Gardening

Two Ways To Get Free Tomato and Pepper Plants In A Cold Climate For Next Season

Many of us that live in colder climates where we get freezes in the winter are under the assumption that tomato and pepper plants (bell and hot) are annuals. In warmer climates where it does not freeze they are actually perennials. So the first way to get free tomato and pepper plants for next season… Continue reading Two Ways To Get Free Tomato and Pepper Plants In A Cold Climate For Next Season

Advice, Self Care, Self Improvement

Guest Post: You Grow From Your Challenges

Another Reminder! So I learnt something about Happiness today. Happiness is a decision. And sometimes happiness is not really a ‘thing’ at all, but a decision. Deciding to live with a spirit of gratitude. Choosing to be thankful, to see the bright side, to love and smile and have hope, regardless of what’s in the… Continue reading Guest Post: You Grow From Your Challenges

art

Oil Pastel Poppy with Reference Photo

My latest piece of art This was the reference photo. It's a photo of a poppy growing in my yard: It is available printed on useful and decorative items at Fine Art America: Thank-you for looking! Click here for more items available with my art printed on them. Warmly, Monica Face Masks With My Art… Continue reading Oil Pastel Poppy with Reference Photo

Homemade Beauty Products, Using Herbs and Flowers

DIY Herbal Bite and Sting Salve

Folks, it’s that time of year. Summer. Ew. When mosquitoes lurk around every corner, and poison ivy and thorns seem to meet you at every turn in the woods. In addition to these common skin irritants, I’ve noticed as I’ve aged that prickly plants – not just thorns like raspberries, but even summer squash and… Continue reading DIY Herbal Bite and Sting Salve

Self Care, Self Improvement

Water Wisdom for Autumn

Just a few weeks ago in the Northern Hemisphere, we began Lúnasa season, while those in the Southern Hemisphere began its waxing counterpart and complement, Imbolg. How are these seasons manifesting for you, and in your locale?   At this time of year I normally begin to feel the shift of energies from the Fire… Continue reading Water Wisdom for Autumn

Gardening, Home And Garden

Chop and Drop – A Free Easy Way to Improve Your Garden Soil

If you have poor garden soil you do not need to purchase amendments to make the soil healthier. There is a free way to do this, and it is organic if the rest of your garden is organic. It is a method called chop and drop. All you do is place existing plants leaves and… Continue reading Chop and Drop – A Free Easy Way to Improve Your Garden Soil

Self Care, Self Improvement

Overwhelmed? Time to Review Your Self-Care Strategy

Sometimes, being an adult truly sucks. We often mourn the carefree existence of our youth as we feel like we constantly face challenges in our lives. From planning dinner each day, ignoring the mountain of ironing that is growing in the corner, dealing with arseholes at work, never-ending to-do lists, health worries, money worries, childcare issues, aging parents, our own relationships with our partners and for some of us, perimenopause and all the joys that brings, it is little wonder we are feeling a tad stretched.

Blueberry Recipes, Fermenting

Homemade Blueberry Vinegar

Blueberry vinegar first began as a failed attempt at blueberry wine, but is now an annual tradition and the primary vinegar we use for everything. Making vinegar is a perfect use for old, blemished, and forgotten fruit. This recipe is for a sweet blueberry vinegar that is excellent as a finishing vinegar or to dress… Continue reading Homemade Blueberry Vinegar

Carrot Recipes, Food/Cooking, Uncategorized

Classic Carrot Cake

Classic carrot cakeClassic Carrot Cake Monica's art printed on useful and decorative items available at fine art america. Any purchase help support this blog. Thank you. Homemade Granola Recipe Homemade Convenience Food Series #2: Banana Bread Easy Peanut Butter Fudge Personal Pizza Homemade Convenience Ideas Rosemary Garlic Artisan Bread Wild Plum Ketchup Plum Crisp

Food/Cooking, Tomato Recipes

Fresh Tomato Soup With Love From THika

Hello and Happy Sunday! I am so excited to be sharing this recipe with you all!! It comes to you from Thika, Kenya – a delicious fresh tomato soup courtesy of our cousin Minal. About the recipe Okay as some of you may know I just returned from a holiday in Kenya this July and… Continue reading Fresh Tomato Soup With Love From THika

