Tuesday, November 19, 2013



Saturday, May 18, 2013

Mothers Day Surprise!

Yes, I know, this is a Satellite dish but how does this mesh with the title of this post? Well, here is the story behind it.

A few years ago they came out to change our satellite dish to a new model and did not remove it from our property. As soon as I saw it I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. A birdbath that I would mosaic and place out front.

Hubby got as far as attaching it to a pvc pipe but I could never figure out exactly where I wanted it so it laid around for a couple of years. 

Since we are very frugal with our money and had some unexpected expenses this year, one right after the other, I told hubby to be sure and not spend any money on Mothers Day this year. "It's time to put the birdbath up." I said.

So, here is where it stands in the corner of our fenced in area of the front of our little yard where the furbabies are allowed to run and play and do their business every day.  I will now get out all my mosaic tesserae that I keep in boxes and begin the project in earnest. More pics to follow on this project as it goes along. Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

GMO Labeling Bill Introduced in Congress

GMO Labeling Bill Introduced in Congress

Please sign this letter to your Senators to get the "Label It" bill passed. Yours as well as all your loved ones and future generations health and lives depend on it~!~

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Pluerry™, Peacotum™ and NectaPlum®

Pluerry™, Peacotum™ and NectaPlum®

There are some very exciting new hybrids in the fruit tree industry and I, among many are looking forward to growing these trees. 

It is possible to now grow trees in the deep south that we never thought possible before such as Cherry, as well as Raspberries; something unheard of before! Don't worry, this has nothing to do with GMO, but is simple hybridizing and root grafting techniques that have allowed this to come into being.

Another thing I am very excited about is the ability to plant many more fruit trees on our properties than ever before. With "Summer Pruning" and "Close Planting" we can now grow enough trees to have a large orchard on as little as 1/4 acre!

Dave Wilson's Nursery site has much information on all of these subjects, so set aside some time to go visit them through the links here. You won't be sorry!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Here is a free 5.00 coupon for Swanson Vitamins!

This is where I buy all of my supplements and have for over 40 yrs. now. I highly recommend them!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hubby's/Son's Shop

Getting my husbands/sons shop out there in cyberland. Has been in business for over 40 yrs. Excellent work done and works with you on your deductible. A win-win all the way around.

Custom painting has been a winner in many car shows over the years and in car magazines.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013

Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the CityParadise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City by Eric Toensmeier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really loved this book and will be re-reading it many times. This is not for the casual gardener, though. It is for the permaculture nut who cares about the world at large and your food security intensely.

These two gentlemen took their 1/10th acre Duplex lot and turned it into a food haven of fruits and vegetables of mostly perennials. (that which returns each year)

Some people have not liked their adding personal info to the book about their falling in love with their future wives, but I thought they introduced this into the book naturally and wonderfully.

If you are a true plant geek, and this is your passion as it is mine, I can assure you that you will get a lot out of this book.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

ALABAMA PIE: Scrumptious Lemon!



2 1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. butter or lard
3 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs
2 c. sugar
1 c. sweet milk

Sift together flour and baking powder. Combine butter and sugar and cream thoroughly. After adding well beaten eggs, add milk and sifted dry ingredients alternately. Set aside while you make the other part.


1 beaten egg
2 tsp. flour
1 lg. lemon grated rind and juice
1 c. sugar
1 c. table molasses

Combine all ingredients for bottom of pie. Pour into unbaked pie shells. Spoon top batter over this mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 or 40 minutes. Makes 3 (8 inch) pies.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Fruit Tree Planting Day

I spent the morning planting some fruit trees that I have had heeled in by the compost bins. It was such a beautiful day that I knew I better get a move on with them, especially since I have more coming!

I found an old nursery pot behind one of the sheds and sterilized it for the newest baby. The nursery I  started buying from http://www.leggcreekfarm.com/ in TX gives you a free tree with every order so since it is a little whip, I give them a good start in a nursery pot with great compost/potting soil mixture that I make up myself. They take off like a rocket and that winter can be planted in the orchard. This one is a "Wild Pear" which I must do some research on. I think it will need a mate for pollination as most pears do. The prices are great at this nursery and their plants are especially for we in the deep south, unlike many nursery trees, so you can be assured that they will grow. 

