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Monday, July 6, 2015

Calendula or Pot Marigold

I have a lot of calendola in  my garden.  I like how bright they are when in bloom and I don't even have to plant them, they come back every year.  I got this info from WebMD:
Calendula is a plant. The flower is used to make medicine. 
Calendula flower is used to prevent muscle spasms, start menstrual periods, and reduce fever. It is also used for treating sore throat and mouth, menstrual cramps,cancer, and stomach and duodenal ulcers. 
Calendula is applied to the skin to reduce pain and swelling (inflammation) and to treat poorly healing wounds and leg ulcers. It is also applied to the skin (used topically) for nosebleeds, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, inflammation of the rectum (proctitis), and inflammation of the lining of the eyelid (conjunctivitis). 
Don’t confuse calendula with ornamental marigolds of the Tagets genus, which are commonly grown in vegetable gardens.

How does it work?
It is thought that the chemicals in calendula help new tissue grow in wounds and decrease swelling in the mouth and throat.
 It's a great color to add to flower arrangement.  I love summer time because I get tio display fresh flower in my kitchen everytday!
When in bloom, it's flower bring a great color  in my garden.
They multiply each year so I have to thin them out every time they are coming ip.

Versatile Bedding

What Is the Purpose of a Flat Sheet?

When you purchase a bedding set, it often comes with pillowcases, sham pillowcases, a fitted sheet, a flat sheet and sometimes a comforter. Many people know where to put most of these linens, but the flat sheet throws some for a loop. What is the purpose of a flat sheet? Flat cotton sheets can be a versatile piece of bedding.


Use It as a Liner for Your Comforter or Duvet

For the most part, flat sheets, also known as top sheets, are used as a sort of additional covering and liner between the person sleeping and the comforter, duvet or other blanket providing warmth through the night. The layering for making the bed usually goes: mattress pad (if you have one), fitted sheet, flat sheet and comforter. You place the flat sheet the same way you place your comforter, allowing you to climb under the covers when it’s time for bed. The human body loses a lot of moisture when sleeping, so using a flat sheet as a top sheet could help protect your nice duvet or comforter from body fluids.
 
Light Covering in Warm Seasons

In some areas of the world, the warm seasons are so warm that using a comforter or heavy blanket covering while sleeping is uncomfortable. If you live in an area where it gets particularly warm at night, you can forego the use of a heavy blanket or comforter and just use a flat sheet as your sleep cover instead. These sheets tend to be light and breathable, making them a perfect light covering on particularly warm nights.
 
A Bottom Sheet in a Pinch

If for some reason you do not have a fitted sheet, then a flat sheet can serve as your bottom sheet. You can make hospital corners by pulling the sheet beyond the edge of the bed and pulling it taut around the corner while carefully raising the top to make a triangle. You then fold the raised triangle down over the taut part of the sheet and tuck the loose ends under the mattress. Do this for all corners.

Versatile Bedding


A flat sheet serves many purposes for your bed. If you’re looking for a new way to use your sheet, try using it as a liner, light cover or bottom sheet.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Personal Touch: Our Bucket of Love

A couple of years ago, a good neighbor gave us an outdoor seashell display.  They saw it at the store anthought of getting one for me as it was made in the Philippines.  They are one of the sweetest  and thoughtful neighbors we have here.  Over time, the rope that was connecting all the shells  got rotten already so I saved the shells.
 I thought it would be great to turn it into a project  that we can all use  everyday.
 My daughter helped me with this project and we had fun!
Last year, we also did a project where  each of us can write our personal thoughts  and feelings for simething and drop it in the bucket for us to reflect on  before we go to bed.  This was a great way to know what the kids are feeling about something and it's also a great communication between us and them.
 We call this project the Bucket of Love.  I will put  some  quotes on each picture to make it more inspiring.
"In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. "
- Nikos Kazantzakis -
"Confound not faith and feeling together. 
They are distinct. Faith is ours to exercise. 
Believe, believe. 
Let your faith take hold of the blessing, and it is yours by faith. 
Your feelings have nothing to do with this faith."
- Ellen G. White -
"The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters. "
- Audrey Hepburn - 
"The stories we can tell are those that happen to us; 
we meet, work, live, laugh, love, 
demonstrate, strive in community. "
- Mimi Kennedy - 
"The weak can never forgive. 
Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. "
-Mahatma Gandhi-
"Humility may well be one of the most difficult 
of the fruit of the Spirit to be cultivated in us - and to maintain. 
That's because without humility, 
it's not likely that you will put your 
complete trust in God." 
- Joyce Meyer -
"We are not actually equal - humanity - if we are not allowed to freely love one another. "
- Lady Gaga - 
"Be true to yourself, help others, 
make each day your masterpiece, 
make friendship a fine art, 
drink deeply from good books - especially the Bible, 
build a shelter against a rainy day, 
give thanks for your blessings 
and pray for guidance every day." 
- John Wooden -
"Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it's how we behave while we're waiting."
-  Joyce Meyer -
"I've had some amazing people in my life. Look at my father - he came from a small fishing village of five hundred people and at six foot four with giant ears and a kind of very odd expression, thought he could be a movie star. So go figure, you know?" -  Kiefer Sutherland -
"A home with a loving and loyal husband and wife is the supreme setting in which children can be reared in love and righteousness and in which the spiritual and physical needs of children can be met." - David A. Bednar -
"So many of us have loved ones and people we really care about, and the only time we show affection is when they are gone. I have preached at funerals, and you see loved ones who didn't even say hello to dear ones when they were alive. Give them hugs, kisses while they are alive and need it. " - George Foreman -
So what do you think of this project?  Which quote  relate to you the most?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Garden Greens and Goodies

