Category Archives: Herbs Grass Valley

Best Dutch Licorice Selection in California? Lazy Dog Ice cream shop – no kidding!

Lazy Dog Ice Cream Shop : Famous for Dutch Licorice: 20+ Kinds
Two years ago I posted on Lazy Dog’s dutch licorice selection as being the best in Grass Valley.  It seems that during the last two years they have expanded their offerings and now offer – on site over 20 types of dutch licorice. (In addition they also offer fresh chocolates, ice cream,  gelato etc). So in the interest of Displaced Dutch people that like salt licorice  – please find an update…

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Lazy Dog shop in Grass Valley (front window view) has more than ice cream to offer: Anise Bears, double salt coins, licorice cats, licorice trucks and those little sweet salty cubes are all on the shelves.

Yesterday,  (Halloween)  I stopped by and this is what i found:

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Licorice Bears at candy store in Grass Valley


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Licorice lovers invited to Lazy dog in Grass Valley

Lazy dog hag has a wonderful selection of dutch licorice

Lazy dog has has a wonderful selection of dutch licorice

This selection ALSO features:

  • Honey Licorice,
  • Red licorice,
  • Australian licorice,
  • Swedish licorice

So if you are from the Netherlands originally, or for  any  licorice lover,  and IF you are driving through Northern California, stop by Lazy Dog Ice Cream Shop in Grass Valley. You can get the flush cheeked joy of a licorice fix with out any hassle – an you will be glad you did.

Stay in Grass Valley

If you are looking for some place to stay while in the Grass valley area you may consider Spring Hill Cottage in Grass Valley. This quiet 3 bedroom 2 bath home comes with a private in-ground pool and lush perennial gardens and rents by the day or week and provides a vacation like experience for small groups or families.

Spring Hill Cottage, flowers and Skies


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Raspberries are Ripe and Prolific

This year is a raspberry wonder for us! Everywhere you look fresh raspberries abound. The fence, the trellis, random support poles, tomato cages and the outside gate are all fair game for the raspberries that have made their home at Spring Hill Cottage. (see photos below) Fragrant and lush, our variaties are primarily thornless and range in color from golden yellow, to salmon to blushing rose. As far as flavor, they are all most delicious, fresh from the stalk, with golden sunlight warming your shoulders.

See Spring Hill Cottage garden raspberry photos below:

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Favorite way to eat them?  With fresh unflavored yogurt, or if I’m feeling really decadent, I go for layered greek yogurt, raspberries and whipped cream.

We invite you to reserve Spring Hill Cottage today through our VRBO SITE reservation portal


Decorated port-a-potty in the garden? See this one at a nearby fruit stand!

Garden Fruit stand on the way to Chico

We stopped at this family garden fruit stand on the way to Chico. Fresh herbs and flowers just add to the charm


When you are into gardening, you keep an eye out for what other people do, what’s  cute and what’s just a great idea..  We stopped by this  roadside fruit stand on the way to Chico yesterday, and found a great selection of fruit, a cute garden shed, and the prettiest port-o- let ( port-a-potty) that i Had ever seen. I had to take photos and share the experience with you!

Here’s the port- a potty!

When you open the door of the port- a- potty you see an spotlesslessly clean interior – decorated  with country charm  see photo below:

a) main view – straight shot  from front to back- colorful wall hangings, dried herbs along the windows, butterfly stickers, and signage all feels welcoming!





B)  Looking to the right  from front, you see the detail of the sign, fresh and dried herbs, and additional decorations – note how CLEAN it is!!DSCN2503



C) somehow they were able to rig a foot pump with running water – for me that’s huge since I’m a fanatic about washing hands after the restroom and prior to eating. Also a choice of soaps, fully stocked paper towels and again cute and CLEAN!!  DSCN2504


Go find Tony’s on rt 99 to Chico,  buy some fresh fruit and  even if you don’t use their public restroom – go look at it!  see Tony’s Fruit Stand for their fruits and veggies!

Morel Mushrooms Growing in Grass Valley at Spring Hill Cottage!!!!!!

Wow!  What a surprise last week when I turned off the faucet and there in the wood chips in the planter box was a perfect little morel mushroom!!  With great care I dug in to the woodchips sought the base of the sturdy little mushroom and had the perfect gift for David, who is a lets pick wild mushrooms kind of guy.  I did not photograph the first one, nor the ones David found the next day. These are photos of the third day when he was pulling back the high grass in the side yard to take home to feed to the goats.

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Grass Valley Winter Gardening Before Superbowl!

Here in Grass Valley sometimes we have the opportunity to rush the gardening season a little bit. Yes! Spring Hill Cottage Gardening in February!! We had lovely 65 Degree weather today, although that is unusual for this time of year.  So we did some gardening before the Super-bowl…Let’s show you what’s going on. One disclaimer here- all of these have additional winter protection since, in spite of the ground’s claim – I think we’ll still have some cold weather. 

Strawberries growing on wood chips

Strawberries growning on woodchips

Grass Valley garden roses

Can’t wait for these tiny yellow roses that are surely coming soon!


These roses were tiny yellow tea roses that were a gift in the winter – They come live, but never seem to make it to spring ….until last year when I put them in our cool sunporch where they got the light ( and water) they needed until the warmth came.

Herb Garden Marjoram in the early spring

Herb Garden Marjoram in the early spring

Fun trivia on this herb – its very closely related to Oregano, I find it less bitter. Its very easy to propagate – just take a little piece that already has roots and place it nicely in potting soil and keep it moist..It seems tolerant of  soil with lots of oak leaves  and pine needles as you can see here. This will easily grow 10X its size this summer!

Back to the Superbowl…I loved the Clydesdale Horse ad– Did you know that Nevada County fair Grounds has a Draft Horse Classic Event every fall?    Follow the link I just provided. It will also give you the annual schedule of events at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, which include things like the county fair, dog shows, craft shows, and llama shows.

If you’d like to rent a vacation rental with gardens and a pool – Do think if us at Spring Hill Cottage and Gardens, the cottage is a 3 bedroom, 2 and a half bath that sleeps 7-10, is fully appointed and has a gas fireplace for additional coziness. When you rent it, you get to see what we have growing.. and eat it too- in season of course. Hope to see you soon.


Grass Valley Vacation Rental with Gardens

Enjoy your Grass Valley Gold Country vacation in a setting  with herb gardens, flowers and fruit trees, a pool, a yard and a lovely cottage!  Let me show you the lemon verbena we have growing in the herb garden.

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Herb: Lemon Verbena at Spring Hill Cottage

Also look at these collards


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Collards happily growing at Spring Hill Cottage Vacation Rental Home

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Grass valley vacation rental cottage with trees and flowers