Don’t Waste the Pits: How to Make Cherry Pit Syrup plus Five Ways to Preserve Cherries

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I hate waste. And, let’s be honest, whenever you take fresh produce and prepare it in some way, there is waste. The peels. The tops  The pits of cherries–well hang on a sec, I’m getting to it! Sure, you can always toss that stuff in your compost pile. (Learn more about … Continue reading

Imbolc at the Beach


        They do say that a picture is worth a thousand words. These are mine. See more Thousand Word Thursday posts here.                     If you liked this post, you may also like:   Related Items from Amazon: Please Note: … Continue reading

Homemade Peppermint Mocha

Homemade Peppermint Mocha // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Peppermint Mocha. It’s hot chocolate, coffee, and a candy cane… all in one steaming mug of holiday cheer. Or it’s a crazy-expensive disposable cup full of questionable chemicals and three day’s worth of sugar.  Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. When you begin your shopping through an … Continue reading

How to Make a Classic Doctor Who Scarf

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  If you’re a Doctor Who fan — or knows someone who is — and you like to crochet, then you’re going to love this post! Why? Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. When you begin your shopping through an affiliate link, the price stays the same … Continue reading

Eat Your Weeds!

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The plants we think of as food usually come from grocery store shelves, or better yet, from tables at farmers’ markets. Or even better, from our neatly planted gardens. My point being, that the plants we intend to eat are usually lined up in a row, neat and ordered. But … Continue reading

26 Strawberry Recipes, plus Ways to Preserve Strawberries and Growing Tips

26 Amazing Strawberry Recipes, plus preserving ideas and growing tips: The Ultimate Strawberry Round Up from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Around here strawberry season is short–if we’re lucky, maybe, it lasts for four weeks–so there is a lot of strawberry goodness that needs to be squeezed into that short time! It’s the time when I dust off my dehydrator, and bust out my canning equipment. And, yes, there are days when … Continue reading

Rhubarb: Recipes and Growing Tips

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One of the things you learn from seasonal eating is to really appreciate the first fresh foods of spring. Of course, I do occasionally buy “fresh” produce at the grocery store, but the majority of the food we eat throughout the winter are the things that I canned, froze, dehydrated, … Continue reading

My Week on Wednesday and Earth Day

Personally I believe that EVERY day should be Earth Day. Here are some ideas and tips to help you save the world // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

You have probably figured out by now that today is Earth Day! It’s a day when the entire world gets together to celebrate the Earth and to concentrate on taking care of the planet we live on.  Personally, I believe that every day should be Earth Day, so here are … Continue reading

My Week on Wednesday and The First Day of Spring

My Week on Wednesday and the First Day of Spring // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

The Year Wheel has turned again, and Spring is upon us. Friday marks the Spring Equinox; the half-way mark between the Winter and Summer Solstices, and the time of year when the hours of light and darkness are balanced. The Spring Equinox is also referred to as Ostara, named after … Continue reading