Plum Pie Extraordinaire!


This year my plum tree produced a bumper crop and I have been trying lots of new recipes as a result.  Yesterday, I tried a plum pie recipe that was so well received that within 24 hours it was completely gone!  I would say that is a vote of approval.  The lemon zest in the crust really kicks things up a notch and turns this pie into something special.  It will also fill your kitchen with the scent of cinnamon and nutmeg which is wonderful to wander into during the day.  🙂    So, if you would like a dessert that marries tart and sweet– this one may be for you!

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Stinging Nettles– Medicinal Powerhouse, Vegetable Superfood, and Secret Weapon for Fertilizing/Soil Enhancement.



I love having tea in the conservatory first thing in the morning.  Especially when the tea of the day is such a nutritional powerhouse to get me started on the right foot.  Nettle tea, spruced up with some spearmint I couldn’t resist this morning, is an unsung hero of the herbal world.  Care to learn more? Continue reading

Natural Hint Of The Day: Mice, Ants, and Cockroaches Be Gone!

As winter descends we may find our homes invaded by uninvited guests.  Peppermint essential oil is a powerful and safe ally in preventing or interrupting the onslaught.  The scent that is so delicious to us sends them running for the hills!  Simply soak (approximately 5 drops) a cotton ball with high quality peppermint oil (quality counts) and place in the right spot.  What is the right spot?  If your problem is mice it is best to act preventatively.  The cotton balls are most effective when placed at possible points of entry or protectively around items you don’t want them getting into.  As a preventative measure they significantly reduce chances of an infestation even starting.  No stress, no poisons, no moments of “ick factor.”  After the rascals are in your home its a bit more challenging.  The peppermint soaked cotton balls are still powerful but they won’t make the mice leave the home.  There are still many “non peppermint” places to hide.  They can be used as a protective hedge around whatever you don’t want them accessing.  Encroachment stopped!  As for ants and cockroaches simply place the balls in any paths or where activity is noted and voila!  They will retreat to sweeter smelling adventures.  Here’s to safe and effective natural remedies!

Marshmallow Tea — Easy And Effective Digestive Strengthening

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I have struggled with severe GERD, ulcers, and esophageal scarring most of my life.    Of course the foods I love the most also wreck the most havoc.  Coffee, heavily spiced foods, wine, and my beloved jalapeno peppers leave me struggling through heart burn and worse.  While heart burn is uncomfortable, I am more concerned with the long term damage unchecked GERD creates.  For me, a holistic approach–including herbal strengthening of my digestive system — has resulted in greater freedom, fewer side effects, and a stronger digestive system than experienced before.   Continue reading