Ostara, Easter, and the New Beginning

Today is a celebration of hope.  The indigenous cultures of old and the modern spiritualists and witches of today will be celebrating.  So will gardeners everywhere.  ‘Tis the Solstice, also known as Ostara. Seeds in hand, faces to the sun, coffee hot, hose at the ready, we are grateful and joyous that the days will…

Death and Laughter

I can see her still, pixie sized, with soft blond hair just brushing her shoulders, and compassionate, smiling eyes swirling her wine glass.  I can see her in the vineyards, on the boat watching the whales, in her home watching inspirational television, in her Fiat driving around dressed smartly.  She was one of the wisest women I…

Become a Certified Herbalist at Home

We are coming upon spring and green plants are just starting to unfurl from the ground.  What do you do with them?  Dig them up, or eat them, or do they cure cancer? There are a lot of questions about herbalism and a lot of interest right now in taking back the old ways and…

Growing and Blending Seasonings

I shall grow basil in plots I shall grow oregano lots The chives shall come up fine along rows of heady thyme I shall grow rosemary too And red chile for New Mexican stew I shall grow sumac if I can find and lavender to breathe and unwind Could I grow caraway too? for rye…

A New Food History (the Garden Food Movement!)

Why is it so hard to eat healthy?  I often have wondered this.  I believe it is because as Americans we do not have our own food culture.  If we were from India we would crave curries and lentils and coconut.  If we were Japanese we would crave the tastes of sea weed and fresh…

When Destiny Repaints

We really have tried to find solutions.  Advertisements, sales, mass facebook notices, classes, everything and anything we can do to get our shop back on the map.  But, it seems that either location, or economy, or destiny has decided against us.  Our shop is closing.  It is closing before the lease is up.  It is the…

Delicious Homemade Granola

At a bed and breakfast in Taos, New Mexico in December we sat before a roaring fire in the kiva, a table was set for two.  The first course was so delicious and simple.  Yogurt topped with granola and drizzled with honey.  I don’t know if was the Christmas lights all around or the fire…

Pa and His Present

Two of my favorite people in my world are celebrating their birthdays.  My beautiful granddaughter, Maryjane Rose, who adds so much sunshine and love to our family arrived five years ago this morning.  It was a snowy March day and we were snowed into the hospital.  The next morning dawned bright as Pa celebrated his…

March Winds of Change and Sequels

I have been sitting here in front of this laptop in the quiet din of the living room listening to the wind whip around outdoors for some time this morning.  I have so much on my mind that it jumbles and ties up my fingers.  I take another sip of the hot, earthy brew and…

How to Use Fresh Herbs

Fresh herbs are delicious and very good for you.  It takes awhile to get used to their intensity, but once you start using fresh herbs it becomes second nature.  Those crisp, strong flavors adds pizzazz to any dish.  Most of the time you will add fresh herbs at the end of cooking. Using scissors is…

Footprints ‘Cross the Floor (the fallacy of the clean farmhouse)

Now I said it with my mom voice.  You know the mom voice?  Even if the kids grow up and move out the voice still finds its way around. “No shoes in the house!” I says.  Best mom voice. No…(pause)…shoes in the…(pause)…house pleease! Now I am married to an independent man but one that likes…

Simply Crafting a Spring Wreath

We tiptoe towards March.  We are almost there!  Spring, I see you!  Tiny dandelion leaves and grasses push through winter’s brush.  The finches breasts are turning rouge and father sun greets us earlier. Yesterday I noted the large plastic poinsettia wreath still gracing my door and the pine swags sweeping around the porch.  Time to…