Herbs, Sage, Using Herbs and Flowers

Sourdough Onion & Sage Bread — Comfort du Jour

The generous amounts of onion and sage I’ve added to this loaf make it perfect for Thanksgiving stuffing or dressing, and you’ll probably want to have an extra loaf on hand for leftover turkey sandwiches, too. Sourdough Onion & Sage Bread — Comfort du JourSourdough Onion & Sage Bread — Comfort du Jour Rosemary Garlic Artisan… Continue reading Sourdough Onion & Sage Bread — Comfort du Jour

Food/Cooking, Halloween, Home And Garden

10+ Spooky Halloween Dishes (& what to make with all that candy!)

Halloween is here and it’s a time for all things spooky and all things pumpkin! I just love doing food for any holiday – the girls absolutely love it! And obviously Halloween is the best Holiday, obviously. 🙂 The food for it is festive and fun and the girls just get the biggest kick out… Continue reading 10+ Spooky Halloween Dishes (& what to make with all that candy!)

decorating

A Sunflower swag for Our Little Red House.

And all at once summer collapsed into Fall. Oscar Wilde I can’t believe Fall is finally here. Here in Arizona we all look forward to the cooler temps of Fall, although we are still warm here in the city, up north the temps are getting cooler. I love that. I decided before heading up to… Continue reading A Sunflower swag for Our Little Red House.

Herbs, Self Care, Using Herbs and Flowers

DIY Fire Cider

Fire Cider is a traditional herbal remedy used to warm up the body during the cold months and support immunity during cold and flu season. Its striking blend of ginger, garlic, onion, horseradish, chilis and other herbs gives it a potent warming quality, while apple cider vinegar and honey give it a pleasant sweet-sour flavor.… Continue reading DIY Fire Cider

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

Gardening, Herbs

Growing And Using Thyme for Health

Last summer I had one Thyme plant. This season I have four - I started a new plant by dividing the Thyme I had and I bought 3 others. The new 3 are Lemon Thyme, English Thyme and Pizza Thyme. Here are some photos: These all make a tasty tea. Sometimes I drink it on… Continue reading Growing And Using Thyme for Health

Food/Cooking, Gardening, Herbs

How to Make Oregano Tea and It’s Health Benefits

Oregano tea you say? I thought that was to season Spaghetti! Seems I'm always referring back to when the pandemic was first taking hold in a lot of my posts. Yes, I am. That period of time and what we went through was a life changer for me. Being laid off for 2-1/2 months, experiencing… Continue reading How to Make Oregano Tea and It’s Health Benefits

Gardening, Herbs, Home And Garden

How To Propagate Oregano – It’s Easy!

Last summer I purchased fresh oregano from the produce department at the grocery store with the intention to start new plants from the sprigs. It was not long after the pandemic had begun and I had decided to do all my shopping online and pick up or have everything delivered, rather than going to the… Continue reading How To Propagate Oregano – It’s Easy!

Gardening, Herbs

A Less Expensive Way to Get a Few Basil Plants

When I was laid off last year due to the pandemic, I had decided to start a garden. I quickly found out that many other people had this idea because seeds and plants were hard to come by. I had to get creative in getting plants for my garden. I noticed my grocery store had… Continue reading A Less Expensive Way to Get a Few Basil Plants

Gardening, Home And Garden

Start Seeds Earlier Than The Last Frost Outdoors

I don't have a lot of space to start seeds in my home and the last frost date here is usually the first week of April. So a few weeks ago I tried a little experiement and planted some seeds outdoors. I planted Brussels Sprouts, red onion and Asparagus seeds thinking they may do better… Continue reading Start Seeds Earlier Than The Last Frost Outdoors

beauty, Gardening, Herbs, Homemade Beauty Products, Self Care, Uncategorized

Homemade Lilac Salve

Pin to Pinterest with this image so you can refer back to it later Last March, I was laid off from my job for 2.5 months due to the pandemic. During this time I began to get back in touch with my passion for gardening and using herbs and flowers. At first, the reason I… Continue reading Homemade Lilac Salve

Gardening, Home And Garden

How To Propagate Plum Trees With Semi-Hardwood Cuttings

Growing our own produce is a great way to begin becoming more self-sufficient and eat more healthy. Some of the produce we buy from the grocery store is grown with chemicals that are not good for us and grown a great distance away so by the time we get it, much of the nutritional value… Continue reading How To Propagate Plum Trees With Semi-Hardwood Cuttings

Food/Cooking, Gardening, Herbs

Boost Your Immune System With Dandelion Tea

Since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic I've been on a quest to grow as many fruits, vegetables and herbs as possible for my health, and in case anything happened to our food system. During this quest I found out that Dandelion is highly nutritious. Dandelions are full of antioxidants and boost the immune system… Continue reading Boost Your Immune System With Dandelion Tea

Gardening

Food Forest Update: Tomato Plants from Slices, Herb Cuttings, Potato Plants from Potatoes and More!

