Chapter 220401: Flambé’s latest Misadventure …. What’s an Herbalist? (Katnip Kapers)

April 1, 2022. After Kat’s last brush with red-eyed green Gumby aliens, Flambé decided to take a much needed break and curled up in a cushy bed of katnip. While in a deep sleep, she began dream-hallucinating (and snoring) about near escapes, misadventures, and of all things, gardening! It is Spring after all, and in her imagination she envisioned quarter acre fields of katnip growing just for her and her friends.
April Fools!

Then Flambé began to dream-wonder, ”just exactly what is katnip?” Or better yet, ”what is an herb? and why?”

So ever the kurious Kat, Flambé began wondering and wandering down the “rabbit hole” in search of answers. When she woke, she quickly scribbled down all the information she could remember about herbs and shared it with me, along with a request for a batch of lavender shortbread cookies (maybe switching out the lavender with katnip, please!).

Flambé’s finished work, complete with herbal uses, benefits, a lavender shortbread cookie recipe, and a little concertina booklet with overflow information about herbs.
Inside the concertina book, 16 different paintings of herbs, including katnip!
Flip side of the concertina book chock full of ideas on what to do with bushels of fresh herbs. What to do with katnip was conspicuously omitted, as Flambé already knows what that herb is used for!

(Flambé thanks me for playing along in this year’s (2022) Sketchbook Revival, hosted by Karen Abend. This page was inspired by Rachel Hazell who led session 2/day 8, titled Alphabet Pocketbook).

As always, Flambé invites you to follow her Zentangle-inspired antics (ZIAs) by visiting her page called Tangled Up, to see what trouble she always seems to find, past and present.


  1. Helene Engle says:

    I’d like a buy this print to frame! Beautiful. Thank you Flambé and of course Barb!


    1. Barb says:

      You’re the sweetest, Helene! I really loved how this page turned out, and almost expanded to a second page. So many fascinating things about herbs I didn’t know!


  2. Gorgeous page, Barb! I absolutely love your pocket and the mini herb accordian book – so brilliant!

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    1. Wow, thanks Karen! This was lots of fun and educational too!


  3. elainebhills says:

    Loved this informative post. Flambe is brilliant!

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    1. Good morning Elaine! Wow, thanks so much for commenting. I’ll pass your ever-so-kind words along to Flambé!


  4. goodlifecp says:

    I absolutely love fresh herbs (and veggies and fruits)! My sister sent me an aero-garden for Christmas and it came with mint, parsley, two kinds of basil and dill. They are producing quite well and I made pesto for the very first time. I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to try it!!! I used pine nuts although the recipe said I could substitute and use walnuts. I had to freeze most of the pesto as I knew I wouldn’t consume all of it before it would go bad. I add it to my fat free Italian dressing and the flavor is wonderful! I planted garlic in the fall and one has already sprouted. I plan to buy more to plant soon. Love this post and appreciate the great recommendations on the back pages of the concertina book!


    1. I love herbs too, but only have a few perennials in our courtyard. But I’m well acquainted with pesto … grew about 2 dozen basil plants in Oriental. Everything had basil, and I froze pesto “ice cubes” all summer. Yummy in the off season!

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  5. memnona says:

    Flambé and you are genial. Love your page💕

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    1. You are so kind, dear Aga! Thanks so much for checking in to see what Kat has been up to! Meow!


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