The Elephant in the Room

Everyday there is a new chance to create something fun that makes you smile.

Arts and Crafts have taken over this house.

Here is my roomies idea of using his old laundry detergent bottles.

This is mine.

He’s a nerd .

We planted some african daisies, a yellow flower I cannot pronounce and poppies.

He is my roomies.

Simply adorable.

My friend Toasty passed on this Eggcellent use of eggshells.

The seedlings are loving it!!

Teacup Poppy .

I didn’t realize how many attempts it would take to grow cilantro from seeds.

They love the sun but my garage operation for seedling growth is their most successful spot.

Some serious cilantro now!

Four different kinds of lettuce loving the sunlight.

A little update on the seed operation.

It makes the garage one of my favorite sitting spots.

A place of Peace, Joy and Life.

Boisterous Beauty

When someone tells me they have good news and bad news for me then ask which I prefer to hear first, I always say the bad news. Get the bitter over with to move onto the sweet. I like to focus on the positives. But I am sure all of you know the sadness of losing your tomatos to those pesky buggers. I lost this luscious one to a bunch of green caterpillars.

Those Jerks.

But on the bright note here are some thriving characters in our Green Wonderland…

I think you know what this is!

Deck the Halls with Bells of … Peppers!

Fa la la la la…

Pumpkins a bloomin’

Cantaloupe too!

I hope all your gardens are prosperous and joy-giving too!

I Love My Mom

Dear Mom,

your the best…

I wouldnt love the things I love if you had not introduced them into my life. I can do nothing but thank you for giving birth to my very existence and caring for me every day since. I may not live under your roof or enjoying your cooking as often.

I know I don’t call as much, but you are the most beautiful woman I know.

You have taught me the most important lessons in life and have been a strength if you didnt know how to help. I remember you took me to get my first pet PJ the cat, whom everyone loved. RIP Darth Kitty. I can’t recall a memory that doesn’t include crafts, animals, enjoying nature or reading books. These things are important to you and in turn important to me.

Your love and passion for nature has inspired me. obviously… 🙂

Your love for animals leaves me with a house of 4 dogs, a cat and about 60 fish. As I think back, every room in our home had books in it. My house is now the same. Knowledge is a powerful tool but fantasy is just as much.  The fiction stories i read, because of you, were so empowering and captivating. my imagination ran wild and my soul learned through words a sense of freedom.

You did the whole Huzzah.

Girl Scout Leader.

Cub Scout Leader.

Chef.

Maid.

Teacher.

Cab driver to all my karate lessons, school, the mall, gymnastics…

You microwaved my ABC’s before   I would go to kindergarten.

You’d make the best cakes every birthday and pinatas that are unbreakable. 🙂 Your french toast is out of this world. I miss your chicken and dumplings on cold nights.

I appreciate you.

That’s my bottom line.

Life is beautiful and enchanting because of you.

I love you mom.

Hello Kitty and the Green Beans

This beautiful little lady just had a birthday and guess what she got?!?!

You guessed right.

Seeds!

…and princess garden gloves with a small shovel to match.

We made planters how I like to with leftover boxes.

Today they were from Lucky Charms and Mac&cheese box along with a mountain dew box personally designed by the little gardener.

Pink is all the rage in Garden Fashion.

I’m so proud of her.

She did everything on her own.

But then we discovered…

A Cucumber ready for the plucking.

Next course of action is to taste the fruits of  our labor

and then replant!

My Little Garden Partner decided she does NOT like cucumber,

though she LOVED planting some of the seeds.

This is my Cinco De Mayo and it’s not even noon.

Q-tips and Nutella

It’s amazing how many people I have met lately that are starting their own gardens.

I love meeting people who are like minded and have similar hobbies.

Plus, there is a a wonderful advantage for learning and sharing knowledge.

Absolutely Beautiful!

Now yesterday a co-worker learned I love to garden.

Him and his lady are starting their own as well.

He wants to buy my sprouts off me! 

 

As you can see, there is sweet corn, a pumpkin, lettuce and okra. 

Cannot resist giving him some of the amazing Compost Tea.

 

Benefits of Bob

.Basil.

.Beautiful.

.Boisterous.

.Bountiful.

.Healthy and Delicious.

 

NUTRITIONAL PROPERTIES

Think of this like the fact graph on your grocery goods. Everything has beneficial properties for your body to feel GREAT!

Eugenol, Citronellol, Citral, Limonene, Terpineol are all Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Bacterial components.
Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A, Cryptoxanthin, Lutein, and Zea-xanthin protect against free radicals and disease. They are also a great antioxidant.By the way the meaning of antioxidant is slowing down deterioration by oxidation. Could the fountain of youth be growing in my back yard?
Vitamin K promotes bone strength, and coagulant factors in the blood. Just fancy words to tell you it helps you stop bleeding with things like paper cuts.

MEDICINAL USES 

  1. Basil Tea – Inhaling the steam while this amazing beverage cools off always helps to drain my sinuses. The drink itself is great for nausea, head colds, coughs, and an all around anti-septic, which destroys harmful organisms so you continue to feel awesome!
  2. Chewing on the Leaves – Not the most complicated way to stay healthy. It’s comparative to eating an apple. I chew 6 basil leaves almost everyday and I have been keeping that doctor away. I can notice my mood is consist and positive. That is because this green leaf increases my blood circulation. No wonder I feel so good.

Simple and safe.

There are alot of home remedies for every herb out there.

Some have science to back them up but others are based off superstitions and different societies.

We are only looking at the basics today.

TYPES 

This isn’t even close to all of them…

Sweet, Thai Magic, Magic Blue, Mexican, Spicy Globe, Christmas, Cinnamon,Magic Mountain,

Lemon, Dark Purple Opal, Boxwood, Chocolate, Cuban, Holy Green, Licorice,   

Goddess,  Key Lime, Greek, Limelight, Pine tree, Green Ruffles,

Red Holy, Spicy Saber, Holy, Zulu,

Queen of Sheba, Mammoth,

Magic Michael . . .


GROW IT  

The first plant in my garden was/is Sweet Basil.

Before the garden, Bob (the basil plant) was in a pot that I would keep inside on the window sill and set out to the front porch each morning.

We all thought he would never make it until a friend told me to plant him directly where the sun comes up.

Eastside.

Best thing I could ever do for him.

I have a thriving bush of basil with a beautiful aromatic smell.

He loves daily waterings and the compost tea from my first blog.

But He thrives off the Sunrise Sunlight.

Brew it.

Chew it.

Pizza topping it.

Pasta sauce it.

Grow it.

Know it.

Love it.

Life was Mint to be Sweet

All you need is :

  1. a bit of sugar
  2. a shot of rum
  3. sweet mint or “Hierba Buena” (Good Herb)
  4. lime
  5. soda water, I used ginger ale since it was in the fridge

A litte shake, shake, shake action and you have yourself a homemade yummy beverage.

Reach into your garden and find out how sweet life really is…

 

 

 

Enjoy AND Drink Responsibly