My Favorite Things,Today I Choose Joy In A Handmade Vintage Jewelry Frame

I love to surround myself with things that I love for their beauty and their emotional significance. My decor is built on a collection of items that I was given, bought, or inherited. My collection was started many years ago and  includes furniture, paintings, and other items that remind me of my family, friends, and my faith. New decor is added and discarded as my taste changes, but the collection of favorite things remains. One of my favorite items is a frame decorated with vintage jewelry made for me by a friend for my birthday.




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White Periwinkle or Vinca, My Gift From God

Back in spring 2014 when I first began landscaping my yard (Spring in My Developing Front Garden), I planted  yellow wildflowers on the side garden next to the sidewalk. In the middle of the summer,  I saw a little white flower on a long stem peeking out in the large mass of yellow wild flowers. It looked like periwinkle (vinca) but it was white. I had seen lots of purple periwinkle and had planted some in the front yard. Read More

Grilled Watermelon with Feta and Mint

One of the prime pleasures of summer is ripe, juicy watermelon. Watermelon is not only delicious but also very nutritious. As I wrote last summer, (Watermelon’s Great Health Benefits), this red fruit is filled with antioxidants, lycopene, vitamins, and minerals. As a matter of fact, ripe watermelon has more lycopene than tomatoes. It is low in sodium, calories and fat. What could be better than healthy food that has great taste?

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In The Garden At The End of June, Kiss N’ Tell Orange Hibiscus

Last fall I planted two beautiful hibiscus, Kiss N’ Tell,  in the front garden planters. They have wonderfully tropical orange petals with deep burgundy centers. The botanical name is Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. It was sold by Home Depot as part of the Hisbiskiss line. The 6 to 7 inch blooms stand out nicely against the foliage of this shrub. I had hoped the small plants could be in the large container until this fall when I would transplant to the back yard against the fence.

Peach hibiscus, Kiss N' Tell

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DIY Homemade, Chemical Free Beauty Treatment: Avocado Hair Conditioner

The world of beauty products is filled with chemicals.  Some are really not good for you. That is one of the things I love about homemade beauty products.   Today we’ll talk about a homemade treatment for dry hair.  It’s a natural, easy, DIY recipe to repair and hydrate dull, fly-away hair,  avocado hair conditioner. The ingredients are simple and naturally good.  Cut a Haas avoicado in half. Mash one half in a bowl and add oil.  Avocado is full of protein and nutrients to moisturize dry dull hair. Olive oil and sweet almond oil are lightweight and contain essential fatty acids to strengthen hair.


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Clean Eating With Eggplant 4 Recipes: Gluten Free and Vegetarian

Eggplant is a great addition to your clean eating diet. Right now eggplant is available at my local farmer’s market. Beautiful piles of purple eggplant, smaller varieties and round large ones, are tasty and nutritious. They can be fixed many ways as either a side dish or the main event at a meatless meal. Eggplant or aubergine is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is also a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Folate, Potassium and Manganese.



Ripe harvested eggplants in wooden box placed on grassy ground


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Going Red, White & Blue With Dollar Store Bandanas

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day. Company came to visit me for a long weekend which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Prior to the visit, I wanted to try adding red, white and blue for the holiday. I like to do things sweet and simple. I usually get into trouble when I complicate things. Have you ever heard of the KISS principle? I discovered it early in life.

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