Self Improvement

Doing Something Small Daily On Your Goals Leads To Motivation and Results

Break goals down into small manageable pieces. Each day and do something small on each one of them. Sometimes doing something small inspires you to work on it longer. Sometimes doing something small is all you can do, and that's fine. At least there was a little bit of progress and that progress will keep… Continue reading Doing Something Small Daily On Your Goals Leads To Motivation and Results

Dating and Relationships, Self Care, Self Improvement

We MUST STOP interacting with their chaos and lies, STOP allowing their manipulation and gaslighting, STOP interacting with them altogether and most importantly STOP believing in them! From there we must work on ourselves to regain our footing, regain our worth, and be able to trust once again. Knowledge and education are our power that moves us forward with clarity and truth.

We MUST STOP interacting with their chaos and lies, STOP allowing their manipulation and gaslighting, STOP interacting with them altogether and most importantly STOP believing in them! From there we must work on ourselves to regain our footing, regain our worth, and be able to trust once again. Knowledge and education are our power that… Continue reading We MUST STOP interacting with their chaos and lies, STOP allowing their manipulation and gaslighting, STOP interacting with them altogether and most importantly STOP believing in them! From there we must work on ourselves to regain our footing, regain our worth, and be able to trust once again. Knowledge and education are our power that moves us forward with clarity and truth.

Food/Cooking, Plum Recipes

Wild Plum Ketchup

Wild plums are in season right now in the Midwest, and this is one of the best things I’ve made with them to date. Seven years ago, I put up a recipe for ketchup made from wild plums (Prunus americana or nigra will both work, as well as any common plum or stone fruit you… Continue reading Wild Plum Ketchup

Recycling & Upcycling

DIY Dress to Boho Bag

Kids grow out of their clothes so fast. Usually, they get donated, given to someone we know or, if craftiness calls, turned into something new! This cute, no sew, boho bag was upcycled from a dress my daughter had out grown. It was a fun project and she loves letting people know we made it… Continue reading DIY Dress to Boho Bag

Self Care, Self Improvement

JUST LET IT GO

Whatever “it” is, just let it go. Don’t worry about what they said about you. Let go of what happened at work. Don’t be mad if someone didn’t call you back. Let go of the anger and hurt of not being invited. Just let that stuff go. It’s too heavy, it prevents you from laughing,… Continue reading JUST LET IT GO

Law of Attraction, Self Care, Self Improvement

“Make the internal commitment to say yes to whatever arises in this moment” Eckhart Tolle

When we resist the current moment wanting something else, it causes suffering. I am relating to this currently because I have been wanting different things happening in my life than what are actually happening. Because I have been doing this, I have felt unhappy when there are actually things to be grateful for. Like seeing… Continue reading “Make the internal commitment to say yes to whatever arises in this moment” Eckhart Tolle

Being Self Employed, Gardening

In Which We Set Up a Flower Truck

Hello, my friends! Ah, I think you guys are really going to enjoy the pictures today. Remember Dad’s aesthetic mint green truck from my birthday post? Turns out it makes a wonderfully eye-catching flower truck! Mom has been growing so many flowers this year that we have too many to display ourselves, so she started… Continue reading In Which We Set Up a Flower Truck

Blackberry Recipes, Food/Cooking

Blackberry Simple Syrup

This simple syrup recipe is just like my other syrup recipes but it yields a bigger amount so some of the quantities and cook times differ. This syrup is absolutely delicious on and in so many things (ice cream, pancakes, waffles, tea, cocktails, etc.) but this bigger recipe is to ensure you have enough to… Continue reading Blackberry Simple Syrup

Food Forest Gardening (Permaculture), Gardening

How Much Land Is Needed To Grow A Permaculture Food Forest?

Growing your own food means that you will always know what you are eating, where the food has come from, and that the produce is toxin-free! These days there are so many ways that you can grow your own produce, from caring for a few small pots on your balcony to running a farm or… Continue reading How Much Land Is Needed To Grow A Permaculture Food Forest?

