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Do you enjoy arts and crafts? Memories of family and friends? Handmade creations like original jewelry or soft crochet scarfs? Then you'll love it here, where we explore all of this plus much more. So grab a cup of your favorite brew, relax, and join me in my journey.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Finding the Unusual on Pinterest

I love Pinterest, but it's a dangerous place to be.  You can start a search, and get lost there for days on end.  :0)
I enjoy being unique, after all I am of a "peculiar people" according to God, and He knows me best.  So let me share with you what I "discovered" today on Pinterest.



I think this is totally cool!  I remember as a kid taking my baths in a super huge (to me) claw foot bathtub.  Then along came the 80's and everyone switched these great tubs out for surround shower units.  Not nearly as cool looking, but easier to clean under.  The site for this pin is here.




I told Chuck that when we redecorate our living room, I want a fireplace.  What do you think of this one?  I'm pretty sure Chuck will veto it. hahaha
You can find the pin here, and the site here.





Ok, picture your favorite drunk trying to climb these stairs.  Enough said, lol
You can find the pin here, but the original site was blocked from by Norton Security.




hahahaha.
Here's another one for the party people.  You can find the pin here.




This will surely keep stray kids out of your yard.  I think he's a cutie.
Here's the pin.



I used to collect cows,
but,
ummmmm,
no!
:0)

Want the pin? Here.




I'll leave you with a great quote from a great woman.  How true is this in your life???
I found the pin here.


OK, now it's time to get back to work.  Tomorrow is my first farmers market.  Wish me luck.

Be blessed,
Debbi

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My Abundant Herb Garden

In the spring of this year, I did an overhaul of my herb garden.  I pulled out EVERYTHING. 
** here's a tip...never, never, never plant mint in a garden....it grows overwhelmingly, lol.**
I tried to just pull the mint last summer, but it would just come up someplace else.  So I dug up my other herbs, and then Chuck tilled, and tilled, and tilled.  Then I laid down weedblock and replanted my lemon balm, sage, and rosemary, and purchased new plants of basil, flat leaf parsley, oregano, marjoram, dill, and chives.  It looked good....then everything got bigger.


**this is not the most recent picture, but I forgot to take a picture before the harvest, of course. **

Now what to do with all my herbs?  A quick google search and I decided on freezing.  It was messy, but I love the feel of having fresh herbs in winter.


First, pick and clean.  This is my basil, the herb I tend to use the most.  After picking off the leaves, into the salad spinner.  I love my spinner.  


Then I started chopping.  I got this great rocking herb cutter years ago.  I am a real sucker for kitchen gadgets.  Which is quite funny since I don't really like to cook.


All nice and chopped.  And guess what I discovered?  Chopped basil will turn your hands green! hahaha


I forgot to take a picture of the next step, but I put the chopped basil into a bowl and added olive oil.  After mixing it together, into a labeled freezer bag.  I laid it flat and stuck it in the freezer.
Viola!

Now last night I was making spaghetti for dinner, and went outside to get herbs for the sauce, when I realized that I harvested so well, I needed to use some of my newly frozen herbs. And they were tasty!

Do you harvest and preserve anything?  What is your favorite way to eat summer all winter long?

Be blessed,
Debbi





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