This is one of my favorite days of the year. Heirloom seeds are one of my passions. They can be saved year to year, cutting seed costs to zero, making you self-reliant, no worries of GMO’s, more flavor, more unique options, and the stories behind some of them are incredible. Heirloom seeds are a living story or our ancestors and the God who made them. @MelissaKNorris http://ctt.ec/7fd86+ #giveaway #gardening Click to Tweet
My grandparents moved from North Carolina to Washington state in 1941. They traveled with two other families on the back of flat-bed truck they converted to a camper with bunks.
Can you imagine the cramped quarters? Packing space was limited to say the least. But my grandparents brought with them a packet of their pole green beans, October beans, and a cast iron skillet. We’ve always referred to them as tarheel green beans.
When my husband and I were dating, he came to meet my parents for the first time. He told me he didn’t care for green beans, so when my mom passed the pot of green beans, I was surprised he took a serving. After eating his beans, he helped himself to more. I leaned over and whispered, “You don’t have to eat more.” I thought he just wanted to impress my parents.
He replied, “These are the best beans I’ve ever eaten. I don’t like other green beans, but I love these.” Heirloom plants are like that, more flavor than their hybrid counterparts.
Tarheel pole beans grace many a garden in our valley. These beans can’t be bought in a store, either the seeds or the harvest. I’ve scoured the heirloom seed catalogs and websites and have never seen these beans available.
When you look at the balance of nature and begin to examine how intricately its design, you can’t help but see the miracle of God’s creation. At least, I can’t. It’s amazing how plants are designed to compliment one another, how animals enhance the soil, and the healing properties found in herbs. I only have to step outside and study nature to see God’s hand at work.
This past weekend I was stuck inside going over all of our paperwork for taxes. Now that I have a business, there is much more preparation involved. After three hours, my head was pounding. I stepped outside for a break. Within in minutes of watching the bees flit about my blooming heather bush, my headache was cured. The realization that I don’t take a break from my work to admire God’s handiwork nearly enough broke over me.
Do you ever wonder if God still performs miracles? The Bible is littered with accounts of miracles and sometimes we wish for a real life parting of the Red Sea.
But often times, God works in much more subtle ways. I think many times we take His miracles for granted, chalking it up to coincidence or fate. But I don’t believe in either of those things. I know anything attributed to faith or coincidence is really the hand of God in our lives.
Which is why I loved this story The Miracle of Butter from Life in Faith Lane. Read how God used something as small as butter to show this family He cares for them and will meet our needs.
Now for this week’s Simple Life Sunday Blog Hop.
Kick back, put your feet up, and enjoy all of this week’s great articles. I’d love to hear which is your favorite!
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Starting seeds indoors can greatly lengthen your growing season, but you’ll want to use these tips to make sure your starts get off to their full potential. Continue reading
I don’t know about you, but I cringe every time I see a $6 price tag on a bottle of organic (or not organic) dried herbs at the grocery store. Know why I cringe? Because I know how easy and frugal it is to grow your own herbs at home.
It seems February has been my month of returning to old loves. Earlier this month, I went horse back riding for the first time in over four years. Yesterday, I went snow boarding with my husband and best friend for the first time in five years.
There is nothing quite like being on top of the mountain, surrounded by jagged peaks and sifted snow, to remind you of God’s handy work. Wind whipped and swirled snow until we could barely see the chairs in front of us on the lift. I was so in the moment, I didn’t get a single picture. And that’s part of the reason I enjoyed myself so much. I was in the moment.
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I’m always on the hunt to make yummy things a tad bit healthier, without sacrificing the taste. Because, I’ve got to be honest with you, I don’t care how healthy something is for me if it tastes like sawdust topped with a sprinkle of honey. And it doesn’t do me or my family any good to waste money or time on foods that are healthy for them but are so bad, it’s a fight and struggle to get them to eat it.
But, if I can make a recipe healthier and tastes just as good or better than the previous unhealthy version, than I’m so going for it. With being frugal and trying to use up the food stock we have on hand (which is rotated out so it’s always stocked), I’ve been putting our root vegetables to use as some of them are coming to the end of their shelf life.
Which brings me to today’s surprise star ingredient. Hold your judgments when you hear it… beets. Yes, BEETS! And they my friend, make a moist, decadent, to die for chocolate cake, without a trace of dirt flavor to be found. I seriously had to fight my husband over a piece of this cake.
We had a good wind storm whip through our area on Saturday night. The forecast predicted gusts up to 60 miles per hour. When it hit, I could hear the gust travel down our stove pipe into our wood stove. The tin on our covered porch rattled and the wind chime bashed against the post, all sweet chimes lost in the roar.
Immediately, I filled our coffee pot, tea kettle, and three Mason jars full of water. We have our own well, so when the power goes out, so does our water. I powered down the computer and unplugged it from the wall (I’m never sure I trust those power surge bars).
Then I settled down in my chair with a book. As I read, the rattle of the wind against the windows had me saying a thankful prayer for a sturdy home, a source of heat that doesn’t rely on electricity, and a God who cares about my protection. Continue reading
I’m itching to get things ready for this year’s garden. What plants I didn’t seed save are already waiting in the pantry shelves for a warm bed of soil. I’m trying a few new veggies in the root crop family due to their ease of storage. I still have one butternut squash left from last year’s garden sitting on the open shelves in my kitchen. Simply picked it, brought it in, and tossed it on the shelf. Easiest preserving of the harvest I’ve done yet.
To extend our growing season (it’s only a short four months) I’m going to be starting my own seeds. Continue reading