Lavender, Using Herbs and Flowers

Lemon Lavender Scones

Last weekend, Jim and I went to Long Row Lavender in Wright City, MO. It’s a cute little farm halfway between St. Louis and Columbia where you can pick your own lavender, take a stroll around the farm, and even get breakfast or lunch. We had a great time picking lavender. We got there early… Continue reading Lemon Lavender Scones

Food Forest Gardening (Permaculture), Gardening

Tips for Sourcing New Plants For Your Garden in a Sustainable Way

Now, while the summer season is in full swing, you should be making plans for your garden over the months to come. You might be thinking about ordering trees and shrubs to plant over the dormant period, buying seeds for winter cover crops, or even buying seeds in for next year. But while you may… Continue reading Tips for Sourcing New Plants For Your Garden in a Sustainable Way

Signs and Symbols

Baby Bunnies Playing in My Yard w/Thoughts About What They Symbolize

I was out weeding and collecting Calendula to make more Calendula Soda yesterday evening and I heard leaves rustling around. I thought it was birds (which I also love to see but I see them a lot every day), but then saw two baby bunnies, one chasing the other round and round one of the… Continue reading Baby Bunnies Playing in My Yard w/Thoughts About What They Symbolize

Recycling & Upcycling, save the earth

How to Recycle Cardboard

Make cute shelves out of cardboard for your home AND help the earth by recycling. You save money, you save an item from the landfill and when you are finished with the shelves, they will compost.

Food Forest #1

Food Forest Gardening

Bealtaine Cottage, An Inspiration For A Healthier World

BE THE CHANGE

I have written a blog regarding the importance of recycling previously. In this blog, I find it necessary to share some ideas related to recycling different things. So today, I will start with the concept of recycling cardboard boxes.

Cardboard boxes are a big part of our daily life. Whenever we shop for toys, electronics, etcetera, we get them. Be it big or small in some form or the other we get hold of it in our shopping. What we usually do is throw them away.

Two years back, this idea came to my mind that typically these cardboard boxes are firm, so why don’t I use them as a shelf. It was the time when I got hold of few cardboard boxes altogether. So I started working on the implementation of my idea, and it worked. They turned out to be great shelves.

So here is the method how…

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Food/Cooking, Herbs, Using Herbs and Flowers

Rosemary Garlic Artisan Bread

There’s a reason why bread is considered a comfort food…it warms your body like your mother’s warm hug. The humble loaf of bread starts it’s life with such simple instructions yet, cared for in such a way. You create this “spiritual-like” experience from the aroma, wafting in the air. To the emotinal love you put… Continue reading Rosemary Garlic Artisan Bread

Advice, Being Single And Happy, Dating and Relationships, Self Care, Self Improvement

Monday Notes: Low-Maintenance vs High-Maintenance Relationships

A few months ago, I was talking to my daughter about some relationship challenges I was having. I’d decided I no longer need to be in relationship with certain people. “I think it’s just COVID, Mama,” she said. “The pandemic taught me that I don’t have to be running around doing all these things for… Continue reading Monday Notes: Low-Maintenance vs High-Maintenance Relationships

Food Forest Gardening (Permaculture), Gardening

Food Forest #1

I’ve always wanted to grow my own food. While experimenting with and learning how to grow the gateway veggies like tomatoes, carrots, and herbs I came across the concept of “food forests”. Let’s briefly brush over what a food forest is, before I share my list of plants, cost and time involved, and a few… Continue reading Food Forest #1

Calendula, Fermenting, Food/Cooking, Herbs, Using Herbs and Flowers

I Made Calendula Viola Soda!

I am a fan of Rain Country on Youtube. A few days ago my feed on Youtube came up with one of her older videos on making Calendula Soda. I have many Calendulas growing this year 🙂 So I watched the video, then excitedly went to my garden and picked a couple handfuls of Calendula,… Continue reading I Made Calendula Viola Soda!

