August 14, 2017

Memories of a Homesteading Journey :: hesitant organics at four in the morning

Life. You truly never know what a season will bring.

Did I really believe that life would arrive to a place where I became a produce runner? I remember joking about doing just that, with a heart mission of helping those with lower incomes. Knowing that our food system has some serious issues, and feeling very strongly that every person should have access to real, whole foods without Monsanto - regardless of income. I also feel very strongly that every one should have the opportunity to have a garden, raise chickens and build a sustainable agrarian community if they so choose, but that is another post for another day.

Mind you, tossing around an idea and actually “setting your hand to the plow” of an idea, are completely two different things... - who gets up at three thirty in the morning, to be ready by four - drives two hours and stands in a cold, produce warehouse. Participates in the mad dive for case deals and walks away without some serious thoughts on food, the trucking industry and our local grocery store. I would hope – very few.

This is no longer my occupation, but I have been forever changed by the experience. To participate in a system that doubles or triples the profits on what I feel is a basic human need {real food} makes my skin crawl. Don't get me wrong... I understand how commercialism works, capitalism, and yes... even humanism. For the record - I am not a fan of ism's – unless it's biblical-ism or even herbal-ism under the context of Scripture. {smile}

I can and do see the opportunity for good, organic produce at low cost for many. However I have also seen the “man” purchase truck loads of seconds, and learn that he sells this produce to various restaurants. Who in turn - sells you, a meal with a high end price tag and seconds on the plate.

My point in sharing this little portion of my homesteading journey, though with some hesitation, is to say it is very important to know where your food comes from and to understand just how much you are paying for it.

August 4, 2017

52 Lists :: the Wildest things - to Try

List the wildest things you want to try... a bucket list maybe:

~ Another Move - this time to the Northwest, don't worry it isn't happening within the next couple months - that I know of. However, we desire to move back West some day. More specifically the Northwest. Our family has spent a great deal of time looking down the road that I wonder - if sometimes - we missed some of the moments we were living in.

Don't get me wrong... I would not have changed much, but we do desire to live where there are hardwoods and pine. Where the fall is spectacular and winter... well - winter IS. We have not seen two foot of snow in years and we miss it... oh and the mountains, they are so calling my name.

~ Living off Grid, Solar - this is still a hope of ours, to have a homestead and sell veggies by the curb side... milk my goats, knit sweaters and socks... share real food, real moments and spend time on the front porch. Well - that may be mine, mostly.

But as far as wildest things, I think that is subjective... truthfully I don't want to be wild. There has been plenty of thrill in my life to keep me content, and right now... finding a home, my attempts of starting a business, my herbal pursuits, being a wife & mother - and so forth. It is well...

the Photo:

Inspiration for an upcoming embroidery template...

August 1, 2017

Tell Me of: Thyme - Tisane with Lemon & Honey

Thyme, Thymus vularis, is beloved of bees and well suited for most climates. He prefers his home with well drained soil, and plenty of sunshine. Thyme can either stand up tall or creep along, however as he matures Thyme can become woody. Thus a good trimming each Spring will not only encourage new growth, it will also encourage plenty of new flowers. New flowers mean happy pollinators. Especially Bees!

Thyme flowers and leaves can be made into a tea, or a syrup for coughs and colds. I think, Thyme infused honey would taste just lovely on sourdough toast, and the tiny sprigs make wonderful smelling adornments for gifts given.

A home for Thyme can be elegant or simple, big or small, planted with friends or all by himself. Thyme truly is one of the most amiable herbs Created... he has even forgiven all those dry periods I unintentionally put him through. 

Thyme Tisane with Lemon & Honey

~ 8 ounces of hot water, approximately 
~ 1 tea ball of dried, organic thyme
~ lemon juice and honey

Directions: fill the tea ball with dried, organic thyme, and place it in the tea cup. Pour approximately eight ounces of hot water, or until the tea cup is pleasantly full. Allowing room for the addition of the lemon and honey, of course.  

Next: let the tea rest for about two minutes.  

Then: remove the tea ball and add ½ teaspoon of honey. Stir. Add a few drops of lemon juice and stir again... enjoy. You may desire to add a little extra lemon and honey to taste.

In the Links & Resources below you will also find a link to a pdf that shares easy embroidery stitches. The details are great and it is free. I share this because I hope to have the Thyme embroidery block and template up by early next week as well as a coloring page.

Links & Resources:

~ Rosemary Gladstar's Medicincal Herbs – A Beginners Guide
~ Thyme Lime Aid – Vintage Remedies
~ American Botanical Society – Herbal Gram – Thyme
~ Colonial Patterns, Inc. - Easy Embroidery Stitch Guide/PDF

* This post is part of a series, Tell Me Of: Herbal Narrative and Projects for Children - found in my side bar. You can read more about me or my herbal education in the {about} and {disclosure} tabs.