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Milkweed, by Mary Oliver

Milkweed, by Mary Oliver

For Katrina.  Could this be a ballerina in pointe? Milkweed by, Mary Oliver The milkweed now with their many pods are standing like a country of dry women. The wind lifts their flat leaves and drops them. This is not kind, but they retain a certain crisp glamour; moreover, it’s easy to believe each one […]

Dehydrating orange slices using a dehydrator- DIY

Dehydrating orange slices using a dehydrator- DIY

This is the time of year that my house smells of citrus! I love using dried orange slices for my holiday decorating.  My food dehydrator, with a fan and temperature control, was bought at a garage sale for $5. A dehydrator with a fan and temp. control is not necessary, oranges are not temperamental when […]

Rosemary wellness simmer- DIY for upper respiratory

Rosemary wellness simmer- DIY for upper respiratory

Mmmmmmm, the scent of rosemary and citrus put me in an uplifting can do anything mood! Not only is rosemary a lovely way to scent your home but it is antibacterial, which helps clear phlegm from the head and chest. It’s great to simmer on the stove when there are upper-respiratory ailments or headaches going through your house. Rosemary citrus […]

chocolate peppermint doughnuts

chocolate peppermint doughnuts

Chocolate and peppermint are an ideal combination at my house; when you make them into a doughnut form the little ladies are out of bed fast! Ingredients: 2 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry four 3/4 cup candy cane sugar (grind 7 candy canes in a food processor until fine texture) 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder […]

candy cane sugar

candy cane sugar

This is the time of year for candy cane sugar. It is so easy to make and fun to substitute it for regular sugar in chocolate recipes. Put 8 candy canes in a food processor and process until you get a fine sugary texture. 8 candy canes give you about 1 cup of sugar. A […]

pinecone, orange, and spice turkey- diy

pinecone, orange, and spice turkey- diy

Create a lovely smelling and natural turkey for your turkey décor or dinner table this year. Supplies needed: Pinecone, cloves, rosehips, dried oranges, knife, glue To make the turkey: 1. Cut the clove head from the stem carefully with a knife. 2. Gently pull and twist a pinecone scale from a pinecone. 3. Cut orange rind […]