It is no secret that our lives are getting more stressful. Media, noise, job stress, technology, poor health, the list goes on of things contributing to the illness in our lives and minds.
One cure for the things that make our worlds fill up with stressful energy is adding a little more nature into your day. Making space to listen more, and just be among the natural world brings great [...]
My first time was very awkward. I was so out of my comfort zone, and I felt as if I had no idea what to do...in the garden. That statement can be made about many events in our lives. New job, new relationship or even riding a bike for the first time. To not move forward is fear. To move onward from your current position in life...THAT is growth!
"To GROW is to take the [...]
Today while having coffee and writing, there was the most incredible CRASH!
Little Red Bird:
I knew instantly what that sound was, I have heard it many times before. In the back yard, we feed the birds, put up bird houses and have many water features for their bathing. It is not unusual for a bird to fly into the upper glass windows of the great room. This footage is of my rescue [...]
If you are like me, Monday is one of the hardest meal planning days because the week is getting started and there is so much to do, with sometimes little energy left from a busy weekend to do it!
This is loved by my entire family and it is so crunchie, healthy and satisfying.
Carrie's Orange Beef Teriyaki
Wok set to highest heat level takes 30 mins to prep.
I alway prepare my [...]
#1 Add more plants: Spring is the perfect time to plant before the heat of the summer rises. Plant more Rhododendrons, Dogwoods, Redbuds, and Azaleas. Now that you can see where they're blooming, go buy more! Don’t know the type? Just pluck off a bloom if you don't have the labels of your current varietals and take it to the garden center and find more of the same color! Next spring you[...]
If you are like me, Monday is one of the hardest meal planning days because the week is getting started and there is so much to do-with sometimes little energy left from a busy weekend to do it!350 at 1 1/2 Hours in the oven 4 Organic Free Range Chicken Breasts Combine: 1/3 Dry Bread Crumbs 1/3 C. Grated Parmesan Cheese 1 T. Dried Parsley Flakes 1/2 t. Sea Salt 1/4t. Lemon Pepper 1/4t. [...]
Every year, during the first cool weeks of April, our family leaves Indiana for Captiva Island in Florida. Not only are her years of family memories a draw, but the nature that surrounds the small sandy island is the greatest enhancement to our experience. We only come to Captiva when visiting Florida, it is true peace on earth. As a family, we have been coming for generations and have learned so [...]
A chickadee perched high on a branch of my budding Serviceberry tree is building a nest in the wooden, tin-roofed bird house I have hanging, I will soon be a grandmother!
Like my dogs, the birds are party of the family experience. We all watch and wait…identifying various critters as they pass through the backyard. Observation is our teacher. Nature is the classroom and animals, plants and [...]
The first step to take in building a lifelong love of the garden is...Do not be afraid to get the little ones outside with you! We, Moms, stress so much over our kiddos getting dirty. They might even eat some dirt! Trust me, it is going to be ok Mom! Digging, watering and dumping dirt out of the pale were favorite chores for my two sons. After playtime, include a storybook or two to [...]
After a rain when the soil is wet is best! Why? The weed’s roots are loose and easier to pull! Just step carefully as to not squish baby plant roots and shoots that are just emerging.
Always wear gloves. In Indiana we have lots of itchy nasty weeds that can really irritate the skin. Gloves also protect from insect bites.
Get a large contractor's bucket with a handle. I love these[...]