Home And Garden, Using Herbs and Flowers

A summer floral arrangement with pizazz

Hey there! Thanks for visiting my blog. The garden is filled with lots of color, so I thought I’d take advantage of that and create a floral arrangement. Creating an arrangement is fun to do! It is great to be able to wander about the garden, gathering flowers and then being able to create something… Continue reading A summer floral arrangement with pizazz

Being Self Employed, Self Improvement

Make It Your Destiny To Accomplish Great Things In Your Life

Originally published at edupub.org. Make It Your Destiny To Accomplish Great Things In Your Life Why You Should Be Committed to Making Your Goal a Reality Are You Uninspired To Work On Your Goals? Try This. Making a Decision and Committing To It Visualizing What We Want Rather Than What We Don’t Want Quitting Social… Continue reading Make It Your Destiny To Accomplish Great Things In Your Life

Food/Cooking, Using Herbs and Flowers

Summer Mocktails or Cocktails

I am always looking for new ways to use herbs. These summer mocktails or cocktails use herbs with other ingredients and there's also a recipe for mint syrup. Thank you for the wonderful ideas to the blogger that wrote this. I hope my readers enjoy it as much as I did. Combine herbs and juices… Continue reading Summer Mocktails or Cocktails

Self Care, Self Improvement

Digital Detox in 10 Steps

I wrote a post about how quitting social media improved my life (Quitting Social Media Might Help You Live a More Fulfilling Life). This post buy another blogger gives some great tips on how to do it along with other benefits. Digital Detox is a method to stop the excessive use of digital platforms such… Continue reading Digital Detox in 10 Steps

Food/Cooking, Zucchini Recipes

Cheddar Garlic Zucchini Bread — The Toasty Kitchen — My Meals are on Wheels

Cheddar zucchini bread is the perfect recipe to use up that extra garden zucchini! This tender quick bread is filled with shredded zucchini, cheddar cheese, garlic, and chives. Best served warm with butter. So good, you’ll be going back for seconds! This cheddar zucchini garlic bread is the perfect recipe for your summer zucchini harvest….… Cheddar […]… Continue reading Cheddar Garlic Zucchini Bread — The Toasty Kitchen — My Meals are on Wheels

Banana Recipes, Food/Cooking

International Scone Week…Banana Scones with Coffee Drizzle…ish — Retired? No one told me!

Welcome to my kitchen where I cook from scratch…mostly savoury dishes as you know as apart from bread I am not a baker or a cake maker…my mother was the scone and cake maker she used to win prizes for her cakes and scones and would really frown up me if she knew I […] International… Continue reading International Scone Week…Banana Scones with Coffee Drizzle…ish — Retired? No one told me!

Self Improvement

The Practice of Deep Gratitude

At the heart of the challenges, we face in transitioning from a life-destroying culture to a life-honoring one is to disentangle the many underlying myths and narratives that subconsciously or consciously drive our behaviors.  These myths include the myth of progress, the myth of infinite growth, the lure of materialism, and the assumption that nature… Continue reading The Practice of Deep Gratitude

Food/Cooking, Using Herbs and Flowers

Blueberry Basil Jam

I had some blueberries I needed to use up so I made Blueberry Basil Jam. I did not can it because it only made around 4 cups and I plan on giving some to my dad. Plus, I'll eat toast with the jam for breakfast for a while. So it's more a refrigerator jam. 4… Continue reading Blueberry Basil Jam

Fermenting, Food/Cooking

Fermenting is my Favorite Way to Preserve Food, Here’s Why

Because I don't have a lot of freezer space and I don't really like the hassle of canning, I have been learning about fermenting as a way to preserve my excess produce. There's actually more reasons to this and that is that I love the taste of fermented food and fermented food has probiotics which… Continue reading Fermenting is my Favorite Way to Preserve Food, Here’s Why

Gardening

How To Get More Flowers, Vegetables and Fruit from your Plants

Besides providing compost-rich soil and giving adequate water, a great way to get more flowers, vegetables and fruits from your plants is to deadhead or pick frequently. Deadheading simply means picking off old flowers that are past their prime. When we do not do this, the plant's energy goes into making seeds rather than more… Continue reading How To Get More Flowers, Vegetables and Fruit from your Plants

