how does your garden grow?

square-foot-gardening 3Apparently, I’ve been living under a rock and am very late to this party, but similar to folks buying and installing “microwave drawers” in new kitchens (oh, that’s a whole other conversation) this gardening idea is a whole new concept for me.

Boy Howdy, after reading only 31 glorious pages, I’ve strapped on my party shoes (read that as cute gardening boots) and ready to get planting.

Okay, this book has sold over 2.5 million copies.  Really?  Seriously, people, I must really have enjoyed living in the dark. Where have I been?  Why didn’t I spy it while at the library?  Why hasn’t someone shared this amazing concept with me?  Why isn’t this being talked about?  Do I need to find new friends who want to talk about growing food?

I am excited (to the point of wanting to take out some of my garden beds and start over), fascinated and can’t wait to get started even this late in the growing season.   

20180513_175724_resizedMel Bartholomew’s innovative grid-based method is explained so simply (I wish I had the common sense to think of this myself, drats), All New Square Foot Gardening.  “The Revolutionary Way to Grow More in Less Space”. 

***By the way, I took the picture of the book laying in our lush, thick, feels amazing to walk on (grounding, is real and it is something we all need to do)  backyard grass.  If you get a chance might I suggest you ask Mr. Right what his secret is?  I’ll give you a hint:  it’s white, it’s granulated, it’s sweet and you purchase it in the baking aisle of the grocery store.

Goodbye, weekends of weeding.  Goodbye buying fertilizers.   Goodbye digging.  Goodbye, remembering to turn on and off the sprinkler to water everything. 

Hello beautiful, productive garden with an amount that I can handle, throughout the growingsquare foot gardening 2 season.  

This book is for sale everywhere, heck it is in its second edition.  For $15.89 through Amazon, you can be reading in a day or two!  

I highly recommend this book.  Need a gift idea?  Need a new homeowner gift suggestion? Give it to the seasoned gardener in your life.  BETTER YET, give it to someone who is toying with the idea of gardening but is hesitant because they think it is too much work, takes too much time and the list goes on.   Best part?  No matter where you are reading in the country or world, everyone can enjoy & use this system.

squarefoot0011This solves the issues of gardening is hard, it takes too much time, I can’t garden because we have poor soil, we don’t have a large enough area, the list goes on.

However, would you like to know what hooked me? 

I loved that when asking people why they planted gardens in rows with so much room between and using fertilizer………….and the answer was always, “because that is how we’ve always done it”  “because that is how my grandfather did it”.  You KNOW that was a reason for me to like it. 

As my own public service announcement, I highly recommend this book.  Please for the sake of people living under big rocks everywhere, do them and yourself a favor…………at least read the description & review on Amazon.  If you don’t want to part with $15.00, please consider checking it out of the library. 

If you are still thinking this is silly, there is no way this will help feed people.  There is no way this could be a remarkable thing to teach………just ask anyone in the Utah School system or homeschooling programs or world Mission programs……. 

Or for the love of anyone living under a rock, buy the book, slip it gently under the rock to them.  At least they will have something fascinating and interesting to read. 

In this together folks, 

Chat soon. 

and a forest grew and grew

20180502_063223-1_resizedHere we are again, another, Work In Progress, Wednesday.

The forest is growing & growing.

 

I began stitching this Karen Kluba designed piece in August 2017.20180502_082812-1_resized

 

I am stitching on 28 count fabric, using 2 threads over 2 threads.

If you forget where it started you can hop back to the post where I shared the first pictures.  https://sundayschildfullofgrace.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/and-a-forest-grew/

 

For this update, I decided to have Mr. Right snap a picture of me holding my current work in progress.   (Before I lost my courage, I jumped up from my stitching chair, left my stitching glasses on and asked him to quickly snap a photo.)

Folks, this is a major milestone!  I connected all four sides.  I smiled while it happened last night and when I was typing that, just now.  🙂
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This photo shows me holding up the piece.  That way you can get a true feeling for the overall size.

