When did gardening get so complicated, so . . . controversial? So full of decisions? Should you buy hybrid or open-pollinated seed? What is an heirloom seed? Does it matter which company you purchase from? Must seed be organic? And what about GMOs?Continue Reading
You’ve worked in the garden all day; you’re hot and tired. You need pampering and you need to relax.
You spent an amazing day hiking in the woods, but you realize that the rock on which you rested was surrounded by poison ivy.
Or maybe your little one’s skin is dry and irritated. Herb-infused homemade soap is just the help you need.
I haven’t used a lot of perfume, although there was a time when I frequently used patchouli essential oil as perfume. Then in the 80’s, I discovered Estée Lauder™ Private Collection Perfume. It was love at first smell.
That perfume was pricey, so I used it for special occasions only. But as time when on, I noticed that it was causing allergy symptoms every time I used it. Runny nose, itchy eyes, and sinus congestion. So, reluctantly I had to say good-bye.Continue Reading
We have the sweetest little 3 year old in our life, but he is one fussy eater. So, I’m always looking for ways to get vegetables into him when he comes to spend the day. This sweet potato and apple fruit leather is perfect, and he loves it.Continue Reading
How do you celebrate your birthday? For me, it varies from year to year, but there’s never been a year without dessert. I’ve always been a pie over cake kinda’ girl and have often asked for pie for my birthday. But when I was a child, first my grandmother and then my mom would make the most amazing cake I’ve ever had – Poppy Seed Cake.Continue Reading
Back in the day when we were first married (guys, that was 40 years ago!), we lived in a run down house in the country without running water and only a wood stove for heat. The road we lived on was used so infrequently that grass grew down the middle of the road in spots.
The woman who delivered our mail was one of the few vehicles that we saw in a day, and this wonderful woman was worried about us – we were just kids. She would leave presents in our mailbox from her garden. One of the things she would leave were Jerusalem artichokes, which I had never before experienced.Continue Reading