The events of the week have made me appreciate being prepared. Maybe not prepared for everything but at least the "regular stuff."
On Tuesday I managed to injure my finger…Continue
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Originally posted at Back to the Basics!
I love Basil! It grows like a weed and you can trim a little or hack off a bunch when you need it. Did you know that Basil is great for people with inflammation or asthma?…Continue
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Recently, I received a question at Mary's Heirloom Seeds and I think it would be great to share.
I am always happy to answer gardening or seed questions (even if you bought seeds elsewhere). If I don't know the answer I'll look it…
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You don't need a farm or even a yard of any size to have a garden.
Do you have a balcony or patio that gets several hours of sunlight each day? Do you have a windowsill that gets several hours of sunlight each day? Container gardening can be very simple to start herbs or flowers and even a few vegetable varieties.…
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Have you ever tried homemade liqueur or liquor?
Lemoncello is easy enough to make and I might post a recipe tomorrow. Today we're making Brandy!
I found this 8 simple steps to making Brandy at wikihow.com and it's "oh so simple." The only problem I have with the recipe is there is no specific amount of yeast. I have NO idea how much yeast to use (but I found…
Who doesn't like Salsa? There are so many variations of Salsa, mild to hot, mango to jalapeno and even green tomato salsa. Creating a Salsa Garden is easy!
My first suggestion, Peat Pellets! I don't care where you get them from but they make seed-starting "oh so easy." Before you just go crazy and start planting all of the seeds it's important to…
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Although some may disagree, I don't consider myself a politically active individual. I do however feel very strongly about MY FOOD, which some say is highly political.
Think about this question: How is it that we live in such an advanced world (technology, medicine, science) and yet "the world is facing a hunger crisis unlike anything it has seen in more than 50 years"?…
Part 1 of Using Seaweed in the Garden was posted back in July 2011. I thought it would be nice to go into more detail about the Why and the How of using seaweed as a natural fertilizer (and more).
Seaweed has many uses but I'm going to talk about using seaweed for Fertilizer, Mulch, Pest Control and Compost Activator.…Continue
I was looking for a "healthy" version of rice pudding. Initially all I found were recipes that substituted skim milk for whole milk or heavy cream. Since my hubby and I completed our 21 day detox we have decided to severely limit our milk consumption. The recipe I finally settled on is vegan so no milk and no eggs (and LOW fat).…Continue
I found another article this morning about Bee Deaths titled "Honeybee Death Linked to Corn Insecticide." Today I will re-post the entire article. There are many theories surrounding the major die-off of honeybee colonies or Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). I think researchers are on the right path. However, the article DOES NOT mention the statistics of GMO corn grown in the…Continue
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I grow my own veggies so that I'm not poisoning myself or my family with gmo, chemical and pesticide laden produce.
I admit, growing an organic garden is not easy! I have battled flea beetles, tomato hornworms, aphid infestations, powdery mildew and cut worms. I've used organic pest control solutions that work and several that absolutely did not. Below are a few recipes that have worked for…
Today is Day 5 of the detox. I am feeling great and we finally made it to the gym this morning. The recommendations for exercise are 30-45 minutes of moderate exercise every day. For the first few days we walked instead of hitting the gym. I must say the gym was a bit tougher than usual but we made it!
Below is a recipe for salad dressing. I found this recipe a few years ago when I started the program for…
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Dark Opal Basil Jelly! Nuff said!
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My posts have been all over the place lately! I don't mean re-posted on different sites (even though that's been going on as well) but the topics may appear a bit random. I assure you there is a "theme" or purpose to the seemingly indiscriminate posts.
It is very easy to get so wrapped up in your personal finances or environment and forget that we share this planet with billions of other humans and (equally…