Written by Charli Mills

Charli Mills, a born buckaroo, makes literary art accessible at She writes about the veteran spouse experience and women forgotten to history.

May 18, 2015

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    • Charli Mills

      It spreads! But I like it in certain parts of the yard. But a container is a good idea.

      • Charli Mills

        Wow! I hadn’t thought about mint spreading like that. I think of it as a good “filler.” ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Norah

    I’d love to join you in a cup of peppermint tea, Charli. Mmmm!
    I also like to add mint to summer punch – a tropical punch with mint and strawberries. Mmmm!
    And of course it always goes well with peas, or in sauce on lamb . . .
    We could create a mint of mint recipes!

    • Charli Mills

      Ha, ha…a mint of mint recipes! I love mint in sweet tea in the summer. I’ll have to try it with strawberries which are in season.

      • Norah

        Yum! Strawberries, vanilla ice cream and mint – now there’s a treat! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Sherri

    Love mint but definitely agree with Irene, it will take over unless grown in a pot. I have my little kitchen herb garden growing in pots just outside my kitchen door. And I would add to Norah’s great uses for mint (and yes, a long, tall glass of Pimms – like Norah’s summer punch, but alcoholic – ) is not complete without a mint leaf or two. Also I always toss a few mint leaves into boiling water cooking yummy new potatoes, gives them a wonderful hint of flavour ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Charli Mills

      I’m searching yard sales for containers to grow my herbs though I have rambling thyme among my roses and a sizable patch of tarragon. Ooh..Pimms? Is that anything like a mint julep or a mojito? Great idea — I’m going to try the leaves in potatoes sometime!

      • Sherri

        Pimms is the the brand name of a drink that you add to lemonade (7 up) and lots of ice, strawberries, cucumber, orange slices and of course mint. Usually made up in a jug and served in tall glasses. It is the quintessential summer drink for bbq’s, gatherings, or any excuse actually for sitting outside in the sunshine and sipping away ๐Ÿ˜€ Common expressions: ‘Anyone for Pimms?’ or ‘It’s Pimms’ O’Clock!’ Here’s a link better explaining just another curious British ritual ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Charli Mills

        Love it! I’m going to have to introduce Pimms to northern Idaho!

  3. Charli Mills

    Oh, dear…I commented on Sarah Unsicker’s new blog and somehow reposted it over here. I hope it’s clear that these are her recipes. She’s got a nice new blog at This is actually a nice post to repost!

  4. Annecdotist

    I’ve just picked a load of mint to dry for the winter. I just put a sprig in a cup, pour on hot water and there you have it: mint herb tea!

    • Charli Mills

      That’s what I’m looking forward, too!

  5. rogershipp

    Love the smell of mint…. all kinds of mints… but here in Virginia, they can become a nuisance plant unless contained!

    • Charli Mills

      Sounds like Virginia and Australia share that in common. I’m hoping mine will grow!

      • rogershipp

        I suspect they will.

      • Charli Mills

        My daughter is gardening for a lodge in Montana and she called today to express her frustration with a “mint invasion.” At least I didn’t plant mine near my garden. ๐Ÿ™‚

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