Happy thanksgiving

A day to count, recognize and be grateful for our many blessings. I’m thinking every day is a good day to do that!! Peace and love. Big naps too!!


A tiny dragon
A  ferocious mouse hunter

San Diego weather here!!

dry sunny and warm again. what could be better in november.
still pretty colors on the trees.
a few things I make–
skin solace- a rich face and hand cream, all natural and organic- seriously you could eat it although it would be kind of bland
Rudy balm–a salve for itchy skin, bug bites, hot spots on your dogs, chapped lips, I even have a friend who uses it for athletes foot. it’s o. k. if your dog licks it off. its all natural and made with organic ingredients
the balm– an all purpose first aid salve for minor burns, skin abrasions and new tattoos. all natural/organic

Making chow chow

using up the last of the bounty from the garden plus some additions from the fridge!!
hope it’s tasty.
a book recommendation for anyone wanting to use some simple herbal remedies is:
10 Essential Herbs by Lalitha Thomas
it’s full of simple easy to use recipes and you will find that you already probably have many of the ingredients in your kitchen.

Its getting chilly!

we put the garden to bed and harvested the last peppers and cauliflower. we still have kale. what fun it’s been eating out of our garden.
here’s a great cauliflower recipe;
-chop/slice a head of cauliflower
-toss with olive oil and your favorite spice blend (we used an Indian blend)
-spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet
-bake at 375-400 degree until lightly brown on the edges- approx. 20-30 minutes
it’s so tasty this way and as far temp. goes- it’s very flexible so you can easily bake a meatloaf, casserole or whatever at the same time.

it’s fall and time to boost your immune system. try using onions, garlic, ginger and warming spices like cinnamon and cayenne in your cooking. toss a piece of astragulus root in your soups, rice and pastas. this wonderful herb is great for the cold and flu season, helping boost your immune system and giving you the strength to fight off those nasty little buggers. it’s very bland in flavor- such a useful herb.
dress warm-especially important to keep your core warm. yes, mom was right!
get out and get some fresh air (in your warm coat!)
don’t forget to nap!!
anyone out there ever tinctured propolis? I’m going to give it a try but don’t know if I should just make a standard tincture or do I need to do anything different?

Some things from the apothecary

today for my friend julie
rose cream for lovely skin:
calm down tincture for a bit of a break from a stressful day:
hot flash salts-relief is just a whiff away:

Today in my garden

just a few pix of the little Newport garden.
today’s harvest
some pretty peppers
another huge bee-what beautiful purple wings
my desert kalanchoes loving this hot ky. summer

Hot dry dayz

today’s harvest
the lil money frog
big beeee

Still hot!

returned from the women’s herbal conference recently. it’s held in New Hampshire and what a beautiful place!! I highly recommend it. there were tons of great classes, entertainment and some fun shopping. I learned a lot and re connected with some great friends from Sage Mountain, Rosemary Gladstars school and retreat center. I experienced my first Mayan abdominal massage, amazing. So, all in all, a beautiful weekend.
Kathi Keville gave a wonderful class on menopause and I’ve made a spritz and smelling salt for hot flashes using her recommendations. Clary sage is my new best friend!
On the homefront, Ky. is still suffering from the heat. Not much rain and my tomato plants are shriveling but still bearing lots of tomatoes. Some of my herbs are happy, sage and thyme.
will be harvesting and drying them as soon as I get some time.
Be well. it will soon be fall. my favorite season.

Blessing from the bees

had a couple days off together and Steve got in his hives. a bountiful harvest!! everything got sticky but we did get a nice harvest of beautiful honey. yum!

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