Hello, friends. Several varieties of little purple flowers are blooming, which I'm loving. Apparently, banana peel bacon is a thing. They say it's really, really good, so I may have to give it a try. I do buy Morningstar bacon for BLT's and the occasional recipe, but it would be nice if I could make a version from ingredients I had at home. If you've tried it, I'd love to know. I created and planted a new flower bed for pollinators near the garden. A batch of yogurt was made. Chickweed was gathered for the chickens, the pups and for our salads. Pasta sauce was made using our tomatoes, basil, oregano and garlic. J & I planted 16 cabbage plants and two black currants. It felt so nice to be outdoors with my hands in the dirt on a sunny day. More of the wintersown plants are sprouting nicely. The rhubarb is growing, and two of the potatoes planted weeks ago are up. J & I created a new bed for some of my dye plants, which I've covered with cardboard. I've begun gathering bricks to edge it. I'm using fire bricks that were given to us, so cost nothing.
Life is full of big and small changes at the moment, all over the planet. I'm loving seeing all the wonderful ways people are coming together... a hotel in Ireland that is delivering free food to those who need it, neighbors coming out on their balconies all over Italy to share music and song, and to clap in gratitude for health care workers, people sharing their groceries in the US. Maybe this crisis is to remind us we are all in this together, and that is what is going to be required to make it through this. How wonderful we are rising to the challenge. One thing we can do in the coming days is self care. I'm going to try the recipe in the link for coffee body scrub. I also made an easy DIY toothpaste, from a recipe posted in the waiting room of the holistic dentist I've been visiting. To make it, mix:
1/4 cup organic coconut oil (I'm sure non-organic works fine, if that's what you have)
1 tsp baking soda
15-20 drops of essential oils (I used a mix of cinnamon & clove EO's, and IPSAB)
Store in a small jar. Use a pea sized amount for brushing.
With several warm days and nights, we went without heat for several days, and had windows open as much as possible. J picked up a handful of things at the grocery store, but I didn't do any grocery shopping last week. J decided to grill on Sunday. Besides some "beast" for he and M, he grilled homegrown eggplant and okra from the freezer, potatoes that he cut the sprouts from, and I made a winter salad. We were all happy campers. The hyacinths have begun blooming. Jars of thieves vinegar were bottled. Bird suet was made. I made iced tea from dehydrated lemon balm, lemon verbena and lemongrass I grew last summer. Local honey was used for sweetener. Lemon balm is a strong anti-viral, so I will try to keep this tea on hand in the coming days. I dug a clump of lemon balm, and shared it with my sister, as well as eggs and a pumpkin. We took a walk while we were together. Lettuce was harvested from the garden, and eggs were collected. All is well on the homestead. Stay well, dear friends.