Several years ago, my son gave me the bounty from the two fruit trees that pretty much rule his backyard. My Mother’s Day gift of Meyer lemons weighed in at 124 pounds. I know, lucky me! I had to figure out ways to use, share, and preserve lemons in a big hurry. I juiced, cooked, […]
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Got creepy bugs and crawling insects like ants, centipedes, cockroaches, silverfish or bedbugs trying to take over your home or garden? Need to know how to get rid of bugs? Don’t call an exterminator quite yet. I’m confident this is a problem you can fix yourself with diatomaceous earth—cheaper and faster! Food-grade DE If you want […]
Recently, a friend sent me an S.O.S. asking if I knew of any natural pest control to rid an apartment of fleas—a method that would not be toxic to small children. Treating their pets and animals would be the first step, but surprisingly these folks have no animals. The truth is that flea infestations often occur simply […]
Want to grow some food? Good news! You don’t need acreage, a big yard or “perfect” conditions. In fact, you really don’t need any acreage at all. There are myriad ways to you can get started today growing your own food. It’s easy, too!
Happy Mother’s Day, everybody! Enjoy this beautiful Sunday wherever you are.
It’s absolutely gorgeous here in Colo where I am enjoying beautiful flowers from my awesome son Jeremy, and we’ll be meeting up with equally awesome son Josh and family for lunch. Love, Mary ☀️💐❣️
For years I’ve tried to grow decent vegetable gardens. My harvests have ranged from disappointing to mediocre. And certainly not cost-effective. Only that one year did my garden produced enough to share with others.
I’m still trying to remember how I did that. So far, I’ve been unable to duplicate the results but that’s about to change. Can’t wait to get started! …
See you there. Love, m xo 🍅🥒🌶🌽🥕🤞
There’s nothing like a series of sunny days in late winter to wake up my inner gardener. Apparently, I’m not the only one as evidenced by my inbox these past few weeks.
Recently, I heard from a young man who’s getting ready to plant his first garden. He’s asking about basic gardening gear and surprise, surprise! I just happen to have a few answers 😂
See you there! Luv, Mary 🌷❣️
Yesterday, Harold and I wandered around our little village’s local Farmer’s Market. I cannot tell you how soul-satisfying it was to look at the fresh, local harvests and chat with the farmers who produced them.
We picked up all we could carry including the most beautiful just-picked sweet corn 🌽🌽🌽 (have you tried “The Best Fresh Corn Trick Ever” posted on Aug 7? It’s the most amazing thing! I can’t stop microwaving fresh corn). We’re having guests for dinner tonight and yes … fresh corn is on the menu.
And I wish you could have seen the fresh, gorgeous peaches! 🍑 🍑 (Why didn’t I take a picture?!) People were hauling away boxes and boxes of peaches until every vendor was sold out.
I couldn’t help thinking about canning those peaches to have on hand come winter. And making freezer jam. So smart, so much fun, and easy too!
Today’s post has everything thing need to know about home canning, which is making a HUGE comeback. Where I live, it’s difficult to find canning supplies locally—they’re constantly sold out. But not to worry, you can easily get whatever you need online, with super quick delivery.
What do you have planned for the weekend? I’m starting to feel Fall-ish (my favorite season)—and it feels sooo good! 🍁 🥧 !! Make it a good one.
Mary xo 🧡
Mosquitoes are nasty creatures. They bite, they transmit terrible diseases to people and pets and from what I read, have no redeeming value in the ecosystem. Malaria infects some 247 million people worldwide each year, and kills nearly one million. Mosquitoes spread yellow fever, dengue fever, Japanese encephalitis, Rift Valley fever, Chikungunya virus and West […]
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