At times, this piece is mighty overwhelming and I have had to put it down for a day or two.  However, most days, I try to put in at least a small animal or mini tree. The satisfaction of watching it grow bit by bit outweigh the oppressive size.

20180502_074140-1_resizedIt grows by tiny motifs to big involved trees.  Some days I garner great satisfaction from the completion of one simple butterfly.  Other days, I love to scramble so far down the rabbit hole, I forget to worry & fret about everyday life and simply enjoy the process of creating an exquisite tree trunk to branches to fruit.

 Please consider sharing your current work in progress. I would love to see what you are creating with your hands.  We can lift each other up and inspire one another by sharing.  needle and thread

In this together, friends.

Chat soon.

tattoos make me sew happy

We live in a very lush, saturated, verdant green area of the Pacific Northwest.green 2

To get everything that deep, vibrant, intense green you need rain.  BUCKETS and BUCKETS and more BUCKETS of rain.  Rain comes with dark, dreary clouds and skies.  Rain brings mud and more mud.  The continuous dampness brings aches and pains.  The mud creates muddy boots, clothes and dog paws.  Everything is wet.

At one time of the year, our welcome mats may have been cute and charming.  However, this time of year, those cheerful inviting mats are muddy, soggy, saturated and well used.

Rain causes me to focus on indoor hobbies.  Reading, baking/cooking, cross stitching, quilting, more reading, indoor bike riding, rebounding, board games, more reading, podcast listening and sewing.

Almost every day is some shade of gray.violet-grays1

Now don’t get me wrong, I love the color gray.  I mean I love gray sweaters, gray paint (SW Amazing Gray is my favorite), gray thread, gray sneakers, gray fabric for quilts and  I have a favorite polka dot gray upholstered chair.

I don’t love gray skies for the 57th day in a row.  That might be a bit of an exaggeration, however, it has become a bit dreary.  This gals’ cheerful attitude has dimmed a bit. I’ve been feeling a bit blue.

Yes, I use a happy light.  Yes, I stitch with full spectrum lighting.  20180417_165855_resized

A girl needs color, I tell ya!

Cheerful, swirly color.

Did you know tattoos come in colors?

Yes, I said tattoos. (I’m guessing, I didn’t even shock my boys when they read that.  They are probably thinking, what is she doing this time?)

I found this unique & wonderful company that sells HAPPY!.  They offer an excellent product, prompt service with oodles of choices.  20180417_172903-1_resized

Tattoos for your sewing machine!

I’m guessing you could put them on your power saw or cordless drill or air compressor as well.

I’ll let pictures show off my new HAPPY.

 

 

 

See, I told you.  Sew much happy on one beautiful machine.

Oh, by the way, the quilt in the background, it is called “Rabbit’s Paw“.  Years ago, I won those blocks in a block exchange.  I machine sewed the quilt top and hand quilted.  I even quilted a bunny on one of the squares.  There is one block that was sewn together wrong (mine).  Every time I spy that block, it still makes me chuckle.  

May you find or make some beautiful HAPPY in your world today.

In this together, friends.

Chat soon.

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bees wrap is the bees knees

When you get sick, I mean really, really sick you have to look in the mirror and figure out how you ended up that way.

No, it is not some “kick yourself when you are down” lesson….it is eye-opening, detective work that is the most honest and helpful way to avoid getting into the pickle again. Then you have to start taking action.

For one short paragraph allow me to talk plastic:

Estrogen fed the predicament I got into.  Most food-related plastics – including cling wrap and so-called BPA free containers –  “can release chemicals that act like the hormone estrogen,” concluded a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives. 

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For the last five years, we have tried to reduce and remove the use of plastic. You have heard me preach before about lessening the load of plastic products in our homes and lives.

20180306_110901_resizedToday, I am sharing a charming, useful, reusable, compostable, wipe clean product that really works.  Bees Wrap.