Advice, Body Image And Confidence, Dating and Relationships, Self Care, Self Improvement

Honesty and Acceptance is What Will Heal the Hurt in a Broken Relationship

What I say here may not apply to you, but it is what has helped me heal and feel better in a romantic relationship that didn't work. I hope something helps you. The first thing I had to do was be brutally honest with myself about why the relationship was not working and if it… Continue reading Honesty and Acceptance is What Will Heal the Hurt in a Broken Relationship

Food Forest Gardening (Permaculture), Gardening, Herbs, Using Herbs and Flowers

Nasturtiums Are Edible and Good for Hair Growth

This is the Nasturtium I'm growing this year. I don't remember the name of the variety, I just picked out a packet at the store that looked pretty. They mound rather than vine. They are so easy to grow. Just plant the seeds in the garden, keep the soil moist and watch them grow. I… Continue reading Nasturtiums Are Edible and Good for Hair Growth

Gardening, Herbs, Law of Attraction, Signs and Symbols, Using Herbs and Flowers

A Flower Arrangement To Attract Abundance

This is a flower arrangement I cut from my garden to attract abundance. If you didn't know, flowers and herbs have symbolic meaning that has been gathered through the ages. To find out what the symbolic meaning is of particular flowers and herbs, you can google it. By making an arrangement of flowers and herbs… Continue reading A Flower Arrangement To Attract Abundance

Food Forest Gardening (Permaculture), Gardening, Herbs, Home And Garden, Thrifty, Uncategorized

How I Created Raised Garden Beds For Free

Before the pandemic hit, I only had a 4x4' garden bed. I was laid off from my job and concerned about food shortages so wanted to start growing a larger garden. I also had health in mind, wanting to grow herbs and produce. In the past I studied herbs and knew many of them have… Continue reading How I Created Raised Garden Beds For Free

Gardening, Herbs, Uncategorized

An Easy Way to Multiply Many of Your Garden Plants

A while ago, I wanted to multiply a lot of my plants but didn't want to go to the hassle of propagating cuttings in pots. I'd have to buy more potting soil, fill containers with soil, plant the cuttings, keep the pots watered and finally when the cuttings root, adjust them to a sunnier position,… Continue reading An Easy Way to Multiply Many of Your Garden Plants

Gardening

Natural Tomato (& Other Vining Plant) Ties Found In Your Yard + Photos from My Garden

Long grass works to tie your tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, peas or anything you need tied to a stake or trellis. You can use 2 or three pieces together to strengthen it. I have found this very convenient and I am more apt to get the job done when the supplies are a few steps away.… Continue reading Natural Tomato (& Other Vining Plant) Ties Found In Your Yard + Photos from My Garden

Food/Cooking, Gardening, Herbs

Kombucha Battered Fried Sage Leaves

I wanted to make beer battered fried Sage leaves but didn't have beer so was trying to think of a substitute.  Kombucha is fizzy, slightly sweet, but more sour, so I thought maybe it would work, so I gave it a try. I only used about a cup of all-purpose flour then whisked in enough… Continue reading Kombucha Battered Fried Sage Leaves

Gardening

Turn Sprouted Potatoes Into Many Fresh-Grown Potatoes

If you're like me, there's always a few potatoes left in the bag of store-bought potatoes that shrivel and sprout. It's easy to turn these potatoes into many fresh-grown potatoes. Just take each potato and cut into chunks with at least one sprout, then plant in a sunny area with well-drained, amended soil. They do… Continue reading Turn Sprouted Potatoes Into Many Fresh-Grown Potatoes

Food/Cooking, Gardening

Tawny Daylily – Easy To Grow, Beautiful, Edible and More!

The daylily plants that I have now have been in my family for many years. My grandma was growing them in her yard when I was a teenager, around 40+ years ago. When I got married in my 20's, I got a few divisions from her large clump and enjoyed them for many years. At… Continue reading Tawny Daylily – Easy To Grow, Beautiful, Edible and More!