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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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!
I've recently adopted a practice of make a large batch of herbal iced tea that lasts about a week until gone (I live by myself). I started doing this because all herbs have SO many health benefits, vitamins and minerals. Each week I use different herbs so I'm getting some different health benefits, vitamins and… Continue reading Mixed Herbal Iced Tea for Health Benefits
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
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
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
In your relationship, do you feel confused, exhausted, anxious, unbalanced, used, drained, unstable and stressed sometimes or most of the time? Do you overthink or do things you don't want all to help the relationship work? Does your partner show love, consideration and affection sometimes, but most of the time their actions show they are… Continue reading Don’t Lose Yourself in a Toxic Relationship
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
I found an affirmation app for my phone (you can too by searching in Google Play). The one I found is called 'My Affirmations'. This app comes with affirmations and lets you write in your own. It also lets you delete or edit any of the pre-programmed ones so you can fine tune your affirmations.… Continue reading Use Affirmations To Help You Move Forward After a Break-Up
Here I share some random thoughts on livelihood as an opening to reader comments on the subject. I wish society was more about teaching people to expand on their gifts and passions, rather than pushing everyone to go for the money. If we were taught from a young age to pursue our gifts and passions,… Continue reading Please Share Your Thoughts And Experiences On Livelihood
Here I share a fun experience I had yesterday and the effect it had on me as an opening to reader shares on this subject of having fun. I hope you will join so we can create a resource for anyone looking to improve their life. My Share: I made time for fun this weekend.… Continue reading Please Share What You Do For Fun and The Effect Fun Has On Your Life.
Most herbs have amazing health benefits and have many vitamins and minerals. Since the pandemic hit, I have been working more herbs into my diet to boost my immune system and for their particular benefits. I have been making and enjoying herbal syrups in this effort to consume more herbs. I use them in ice… Continue reading Herbal Syrups For Health, Refreshing Ice Water and More!
Here I share my thoughts on wanting to quit my job to become a full-time blogger (and other creative ideas) as a start to a brainstorm session, hoping readers will share their thoughts and experience in the comment section so we can all help each other. For the past couple of months I have been… Continue reading Brainstorming With Readers On Quitting A Job to Blog Full-Time
I have learned that service helps not only others, but yourself. I have two recent examples. My mom was declining from Cancer and it was her wish to die at home. I was the only one in the family that was 'strong' enough mentally and physically to be able to help her fulfill her wish. … Continue reading Thoughts On Death, Healing and Being Of Service To Others
My daughter and I were out and about the other day and we stopped to photograph the bridges. My photos were pretty dull, but hers came out gorgeous. She is a natural genius at photography. If you'd like to visit her blog, it is here My art on face masks. The links will take you… Continue reading Beautiful Narrows Bridge Photo taken by my daughter
Good morning everyone! This morning I am sharing a reply I made this morning to a comment on my post Hard Times Draw Us Closer To God, which I wrote Feb. 19, 2019, over a year and a half ago. The post describes pretty much everything I'm sharing here, but the funny thing is, that things… Continue reading God’s Will, Not Mine
Hi Friends! I've been away for awhile. For now, I won't get into why, because I could probably write an entire book about the many things that have went on in my life. But I will say that if you follow me, you'll find out in bits and pieces as I write posts about some… Continue reading Releasing Things That No Longer Serve Us
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
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!
Hi all! Here is a dog face design I created for face masks - it also comes on totes, tapestries, fleece blankets, coffee cups, pillows and more so take a look around while there if you like. The mask is $13.50 with free shipping. Hope everyone is doing well!! And here is my sexy red… Continue reading Dog Face Mask
Sharing a thoughtful post from my daughter’s blog 🙂
Hello! I have decided to share with you the first message received for those who subscribed to “Daily Insights With Shauna” On Self Love. If you would like to subscribe to get more messages like these, there will be a link below, or check out my previous blog.
”Certain days of life are meant to be completely on hold. It seems there is not a single drop of success, love, or movement surrounding you. Life’s spark has been lost, and hopelessness is the best way to describe it.
There are so many reasons why our life seems to be out of service. It’s just all happening behind the scenes. Sometimes these days are best spent releasing emotions, balancing our routine, or simply being present in the moment- without all the distractions. It’s actually here for our development and expansion.
What’s most likely to happen during pauses in life…
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Made these and they are definitely chewy and delicious 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder ½ cup melted butter 2 cups white sugar 2 eggs ¼ teaspoon salt 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons vanilla extract ⅓ cup confectioners' sugar for decoration Directions Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Line one 9x13 inch… Continue reading Chewy Brownies
Hi everyone. A few days ago I got to thinking that since we all have to wear face masks now, we might as well make it fun. I decided I'd start making nose and lip designs to go on face masks with different looks. This is my first design. I have plenty more ideas I'll… Continue reading Sexy Red Lips Face Mask
Sharing a lovely message by my daughter Shauna. Hope you enjoy as much as I did!
Hi 🙂 I’m so glad you were directed to this blog post today. There’s a reason why you are are here. I am sharing with you something I’ve done for myself for many years. Tarot & oracle card readings. I incorporate these into my daily meditation and often write myself letters from the messages I receive. I truly believe these messages come from the universe and are meant to give me the exact positive words I need to hear. I felt it was my time to share it with the world.
When I choose the cards, I shuffle very quickly and the cards actually fly out of the deck. This is how I know they are meant for me. I have prepared a letter from the Universe, for anyone reading this article today, and I did it exactly how I prepare the readings for myself.
It is my intention that…
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Along my driveway - Daffodils, Dandelion & Bluebells A few flowering plants walking down the road. Not sure what the white one is. The blue is Rosemary, then a couple of dark pink tulips and finally a flowering Oregon Grape. Trees and the beautiful sky The pond is not far behind my house. Many frogs… Continue reading Photos From a Neighborhood Walk
It's ok to allow yourself to just be, especially during a time like this. Pushing yourself doesn't help. When we can just be and flow with it, eventually we will be inspired to take action. When we are being still, ideas are percolating. I have had a few days where I got a lot done… Continue reading Allow Yourself To Just Be
I just learned that my print-on-demand art service (Fine Art America) is now offering face masks with art printed on them!! I will include a few of the face masks with my art below. It is a process to get each one of my designs available for the face mask option so please be on… Continue reading Face Masks With My Art Printed On Them Available Now!!