 

Instead of wrapping your hand full of gorgeous grapes in plastic wrap to save for later……………how about wrapping them in a cotton fabric that has been coated in beeswax?

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Fortunately for all of us, this is a beautiful solution.

Beautiful Bees Wrap is the Bees Knees!

In place of covering your lefties in plastic wrap or taking your snack to work in a ziplock bag…may I gently suggest you20180322_152622-1_resized give bees wrap a try?

You can certainly search Google and find dozens of recipes to make your own.  Or you can purchase them from a number of sources.

I received my beautiful bees wrap from https://www.beefuddledfarms.com/what-we-do

Beefuddled Farms is located in Pennsylvania.  One of the owners is Michelene.  She is a mom, sister, daughter, student, beekeeper, teacher, gardener and the list of goodness goes on and on.

In addition to the bees wrap, one of my favorite things she offers (besides honey) is an exquisite lotion that is smooth, rich and is a pleasure to use.

The beautiful spirit of Michelene is most evident the moment you meet her.  She is knee-deep in the bee business so of course, you can purchase other honey goodies from her or she offers classes.  bee5

One of her products is sure to tickle your fancy.  She has a wonderful website that is easy to use.    Please take a moment to stop by her site, look around, enjoy the pictures, learn something new, and share the name of her business with your friends and family.

You will be most pleased that you took the time to invest in your health and wellness, beecause you are worth it!

In this together, friends,

Chat soon.

ps.  In the genre of full disclosure and honesty, Michelene gave this bee wrap to me as a gift.  I value her kindness and am so pleased to share ‘n tell such a high-quality product with you. 

 

 

 

Dew Drop Inn

Our daughter-in-law sadly had to go out-of-town for her very ill grandparents.  Our son was left in charge of the grandgirlies.

Thought I would share some goodness & a couple of photos.  Here is what our oldest (Dustin J. A. Wilson) had to say…

Pour a coke, sit back and enjoy.

 

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smarty pants cheese, please

Raise your hand if you have ever stood in a grocery store and cried.

I have.

When you have to give up meat (yes that means chicken, too), sugar, dairy and gluten it can and does seem slightly overwhelming.

20180207_173730-1_resizedToday’s topic is  PIZZA.  yum.  Ooey, gooey, stringy, flavorful pizza.  Caramelized onions, mushrooms galore, hot out of the oven, dripping with goodness.  A bit salty, a hint of sweet, that robust sauce….. overwhelmingly one of the top comfort foods around.

When that age-old question pops up, as it inevitably does, “What’s for dinner?”  you don’t have to do much to sell the suggestion of pizza.

To begin with, let’s talk a tiny bit about dairy first.

It doesn’t matter if you are giving up dairy products for the upcoming season of Lent, cannot tolerate lactose, are vegan or because you have educated yourself and know that dairy promotes cancer…….giving up the satisfying comfort of cheese is tricky.

(Side note here:  We all know any human over five years of age has no lactase in their body.  Lactase is the enzyme necessary to digest dairy products.)

Hang on one minute, yes, I promise to get to the good stuff……pizza.

First, please indulge me to give one quick homeschool lesson?    We all know Dr. Neal Barnard is one smart cookie.  I will be brief and with his help,  remind you why it is so DANG hard to give up dairy.

Skip reading the next paragraph if you are already a smarty pants and don’t need to be reminded of this stuff.

Cheese has casein as an unusual protein.  Casein fragments are called casomorphins – that is casein derived morphine-like compounds.  And they attach to the same brain receptors that heroin and other narcotics attach to.  In other words, dairy protein has opiate molecules built right in.

Light bulb moment coming up…………………………………………………………………………..

SO THAT’S WHY I WAS CRYING IN THE GROCERY STORE!  I was addicted to cheese/dairy products.

