The 100 Foot Diet

Whatever that diet is called. We are eating about 50-100 ft from the house diet. I go to the garden nearly everyday and pick dinner!!! I just love this time of year. You just can’t beat fresh. This is what I came to the house with yesterday. Isn’t the color so gorgeous and to think that this was a gift to me from God! He’s so kind and glorious to splash my day with more color!!!

From this master piece I made the most amazing Pesto! I just can’t stop eating it, it is soooo gooooood!

I ate it on French Meadow Sourdough Bread topped with my heirloom tomatoes that I started indoors this past winter and I even had one of my very own first ever fermented pickles!!! The pickles aren’t quite ready yet. But it was surprisingly good.

Pesto Recipe

(as you know, I’m a none measure kind of cook)

Lots of Fresh Basil

Quality EVOO

Quality Parmesan Cheese

(I found some raw at Trader Joe’s)

Pine Nuts Roasted

LOTS of Organic Garlic

Grey Salt

I used my food processor and whizzed up the cheese (approx 3 Cups) and set aside. Then I added at least 3-4 cups of fresh organic basil…I even stripped the flowers and used them and 1 head of garlic. I poured the EVOO in the top of the funnel while I was whizzing it into the basil until it looked right. Then I added the cheese and pine nuts (about 1-2 Cups) and added more EVOO until the consistency looked good. A little grey salt and that’s it. It absolutely speaks summer! I think I’ll even have some on my burger tonight!!

More Yummy Socks

Crazy Socks

I was inspired to use lots of color for these socks from Kristin Nicholas (not that I need inspiring to do so!). Her book, Kristin Knits is great if you love color as I do. I am also a big fan of fair isle and love to make it up as I go along. My next pair are based on her idea, but totally just thrown together as I go and in the autumn theme, then I’ll do Christmas. I think these are Easter Socks! The yarn is from Knit Picks and is amazingly SOFT. It’s a superwash merino. For those of you who don’t know, that means you can throw them in the wash and they won’t shrink or felt! Love that. And I use my 56 CO pattern here.

Lila Tueller Giveaway!

As you know I love color!!! Lila has an amazing design style that I am googoo over. Maybe it’s due to the fact we are from the same time era….?….but I just love her designs. Have a look and enter the giveaway while you’re at it!

Help A Girl Out ~ Purchase a Photo or Two!

Sunrise on The Tidal Basin

Our daughter, Becca is leaving is just over 1 month to take her solo flight. She’s spreading her wings and jumping out of the nest! She’s an artist also and has a passion for people. She will be leaving for Herrnhut Germany on Sept 3, the day before her 24th birthday. 😦

She’s been accepted into the Photography DTS program with YWAM (Youth With a Mission). She’ll be in school for 3-4 months and then they’ll go into Asia (we’re not sure yet of their destination), to use her skills as a photographer in the field of missions to the world. She will be gone for 7 months and with no scheduled return date as of yet. She’s a free spirit like ME and she just might fall in love with Germany and stay.

She has photos for sale to try and raise her support for this trip. So far, she’s raised enough for the first phase of the trip….but there’s MORE! If you’d like to help, you can purchase them through PayPal or wtth a personal check and contact me at butterfliesandbumblebeesshop@gmail.com . You can find prices on her blog.

Her work is beautiful and moving. She loves macro and it shows. You can view her work on her Flickr account and contact me for a purchase. If you would like to donate you can do that too! Jot me an email and I’ll give you the specifics for a tax donation receipt.

Thanks so much and God Bless!

All of these photos were taken by Becca.

OR

Purchase from my shop on Etsy and I’ll be donating all the proceeds to Becca.

I’m Back with Elderberries

Praise God, that was a short lived attack. Another wonderful testimony to my healing. I did try to take it easy for a couple days. But that’s hard for me to do now that I’ve been given this precious gift of life. A glorious gift! Thank you Lord. “Those who wait on the Lord, shall renew their strength. They shall soar on wings like eagles, they shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Sambucus canadensis

When I was on my mowathon last week I had a tremendous surprise! No, I haven’ t seen a snake yet. I found an Elderberry Tree!!!! Wahoo!!! I ran in off the mower and looked it up on the internet. Yep, that was an Elderberry Tree! More specifically Sambucus canadensis, that which grows in the northeast US. The clusters of berries are absolutely beautiful. I picked a couple gallons of them today. It’s really so easy. I used scissors to cut the clusters. Then I rolled them between my fingers and the berries popped off the stems. I picked only the ones with black clusters.

