Live for Today

Can I share a secret?  Life is very unpredictable at best and truly we cannot control it’s outcome.  I am a prime example of this.  I was marching down that “busy” pathway.  Striving to get everything I needed to do, done.  Then my life took an unexpected detour. It involved a virgin belly and 4 tiny holes.  A virgin belly is one that has never had surgery done on it, until now.  I was forced to stop my rapid pace and slow down. We often believe that we control our lives but really we don’t.  We can’t force a change.  Believe me, life can definitelyRead More →

Walk away Stress

I don’t know about you but my life has been crazy busy this season.  There are so many activities going on….year end school, graduations, weddings, sports activities and work projects.  The busyness seems endless and stress seems inevitable. For me, I have one child who just graduated from College and a second one who is getting married in September.  I recently hosted a Bridal Shower in my backyard for her.  In addition to these activities, I am in the midst of finals for my College and am preparing for the Summer Quarter.  Life has been a little out of control and I have definitely beenRead More →

Refreshing Cabbage Salad

My husband is not fond of mayonnaise so I have never fixed a traditional style of coleslaw.  However, I enjoy eating a variety of salads and using shredded cabbage is easy and nutritious.  My cilantro is finally at the picking stage. That means that it’s time to use some in my favorite refreshing cabbage salad.  This salad makes a great side dish for tacos, burgers or even sandwiches.  Honestly, I can just eat it all by itself! This cabbage salad uses minimal ingredients.  So the next time you are at the store pick up some cabbage, grab some cilantro if it’s not growing in yourRead More →

How to avoid ticks when hiking the hills.

You spent a relaxing day at the park, hiking the hills or working in your backyard only to find that you have become a tick feast.  Ticks are definitely not something that we want on ourselves, our kids or pets.  My husband and I have recreational property in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Washington and we are frequently exposed to these pesky creatures.  I want to share a few suggestions on how to minimize the risk of tick bites that we practice when we are off in the woods. How to avoid ticks: Wear light colored clothing when you are out.  This makes it easierRead More →

Herbs

One of my favorite early morning activities is to walk through my garden.  The plants are still moist from the night air and the fragrance floating on the breeze is heavenly.  As I walk past my herb bed I like to run my hands over the various plants to help release even more of those wonderful smells.  Herbs add so much value to your garden.  All sorts of bees and butterflies enjoy the nectar of the herbs when the plants are in bloom.  I also enjoy bringing herb cutting into the house as part of bouquets and certainly herbs provide many culinary uses. I wouldRead More →

Strawberry Pizza Dessert

I like the rhythm of the seasons in my home and garden, especially when it comes to preparing foods.  I try to eat seasonally whenever possible so you will find plenty of recipes with rhubarb, strawberries and asparagus in the spring.  One of my favorite strawberry recipes is a pie-like dessert that we call Strawberry Pizza Dessert.  Originally I made this in a medium size spring form pan but over the years that gave way to a 9 by 9 inch baking dish.  When I am making this for a crowd I will make 1 and 1/2 times the recipe to fit in a 9Read More →

Butterfly Craft

I am crazy about little flying critters like bees, birds and butterflies.   They provide such joy to the garden, spreading pollen and cheering me with chirping and buzzing.  However, it is a little too early for massive amounts of bees and butterflies in my neck of the woods.  So this time of year I like to make my own flying beauties to spread some smiles. How to make paper butterflies: These little butterflies are very easy to make.  Just trace the shape of a butterfly, large or small, onto decorative craft paper.  Next you will outline the butterfly with pipe cleaners.   Glue the pipe cleanersRead More →

Sage, Honey and Lemon Tea

My husband and I made it through the snowiest and seemingly ‘longest’ winter on record in our part of Eastern Washington without getting any major illnesses.  Now as the weather is starting to warm, the spring flowers are blooming and it’s time to work in the yard…I have come down with a cold.  Unbelievable. One of the things that I like to prepare when anyone is sick with a cold, is a hot beverage called Sage, Honey and Lemon Tea.  It is like a warm glass of lemonade with a blending of aromatic sage leaves.  The nice thing about sage is that you can usuallyRead More →

Salad in a bowl or basket.

I have wonderful friends who are always sharing great ideas.  Last summer one of those friends shared that she was growing a salad bowl.  She was not filling a salad bowl with greens instead she was growing her salad in a bowl.  A huge outdoor metal bowl to be exact.  Spinach, kale and a variety of lettuces filled her bowl. The nice thing about growing your greens in bowls is that you can move them around the garden as needed.  The greens are packed tightly in the bowl and so there is less room for those pesky weeds.  When the lettuces started to bolt sheRead More →

Bubbles and Squeak with whole grain toast.

Not long ago I saw some beautiful pictures of Butchart Gardens in the spring.  They reminded me of a wonderful trip that my husband and I took to Victoria BC a number of years ago.  I had a good laugh when I remembered the breakfast that we enjoyed at a quaint downtown restaurant.  We ordered a large platter of Bubbles and Squeak and set about to devour it.  About halfway through our meal out crawled the largest beetle that we had ever seen…eek.  At the time it wasn’t too amusing to us but now we can laugh about it. The Bubbles and Squeak really wasRead More →