We went on a lovely bike ride today!
Elderberry Flower Cordial
This is a sweet syrup which can be added to drinks or put on pancakes!
1. I had to pull a million little flowers off of the stems (the stems are toxic)
3. I poured the sugar water over the flowers
4. I then covered the bowl and will leave it alone for 2 days…
5. In 2 days I will taste it and tell you how delicious it is!!! 😋
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Elderberry Flower infused Honey!!
1. I pulled off the remaining tiny flowers (about 1/3 cup)
3. I heated the honey containers in a pot with water…
…which made the honey pour out easily onto the flowers!
Again… I have to wait!
4. In 1 week, I will strain the flowers, taste the honey and tell you how delicious it is!! 😋
Simone and I went to the library for a Mommy/daughter date this evening!
We took a class called Fusion Fun- it involved melting used plastic bags together to create a new reusable bag!
Simone finished her bag just in time to go to her brother’s late night baseball game!
We went to an estate sale on Saturday and picked up a beautiful buffet for only $35!
I cleaned up my ever changing sunporch and we put the new medicinecabinet in it!
Now to make more natural remedies!
*Any ideas for what to use to make cute labels?
I was sitting in the garden with two wonderful Fathers!
My dad and Josh ❤️️❤️️
Oh my – this dinner was so delicious, simple, cheap, and it fed an army of kids!
My sisters (3) and children (8) were visiting yesterday – when my sister Sonja suggested we make savory pancakes with the herbs from the garden! What a wonderful idea!
Sonja not only had the brilliant idea, but she also said she would make them!
She quadrupled the sourdough pancake recipe!
Next, she needed fresh herbs to mix into the cream cheese…
The kids had a great time picking herbs from my garden! 🌿
Pineapple Sage (eaten right away)
Got any (easy) delicious recipes that call for fresh herbs? I’d love for you to share them with me!
I made a Nature Journal/ Recipe Book to keep track of all that I’m learning concerning herbs and weeds and natural remedies!
I want to be able to place pressed flowers in the journal to help with plant identification… so I made a flower press this morning.
1. I cut two pieces of wood the same size
2. I used my wood burning kit to decorate the front and back of the press…
3. I cut cardboard pieces and paper the same size of the wood
5. The fun begins… I get to find flowers and leaves to press and preserve!
I’m super excited to begin my flower/leaf collection!
I’ve basically given up on a traditional garden. This year I gave the kids some garden boxes and plants- and they have been successful!
I, on the other hand, am working on establishing an herb garden! I’m so excited to grow plants that have such health benefits! Also, herbs are easy to grow and most come back every year- bigger then before!!
I remembered that when we bought our new front door, it came with a screen. We have never used the screen nor do we plan on it… our dog would run right through it!!
I have room in my herb garden to grow more… I need some plant ideas! What’s your favorite herb?
Josh suggested that, after church, we go play baseball at the park… and before I could say no, he enticed me with these sweet words, “You can play barefoot!”
We bought the bats with the intention of using our wood burning kit – so the kids can decorate them and make them cool 😎!
Josh got a great shot of me MISSING the ball! (For the record- Eli was pitching!)
We had to pause the game to identify a flattened squirrel (yes I took a picture because a picture is better than the alternative… taking it home for the nature shelf!)
FYI- you can get ice waters from QT for 25 cents! And refills are free!! 💦
We went to a library workshop on the total solar eclipse that will be happening soon!
We were given awesome glasses made specifically for the eclipse! You can safely look at the sun through them… and the sun looks like an adorable star ☀️ ⭐️!!
We got to try out other viewing tools. Safety is important when watching an eclipse as the sun can damage your eyes!! 👀
Here are pictures of the flyer they gave us. It has some valuable information on it about watching the eclipse, especially if your in the Saint Louis area!
Simone and I went to Cadette-Camp-a-Rama (Girl Scout Camp) this past weekend!
It’s a very healthy pond that the girls get to explore using nets and scoops!
*I know it looks like poison ivy at the bottom of that picture – but it is fragrant sumac… I learned how to tell the difference 🙂
Cool findings at the pond-
🐸 frogs and tadpoles
Leeches (notice the eggs on the underside of one of the leeches!)
You can see the Professor opening its mouth pinchers… such a cool trick!
Water scorpion 🦂- no it’s not poisonous!
Egg sack! We don’t know what little critters will hatch out of here- but… I’m sure they will be small and creepy 😳!
Horse hair worms!
Duckweed… it looks like pond scum but- it’s actually the WORLD’s smaller flowering plant! It only has two tiny leaves and it has an itty bitty white flower!
I also learned the difference between red oak trees and white oak tress! Red oak have spikes at the end of their leaf tips and white oaks are rounded!
The best part of the day was that my home-made bug-repellent worked!!!
It’s just coconut oil, beeswax, and a lot of lemon eucalyptus oil!
I totally recommend you making your own… and then go find a pond to explore!