Garden

More Seeds: Medicinal Herbs

Mountain Arnica, Meadow Arnica, Alum, Hyssop, Calendulas and Moonwort. Lil Brother recommended Arnica, it is used for for homeopathic remedies, and oil infusions, compresses on sprains, bruises and wounds. Since it is a perennial herb, I hope to find a nice spot for it somewhere on the edge of the woods for it to spread […]

Garden

Veggies and Herbs

Veggies and Herbs. MAY! It’s MAY and I don’t even have all the early Spring seeds and plants in the ground yet! Where does the time go? Today I planted peas, spinach, lettuce, carrots, radishes, asparagus and potatoes. Also three bags of wildflowers and red/white peonies. I have a lot to go…and like I said, […]

Books, Garden, Randomments, TV, Writing

The End of the Year (Anti) Bucket List

A repost of my article in the Springville Times: The End of the Year (Anti) Bucket List With all the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season (almost) behind us the very, last thing you might be thinking about includes making more plans for the weeks ahead. Time for a rest, recoup and recovery session to […]

Health & Wellness, Personal

Diabetes

So. I have diabetes. Type 2. I was officially diagnosed in the beginning of the year and I’ve pretty much been sitting around for the last 11 months embarrassed and ashamed. THIS IS ALL MY DOING. I COULD HAVE STOPPED IT. I’ve been told for years, at least the last five years that I’m pre-diabetic. […]

Randomments

Age

“Act your age.” What exactly does this mean? Clearly, we act, whatever age we are, right? If I’m 43 and I choose to eat french fries and chicken nuggets for lunch am I not acting as a 43 year old adult? Nope. I’m still 43. And I chose to eat french fries and chicken nuggets […]

Randomments, Social Media

Twitterments

Twitterments. Because not everyone is on Twitter. Note to self. You are happy when you put words on the page. Put more words on more pages. Make more words. Make more happy. #amwriting Why are all my favorite childhood songs in commercials? #old My Husband prepares food & STANDS AT THE BUTCHER BLOCK in the […]

Garden, Homesteading, Weber Wonderland

Garden Update

Garden Update. About 65% complete transplanting perennial medicinal herbs (echinacea, lovage, milk thistle, marshmallow, wormwood, hyssop, yarrow, horehound, valerian, borage & chamomile) and adding new seeds to the Creekside garden. SO MUCH weeding, tilling, planting. HWMMS even cut down a few tiny annoying trees, not that anyone but us can tell how much work has […]

Garden, Homesteading

Dandelions

In a quest to use more of nature’s free gifts at Weber Wonderland I decided this would be the year I would weed, I mean forage for Dandelions. We have dandelions everywhere. As it should be, right? I never understood why people are so anti-dandelion in their yard. Mow them down, lawn is green. They […]

Pets, Weber Wonderland

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday! I was dreaming about this moment while falling asleep last night. Coffee on the porch with the puppies. Heaven. Outtake: Jordan too, enjoys her coffee on the front porch. Or her coffee anywhere she can get it. Silly girl doesn’t realize puppies aren’t supposed to drink coffee. She is always near my cup, […]

Friends, Garden, Synchronicities

Grandma Butter & Auntie Herb: 2017 World Tour

Our first appearance on the Grandma Butter & Auntie Herb: 2017 World Tour takes place next weekend, Saturday, May 6th at 2pm at the West Sparta United Methodist Church, 4287 Redmond Rd., Dansville, New York 14437. My dearest Jolene, aka Grandma Butter roped me in again. And yes, this is something I should be doing […]

Personal

All The Vitamins Please

All The Vitamins Please (finally starting to feel better again… ) #finally #shhhhhhhhh — Jennifer L.S. Weber (@AllThingsJen) April 10, 2017 I had a bit of a chest cold feeling earlier last week so I started taking Vitamin C. And then my mom’s roommate got sick I added Zinc.  I’ve not been taking my vitamins […]

Food & Drink, Homesteading, HWMMS

Kimchi Making Hubby

Just got home from showing properties…to find HWMMS in the kitchen pickling hot peppers, cucumbers…making homemade kimchi and roasting squash for dinner. Aw, my happy homesteading hubby. Mind you I had no idea he even knew what kimchi was in the first place, nor did I have any idea he had a desire to make […]

Western New York

Erie County Fair

Erie County Fair I’m really not a fan of the heat, but I grew up going to the Chautauqua County Fair every year as a kid (sometimes entering baked goods, photographs and even showing bunnies!) and as an adult, when I do decide to put my big girl panties on and brave the sunshine…I always […]

Personal

Auntie Herb at the Erie County Fair!

