Apr 17

And Spring Appears Through Frozen Ground

And Spring Appears Through Frozen Ground // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

And Spring Appears Through Frozen Ground // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

And Spring Appears Through Frozen Ground // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

And Spring Appears Through Frozen Ground // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

And Spring Appears Through Frozen Ground // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

And Spring Appears Through Frozen Ground // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

And Spring Appears Through Frozen Ground // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

They do say that a picture is worth a thousand words. These are mine.

(Photos taken April 9, April 10, and April 12, 2014.)

Apr 17

My Week on Wednesday… April 16

Join me for 'My Week on Wednesday"… where I share what I've been doing all week!

 

Hello and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday where I take a few moments to share what I’ve been doing over the week. I share some of the blogs I’ve visited, and some of the things that I have learned.

We are on Spring Break here in Upstate New York, which is my excuse for not writing a Real Post this week.

We’ve been having fun, though!

Monday… 70-something so we went to the beach!

Spring Break // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of WildflowersSpring Break // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of WildflowersSpring Break // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of WildflowersSpring Break // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of WildflowersSpring Break // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of WildflowersTuesday and Wednesday… Quarter-sized snowflakes drifting through the air! No kidding. Welcome to springtime in Upstate New York! :)

Nevertheless, my husband is hard at work (and freezing) working on our raised beds for the front yard. Do you need some Cheap and Easy Garden Tips? Survival at Home has lots!

And if you’re looking for ways to compost check out Homespun Seasonal Living’s post on the Many Composting Methods. Many of them don’t take up a lot of room at all! You’ll be giving your plants nutrients and keeping waste out of the landfills besides! For even more information on composting, Herbal Academy of New England, has a great article on How to Compost and another on Compost Tea. Even plants like tea! ;)

(Actually, I’ve been making compost tea since I was a little girl… except I called it “soup” and made it out of leaves and bits of grass and fed it to my dolls and then left it out in the rain. I think my mom fed it to her plants, though!)

Asparagus is one of my favorite signs of spring! Check out this Braised Spring Stew — it sounds really delicious! Another favorite springtime thing is having wine, cheese, hummus, vegetables, and pita bread on the porch. I’ve never tried to make my own pita bread, but Schneider Peeps has a recipe that sounds easy and delicious!

And if you’re looking for a healthy, chocolaty treat to stick in Easter Baskets, be sure to check out these Coconut Almond Joy Bites.

Finally, just in time for Easter, the Homestead Lady has a great post about Dying Easter Eggs Naturally. She explains exactly how you would go about making natural dyes for your eggs, and some links (including one by yours truly!) on how other people did it. And some information on why you would want to use natural dyes in the first place!

Starting now, approximately daily, I post quotes on my Facebook Page. The quote with the most likes, shares, and comments will become the Quote of the Week. :)

For this week, though, I’ve picked an older one for your Quote of the Week:

Quote of the Week // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

Thank you for joining me for My Week on WednesdaysTell me, what did you do this week? I’d love to hear!

Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to come visit me on Facebook and follow me on Pintrest! And don’t forget to join me tomorrow (er… later today) for Thousand Words Thursday!

Apr 14

Spring Break!

Spring Break | Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

We are not having an Official Post this week, because we are on Spring Break!!! :)

We will be cleaning up the yard and (hopefully) beginning our gardens… though the weather looks like we might be shoveling snow! Whatever we do, though, we’re going to have fun doing it!!!

My Week on Wednesday and Thousand Word Thursday, though, should go up as usual! :)

Are you on Spring Break this week? What do you have planned?

Apr 10

Snowdrops on a Gloomy Monday

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Snowdrops in a Rock Garden // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Snowdrops in a Rock Garden in April // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Snowdrops in a Rock Garden // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Two snowdrops // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

They do say that a picture is worth a thousand words. These are mine.

(Photos taken April 7, 2014.)

This post has been shared at Little Things Thursday, the HomeAcre Hop, and the Down Home Blog Hop. And the From the Farm Blog Hop.

 

Apr 09

My Week on Wednesday… April 9

Join me for 'My Week on Wednesday"… where I share what I've been doing all week!

 

Welcome to this week’s edition of My Week on Wednesday… where I take a few minutes to share some of the things I did, and learned throughout the week. And some of the blogs I visited and articles I read.

First off, things that are Tasty & Delicious…

Bread Pudding with Irish Whiskey Sauce. This recipe looks like a sweet, gooey treat and I have to try it! Normally I don’t share recipes that call for “sugar” … but this one has two of my favorite words in it–Irish and Whiskey. Oh, and you have to check out the spoon she has in her pictures! I love it! :)

Creamy Pesto Pasta. This looks delicious. Plus, this “pasta” is really spiralized zucchini! My husband likes to keep our pasta-eating to a minimum (he’s right) but I just love a good bowl of creamy, oily, garlicky pasta–especially in the summer with fresh veggies. This recipe ought to work out nicely–I get “pasta” and it’s something new and exciting to do with all the summertime zucchini!

Teriyaki Chicken Fried Rice. Just because. Yum!

Oh, and Eat Your Weeds! Really. The Pixie’s Pocket provides a great list of edible weeds and wildflowers. What sorts of weeds have you eaten? What did you think?

Getting the yard (slowly) ready for Spring / Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers It’s almost time to start planting things, and first on our list of New Garden Projects is raised beds for our front lawn. It’s pretty shady up there (okay, it’s pretty shady in most of my yard!) but there are actually a number of things that will grow in the shade. Mom Prepares has a list of The Best Plants to Grow in the Shade. Did you know that potatoes only need a few hours of sunlight per day? And a bunch of herbs I like to grow are fairly shade tolerant as well!

Because our yard is small, and our dog is big, we don’t grow much food in it. Sure, we have cherry tomatoes, raspberries, and beans… but we don’t try to grow enough of anything to preserve, or even necessarily turn into meals–that’s what the Farmers’ Markets are for! But we do have a lot of flowers. And here are 5 Reasons to Plant Wildflowers!

Bet you can’t guess what tops the list…

Yeah, I might have kind of a thing for honeybees (or at least the honey), but there are also a bunch of native pollinators we should get to know and love. Runamuck Acres introduces some of our native pollinators and explains why we should support native bees.

And while we’re on the subject of gardens and flowers… compost. It’s a gardener’s best friend. And it keeps your garbage can and recycling bin (mostly) empty. Survival at Home shares The Dirty Truth About Composting.

Finally, have you ever wondered what the GAPS diet is? I’ve been wondering for a while now… and Raia’s Recipes gives a good, quick explanation of it. If you have any “issues” from allergies to headaches to depression to being on the autism spectrum, you should definitely check out this post!

My post this week was Mama’s Chicken Soup: The Cure for Everything except Death.

And your Quote of the Week:

Practical Magic Quote // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Thank you for joining me for My Week on Wednesdays. Tell me, what did you do this week? I’d love to hear!

Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to come visit me on Facebook and on Pintrest! And don’t forget to join me tomorrow for Thousand Words Thursday!

 

 

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