When we were in Korea, I was very inspired of how Koreans doesn't waste any piece of land.  They utilize every inch of it for flowers and vegetables.  They even plant  veggies under the bridge!  So when we came back here, I started planting vegetables.  We started a very small plot first then  this year, I decided to expnd it by  tilling the  side of our yard and make it into a vegetable garden as well. 
Our neighbor gave us some kohlrabi last year and I turned it into achara (a filipino delicacy of picklong papaya).  Instead of using papaya, I used the kohlrabi and hubby got addicted to it that he  asked me if we could plant kohlrabi this year.  So that's the ones you see on the top photo.  I put  containers in the middle because there is a PVC pipe there that I don't want to  bust.
 I have been saving hubby's  coffee containers and he thought I was nuts of  saving them but I have a plan to use them as planters lol.  I love it's color and it makes a perfect boarder to  the  garden bed  beside our porch.  I just put some holes at the bottom of it, add some soil, and planted some marigolds in it.

I have four eggplants this year,  They are now blooming and I can't wait to pick the fruits.  We love eating  eggplant omelet so this would be perfect.
Here's the kohlrabi after  a couple of weks of planting them.
The tomatoes are now blooming too and I harvested 7 kohlrabi already and pickled them.  
 Some people like this  for their salad  which I would probably like too but when you turn them into achara, it tastes so much better.
 As you can see, it looks a lot thicker  now compared to the first picture I posted above.  I love  making my own sauce  so I love having lots of tomatoes to can. Ever since I  started  grwoing my own veggies, I haven't ought any sphagetti sauce from the store.  I have been using my  canned sauce.
 My flowers are so much thicker this year.  That's propbaby because we have been getting rain a lot even this month.
 My husband wants to tear down our fence but  I told him not to because I love the privacy and my plant is also protected from deer.

I mean who wouldn't like fresh spinach and kale to cook?  This is my first time growing kale and  love how it is a low maintenance green but very healthy.  Two years ago, I never give kale a  glance at the store but I read an article about its health benefits  so I tried it and thought  we could get used to the taste and we did. I like it because  when you cok it, it doesn't get saggy or slimy.  
This is the orginaly garden that we have started.  I planted my leafy vegetable in it.  Last year, I had tons of carrots but this year, the surprise frost killed  most of it including the beans.  I had to  re-olant  another batch of beans because only two  beans survived during the frost.
I picked some of the beans yesterday to entice my daughter to eat.  She was running a fever and usually she won't eat when she is sick but  I told her that I got her some green beans and sure enough, she ate!  Freshly picked green beans  taste so much better than store bought, that's for sure.  If you don't have  a space to put a garden,  try  container gardening.  
Today, my daughter  wants some garden salad so I picked some lettuce and   harvest some kale since it is getting thick again.  I have given away a bag or two of this kale to a friend and it just keep growing.
I was excited to see that our blackberry are already  ripening up.  These would be ready next week.
I am planning to buy a blueberry tree this year, maybe I could grow it too.  We love  all kinds of berries so it would be nice to have them in my backyard.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Container Gardening for Herbs and Flowers

Our back porch is very small.  Its size can only accommodate a swing  and the grill so  there's nothing you can really do to make it look nice except put some cute stuff that would add colors and character.  I used chipped mugs, old  shoes, empty water bottles, and some   colorful cute containers that I bought from Dollar Tree.
 My husband's mug   has a small chip when it clanked on another mug in the sink.  Instead of throwing it, I saved it and put marigold in it.
 This container  contains dill and morning glory.  These photos were taken last week so the actual plants are now blooming.  Did you know that the  traditional use for dill is  to soothe carminative stomach and use as an  insomnia reliever?
 This is my pot of cilantro or coriander, another herb that I recently love to incorporate into my cooking.  I bought the pack of seeds at the Dollar Tree as well for 25 cents.  Cilantro is good to toss with  stir fries and  also good to put in  guacamole.
 This is a thyme.  This herb is not only good in cooking but it is also  used  in many ways.  I read an article that thyme  was used by Ancient Egyptian for their embalming practices and Ancient Greeks used it as incense.  Some research in the UK found out that thyme solution can cure acne.
 I bought this trio planters at Kmart last year.  It's perfect for growing herbs in the kitchen.  MY parsley is not  doing really good but it's okay, I already have a handful from these babies and used it for cooking.  Parsley is very versatile, you can  add this for  almost every dish that you cook, at least I do.
 Last year, I had a thick oregano plant in my garden, I accidentally pulled  them out.  Luckily, there was one who came back so I put it in this container.  When I was still in the Philippines, we used  oregano as herbal medicine and not for cooking.  Coming here in America, I was surprised that it used for cooking lol.Then again, I  rarely cook when I was still there so I didn't know. Oregano is a good antioxidant.
 I used  my kids old boots as planters.  I inserted an empty bottle inside , put  some soil and plant some marigold in it.
I love the colorful  containers, my dull  porch has now colors and I like it.
Below is basil.  This herb is also very versatile.  You can  add it to your pesto, salad, fish, pizza, and many more.  And oh, for those who love to make cocktails, basil is a great  addition if you want a nice twist.  
 If you love petunias like I do, you can save the seeds and just grow your own.
It seems like  nothing is in there but that's my rosemary growing.   They are now a little bit taller.  Rosemary is  widely use in Italian cuisine.  I love it in grilled chicken.  
I found these cute  stuff at Dollar Tree as well.   
Sometimes, all you need are little containers and you can grow  the  herbs that you like.  

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