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Monthly Archives: July 2011

I think the best part of gardening is the anticipation – from looking at seeds and deciding the varieties to watching the little sprouts poke out from the earth (or the seed starting pots under the lights). Then a few months later the excitement builds when the first fruit blossoms from the tiny flowers. From that point it is all about waiting for the colors to change and that fruit to grow… Read More

After the comment on my last hand cream post that mentioned that adding water to the lotion was inviting bacteria I have been ready to try again. I altered my recipe to remove the water, and to lessen the oil a bit because after some use I felt it was too oily. I also added tea tree oil to help with any mold or bacteria growth. Here’s the updated water-less recipe. Ingredients: 2… Read More

Fresh salsa from the garden is one of my favorite ways to use up the summer bounty of tomatoes and peppers. I do wish my cilantro in the garden had made it, but  for now I’ll make do with packaged. This amount of salsa is good for a small snack for 2 people. Ingredients: Tomatoes – I used 2 amish paste (and yes, one had blossom end rot) Pepper(s) – I used… Read More

Granola and Blueberries

Another great way to use your homemade granola is with blueberries from the farmers market. Yum!

Small Sugar Pumpkin

This post is the first in a series that will detail each plant I’m growing with pictures from seedling to vegetable!  Think of it as my online notebook of each variety. I decided to post these because I know during the cold snowy winter when I researched “what to grow” I loved looking at pictures of how things grew and what their quirks were. This post will be continually updated with pictures… Read More

Eggs and Greens on a Plate

This is my version of eggs in a nest – scrambled eggs with chives and onions over a bed of lettuce and kale with fruit on the side. Yum!

Sugar Snap Pea

This post is part of a series that will detail each plant I’m growing with pictures from seedling to vegetable!  Think of it as my online notebook of each variety. I decided to post these because I know during the cold snowy winter when I researched “what to grow” I loved looking at pictures of how things grew and what their quirks were. This post will be continually updated with pictures and… Read More

This recipe is my adaptation of a recipe from one of my favorite books, Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. I read the book this winter, and Barbara’s mention of how productive zucchini is in the garden was my sole reason for planting some this spring. I’m a sucker for a sure thing when it comes to vegetables. Especially since this is my first year gardening. I couldn’t… Read More

DIY Moisturizing Body Cream

UPDATE (7/24/11) – Make sure to check out my DIY lotion update – this time with no water! Between diaper changes, garden work and working in the kitchen I find that I wash my hands many times a day. As a result I found that my hands were really dry all the time. In a search for a solution I came across hard lotion bars and found that I really liked how… Read More