Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014
This year she gave me a Hello Kitty dog toy. I don't have a dog. Now I don't know what to think.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Yeah, about that…
Monday, October 13, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014
Thursday, May 22, 2014
I had no idea how that felt until now.
Inspired by all the things I love most about the spring season, Fleeting came about from a bit of autumnal reminiscing about fallen spring flower blossoms.
I knew from the very beginning the exact yarn I wanted for this shawl. Which is an odd occurrence for me, as deciding on a color is often one of my biggest challenges to starting a project. Usually by the time I’m halfway through with whatever I am creating, I’ve already decided on half a dozen colors that I want to make another one in.
But not with this project.
I was absolutely set on it being a pale cream, with tones of almost grey to create the necessary shadows. And I still cannot picture it in anything else.
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Thursday, March 20, 2014
The first was discarded due to the joyous arrival of my brand new niece.
The second tossed aside by fickle and less than cooperative spring weather.
And the third was completely decimated by vast, vaaaaaaaast oversleeping.
|Tiny pinecones (and a wayward ribbon tie from my bracelet).|
|A tapped sugar maple.|
|The waterflow at Clifton Mill (Clifton, Ohio)|
A view of the hillside from an ivy embellished stone tomb.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Ah, February. It’s that lovely in between sort of time of year; the snow is melting, temps are fluctuating madly with spring’s quick approach, and all around me is the sound of…….coughing. And sneezing. And then there is the general lingering presence of a vast, VAST overabundance of mucus. Blech.
I am not a healthcare professional, and I hope that you guys know that you should never take the word of some random chick on the interwebz in regards to….well, anything really, but definitely when it comes to your health. So, do your research, and remember that natural medicine is not without its quirks. You never know when something will trigger an allergic reaction, a drug interaction, or just generally not agree with you. Just….be careful, ‘kay?
Anyway, my go to thing for recovering from the plague**, is Elderberry Syrup. Great for boosting the immune system to avoid becoming sick in the first place (don’t think for a moment I’m not regretting that bit of procrastination right now), and unlike most cold/cough syrups, this one is actually pretty tasty.
I’ve always had a good result with the various premade store bought syrups, but, holy crap, are they expensive! Plus, this is a natural medicine that could not be easier to make at home. After trying several recipes over the years, I’ve been left generally unsatisfied, mainly because of the insane level of sweetness most of the syrups impart. So, how do you cut the sweetness and still have the end result be “syrupy”? Blueberries! Subtly sweet, and similar to the elderberries in that they are also high in antioxidants and vitamin C, bluerries also contain enough pectin that it seemed to be the perfect solution to replace a great deal of the honey.
1/2 c. dried organic elderberries
To help get over cold/flu: up to 3 tbs. over 24 hours