October 9, 2019




shitake mushrooms

extra virgin olive oil






Top ten food inflamers

excessive alcohol

eating too much regularly

trans or saturated fats

fried foods

refined foods like white bread or white rice

added sugars

high fat mea...

October 9, 2019

 Use lukewarm water, the harder the stem, the hotter the water

Use a grid of tape across the top of the vase

Cut stems at an angle

Remove all but the top two leaves

Put a piece of greenery in every grid

Use an odd number of flowers

Add the main flowers so they stand out


October 9, 2019

1 gallon water

2 tablespoons epsom salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

Mix together and use once a month on all plants

October 9, 2019

Zinnias, Mexican sunflower, rudbeckia, and lantana are nectar to the butterflies

Plant native species and plant  them in clumps

Dill, fennel, and parsley are herbs that attract butterflies

Hold off on fall cleanup: some chrysalises remain through the winter in the foliage...

October 9, 2019

Look at existing structural elements: fences, walkway, trellis, secluded spaces

Use a hardscape to define a space

Natural and created changes in elevation can define entrances and exits from garden spaces. Steps up and down can direct the eye and foot

Look up and partiall...

October 9, 2019

Get rid of credit card debt: when the interest rate reaches 15%

Schedule an interview: 10 am, 11 am, or 3 pm

Get a new roof: spring or fall

Book a hotel room: end of quarter or end of year

Visit New York City: January

Visit Hawaii: May & October

Go  on an Alaskan cruise: May


September 14, 2019

Do you ever find the exact answer you were looking for, but didn't know it? Robert Karen's book, The Forgiving Self resonates on many levels. I'll paraphrase but the ideas are all his:

What emotions are at the center of human drama? Forgiveness and grudge. Forgiveness i...

July 28, 2017

 My husband and I are trying to cut down on meat and dairy. Not cut them out, but buy less and eat less. We are also working on eating what's in season while its fresh. Here are some reasons why:

A plant based diet fights disease.

And a  processed food diet causes diseas...

July 27, 2017

Be kind. Start earning money as young as possible and begin saving part of it immediately.

July 26, 2017

I ran across this recipe in a St. Paul Pioneer Press article by Donna Erickson years ago, and it is still the only beef taco recipe we make. We found a brisket on sale at our local market, cut it into thirds, and this is the result.

 Too Good to Be True Slow Cooker Beef...

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Your  life is your greatest work of art.

Like Austin Kleon says, "Show Your Work."

Living the creative life means being in the moment, experiencing all of your senses, taming the inner critic, and listening to the quiet, supportive artist's voice.

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