Nance -- the stuff on top of the cupcakes are lavender flowers. I put them on top for dcorations as well as inside.
I harvest my lavender and keep it to use all winter. But I would imagine that amazon.com has culinary lavender flowers for sale (be sure to get the culinary kind).
My chicken salad -- it's my grandmother's recipe, updated by my mom, updated by me.
I roast the chicken with a sprinkle of herb and salt and pepper and olive oil, then shred it and add diced red onion and celery. The dressing is 1/2 c. sour cream, 1/4 c. mayo and 1/4 c. plain yogurt and a squeeze of lemon and salt and pepper. For the tarragon one, I just added dried tarragon z(mine is just starting to grow in the garden) and for the dill one, added sprigs of fresh dill.
You could use other herbs -- whatever you like to the salad. You could also add nuts and dried cranberries if you wish.
It all looks wonderful. I have lots of lavender growing in my garden because it is drought tolerant, the rabbits and deer don't bother it, and I love the way it looks. However, I confess that I don't like the flavor or scent so I don't harvest the flowers.
We harvest our herbs in the fall. I'm thankful spring is here! We'll be getting them planted soon. I chuckle when I see images of rosemary being put in a small window box. This is more shrub like and needs a larger container, if not in the ground. Hoping many will have an herb garden and enjoying what these herbs can do to your dishes!
The recipe originally called for either basil or cinnamon basil. The cinnamon was used in both. Yes, I do grow SOME herbs in pots indoors but . . . the light is not all that great in windows (or at least my windows LOL!) and their growth creeps rather than leaps like it does when they are outdoors. I usually use them when I have company so I can say "this thyme came from the window". In the winter, I rely on grocery store fresh herbs rather than dried. Although some, like thyme, rosemary and sage often is in the garden and I can clip it in the winter.
Nance, Rosemary is not a fast grower and in Minnesota it's considered an annual -- not winter hardy at all!! It's not winter hardy in Kansas and we're never as cold as you!!!!
I have had them winter over sometimes but sometimes we have mild winters when it doesn't really freeze for long periods of time. And I have a "glass house" for my rosemary so I've had it a while. When the temp dips, I just put the lid on the house until it warms up again.
Mine is now several years old and about 2 1/2 feet tall (although I do cut it back in the fall so the lid will fit on the glass house!)