I hope everyone had a great Presidents Day and Valentines Day. I know I did! Later gator!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


So many people turn their noses up at vegetables but there is no reason to if you know how to cook them up right.  Here is one of the favorite things I do with potatoes and carrots that even my vege hating guys gobble them down!
What You Need:

Six carrots peeled and cut into roughly one and a half inch sticks

Four potatoes cut up into bite sized chunks. (leave skins on)

Buttermilk or Ranch dressing, about 1/2 cup and a tablespoon of warm water.

Seasonings: A mixture of garlic, red pepper, black pepper and salt.

Spray on butter flavored oil or use your own oil and a bit of melted butter to lightly coat.

Cookie Sheet with edges also known as a jelly roll pan.
How To:

Wash veges, peel carrots, cut up potatoes and put all into a big gallon or 2 gallon baggie.

Spray with butter flavored oil or your own oil/butter mixture.

Add Buttermilk  or Ranch dressing to bag.

Add seasonings, a little or a lot, depending on what you like.

Close baggie and mush all around till veges are well coated.

Spread out on pan and bake for 30 minutes then stir veges around flipping as many as you can to the other side.

Cover with foil now and bake on for another 15-20 minutes.

No one has ever turned these down. Not even kids! Serves 2-4 depending on their appetites. Make as much as you want as it re-heats wonderfully!

Saturday, February 09, 2013


As I have said before, I adore Pansies! To me they are the bright spot in winter that will always make me smile.

Today I have been taking cuttings of my Pansies that have been growing since fall.  I can grow them on till May before I remove their leggy selves and replace with my other favorite flower, Impatiens. Here is how I do it:

1- Cut a leggy pansy down low above a leaf joint and remove all the flowers and leaves except a few leaves at the very top.

2- Dip in rooting hormone. ( I prefer the gel type)

3- Plant in some good potting soil or a seed starting mix that has been pre-moistened up to the top of the stem and water in well.

4- Find some thin branches and put four of them in the pot so that you can put a gallon baggy over the pot without the plastic bag touching the leaves.

5- Place in a cool, bright part of your home or greenhouse and wait for them to root. New top growth will let you know that this has happened.

6- Place outside to grow on or transplant to whatever other container you wish to use. Fertilize with an organic fertilizer as per directions and enjoy for however long your pansy season is.

I hope this helps someone who wishes to expand their pansies without spending anymore money. If there is one thing I always am, it's frugal! Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes

Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes These would make a quick but yummy lunch or supper!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Lettuce grows so well here this time of year. The weather is just right temp wise as well as plenty of moisture and humidity. Since lettuce is nearly all water, there is a good reason for making sure the soil does not get too dry or you will see brown edges around the leaves, which is not attractive.
I love to grow the loose leaf lettuces both green and red as they are very easy and make such a pretty salad. I even share with my fish in the fishing pond. They love greens too!

ANH Feature: Nature's answer to the blues

ANH Feature: Nature's answer to the blues

I am a big supporter of "less is more" when it comes to worrying about germs in my home. Clean yes, sanitized, NO! This article will help you to understand just one ofo the reasons that all these sanitizers used in today's homes need to GO!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Useful Herb Scissors

Useful Herb Scissors

Chopping herbs can be a real pain, but these scissors make it easy peasy!

Useful Herb Scissors

Useful Herb Scissors

Chopping herbs can be a real pain, but these scissors make it easy peasy!

Monday, January 07, 2013

You Must Read This Book!!!


My readers know that my husband and I semi-retired to our ten acre homestead and bought a single wide mobile home to do so. We also run our respective business from here and love our life.

If you have ever thought of doing something similar then this book I just read today is a must read!!! I loved it and it would be such a boon to those who are contemplating such a move. At this ridiculously low price, you can't go wrong. *I have no connection to the author what-so-ever.