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Baked Pickles

Baked Pickles. oh my, these are my favorites. I had to reblog this one!

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Herbs In My Garden

Herbs In My Garden

This year I have planted quite a few different herbs in my garden areas, and this past week I have harvested and dried three of them.  I have comfrey, yarrow, and linden flowers.  The linden flowers are not really something that I planted myself, because it is a huge tree in the front of my yard, but every year at this time, the flowers come on strong on my tree and they are the most delightful smelling flowers ever.  Here is my process of harvesting and drying these three particular herbs for medicine value.

Imagine yourself sitting under a beautiful tall green tree. The soft summer breeze gently ripples through its shiny heart-shaped leaves.

High overhead, you can hear honey bees lazily buzzing in and out of its perfumed flowers. The shade is cooling and the scent has a calming effect. You feel relaxed and alive and aware of its healing energy.

This is the linden tree. Sometimes if grows 130 feet high, and produces some of the most powerful herbal medicine known to humans. You may even have one of these trees on your street because they are planted widely in cities, and are fairly common in the countryside throughout Ontario where they are usually known as basswood. – See more at: http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/the-linden-tree/#sthash.0DIROirr.dpuf

Imagine yourself sitting under a beautiful tall green tree. The soft summer breeze gently ripples through its shiny heart-shaped leaves.

High overhead, you can hear honey bees lazily buzzing in and out of its perfumed flowers. The shade is cooling and the scent has a calming effect. You feel relaxed and alive and aware of its healing energy.

This is the linden tree. Sometimes if grows 130 feet high, and produces some of the most powerful herbal medicine known to humans. You may even have one of these trees on your street because they are planted widely in cities, and are fairly common in the countryside throughout Ontario where they are usually known as basswood. – See more at: http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/the-linden-tree/#sthash.0DIROirr.dpuf

Linden flowers

Linden flowers

My awesome Linden Tree

My awesome Linden Tree

Linden flowers or blossoms – great for the digestive system as a tea, commonly used in teas to soothe anxiety or panic, can be used in the bath water as a relaxing bath, and helps with insomnia when drank as a tea before bed time.  It is known to help lower blood pressure, and to help restore the liver.  Worth doing a little more research on this treasure! I like to use it in my salves that I make simply because it has the calming properties, and it makes them smell so delicious.  I think I am going to try making a perfume with it before too long.  I will post it when I do.

Here is a little blurb that someone wrote about the Linden tree, and I quote it here with the link to the original article.     “Imagine yourself sitting under a tall green tree. The soft summer breeze gently ripples through it’s shiny heart shaped leaves.  High overhead you can hear honeybees lazily buzzing  in and out of it’s perfumed flowers.  The shade is cooling and the scent has a calming effect.  You feel relaxed and alive and aware of it’s healing energy.  This is the Linden tree.”  Love it!

Imagine yourself sitting under a beautiful tall green tree. The soft summer breeze gently ripples through its shiny heart-shaped leaves.

High overhead, you can hear honey bees lazily buzzing in and out of its perfumed flowers. The shade is cooling and the scent has a calming effect. You feel relaxed and alive and aware of its healing energy.

This is the linden tree. – See more at: http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/the-linden-tree/#sthash.0DIROirr.dpuf

Imagine yourself sitting under a beautiful tall green tree. The soft summer breeze gently ripples through its shiny heart-shaped leaves.

High overhead, you can hear honey bees lazily buzzing in and out of its perfumed flowers. The shade is cooling and the scent has a calming effect. You feel relaxed and alive and aware of its healing energy.

This is the linden tree. Sometimes if grows 130 feet high, and produces some of the most powerful herbal medicine known to humans. You may even have one of these trees on your street because they are planted widely in cities, and are fairly common in the countryside throughout Ontario where they are usually known as basswood. – See more at: http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/the-linden-tree/#sthash.0DIROirr.dpuf

Imagine yourself sitting under a beautiful tall green tree. The soft summer breeze gently ripples through its shiny heart-shaped leaves.

High overhead, you can hear honey bees lazily buzzing in and out of its perfumed flowers. The shade is cooling and the scent has a calming effect. You feel relaxed and alive and aware of its healing energy.

This is the linden tree. Sometimes if grows 130 feet high, and produces some of the most powerful herbal medicine known to humans. You may even have one of these trees on your street because they are planted widely in cities, and are fairly common in the countryside throughout Ontario where they are usually known as basswood. – See more at: http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/the-linden-tree/#sthash.0DIROirr.dpuf

Comfrey

Comfrey

Comfrey is a well know plant for healing. I use it in my own miracle salve recipe that I make, as it has great properties for healing cuts, scrapes, bruises, and even bones. It can be used as a poultice or compress to help heal broken bones and is known for this.  There is some controversy as to whether or not it should be taken internally.  Some herbalists use it, and others will tell you not to.  Do your research before taking it internally.  It can cause damage to the liver, especially if taken often.  It is a miracle herb in itself when it comes to healing and using in my salves.

Yarrow plant

Yarrow plant

Yarrow blossoms

Yarrow blossoms

Yarrow is a great little plant, and grows wild in pretty much every prairie or empty lot, and often in lawns around here.  Yarrow is a great plant to know about.  By using its feathery leaves and crunching them up, they can be placed over a wound to stop bleeding.  It can also be drank as a tea to help stop bleeding internally and heal things like bleeding ulcers.  I also will use this in my miracle salve recipe because of its properties to speed up healing.  Yarrow also has some properties that act similar to aspirin and will help relieve pain.  It is a great herb that affects so many different parts of the body, in fact some scientists say that it affects every part of the body in some small way.  It is also known to promote sweating and is often given as a tea to help do this, to in turn break a fever.

