At Last I See The Light!

Hello Everyone! The sun this morning was gorgeous on the trees and leaves. It was making everything sparkle after the rain. Don’t you just love that? I decided to snap a few pictures when I was taking Remus out to do his business. He is quite happy that there is no more rain and is now looking at me in judgment for not playing with him (am I a bad sister?). Anyway… The sun reminded me of the movie Tangled which I love so much and I decided to make a treasury about it today. 

Much Happiness and Light,

Megan

The Garden Has Grown.

The Garden Has Grown.

White Pine Standing Proud.

White Pine Standing Proud.

Lit Up Leaves.

Lit Up Leaves.

Love How The Light Shows The Pink and Green.

Love How The Light Shows The Pink and Green.

Daddy Long Legs Chilling.

Daddy Long Legs Chilling.

The Sun In All His Glory.

The Sun In All His Glory.

Remus Being Pretty.

Remus Being Pretty.

Remus Looking A Bit Smug.

Remus Looking A Bit Smug.

Indian Pipe Mushrooms.

Indian Pipe Mushrooms.

More Lit Up Leaves.

More Lit Up Leaves.

Autumn Colors Already Showing A Bit.

Autumn Colors Already Showing A Bit.

The Treasury.

The Treasury.

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My Garden

My Garden this year came out really nice. I’d say more but I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

The Garden

The Garden

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The Yellow Flowers Are Mums.

The Yellow Flowers Are Mums.

Pretty Pink

Pretty Pink

Can Never Go Wrong With White

Can Never Go Wrong With White

Asiatic Lilies Have Bloomed

Asiatic Lilies Have Bloomed

Trying To Grow Perennial Flowers

Trying To Grow Perennial Flowers

Little plantlets

Little plantlets

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These are Lupines starting to sprout.

These are Lupines starting to sprout.

The Hummingbirds Love This

The Hummingbirds Love This

Hummingbird View

Hummingbird View

A Type Of Nettle. We Had No Idea It Bloomed.

A Type Of Nettle. We Had No Idea It Bloomed.

Thoughtful Thursday: Happy 4th of July

I had a fantastic 4th of July up in New Hampshire with my family. I swam in a lake, chased around little kids and babies, kayaked, ate good food, talked, made a friend, and luckily for you took many pictures. Now I am listening to the distant boom of fireworks from the neighborhood.

As I close up the day, I am starting to think about happiness. What does it mean to be happy? Is there are recipe for happiness? Does it come from external sources or can it only come from within yourself and how you approach the world? Happiness as  a philosophical idea is something I haven’t looked into that deeply. Sure you have your instant gratification; eating food, kissing, buying that brand new hat, and other such physical things. Was I happy today because I was wearing my new bikini? Yes. Was I happy because the cool water felt good and the steak I ate was flavorful and juicy? Yes. But you know.. Long term happiness is difficult to put my finger on. But I can say one thing, I know I will be generally happy for the long term because I was happy today. I was happy not just because of all the instantly gratifying things I experienced but because of the family which was around me. The little ones, my cousin who’s like a sister to me, my aunts, my parents, and a new friend my age were all reason to be happy. It was an exceptionally excellent day.

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Spa Day

Lately I have been really gross because of the summer heat and humidity. I decided I needed to take some time today to make myself feel a little better. I mostly focused on herbal remedies to help keep my face healthy and happy.

Tea (For healthy skin)

1 tbs Dandelion Root

2 Sprigs Peppermint

Honey to taste

Cinnamon to taste

(Bring to a boil and then turn down to simmer for around 15 minutes. Put your face over the steam to open up your pores and hydrate your skin. The tea itself can be sprinkled over the face or put on a wet washcloth to put on face.)

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Face Mask

1/4 cup Rose Water or Dried Rose Buds

1/4 cup Aloe Vera

1/2 Oatmeal

2 cups Distilled Water

(Follow cooking instructions for oatmeal. Let cool and then put on face. Leave on until dry and cold and then wash off with warm washcloth. For oily skin you can put lemon into the mix.)

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Moisturizer 

A few drops Vitamin E oil

A few drops Tea Tree Oil

2 tbs. Distilled Water or Rose Water

(Best to test this on a patch of skin before use if you can sensitive skin.)

 

 

DIY Essential Oils

Today I began the process of making essential oils from my herb garden and so can you! I will tell you how in a few easy steps you can create your own essential oils.

Supplies Needed:

  • Glass Bottles (twice the number of herbs/spices you have. So if you have 6 herbs/spices then you will need 12 bottles.)
  • Big Pot
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Funnel
  • Strainer
  • Scissors
  • Tongs
  • Timer
  • Labels
  • Herbs/Spices

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Instructions

1. Fill pot a little more than half way up with water and put pot on stove.

2. Remove caps from bottles and place them in the water (make sure to tilt their heads/openings downward so they will fill with water and not float)

3. Turn heat on high and wait for water to boil. Set a timer for the bottles to boil for 15 minutes.

4. Cut herbs from plants, put into strainer, and wash them with cold water. DO NOT SOAK IN WATER. Dry on paper towel.

5. After 15 minutes, turn off the stove and take the pot off the heat.

6. Take bottles out of the water and put on paper towels to let them dry for a few seconds. Put the bottle caps and the funnel into the hot water. You do not want to boil the caps because if boiled the caps loose their protective rubber.

7. Put herbs/spices into the bottles and put in the funnel.

8. Pour oil into the funnel slowly. Be careful not to have the oil overflow the bottle because it will make a mess. Also make you cover the herbs entirely so they are not sticking out of the oil.

9. Take the caps out of the water and put them on the bottles. Wash the oil off the bottles with dawn and water. Dry the bottles thoroughly.

10. Put the bottles in a cool, dark, and dry place where no light can get to them. Let them infuse for 3 weeks.

11. Check them occasionally and make sure they look okay. If you see anything growing then this means something went wrong in the sterilization process and you have to throw the oil out. Wipe off any residue which builds up on the outside.

12. After 3 weeks, your essential oils should be infused and ready to use. Strain out the herbs from the oil into sterilized (boiled for 15 minutes) bottles. The essential oils should be good for about 6 months.

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