"Momma, I'm hungry. I would like banana bread." Knowing my four year old wouldn't enjoy waiting nearly two hours for a slice of homemade banana bread, and seeing my overripe bananas that could old be fit for a bread or the trash, I turned to the muffin recipe! It was actually pretty simple. It comes … Continue reading Overripe Bananas but no time for Banana Bread? Try Muffins
Merry Christmas friends and readers! Today we had our traditional chicken tamales for dinner and our favorite pecan pie for dessert. In the past I shared with you how I made my tamales (see that post here), so this time I'd like to share our favorite cheesecake pecan pie recipe. It's wonderful because we get … Continue reading Merry Christmas with our favorite holiday pie!
Earlier this year, I saw how a gardener had harvested nearly 30 sweet potatoes from 1 sweet potato planted in the garden bed. I was inspired! I planted a sweet potato in a pot in my mother's garden! We started with a potato that was growing slips. We slightly covered it with soil low in … Continue reading We harvested our first ever sweet potatoes!
Where is November going? This season is changing way too quickly for me! The other day I trimmed up some stressed summer plants to see if they could give me just a little BIT more before the colder temps set in and now it's going to be Thanksgiving Week and Jack Frost is nipping away. … Continue reading The Season is Changing, So I got to Work Harvesting and Storing
It is early in the gardening season but, oh no, I’ve already spotted the damage. Several leaves are getting spotty. It could be aphids, or spider mites, or white flies…oh my! I need to call in reinforcements! Take a look at what happened after I found a lady bug in the back of my yard … Continue reading Ladybug Raising: Beneficial Gardening Meets Early Education
I must have been about 10 years old when I learned what a Lima Bean was and tasted it after picking it right off an organic vine in my Grandpa’s backyard garden. Little did I know how these brief childhood experiences would impact me for a lifetime.
I wrote this recently about blooming where you are planted. I hope you'll enjoy reading about living like a local and please feel free to share with others! https://www.theodysseyonline.com/if-youre-not-living-like-local-youre-missing-out
When approaching my landscape, I tend to have less is more approach to grass. My vision includes ornamental plants, more rocks, more mulch, more edibles, more edging, more pavers, more planters, and much less grass! I envision well-planned beds that will be easy to maintain and tiny plots of grass that are quick to mow. … Continue reading Making the lawn “bloom”
When you live overseas, you spend an awful lot of time lamenting the usual comforts of home. How often I have heard my friends say "Gee I can't wait to shop at Target (or Ross, Barnes and Noble, etc)" or "I can't wait to be stateside again so that I can eat Mexican food, be near … Continue reading Okinawa, I can’t wait to…
I love homemade gifts like this–making them and receiving them. Thank you Poppy’s Patisserie! It’s a privilege to give you a reblog!
It’s that time of year when I start thinking of all the homemade, kind and natural homemade gifts I can make for Christmas. With my 2 big sisters’ birthdays in October, it was the perfect opportunity to do some recipe testing!
Sugar scrubs are the one of the most easy homemade gifts to make, yet a beautiful gift that is indulgent and special for the receiver. For a basic scrub you simply need 2 ingredients, oil and sugar, but I like to add in some extra little luxuries to make the scrub smell good enough to eat and leaving your skin extra soft and vibrant.
In the coconut and lime scrub, coconut flour adds extra gentle exfoliating properties and adds to the delicious coconut fragrance. In the cinnamon spice latte scrub, the coffee granules add gentle exfoliation and along with the spices, make the scrub smell good enough to drink…
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