If you are a smart cookie and want to be even smarter, may I gently suggest to head over and do a little reading on what Dr. Barnard has to say about cheese?  https://www.forksoverknives.com/addictive-food-cheese-pizza/#gs.uOviSTQ

20180207_180019-1_resizedToday, I am writing this with one person in mind.  She doesn’t need to give up dairy for any reason other than she chooses to.  She is an intelligent, talented, athletic and beautiful, vegan teenager.  Her hard-working, creative, beautiful mother and I have been friends since we were teenagers.

Over the last five years, I have spent a lot of money, time and effort trying and taste testing products, recipes etc.  I have thrown away more than I care to remember.  So, when a recipe or product turns out to be heaven-sent and amazing…………….instead of just sharing with people who laugh at me, roll their eyes, make fun of me, or stare at me with disbelief,  I decided to share with someone who would jump up and down and use jazz hands to share her happiness.  (sometimes, you just gotta play to the right audience)

Who knows?  Maybe this talented, budding rock star will one day write and sing about dairy-free pizza?20180207_180019-1_resized

I think we all agree teenagers are hard to impress.  I have made it my mission to secretly, share recipes, restaurants and ideas with my friend.  The mission is simple.  Help my friend win “Mom of the year” award.

Frankly, I shared my faux bacon recipe and she could quite honestly skate through the year with that one delicious recipe alone.  I know this pizza/cheese brilliant recipe secret will just add extra credit.

Tap, Tap, Tap…….can I have your attention, please?  Please join me in saluting this one brilliant, beautiful vegan teenager!  I raise my slice of pizza in your honor!  You, my dear, have figured out this healthy “thang” way before many adults.  Rock on future clean plate club member! 20180207_182008-1_resized

Okay, here is the secret.  Go buy Fuss-Free Vegan by Sam Turnbull.  Just do it.  I am so fuss free vegangrateful that Santa was smart enough to give this to me.  This one book will make your life so much tastier, your teenagers will vote you Mom of the year and your guests will thank you a million times over.  She has an amazing recipe for “Life Changing Mozzarella”.  I stuck 5 gold stars on that one page alone!  Gather your ingredients:  tapioca starch, green olive juice, nutritional yeast, cashews, salt and water and let’s make a pizza.

If you don’t have a teenager to impress, I gotta say, Mr. Right gave it two thumbs up, with his mouth full and we were both clean plate club members.  So get out there and find someone to share a pizza with.

Pizza equals HAPPY!

May you make, serve, share and devour the best dairy-free pizza of your life!!!!

In this together, friends.

Chat soon.

 

 

 

Oh, Happy Day!

Can you feel it?  The special sparkle in the air?  The deep rumble of the very beginnings of giddiness?

Me Too!

Happy Groundhog Day!  You party animal, you!ground hog day

Happy One Year learning to crochet day for me! FB_IMG_1517584163018_resized

Is it me, or would that groundhog look downright adorable in the first crocheted hat I ever made?

Good golly we have a lot to be happy about.  The festive music is LOUD here in my dining room.  The food is being set out.  You can feel the excitement building.

Here is a fun fact about groundhogs: They are the same thing as woodchucks. If you knew this already, it seems laughably obvious. If you didn’t, your mind may be blown a little. It’s never too late to learn things.

As I type this, it is only 6:57am  the day is already off to a happy note.  Nice.

Okay, to celebrate this wild, festive day… I thought I would share one new favorite thing.  Less than $10.00, extremely easy to use and it WORKS!

You know how you draw a bath, you have the temperature just right, then after a while, the water level goes down, the water you have left is getting colder by the minute?

This gadget solves those issues.  The suction cups hold it in place over the overflow drain. 20180125_081841-1_resizedNow I know this is a first world “problem”.  Gee, I wonder how I can get the bubble bath in my beautiful jacuzzi to stay warm?  Yet, I am just so darn tickled with this common sense gadget I felt compelled to share!  You’re welcome!

See your day is already better because you learned some new stuff and it isn’t even lunchtime.  Just imagine what we will learn the rest of this exciting day??

 

Here’s to going out today and finding some HAPPY!

Happy Friday, Y’all.

In this together,

Chat soon.