O Christmas Tree!

We're real tree kind of people. We love nature and the outdoors, and like to do things ourselves. Just the type of people who go out every year and cut their own Christmas tree, right? Ummm. No.

We’re real tree kind of people. We love nature and the outdoors, and like to do things ourselves. Just the type of people who go out every year and cut their own Christmas tree, right? Ummm. No.

Well, there was that one Christmas when we lived in the country and went out and cut a tree. It was a hemlock, if I remember correctly, and more of a bush than a tree.Continue Reading

Make a Seed Packet Ornament

Do you save seeds from your garden? Make a seed packet ornament for decorating and gift giving!

Do you save seeds from your garden? Saving seeds is not a strong point for me, but I do save seed from my heirloom tomatoes, and from some of my flowers.

I was trying to come up with a way to use some of my seeds in a Christmas ornament and decided to make seed packets, and turn those into ornaments. This way, my friends and family can use them to decorate their trees, and then plant them in the garden when spring arrives.Continue Reading

How to Make Hickory Bark Syrup

Hickory Bark Syrup

I’ve been interested in foraging most of my life. The problem is, except for picking wild berries, I rarely did it. But the bug has hit me hard the past year or two. I think I might love it more than gardening. And that’s saying a lot.

What’s not to love about being out in the woods and fields, discovering new plants, and learning how to use plants I’ve known forever? Fresh air, exercise, and free, healthy food all wrapped into one.Continue Reading

JORD Watch Giveaway $129 Value

Enter to win a beautiful, wooden JORD Watch | LearningAndYearning

Are you like me? Using your phone to tell time when you’re away from home? I miss wearing a watch! And that’s why I was thrilled to pieces to receive a gorgeous JORD watch recently. And I get to give one away, too!

It’s easy to see that JORD’s style is guided by a deep appreciation for natural elements and modern design. Wood is the main component of all JORD watches; they use a variety of natural and sustainably sourced wood from across the globe. Some of their current series of watches feature bamboo, maple, sandalwood, blackwood, cherry, zebrawood, and koa.

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