Okay now for the drying part…….I dry the yarrow hanging upside down from my clothesline, and the comfrey and linden I just laid them flat on some trays.  Each of these were completely dry in 48 hours, but then we have been having some pretty extreme heat around here.

hanging yarrow from the clothesline

hanging yarrow from the clothesline

Linden flowers drying

Linden flowers drying

Comfrey leaves laying flat to dry.

Comfrey leaves laying flat to dry.

And the finished products………..

Linden flowers, yarrow leaves and blossoms, and comfrey leaves all ready to be used.

Linden flowers, yarrow leaves and blossoms, and comfrey leaves all ready to be used.

Yay!  I love harvesting and drying the herbs, and then using them in the medicines that I make.  It is kind of a cool feeling to know that I actually understand what to know and use these things for.  I love it!

Today, I am heading over to a small  park that is not too far from my house and I will be harvesting some plantain. Plantain grows wild pretty much everywhere, but this one particular park it is thick and beautiful.  I will take pictures.

 

 

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What Mom Said

What Mom Said

What Mom Said.  That moment when you realize you should have listened!

 

My Project 2-001

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Life Long Learning

Life Long Learning

I am a firm believer in Life Long Learning!  I don’t think learning should ever end.  Because of this, I have created a new site called “The Learning Trunk”, where I am going to compile learning opportunities from everywhere, that I feel are worthwhile.  There are some that I have compiled myself – two are already available on the site, and a few more should be there soon.  I also have many places that I have been searching out, that I feel are courses that are worth their money, so I will soon begin adding links to these as well.

A couple of my favorite quotes:

Education is what remains

Education is what remains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Involve Me!  How can you not involve this cute face?

Involve Me! How can you not involve this cute face?

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2014 in education, Life, Living

 

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Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!.

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2014 in Living

 

Baked Potatoes Yummm!

Baked Potatoes Yummm!

I found this awesome post on baked potatoes today!  You can find the link here! 

Their Southwest potatoes

Their Southwest potatoes

I was looking for some great ways to use baked potatoes and I don’t think I can top the pictures and ideas they have.

I don’t necessarily love their site, as they have some things that I avoid, but this particular post was worth the read.

I must admit that I do love the Food Network and here at this click, they have 50 ideas that you can use baked

Doesn't this look delicious?

Doesn’t this look delicious?

potatoes for.  Awesome!

The Yummy Life here has a fabulous post on how to have a baked potato bar.  Yummm again!

 

Baked potatoes are one of my favorite foods and now I have even more ideas and ways to use them.  Hope you enjoy the read!

 

 
 

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Blogging Ideas 10 + 10

Blogging Ideas 10 + 10

Blogging can be so gratifying!  I love doing it as a sense of accomplishment, a feeling of release, and a great hobby for free!  Sometimes however, it is hard to come up with things to write about.  I have lists all over that I make, so I am never short of ideas, but often I don’t want to write about what I am scheduled to write that particular day.  Yes, I do have a schedule and actually have a calendar of posts scheduled for a few months in advance, besides all of my lists.  That makes it easy for me to sit down, have a quick glance to find something that peaks my interest that particular day, and then start writing.

I was chatting with a friend the other day and she asked me “What the heck to people blog about?” Most people have this common misconception that blogging is all just people keeping a journal online.  To some extent that is true, and for the most part, that is how a lot of blogs get started, but it is so much more than that.  You can literally blog / write about anything that you want!  If your passion is in knitting, then write about it.  If your passion is in some kind of animal, then keep a blog about.  If you own a business, keep a blog to keep your online customers up to date and entertained.  If you are an author, or some other form of entertainer, maintain a blog for your fans.  The possibilities are endless, truly!

What could you possibly say over and over again?  If people are interested in the same passions as you are, it is likely they will read whatever you write and totally love it!  Here are a few ideas perhaps to get your inspiration flowing.

Ten blog ideas you could create:

  • gardening
  • sports – any kind will do
  • your field of expertise – what do you do for a living?
  • relationships
  • healthy living
  • cooking
  • animals
  • photography
  • being a parent
  • travel

Ten ideas you could write about on your personal blog:

  • little things that annoy you
  • quotes
  • things you have learned from a book
  • how to do something
  • letter to someone
  • scariest moment of your life
  • the house you grew up in
  • how has blogging changed your life
  • you favorite things to do
  • what motivates you every day

The possibilities are endless.  I actually have put together quite a few ideas and you can purchase them here for a very small fee.  It would help support my blogging efforts.  In this ebook you will find 590 ideas for you to write about on your personal blog, which many could be used and adapted for any subject.  You will also get Blog creation ideas, and ideas to blog about on your business blogs.  More ideas than you could possible use in one or even two years!

So you say “What do you blog about?”  Well, I blog about living life from scratch, like on this blog.  I also blog about my meanderings and thoughts in life here on Walk The Creek.  I blog about my family and our life here.  I blog about being a Grandma here.  I blog about creating blogs and using blogs for your business here.  I blog about personal and home preparedness here.  I have a blog that I maintain about the City I live in and have created it for business connections and resources in Medicine Hat.   I am in the process of making one that my family can share recipes with each other on.  I also have a few other ideas that may be created in the near future.  I love to write, and I hope that someday I can honestly say I am a full time blogger as well as an author.  Oh ya, you can also find me on my Amazon Author Page

As you can see the possibilities are really endless like I said.  If you love it, you can write about it.

If you need more ideas or have any questions – don’t hesitate to ask!  I love chatting with people and will love chatting with you!

Scratchin Along!

Scratchin Along!

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in Writing

 

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