Elderberry flower cordialΒ 

We went on a lovely bike ride today!

As were biking along a beautiful path, we were all overcome with the sweet sweet aroma of the elderberry flower!

I foraged a bundle of flowers and enjoyed their scent the rest of the bike ride!

As soon as we got home, I headed straight to the kitchen with my elderberry flowers!

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)

2. I mixed together 6 cups of boiling water and 4 cups of sugar (it’s no wonder this is sweet)

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!!! πŸ˜‹

🌺 🐝 🌺 🐝 🌺🐝🌺🐝🌺🐝🌺🐝

Elderberry Flower infused Honey!!

1. I pulled off the remaining tiny flowers (about 1/3 cup)

2. I located our honey… 5 almost empty bottles with crystallized honey 🍯 

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!! πŸ˜‹

Fusion Fun: reusing plastics bags

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!

The organizer had saved a bunch of used plastic bags and even some party tableclothes.

We cut out different pictures that we liked and arranged them on a double layered squared.

Then they were melted together with a low heat iron (with a silicone mat to prevent the plastic from sticking to the iron).

Duct tape holds the bottom and sides together. A couple hole punches and string create a snazzy handle! 

Simone finished her bag just in time to go to her brother’s late night baseball game! 

I even got to make a bag! 😊

The boys are super jealous!! They can hardly wait to make their own bag… now to start collecting used plastic bags!!

My medicine cabinet

We went to an estate sale on Saturday and picked up a beautiful buffet for only $35!

I had originally wanted a buffet to store my vintage pyrex in… but then I realized I really needed a place to store my herbal salves and essential oils.

I cleaned up my ever changing sunporch and we put the new medicinecabinet in it!

Other side of the room

Now to make more natural remedies!

*Any ideas for what to use to make cute labels?

Four leaf clover πŸ€Β 

I was sitting in the garden with two wonderful Fathers! 

My dad and Josh ❀️️❀️️

I was admiring my parent’s garden…

When I found a four leaf clover! πŸ€

I admit… I am one lucky woman!


Savory Sourdough Pancakes with fresh picked herbs

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!

As she was making them, she got worried she made too many…

But with 12 kids and 5 adults in the house, she actually made just enough!

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)



Lemon Thyme 


And my NEW FAVORITE – daylilly flowers

Everyone that tried the flower- thought it was so YUMMY!

Sonja prepared the cream cheese by tearing up the herbs and mixing them in.

And then we ate all those pancakes up!

Got any (easy) delicious recipes that call for fresh herbs? I’d love for you to share them with me!

DIY Flower Press 🌺 

I made a Nature Journal/ Recipe Book to keep track of all that I’m learning concerning herbs and weeds and natural remedies!

Yes- I have a laminator and a book binder! I realize this makes me a nerd and a half πŸ€“


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

4. I hot-glued Velcro to two ribbon πŸŽ€ strips which secures the press together

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! 

Window screen turned herb dryer 🌿 

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!!

The oregano 🌿 I planted three years ago is huge! 

I also have oregano in the front garden, so I decided to cut the backyard oregano and dry it.

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!!

So… I decide to use the large screen as a drying rack for the oregano!

Now, I just wait for the sun to work its drying magic β˜€οΈ and soon we will have dried oregano for our pastas and pizzas πŸ•!

I have room in my herb garden to grow more… I need some plant ideas! What’s your favorite herb?

Barefoot Baseball ⚾️ 

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!”

How could I say no LOL πŸ˜†!!

Yesterday we bought the kids wooden bats at a garage safe for $1 each! 

We bought the bats with the intention of using our wood burning kit – so the kids can  decorate them and make them cool 😎!

But today- we decided to test the bats out to see how well they hit! and they hit well!! Andre’s black bat is called lucky πŸ˜‰

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!! πŸ’¦ 

I admit that after a few innings I started to get distracted from the huge pine trees next to me!

I collected fallen immature green pine cones (they smell amazing!!)

and needles to make pine infused oil! 

So- barefoot baseball ⚾️ with a bit of pine foraging 🌲 made for a beautiful Sunday afternoon! πŸ˜€β˜€οΈοΈβ€οΈοΈ

Total solar eclipse workshop

We went to a library workshop on the total solar eclipse that will be happening soon! 

August 21, 2017 at 1:17 to be exact!!

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 β˜€οΈ ⭐️!!

We were given demonstrations about how and why there will be an eclipse. 🌏 

After the interesting lecture that involved models of the earth and moon as well as maps of the viewing area…

We got to try out other viewing tools.  Safety is important when watching an eclipse as the sun can damage your eyes!! πŸ‘€ 

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!

Mystery Pond

Simone and I went to Cadette-Camp-a-Rama (Girl Scout Camp) this past weekend!

While Simone was off with her friend being independent, I assisted at the Mystery Pond!

What’s Mystery Pond?

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 πŸ™‚
Cool findings at the pond-

🐸 frogs and tadpoles

Leeches (notice the eggs on the underside of one of the leeches!)



Dragonfly larva

You can see the Professor opening its mouth pinchers… such a cool trick!



Water scorpion πŸ¦‚- 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!

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