new blog

I decided to start a new blog for nature and everything else – – 51 – because I was born that year.

healthy marigolds and in remembrance

What humans can eat is the flower part. But they repel garden pests so they are win win.

Mother Earth article about marigolds

My dad died November 4, 1954 – 56 years ago – amazing how time flies. I always remember the day though. Here are the things I did on this Nov. 4. I put up a bird feeder and Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal found it right away, but I didn’t get a picture of the Mrs. I went to the clinic to read for Reach Out and Read, but no kids showed up, so I enjoyed reading a book and magazine. I came home and wasted time on the computer and fixed food. I subscribed to the blog of Paul and Ann Malkmus (see link on right) and loved the idea of the Salad Bar. I will definitely be doing this in the future – what a time saver that will be! YAY!

homemade muesli

After learning it’s best to eat nuts raw I’m not making granola anymore. I will work with muesli. The link tells a lot about muesli. It should be soaked before eating, at least 1/2 hour.

Muesli bars

muesli recipes

Hopefully I won’t be buying any more muesli at $4-5 per bag – just too much to pay. It takes more time to make things at home, but so worth it.

horseradish fights cancer

see this article Looks like horseradish is a winner!!!

another good thing to try sooner or later – making my own horseradish sauce how to here

I wonder how hard it is to grow your own horseradish. They say it is very hardy, so maybe not so difficult. It grows tubers underground and has to be shoveled up, not pulled. Here we go – how to plant horseradish. It’s not too late this year to plant it. It needs full sun so now I need to know what its companion plants are. Companion Planting – good to plant it near potatoes and to use the bottomless pot method to contain it. a wealth of information here!

more on how to grow it

This one says you can eat the leaves in sandwiches (^_^)

tri-fold mat

I’d really like to make one of these thingies. I have the foam mattress, just a matter of cutting and sewing it.

(Nov. 3)

I cut this foam mattress we have into 3 equal sections and covered it as you can see. I think I’ll take off the plaid and replace it with a plain brown material. I like these tri-fold mattresses. I saw they are making foldable mattresses – easier to take from one place to another.

no-stitch lamp shade slip cover

I recently went to a thrift store bag sale and got a bunch of things for $6. A small shadeless lamp was one of them. Today I bought this shade at Big Lots. It fits fine but looks very plain. I looked for ways to make it more interesting, but I didn’t really want to paint, glue or sew, so I took the bandana and cut it. Works for me!!

Usung pinking shears, I cut a hole in the middle and trimmed all four sides.

I pretty much like the result. I can always replace it or not use it since I did nothing to the shade itself. I’m thinking of tying it with some beads instead of hair clips. (^_^)

avocado hummus

1 large ripe avocado
1/2 lb cooked drained chickpeas (save cooking liquid)
6 tablespoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons tahini
1-2 garlic clove, crushed
salt to taste

(^.^) Cut avocado in half and remove pit.
(^_^) Scoop out the flesh and place it in a food processor or blender with chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, and a little of the saved cooking liquid.
(^o^) Process until smooth and creamy, adding more liquid if desired.
(^_^) Season with salt to taste and serve garnished with the paprika.

Have to post a picture of the hummus I made from this recipe. I love it !!

I try to store things in glass now days. I heard olive oil leaches the plastic out and not healthy.


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