Auntie Herb at the Erie County Fair! I’m sorta LOVING talking about herbs with people at the fair…who knew? Also, apparently I’m already invited back cause I’m bubbly and engaging. My life is so odd…and wonderful. Save

Homesteading, Weber Wonderland

Little House on Weber Wonderland

It’s getting all sorts of Little House on the Prairie like at Weber Wonderland the last few weeks. I have trays of herbs drying everywhere. Canned lots of homemade chicken, beef and veggie stocks, pickles, peaches, drunken sour cherries and even beef french onion soup. (Pressure canning…highly recommend!) Made a batch of homemade salsa. Harvested […]

Garden, Weber Wonderland

How Does My Medicinal Herb Garden Grow?

June! Time to check in with the medicinal herb garden. Valerian. I started this from seed. It’s third year of growth so I’m gonna attempt to dig out some root this year (which is where the most of the medicinal properties are…zzzzzzz.) I have more seed started in the greenhouse now and will likely transplant […]

Garden, Shopping

Seed Shopping

Seed Shopping “Disturb a piece of earth and throw some seeds on it…you’ll get food.” Oh so many seeds, so many seed catalogs. I get the gardening bug the same time every year, right around when SPRING arrives and the first few sunny days of March and open windows and chirping birdies and peeping tadpoles […]

Garden

Garden Update: Defeated

Garden Update: Defeated I love spending time in the garden. I hate owning up to the fact that I’m failing miserably in the garden. I hate June in the garden when it is too wet. I hate all the weeds and the bog that is the “main garden plot” that is basically useless. Grump. Grump. […]

Food & Drink, HWMMS

Meatloaf Musings

Meatloaf Musings Me: Look honey, I found a meatloaf recipe with prunes in it! HWMMS: No. If you make that I’ll divorce you. (Two hours later.) Me: Honey, look in the oven. HWMMS: I know, you made meatloaf. Me: Nope, even better. HWMMS: Bacon? ……..oooh! Bacon covered meatloaf! I might just keep you yet. My […]

Garden

Holy Basil

This is my second season experimenting with growing medicinal herbs. Last year I planted *successfully* grew feverfew, valerian, white horehound, milk thistle and calendula. I’ve decided to add a ton more to the mix this year and decided to give the Holy Basil quartet from Horizon Herbs a try. Krishna Tulsi, Rama Tulsi, Vana Tulsi […]

Food & Drink

Homemade Bread

I stumbled upon this *easy* bread recipe the other day and figured…why not? Inexpensive, easy homemade baked bread So easy! I just let it sit for a day…added more flour, waited for it to rise…threw it in the dutch oven and… Thankfully, I was smart enough to double the recipe ahead of time. Two loaves […]

Food & Drink, Garden, Homesteading

Lemon Verbana Jelly

All Things Adventures in Canning: Lemon Verbana Jelly One of the very hardy herbs growing in the herb garden is a giant Lemon Verbana plant. Smells amazing, but what on earth am I supposed to do with it? In my research I discovered this recipe: Lemon Verbana Jelly. Sounds easy enough, boil leaves add sugar […]

Garden

All Things Herb Garden (A Work in Perpetual Progress)

All Things Herb Garden (A Work in Perpetual Progress) Basil, more Basil and Baby Basil. Lemon Verbana. One lonely Dill Stem. Dried up Coriander. Parsley, Thyme and Stevia. Shamrocks, Lettuce, Strawberries. No, these shamrock flowers are not herbs, but they are so pretty and I used them as filler…I might have to transplant them somewhere […]

Personal

Weekend Round Up!

Whew. Another fun filled weekend. Friday night Mark and I went for a jog right after work. I actually did a 3, 5 and 10 minute jog. (10 all at once, a small feat for some but HUGE deal for me!) Felt great. Getting somewhere, little by little! After that, we headed out with about […]