houseplants, herbs

You don’t need a home in the country with lots of land to grown your own herbs. Herbs will grow quite happily in a container. If you have a sunny window that gets at least 5-6 hours of sun a day you can even grow herbs inside! In fact if the only outdoor space you have is shaded you are better off growing the herbs inside! It’s actually possible to have a gardenless herb garden! Herbs grown indoors will need plenty of water and an occasional feeding. A little extra humidity not only helps their growth but keeps the foliage succulent and tasty. If the air in your home is dry, place the pots in a tray filled with stones and keep the tray filled with water just up to the bottom of the pots; this keeps moisture in the air. With the exception of rosemary don’t mist your herbs, as it will encourage fungus. Occasionally rinse your herbs off in the kitchen sink. Any herb is worth trying indoors, although there are some that do better than others. Rosemary is a clear winner; it will often even bloom indoors in the winter! I like to keep my rosemary plant Read More […]

Ever considered delving into photography, but were afraid to or intimidated by how much learning would be involved? Here are ten reasons to let go of your fears and pick up your camera right now. Capture the key moments. Of course, one major benefit to delving into photography is that you’re more likely to capture and document those key moments in life. Practicing photography, be it at an amateur or a professional level, will naturally have you taking your camera with you on vacations and to major events. Become more adventurous. Once you begin to love taking photos, you’ll find yourself itching to do more “photo-worthy” things. Maybe you’ll travel internationally more, maybe you’ll go on more spontaneous road trips, or maybe you’ll take up something like rock climbing. Hone your eye for detail. Photography has a way of completely transforming the way in which you see the world. The more you practice identifying good shots and composing shots, the more you’ll find yourself noticing the small, beautiful details of everyday life. You might, for example, notice during a walk that you’ve been taking every week for a year a particularly striking door, and then stop to admire its unique Read More […]

Homemade Cheese Crackers

I love making Homemade Crackers. I’ve tried several recipes before but this recipe is a real winner. My daughter shared this  recipe for homemade goldfish crackers over a year ago. She is very good about cooking from scratch and making sure she knows exactly what her children are eating. These crackers are perfect for snacking or enjoying with a glass of wine. No matter how you enjoy them I can guarantee they won’t last long! They also are easy to make and you can whip up a batch in no time. Now I don’t have a little fish cookie cutter so instead used a little heart cookie cutter to make my crackers. The heart cookie cutter worked out perfectly. They are delicious and store well if they don’t get eaten quickly! You could also use a small round cookie cutter or any other small shape would work. Homemade Cheese Crackers 2 cups finely grated sharp cheddar cheese. ¾ cups whole wheat pasty flour (worked fine with just whole wheat flour) ¼ tsp onion powder 1/8 tsp salt 2 Tbsp light flavored oil In a food processor blend everything but the oil together. When the ingredients are well blended add the oil and blend until Read More […]

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I am so excited to be taking part in this giveaway! Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and what better giveaway than a breakfast to go giveaway! This month’s giveaway is sponsored by Katherines Corner, Katherines Corner Shop and Marilyns Treats. The cash prize is provided by Katherines Corner and some of her bloggy friends ( listed below). One winner will receive a Hamilton Beach Sandwich Maker, the Cookbook, “150 best Breakfast Sandwich Maker Recipes” by Jennifer Williams ( this prize is valued at $65) AND $100 via PayPal or Amazon gift code ( winners choice)! Hamilton Beach, Jennifer Williams, PayPal and Amazon are not sponsoring nor do they have any connection to this giveaway Your Hostesses for the Breakfast to Go giveaway are Katherine from Katherines Corner Marilyn from Marilyns Treats Roz from La Bella Vita Cucina Lisa from Blogghetti Christine from I Dig Pinterest Debbie from Heartbeats and Soul Stains Diane from Mamal Diane Keeping Life Simple Nancy from Nancy On The Home Front To enter please log into the entry form using your email address or facebook Please remember to follow your sponsors and all of the hostess go you can get all of your Read More […]

Spinach Quesadillas

Are you looking for a quick lunch or dinner option that is also delicious? These Spinach Quesadillas might just do the trick! They are delicious, nutritious and quick and easy to make. Perfect for a last minute meal idea. Every once in awhile you need a quick and nutritious meal that you can make using ingredients you probably already have on hand. I don’t know about you but I usually have tortillas and spinach in my fridge. Combined with some cheese and ricotta and you’re got a meal in the making! Quesadillas are one of those meals that just about everyone enjoys. Spinach Quesadillas 4 cups fresh baby spinach 4 scallions, chopped 1 small tomato, chopped 2 Tbsp Lemon juice 1 tsp ground cumin ¼ tsp garlic powder 1 cup of shredded Monterey Jack cheese ¼ cup reduced fat ricotta cheese 6 flour tortillas (6 inches) ¼ cup light sour cream In a large nonstick skillet, cook the spinach, scallions, tomato, lemon juice, cumin and garlic powder over medium heat until the spinach is wilted. Remove from the heat and stir in the Monterey Jack and ricotta cheese. In just minutes you have made a delicious filling. Divide the spinach cheese Read More […]

Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop #66 Home agin, home again. After spending two weeks with my daughter and our newest granddaughter I am back home. The garden produced well while I was away and I now have to preserve the harvest! I enjoy being home but I sure do miss my granddaughter! Please join us this week for Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop! Thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us each week! It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings! Have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us! Here are the co-hosts of Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop. Tracy at Our Simple Homestead Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Sandra at Clearwater Farm Facebook Pinterest Instagram Google+ Nancy at On The Home Front Facebook Twitter Pinterest Instagram Google+ Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead Facebook Pinterest BlogLovin   LeeAnn & Alex at One Ash Homestead Facebook Twitter Pinterest Instagram (Remember – If you would like to be featured, be sure to link back to the hop otherwise you will not be featured!) Most Clicked On Post From Last Week: Simplest Ever Sewing Projects Which Can Be Down In a Day!   My Most Favorite Post From Read More […]

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