Monday, January 19, 2015

Still Time

I have pledged to myself to plant at least 100 bulbs a year, even thought I have over 10000 bulbs planted all over our land. But I have had too much going on and have not gotten my bulbs planted. We have two high temperature days( in the 60's) so in go my 200 bulbs waiting to be planted.

They may not bloom this year, but next year will be amazing. Plus I have fulfilled my promise to plant daffodils and bulbs every year. Much love to you mom and dad.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Repurposing Ornaments

This holiday season my theme was Santa. My mom loved Santa Clauses and would give me one each Christmas. So Santas adorned my mantels and house

My favorite mom tribute was a wreath I made out of broken Santa ornaments. It even had a picture of
Mom embedded into it.

Ho Ho. I hope you all had a Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


I hope you all enjoy this very special time with family. Here's to a Happy and Healthy 2015. I wanted to share this poem with you all. It really expresses how I feel about all the losses over the last year and a half. I believe that my precious loved ones who have moved on to a more peaceful place are not lost but forever in our hearts.
                                     Merry Christmas..... from my family to yours!
Remember Me
To the Living I am gone
To The Sorrowful, I will never return.
To the angry. I was cheated.
But to the happy, I am at peace,
And to the faithful, I have never left.
I cannot be seen, but I can be heard.
So as you look in awe at a mighty forest
and its grand majesty--remember me.
As you look upon a flower and
admire its simplicity--remember me.
Remember me in your heart,
your thoughts, your memories of
the times we loved.
The times we cried, the times we fought,
the times we laughed.
For if you always think of me,
I will never be gone.
(I found this poem in an article Martha Stewart wrote about losing her Sister)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Retna Love

So we are going to be gone over thanksgiving. Randy's mom has recently moved to an assisted living facility. She is very happy but we will not see her during the Thanksgiving Holiday. I have made her a special dish. Randy's mom and dad loved persimmons. So I have made her recipe. It is funny because I had one recipe and Randy had a different one. I made Randy's recipe so we will see.
Retna will let us know. But I hope she understands perfect or not it was made out of love.

Here is the recipe (if this is not the right one I will publish the right one soon )

Prize Persimmon Pudding
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1cup white sugar p
1cup persimmon pulp
2 cups sour milk or buttermilk
1 tsp soda
1tsp cinnamon
1tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
Cream butter and sugar together, add eggs and pulp. Cream together the. Add flour and dry mixtures add milk mix together then add cinnamon and vanilla Put into a pan and cook for one hour at 350 degrees.

This can be served warm or cold but fresh whipped cream is a must. My beloved mother in law is hard to please. I Hope this makes her happy. My grand babies loved being with her

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Harvest Time

I am so excited I love fall veggies. I harvested Collards,Kale, and Swiss Chard and made a big pot of greens.

Today with a little help from my friends, I harvested my first crop ever of sweet potatoes.

The sweet potatoes have to cure. I will put them in a warm spot with some humidity for about three weeks. Then they are ready!!!!

Here is what I did with the greens|:

Fry about 6 slices good bacon until done but not crisp
Add some onion sliced and some red pepper flakes
Then add the cleaned and stems off, and chopped greens to the pot
Salt and pepper
Then homemade chicken broth to cover.

Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and let it cook for at least 2 hours. YUMMMY

I love growing my own veggies!!!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Monarch verses Viceroy

Our Monarchs are in trouble. More and more of the plants they need to survive are being taken away. Both my brothers have been very involved with trying to set up way stations for the Monarchs on their long journey to Mexico. I am so excited as I have seen at least 6 Monarchs mainly on my asters. I really believe they are Monarchs and not Viceroy.  The Viceroys are great imitators. They look so much like the Monarchs but have an additional stripe across the bottom section of the wing. It is interesting to note that Monarchs are poisonous and so the Viceroy gets a pass since butterfly predators think they are Monarchs.

Here a couple thinks you can do to help our Monarch:

#1 Provide milkweed for the caterpillars, it is the only thing they eat.
An additional plant that is good are orange butterfly weed.
#2 Plant a variety of nectar sources, such as zinnias, lantanas, and fall blooming asters. Let's give the butterflies a buffet!!!
#3 Stop using herbicides and insecticides in your flower gardens. Become happy with maybe a not perfect garden. 
#4 Take time to sit and watch and enjoy.... I love the butterflies and wildlife all around! I was so focused on the butterfly I failed to noticed the Hummingbird .  Too much fun!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Herb Vinegars

The night temperatures are getting down below 50 degrees. So it is time to seriously start harvesting and preserving. I have heard horrid rumors that this winter is going to be harsher than last year. Oh my.

Number one is making Opal Basil Vinegar.

I love this vinegar. It is so tasty and so beautiful. So easy to make.
Here is what I do:

Put your white vinegar in a pan and bring it to a boil. Do not let it boil Then infuse fresh Opal basil into the vinegar I often use the jug that the vinegar was in and stuff the basil in and then add the vinegar. I good rule of thumb is 1 cup vinegar to 2 cups herb.

I then let this cure for a month in a dark closet. Then I strain it and add a beautiful basil blossom to a fun bottle. This is beautiful and wonderful vinegar.

I use it in the following recipe and it adds a deep flavor.

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad Recipe

1 head cauliflower
1 bunch broccoli
2 stalks celery
1 cup sugar ( we don't do sugar so I use Splenda )
2 Tblsp poppy seeds
1tsp salt
2 tsp dry mustard
1 onion finely chopped
1/2 cup Opal basil vinegar
1 1/4 cup salad oil

Break the veggies into small bites. Add celery Mix the rest together and add to the veggies Refrigerate for three hours

So many ways to enjoy this vinegar. It is wonderful.


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