Monthly Archive: October 2015

Oct 22

Live like a Butterfly

On average, butterflies live about 2-4 weeks. I have been thinking a lot, about what it means to live your life with meaning, to live with purpose. What is my purpose? Then, I started thinking about butterflies. They are so beautiful yet their life is so short. It is so hard to think about what …

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Oct 22

When I leave this world, will I have done enough?

I wrote this a couple years ago, and reading it again, it still holds true today. Do you ever wonder if you will have done enough in your lifetime? I think about this alot. When it is my turn to go, and I allow myself to think about it, will anyone remember me? I know …

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Oct 22

In our garden – Basil & homemade pesto recipe

Something you should know about me…I love basil. love. I can eat it straight from the plant. Pesto, which is made with fresh basil in this recipe is delicious with pasta or spread on a cracker. If you don’t have a mortar and pestle you can also use a food processor. We bought ours at …

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Oct 22

In our garden – Lemon Cucumbers

Have you ever heard of or tasted a lemon cucumber? I have not, that is before Steve started growing them in our garden! They look like a lemon and taste like a cucumber! On the vine, they have small barbs that act as a defense mechanism that protect the plant from pesky bugs. This cucumber …

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Oct 17

This week’s thrift store finds

For those of you who don’t cook, like me, you may not know what this is. Steve does all the cooking and now has a collection of two. They are called mortar and pestles. Per Wikipedia, the mortar is a bowl, typically made of hard wood, ceramic or stone. The pestle is a heavy and blunt club-shaped …

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Oct 17

Preserve your garden vegetables to supplement your grocery budget

In this post I talked about Steve’s garden. Now let’s talk about what to do with all those vegetables! Preserving (or the less savory word, fermenting, or pickling, these words have a tendency to be used interchangeably.) This jar was made with cabbage. First: Wash and sterilize jars (1/2 gallon mason jars in this instance) sold …

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Oct 10

Start a garden to offset your grocery budget

I am so proud of my husband! For those of you that don’t know him, his go big or go home attitude has given us a beautiful garden. He first started with a single pepper plant, and from there has done endless research on what he can successfully grow in South Florida, which is not …

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