Tuesday, November 25, 2014

T For Tuesday

Insurance Meltdown 

I hate dealing with insurance companies and this week has been a royal pain with them .

After dealing with 3 different insurance companies today and getting very frustrated I really needed something to calm me down. 

So out came the jars of herbs from the garden this summer and I started blending my first batch of herbal tea for the winter.


For this batch I choose the herbs that I knew were "calming" and that just tasted good :) 


I used Lemon Balm for it's flavor and it's relaxing qualities and threw in dome Bee Balm leaves and flowers for the same reason. Lemon Thyme and Dried Lemon Peal for flavor and both Sweet Mint and Peppermint for taste and to kinda settle the tummy too. Last I added some Passion Flower Vine leaves for calming and Holy Basil (Tulsi Basil) for all of the above reasons.


I ended up with 12 very full teabags. This is the first time I have made this type of tea and I wasn't too sure on how it was going to be.

So now it was time to get out my "PROFESSIONAL" bag sealing equipment...


...and finally we have tea!!!! :) 


In actuality it really only took me about a half and hour and most of that time was digging out the jars of herbs :) 
The tastes WONDERFUL  ♥♥♥♥♥
I fixed the Hubs a cup too and he really liked it too. He's the picky one of the family. 
So I will definitely be making more of this blend along with the usual  "cold/flu/ and sore throat blends" I always make.  I figure Monday will be tea bag filling day :) 
Sorry the pictures are a little fuzzy today... I told you I was frazzled and I was just using my cellphone which I have to be very still with and I guess I wasn't :) 
So this is my very late T for Tuesday post .
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Friday, September 19, 2014

September Already ? WARNING! A Gazillion Pictures :)

Summer is almost over and I'm still wishing it would last a lot longer. I'm feeling this  has been the shortest summer ever..... at least for me. 
Staying cold and wet so late this Spring and early Summer sure didn't help any and then getting injured in mid- July and being pretty much down for the next 4 or 5 weeks only made it appear even shorter. 
Now here it is only mid- September and fall like weather has been hanging around for a couple of weeks and appears to be here to stay. :(
I thought my back injury was minor and would heal itself in a few weeks with therapy. However the back is not cooperating at all. About the time I think we are making progress .... I move ever so slightly the wrong direction (and it's never the same way twice ? ) and boom we are back at nearly the beginning.  We are having a surgical consult in October and we'll see what happens then. 
This is why there haven't been many garden post this summer. Not much gardening going on this year :( 
With the cooler and wetter summer the flower gardens have been absolutely beautiful...if a little weedier than normal.

 With the late and colder Spring I was beginning to wonder if we would have any Passion Vines this year... but they finally showed up ♥

I bought a new wind chime for the fish pond...but ended up moving it to the deck. Because the glass was green and it just blended in with all of the plants. I'm in the process of making a blue one though. Found an old bottle cutter at a thrift store and it works great :) 
 The "Naked Ladies"   aka "Surprise Lilies" aka " Magic Lilies" were the best ever this year. What do you call them in your part of the world? 
 The Blackeyed Susan's  really loved the weather and their new home .
My giant Sunflower was spectacular...that is until a big storm came through and knocked it down. We tried to brace it back up but it was a no go and I eventually had to cut it down completely...so sad.  
 The smaller front bed next to the porch was very nice all summer and still looks good...
 .... and you can never go wrong with Zenna's  and they just keep right on blooming til the very end ♥
 Just a small section of the other side of the porch flower bed. 
 The Marshmallows when they were at their best. They are still blooming but not as many now... they loved the weather this year and are over 10 ft tall. 
 Looking down at the fish pond from the deck...
 ... and a closer look at some of the water plants. 

Two of the three apple trees were loaded this year and we'll have applesauce for the winter and probably longer 
 So far I have made 18 quarts of applesauce and 8 pints of apple butter and that is just off the first tree. The second tree is now ready but I'm not sure that I am  :/ .


 At one point I had 3 pans cooking at once but that ended up being too much to handle. 

This year I planted more milkweed and we had more Monarchs than we've had in years...

...and now I have caterpillars everywhere :) 





Hopefully next year will even bring more Monarchs and other butterflies. 
Today I'm trying my hand at making my own fermented hot sauce...since the one thing I do have lots of from the veggie garden is hot peppers...



Hopefully it will turn out at least usable :) 
So this is what happens when I don't post often....you get a gazillion pictures all at once :) It could have been worse.... I did leave out a whole lot of them LOL! 
Catch ya all later.... 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

T for Tuesday------ "SummerTime"


Hi Elizabeth!! 
I finally made it back :) It's been forever since I've posted here or even on this blog . I guess I'm just not as wordy as I used to be. :) 
It's Summer Time here! Hot summer nights and lots of yummy things from the garden or Farmers Markets . 
:) 
It's really been an amazing summer here...cooler than normal ... and the garden has done very well. What didn't get eaten by the deer that is. The flower gardens are what make me happiest though.













Today I emptied the dehydrator and filled it back up.... Lots of herbs for teas and tinctures ...YUMMMMM....


There's my drink ...an herbal iced tea that I've become totally addicted to this summer :) 
Stuffed  zucchini for supper and that's my post for 
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