Radio Show: Christmas tree choices
In my family, we always waited till after my brother’s birthday, Dec. 10th, to put up the Christmas tree. Not a bad thought when you’re planning on a real tree.
There are lots of types of trees to choose from depending on what you like and whether you have heavy ornaments. The White Spruce is probably the best known “Christmas Tree” for it’s short, sturdy needles and symmetrical shape. This one can definitely handle heavy ornaments or a “loaded” tree!
Aromas in my head
The baking and roasting, the sautéing and simmering… Thanksgiving Day cooking fills homes with such wonderful aromas!
Having herbs, vegetables and/or fruit that you’ve grown on the Thanksgiving Day table just adds to the thankfulness of the day. What’s on the table that you can grow next year?
The above photo has kale, red cabbage, jalapeno, beets and beans in it. A little tough to see! I have a lot of great recipes in my Recipes tab. Check it out and find some wonderful … [Continue reading]
Radio Show: Propagating holiday cacti
To propagate a holiday cactus wait till your plant has stopped blooming. Prune your cactus to encourage branching out and, while you’re at it, remove a few sections or segments by pinching your your fingers.
Using a 4 inch pot with a soil-less mix, place your segment int the mix no deeper than half way up the first segment. Your piece should be about 3 or 4 segments in length. To speed up the rooting process, place the whole pot in a gallon ziplock bag, … [Continue reading]
Radio Show: Christmas cactus or not
Christmas cactus or not? Did you know there’s a Thanksgiving Cactus? I didn’t until a few years ago! I had a cactus from my mom for YEARS and always thought it was a Christmas cactus with extreme flowering capability! Finding out there’s a difference and it has to do with the lobes, was, well, somewhat embarrassing. My powers of observation were not apparently keen!
You can clearly see the difference in LOBES! The Christmas cactus (rounded lobes) blooms about 5 to 6 weeks later … [Continue reading]
Historically baths were a way of treating ailments.. Holistic practitioners use salt and herbs for a number of maladies. There are different types of salts as well. Epsom is probably the most popular and the one we’ll focus on. It’s actually magnesium and sulfate, minerals known for their medicinal value as well as beauty and garden products.
Radio Show: Infused sugar
This time of year our calendars start to fill with party dates. Hostess gifts are sometimes one of those last minute thoughts. Today I thought I’d give you a little prompt and suggest some fun, easy yet thoughtful ideas.
Infused sugars. A sweet small token of appreciation in a cool looking jar. Start with organic sugar and a dried herb or spice. I buy at our local coop.
Combine the sugar and herb or spice into an airtight container in a 2 … [Continue reading]