Send Me Your Gnomes!

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I used to really hate garden gnomes. I did an article a few years back about whimsical garden decorations. Of course, that included garden gnomes. And they were pretty bad. I couldn’t figure out why people liked them. Continue reading

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Relax and Enjoy the Moment

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A couple of weekends ago, we were really getting a bunch of stuff done around the homestead. As a result, I was feeling pretty rough. It doesn’t take much to wear me out and that is usually accompanied by pain, so I try to be careful not to over do it, but sometimes…

Anyhow, we decided to relax on the porch. Jeff likes to put out bird feeders and we both enjoy seeing what birds come to visit them. We even enjoy the “plain” sparrows. All of them are so much fun to watch. Continue reading

Celeste’s Garden Delights Is Delightful Reading

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I am so overdue on writing this post. I have been feeling pretty cruddy the last couple of weeks so I am behind on stuff. But, today is the day! This book rocks and I need to tell y’all about it.

So I met Celeste via email when I was setting up interviews on an article I was doing for a client. It took me a while to realize she was the same Celeste Longacre that writes for The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Duh! Just so happens I made the connection the same day her book arrived in the mail. Continue reading

Lavender Lemonade and Lemon All-Purpose Cleaner

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So I finally made the lavender lemonade that my daughter posted on my Facebook page. The recipe was on the Healthy Holistic Living website. When the essential oils I ordered came in, I couldn’t wait to make this, but I had too much work to do, so it had to wait until today. Finally.

I’m pretty sure I used to have a juicer thingie, but I have no idea what happened to it so I ended up squeezing the heck out of 6 lemons to get 2 cups of fresh juice. It helps to nuke the lemons for about 15 seconds and then roll them on the counter. My hands were a bit sticky once I was done, but they sure smelled good.

Then I added the 12 cups of water and the cup of honey. After a bit of stirring to get the honey mixed in, I added 1 drop of my lavender essential oil*. I mixed it well and couldn’t wait to taste it.

I lifted the glass to my lips and immediately put it back down. What do I smell? Soap?? Arg! So I quickly poured it into another pitcher, thinking I hadn’t rinsed the first one well enough and had ruined my lemonade with soap. By the time I was on my third pitcher, I realized I was smelling the lavender oil. (yes, I’m a little slow sometimes) I am really surprised that 1 drop is that powerful!

Anyhow, the lemonade is really yum and I hope it helps with my headaches. I may need to start buying bigger jars of honey (or raising bees and getting my own).

Lavender is really great for headaches and it also helps you sleep better. You should also keep it on hand for cuts, burns, bruises, rashes and sunburn. It’s really an excellent multi-purpose essential oil.

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Now I have a bowl full of wonderfully fragrant lemon peels and they won’t go to waste. You can make an all purpose cleaner with lemon (or any other citrus) peels. Just put them in a jar and cover them with vinegar. Let it sit for a few weeks and then strain it out.

To make your cleaner even more powerful, especially in a greasy kitchen, add a few drops of lemon essential oil*. Lemon essential oil is great for odors as well as breaking up grease, which makes it a perfect addition to your home made cleaners. It’s also a good habit to have a drop in a glass of water each morning to wake up your digestive system and boosts your immune system.

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are safe to ingest so please make sure the ones you have are safe. If you aren’t sure, order Young Living essential oils through me.

What’s Cooking? Tasting the Seasons

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Some times I feel like I am in the kitchen all day long. I’m not complaining. I enjoy cooking, even if I end up achy from being on my feet all day.

Recently, I received a cookbook to review called Tasting the Seasons by Kerry Dunnington. It’s a cookbook designed to help readers make great meals with seasonal foods, including some you may never have thought of. Have you ever tried sweet potato leaves? Continue reading

Candied Ginger Isn’t Just Candy

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I just realized that I had some ginger root in the refrigerator. I was having some problems with severe nausea for several days, so I bought it to make candied ginger. And of course, forgot I bought it. Because that’s what I do.

If you’ve ever eaten candied ginger, you probably know it’s pretty yummy stuff. You may not know that it’s good for upset tummies, it fights inflammation (making it good for pain) and some think it can even fight certain types of cancer. Continue reading

Reflections

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Happy Spring! I know that spring started a few weeks ago, but I have been a little preoccupied lately.

We had our first bonfire of the year on Easter Sunday. I really love to watch a good bonfire. Those flames are like art to me and my husband, being awesome at building fires, is my favorite artist. The embers were so hot, they looked like an enormous pile of glowing rubies. So beautiful; it’s hard to keep from reaching out to touch them sometimes.
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