Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Herbs

I’ve become really interested in herbs this year.  Didn’t know which ones to buy so I just bought a few that were more popular.  I’m just learning as I go. I’ve already figured out the ones I want to get next year and the ones I don’t. Here is some basil ….

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and here it is once I dried it. Hopefully I will have more and I can get my jar filled.

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I also planted some lavender. It has a calming scent and promotes relaxation. There are numerous ways to use lavender.

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This is lemon balm and it smells amazing!  It can be used in teas, salads, fish dishes. You can freeze fresh leaves in ice cubes for use in beverages. Dried leaves can be used in potpourris. I hung some up to dry.

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This is Rosemary.  It is an aromatic herb  most often used in cooking but the scent is great in air fresheners and aromatherapy. Mine hasn’t gotten very big, but my friend clipped a few sprigs off of hers for me and it has since dried.  In 2013, British researchers found that people that sniffed rosemary essential oil increased their chances of remembering the things on their to-do lists by 75%!  Hey….what do you have to lose?!

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Here is Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans) .  It smells wonderful too! Pineapple sage leaves can be used dried or fresh. The leaves may be steeped for teas. It will bloom in late summer, early fall.  The flowers of this plant will be intense red.

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Herbs have been around a long time and they can be food, medicine or decoration.  I believe there is a lot of benefits in using them.  I never use to be much on gardening except for flowers, but now I’m trying to create a healthier home and lifestyle. I have a long ways to go and I’m just taking baby steps but at least I think I’m headed in the right direction.

Mindy

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Little Miracles

Every time I look at a flower, I mean really look at it,  I’m in such awe at what a miracle it truly is.

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Ooops!  Not a flower, but a miracle just the same!

Mindy

Friday, June 17, 2016

Infused Water Anyone?

I have heard quite a bit and seen quite a bit about infused water.  It does look pretty refreshing, so I thought I would give it a try.  Now maybe I am just not doing it right, but I have to say, I was very disappointed.   I had my son taste it as well and we both thought the same thing.  It tasted like very, very, very, very weak tea!  We tried it after 4 hours and then thought maybe we weren’t letting it sit long enough so we left it in the frig overnight.  Blaaaa….same thing.

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Perhaps it’s better when done on a smaller scale. Or maybe we are leaving an important step out.  Or maybe we just don’t know what good taste is. 

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How about you?  Have you tried it?  Do you have any tips or suggestions?

Thirsty, 

Mindy

Monday, June 13, 2016

More Fairy Fun

I’ve decided I seem to like smaller and simpler. I just love the little fairies but they tend to be a little pricey, so probably no more fairies for the summer unless I’m able to catch one in a jar.  They just don’t sit still for that long!

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Now this little girl and her umbrella, I found at a thrift store. Those are the kind of purchases I like to make. Not a fairy but she is just as cute as she can be.

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I just love purple flowers!  I never tire of the purple!

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Paley enjoys them too!

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Mindy

Friday, June 3, 2016

About Time!

Oh my gosh! I can’t believe it has been so long since I have posted anything.  I just get into a rut and feel like I don’t have anything news worthy to post but a friend of mine said she wanted to see something new on my blog, so I figured I better get on the ball!  Thought I’d share some of the things I’ve been doing outside ….

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Must have been a fairy gathering…

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Decided to hang a string of lights out back…

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Decided this sign would work good for my yard!

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My birdbath was getting kind of yucky and not looking very nice so I decided to fix it up a bit…

 

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Made another sign for my flower bed.  Can’t show you the whole picture as I need to get it weeded and my flowers established. I’ll  take another later on.

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Been wanting to get me some knock out roses.  I’ve been told they are easy to grow and very pretty, so going to give them a try.

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There’s more but I better save it for another post.

Mindy

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Loom Blooms

I’ve had so much fun making these loom blooms,

I can’t seem to stop!  I’ll probably have to start

scattering them around the neighborhood!

  It was such a nice day, I took my blooms

outside and pretended it was spring time.

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Once again, I think it was Pinterest that inspired

me to make these.

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Even Paley thought they were pretty neat!

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Mindy