At the beginning of the pandemic, I decided it would be a good idea to grow as much produce as possible. My yard is a blank canvas for the most part. I used to be an avid gardener up until my marriage ended 12 years ago. Six of those 12 years I lived in an… Continue reading Food Forest Update: Tomato Plants from Slices, Herb Cuttings, Potato Plants from Potatoes and More!

Being Self Employed, Gardening, Self Care, Self Improvement

Taking Charge Of Our Own Lives During The Pandemic

I am in the United States and over the past few days I've felt very dis-empowered. Covid19 taking more and more lives every day. President Trump claiming he has total power and re-opening America very soon. Watching news constantly to try and find out what I need to plan for. President Trump thankfully putting the… Continue reading Taking Charge Of Our Own Lives During The Pandemic

Food/Cooking, Gardening, Herbs

Dandelion Salad

The other day I looked out my kitchen window and noticed the dandelions blooming. At first I thought "great, time to figure out how to get a mower". But for some reason a memory came to me of years ago frying dandelion flower buds in butter and them tasting like mushrooms. I had also made… Continue reading Dandelion Salad

Advice, Gardening, Home And Garden, Self Care, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

Bealtaine Cottage, An Inspiration For A Healthier World

Yesterday on Youtube I found a very inspiring woman that lives in Ireland. Sixteen years ago she purchased a large piece of property that was all grassy field. She purchased this property to prove to people what one woman can do to help the earth's health. She was not happy that Ireland was taking down… Continue reading Bealtaine Cottage, An Inspiration For A Healthier World

Food/Cooking, Gardening, Home And Garden, Thrifty

Food Forest Gardening

As I've been transitioning into the stay-home order here in Washington state, I've been doing all the normal things I'd do on my days off from work, but I've also been watching a ton of Youtube. Everything I watch on Youtube is something I want to learn - either some new skill or things about… Continue reading Food Forest Gardening

Advice, Being Self Employed, Food/Cooking, Home And Garden, Self Care, Self Improvement, Thrifty, Uncategorized

Covid19 Stay-Home and Lifestyle Thoughts

A few years ago I had FOMO (fear of missing out) and didn't know it. I didn't have the money to go to restaurants, bars, vacations, movies. I didn't have a partner to share all these good times with like everyone else seemed to. I'd dread the weekends thinking everyone else was out having the… Continue reading Covid19 Stay-Home and Lifestyle Thoughts

Advice, Food/Cooking, Home And Garden, Self Care, Thrifty, Uncategorized

Follow-Up On Walmart Grocery Pick-Up

On my first post on Walmart Grocery Pick-Up, I left off with not being able to schedule a time due to increased demand so I was going to try back later. I tried back the next morning and was able to schedule the pick-up for 2 days later. The instructions said to get their app… Continue reading Follow-Up On Walmart Grocery Pick-Up

Food/Cooking, Home And Garden, Thrifty, Uncategorized

Walmart Grocery Shopping Online & Pick-Up Experience

One of the things I planned to do in protecting myself from CoronaVirus is to shop online for my groceries and do the pick-up service. This is not something I was open to before because I like looking for deals and picking out my own fresh produce. But I'm trying to stay away from large… Continue reading Walmart Grocery Shopping Online & Pick-Up Experience

Home And Garden, Home Organization, Seeking Advice, Uncategorized

Seeking Advice On How To Get Motivated To Organize and Re-Decorate

The difficult things going on in my life over the past year have taken most of my mental and physical energy to get through so I have not been putting a lot of energy into my home and I'm not liking the state that it's in.  I do keep up with the cleaning - dishes,… Continue reading Seeking Advice On How To Get Motivated To Organize and Re-Decorate

Advice, Home And Garden, Self Improvement, Uncategorized

The Importance Of To-Do Lists

I was reminded of the importance of to-do lists this weekend. I work full time and when the weekend comes around I feel really scattered because there seems to be so much to do.  The scatteredness is not a pleasant feeling - I'll think of a few things I need to do, then start doing… Continue reading The Importance Of To-Do Lists

Gardening, Self Improvement

Mother-Daughter Time – Gardening and Inspiration to Live Life to the Fullest

My daughter Shauna and I were having a conversation about yoga last night which reminded me of Tao - the 96 year old that does yoga and has started ballroom dancing, so I showed her the video on Youtube, which brought tears to her eyes because Tao has such a beautiful spirit and is living… Continue reading Mother-Daughter Time – Gardening and Inspiration to Live Life to the Fullest

Home Organization

Home Organization Inspiration: What is Your Favorite Tip? Mine is 10 Minutes Per Day

I have included my favorite home organization tip below, but thought it would be more inspiring and motivating to get a variety of tips from readers. Please tell us about your favorite home organization tip in the comments below.  

My Favorite Home Organization Tip: 10 Minutes Per Day

Home Organization

Book Review: The Complete Home Organizer

Book Review: The Complete Home Organizer A Guide to Functional Storage Space for All The Rooms In Your Home by Maxine Ordesky With color photographs on almost every page, this book offers a wealth of ideas to get organized. It teaches you how to use your space well and gives advice on how to figure… Continue reading Book Review: The Complete Home Organizer