Hubby & I were in the car a couple weeks ago heading from the Homestead back south when one of the radio stations we listen to along the way had listeners call in with their home remedies for Poison Ivy. Which was extrememly appropriate given that hubby was just getting over a bout from the nasty vine.
One of the Callers said he swears by Cider Vinegar or Malt Vinegar. Just dab some on a cotton ball and swab the affected area. What did hubs have to lose? So he tried it….AND IT WORKED! It took the itchness away almost … Read more...
With the exception of home-made bread or an apple pie baking in the oven, one of the most wonderful aromas to come out of the kitchen are that of fresh baked cookies. Does not matter the kind either. Although I imagine home-made dog cookies don’t quite cut it…
The smell of buttery, ooey-gooey cookies makes your mouth water instantly at the first whiff.
Here in our household we have a large repertoire of cookie recipes, but we are really partial to a few standby’s that are easy to throw together and bake when we are pressed for time.
I love Summer and hate to see it come to an end. I know my days of roaming around in flipflops and shorts are almost over. My wild flowers are fading and the flower heads are getting ready to scatter their seeds for next years re-birth. Even the leaves of a few Maples are already showing their Fall colours…way too early for my liking….they are pretty though.
The past couple weeks have seen the nights cool considerably here on the Homestead. I even had to break out the sweaters on a couple days last week, much to my dismay…. and … Read more...
Spending time up here on the Homestead has a lot of advantages. Like watching beautiful sunsets, reading a good book, killing ants by the millions before they invade your house and enjoying the local flora and fauna.
Not to sit around too much (idle hands makes for idle brains), I got to thinking….and I have discovered that there is a fantastic by-product to feeding the local Mallard duck population.
I have even prepared a Video Tutorial for you too. Please make sure you turn your sound up….
This project may take me several summers of feather collecting before I actually … Read more...
We had the pleasure of our Daughter and her Husband up to the Homestead for 9 days (they left yesterday). While here, they enjoyed the sun, the stars, the wildlife and kayaking on the lake.
Our son-in-law is also a great cook, and I sincerely appreciated the help in cooking duties giving me some much needed breaks from the kitchen. As their time with us was winding down, there was a mish-mash of ingredients and leftovers to do something with. A little of this and that but not enough to make full meals out of.
Warm, fuzzy, practical mitts for iPhone users, or any other touch screen electronic device. No longer will you have to pull off your gloves to answer an email or a phone call. Just slide your fingers out the end and you have instant access to your touch screen. All the while, keeping the rest of your hands warm and cozy. When you need to keep your fingers warm, fold the upper portion in to envelope your fingers.
Whether you are digging for your keys in your purse or trying to insert change into a parking meter, these are ideal for … Read more...
BEFORE you come into contact with it…. Like my husband did….
One word for you…. I-T-C-H-Y!!!!!
As the Old Saying goes…’Leaves of Three, Leave them Be’.
The above plant is one of many on the Homestead, this one was trying to sprout where I planted Nasturtiums. It has since been eliminated. There are still many, many of them left around the property, but mostly in places we do not frequent (back bush area). We are now highly mindful of what it looks like and where it is growing.
Hubs was trying to pull out some maple tree suckers and weeds … Read more...
My daughter is a Vegetarian. Which can be challenging at times. I think she decided to be one just to make life difficult for her husband (the cook of their family) and myself. Maybe. OK, maybe not. But it sure seems like it at times.
She is a VERY picky Vegetarian too. Any dish prepared for her can NOT have any mushrooms in it, and believe me, there are tons of recipes that use mushrooms as a base of vegetarian meals. She hates the fungi. She refers to them as ‘that dark chicken’ from leftovers I gave her of a … Read more...
Human Body parts. I find it utterly amazing when you are going through your garden and you find some pretty freakish looking things. Mother Nature has an awesome, wacky sense of humour. Both of these were found on one of my Cherry Tomato plants.
This one looks like a perfect candidate to be a Plumber…..
And the one below? I shall leave that to your imagination….Does Size really matter? 🙂