, add the necessary liquid/s, shake and serve! The Herbed Vinaigrette can be enjoyed as a salad dressing, or as a vegetable marinade. The Herbed Olive Oil makes a wonderful dip for crusty Italian bread.
Olive oil has great health benefits, when used in moderation. The main type of fat found in olive oil is monounsaturated fatty acids. Unsaturated fats such as these, may help lower your risk of heart disease by improving related risk factors.
Today, Terri DeBoer & Rachael Ruiz, co-hosts of eightWest WOOD-TV8,
invited me to show their viewers how to create a heart healthy Valentine. 

Press play on the above video, or click on the above link to watch the segment! (6:19)
The dried herb mix and un-peeled garlic clove
in the bottom of the Weck Jar.
1/2 T of any five of the following herbs: Parsley, Basil, Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, Oregano or Marjoram
1 t Red Pepper Flakes
1 Garlic clove, un-peeled
Sea Salt & Black Pepper to taste
1. Mince garlic & add back to jar
2. Herbed Vinaigrette: 1/3 C EVOO & 1/4 C Balsamic Vinegar
2. Herbed Olive Oil: 2/3 C EVOO
3. Seal Jar, shake & taste
4. Adjust salt & pepper
5. Shake before serving
Weck Jars are ready for lids, clamps and the finishing touches!
Valentines can be wrapped with organza ribbon,
a stamped wax seal and a live alstroemeria bloom.
From our garden to your table…
Happy Valentine’s Day!


  1. Anonymous

    January 4, 2012

    Great segment on Eight West today! I was not aware of your blog, but will be a frequent reader from now on! I appreciate your style!
    Kristen in Belmont

  2. Margaux Drake

    January 5, 2012

    Welcome to Heaven On Earth-Home, Kristen! So glad that you’ve found us. Looking forward to having you return. 🙂

  3. The Shade Shop, Inc.

    January 5, 2012

    Margaux, what a great “hand to heart” gift! Did you also know that a new shop is opening (or is open) in downtown GR strictly dedicated to olive oil? Across from Madcaps where Blake’s sandwich shop use to be….

    I am drying the rosemary from my flower boxes and now have a new purpose for it…thanks!