I made up my first batch of “Ethopian Wine” as per Sandor Katz recipe in “Wild Fermentations”, 3 Cups of Raw Honey to 1 Gallon of filtered water. I put 1 Qt of berries in the jar and will let it sit for a couple 3-5 days until it starts to get bubbly. Then I’ll strain out the berries and put it in a Cider jug. I found some balloons and I’ll put one on the spout. That will brew for another week or so.

I’ve never attempted to make “wine”. I’m finding that all fermented foods are beneficial and I wanted to give this one a try. Of course just like any of my ferments, the longer it sits the more fermentation. I’ll post pics of the finished product and tell you how delish it is!

I found this great site for lots of Elderberry info.

Ehrlichiosis~Can you spell that without looking???

Symptoms

If a tick infected with ehrlichia or anaplasma bites you, the following flu-like signs and symptoms may appear within five to 14 days of the bite:

  • Mild fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Cough
  • Joint pain
  • Confusion
  • Rash — rare in adults, but more frequent in children

This is one of the infections I’ve tested positive for. The last few days have not been quite right and I suspect it’s Ehrlichia. Not a pleasant one to have visit me right now. I was doing so well….and now this. I’m having a lot of the Chronic Fatigue stuff with it and as I’ve learned the last three years, the best thing to do is rest. So if you don’t hear from me it’s because I’m resting. I just don’t feel like doing anything.

It’s funny this disease. As you heal from one infection then just like the layers of an onion you peel it to find another layer. Yuck! I guess that’s why I needed an early mental health day yesterday….I guess I could go see another movie? Na, it costs toooooo much….$8 bucks for a 11 AM show!!! That’s highway robbery.

I did manage to get all my potatoes dug and my cabbage cut this AM. I’ll have to post pics another time…I don’t feel good. 😦

Mama Mia!

I needed my mental health day early this week so I went to the movies on Wednesday. When we went to see “Prince Caspian” we saw the preview for Mama Mia! I knew it was one that I had to see. I’m really not a big fan of musicals like Honey & Becca, but this one struck a cord with me. I love Greece…not the movie…the country! It’s so romantic and beautiful.

I went to the 11:00 AM matinée. Mostly women my age…middle age…OK, a little past middle…..and your point is??…..and a couple older ladies and even a few older men, one young guy with his girl and a lady with small children. It was the ladies my age who were laughing and giggling and I could feel it in the air…just wanted to jump out of our seats dancing!!!

The scenery was gorgeous! I come alive when I’m surrounded with color like that. And the music was fun. I needed this for some inspiration and motivation. My favorite scene was, “Dancing Queen”. All the women of the Greek island dropped whatever they were doing; round ladies, skinny ladies, old ladies and young ladies. They danced to the dock and wiggled and giggled, danced and sang. They were alive and so happy to be women!

A couple of us couldn’t help but break out with a clap or two at different scenes…it felt like we were there on the island in Greece. I think a few of us think we were there or at least in our dreams tonight we will be!

This was also one of my favorite scenes. This is the day of Sophie’s wedding and she’s sitting in her Mama’s lap while having her toe nails painted. It was quite a teary scene for me with my Becca leaving home in just over 1 month from now. I love my girl! She’s so precious to me….and she’s only got a one way ticket to Germany as of now. We don’t know what will happen….she doesn’t know what will happen…so we will kiss her good bye and I think life as we know it will never be the same. But that’s how it is. We birth them, we tuck them in and when we turn around they get on a jet plane and fly away. A great scripture reminds me that arrows in the hands of a warrior are to be released.


Ok it might have been a cheesy movie for middle aged women…but so what? There were a few objectionable items, but over all it was just a cute movie….and I liked it. I’m still singing “Dancing Queen”! and I just might skip to the garden tomorrow and wiggle my rear while digging potatoes!!!!!

I love being alive!