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I love the Lord and my big crazy family. My husband and I have been together for 43 years. I am a mother of two grown children and a grandmother to four biological grandchildren and six others. I own and operate my own home care business primarily for the elderly. Many sites have been sold or did upgrades which messed up back links, if you find a broken link let me know and I will fix it.I have written online articles for Bubblews, Seekyt, TopicSpotter and Triond. You may still find some of my articles on Ehow/Demand Studio.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Garden Hose

It's that time again when the hoses are being pulled out of the shed and the garden hose is being looked at and examined.
If you are like many people you pull your garden hose out and find it's no good. So where do you start when you need to purchase a new one? Do your homework to find the best garden hose for your needs.

To read more: Best Garden Hose on TopicSpotter

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Egg Salad Recipe

Boiled Eggs for Egg Salad
Do you take sandwiches for lunch time at work but just get tired of the same-old thing all the time? 
My step-daughter did, she wanted to know how to make Egg Salad for sandwiches. 

Recipe for Egg Salad
Therefore, if you want an easy recipe to take a plain old egg and turn it into egg salad.

This recipe for egg salad is easy to make, packed with protein, cost effective and versatile to change to your own taste. Besides protein, eggs are a great source vitamin A, D and B12. Eggs, even if they are free range, make an inexpensive meal and you can use them in many different recipes.
If you are concerned about your cholesterol, you can still eat eggs, just do not over do it.

For this recipe for egg salad, you will need:

  • 10-12 eggs; boiled
  • 2 stalks of celery; minced
  • 1 small onion; minced
  • 1 tsp black pepper; or to taste
  • 1 tsp onion powder; or to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic juice or powder; or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of yellow or Dijon mustard
  • Miracle whip, salad dressing or Mayo; enough to make moist; start with 4 heaping tablespoons
  • Basil, oregano and thyme; optional
  • Colby cheese; optional

Steps for making this recipe for egg salad:

  1. Put eggs in saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil. After the eggs are hard-boiled, empty off the hot water and fill the pan with cool water to make peeling the eggs easier
  2. Peel the eggs then rinse to remove any eggshell particles. Put back into the saucepan for later use.
  3. Wash 2 stalks of celery and mince into small pieces.
  4. Peel, rinse and mince into small pieces, a small onion. If you do not have any small onions, use ½ of a medium onion.
  5. Chop the eggs into small chunks, add to the eggs, the celery and onions, add spices and stir.
  6. Add 1 tablespoon of mustard of choice, salad dressing, miracle whip or Mayo and mix. Add more salad dressing until the recipe for egg salad is moist and spreadable.
  7. Using a small spoon taste the recipe for egg salad and adjust the spices if needed.
  8. Store the recipe for egg salad in the refrigerator in a sealed bowl.

If you want it to have less cholesterol, remove 6 of the egg yolks before chopping the eggs.
Add cheese, basil, oregano and thyme for added flavor.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Junebearer Strawberries in April


Strawberry blossom
Do you like fresh grown strawberries when they come in season? Do you like the health benefits from eating them? Would you like to save money while eating though fresh grown healthy strawberries?
A cluster of blossoms
Oh my goodness, strawberries are an easy crop to grow in the vegetable garden. Who says the garden is only for vegetables? It is about feeding your family nutritious food and saving money. Strawberries are low in calorie and high in vitamin C.

A couple of blossoms
If you are looking for information on growing strawberries, look on Seekyt, where you can read my how to garden strawberries: a tutorial. I have Junebearer strawberries in my organic vegetable garden; however, I am definitely considering a raised bed of everbearers. It would give me fresh berries and easier on my back as well and the Junebearers would continue to be used as juice and freeze for smoothies.

A portion of my patch
This year in Indiana, the weather in March was extremely warm forcing the flowers and the strawberries to bloom faster than normal.  We in April have still had chilly nights and light frost so I am hoping my Junebearers that are blossoming in April, make it.


Friday, April 13, 2012

Lilac the Beautiful Flower

Lilac the beautiful flower and aw the fragrance they give. This year in Indiana, spring has been very strange.
In March the temperature got to 89 degrees Fahrenheit, it forced all the spring flowers to bloom early. 

Then the bottom dropped out plummeting the temperatures down below freezing. 
Our dark purple lilac bush looks better than the lighter purple bushes, however, the neighbors bushes look fantastic.
I'm praying that with the temperatures being to a normal Indiana spring the light purple bushes will finish blooming.

 This post linked to: Macro Flower Saturday
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Thursday, April 12, 2012


Asparagus growing in our garden
Asparagus the green or purple spring vegetable that tastes great and so good for you. It's great for eating fresh on salad's, steamed or in Asparagus Potato soup.

Purple asparagus shoot
Purple asparagus

According to Dr. Mercola of Mercola.com, “Asparagus is a good source of vitamins A, C and E, B-complex vitamins, potassium and zinc. It is also high in glutathione, an important anticarcinogen a chemical that reduces the chance and severity of cancer.”
This post linked to: Foodie Friday

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Growing Sweet Potatoes

Organically grown sweet potato
You know sweet potatoes are vitamin A & C packed and so good for you. Try growing sweet potatoes in your organic garden for extra added bonus of health.
Sweet potatoes are also high in fiber and low in calorie which you can incorporate into the Mayo Clinic Diet or Weight Loss Program. (You can find my article on TopicSpotter.) 
To learn more; read growing sweet potatoes on TopicSpotter to learn more about organic vegetable gardening check out my article on Seekyt.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Burning on a Windy Day

Once again the neighbor is burning brush or downed trees, however it is 18-20 mph winds and gusts higher than this. Not the day to be burning anything. 

If you want to clean up your property be smart about it, if not the same results of firemen, firetrucks and ambulances may be your fate.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

God’s Beautiful Gift of Flowers

Have you ever thought how we use God’s beautiful gift of flowers in so many ways? Who doesn’t love a vase full of fresh cut flowers from the garden setting on the kitchen table? Flowers with meaning tattoos are artistically displayed, on breasts, sides, backs, wrists and legs.

We use flowers types for weddings, whether in the spring, summer, fall or winter.  Flowers for weddings in December incorporate ivy or flocked evergreen as well as your favorite flower. 
Flowers names for kids are quite often used. I myself used Jasmine for my daughter’s name back in 1980 way before it was popular.
Unfortunately, the opposite side of birth is death, and we choose flowers for funeral meaning and the loved one that passed away.
This Easter Sunday many white stargazer lilies or calla lilies will be displayed in churches everywhere.

John 19:30 “When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “it is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

Don’t lose heart, that is NOT the end of the story, Jesus died for us, however, was resurrected on the 3rd day and ascended to heaven to be seated on the right side of our father.

Flowers with Meaning Tattoos

When thinking of flowers with mean tattoos, for many the image of a women with a rose tattooed on her somewhere comes to mind. Tattoos themselves, can be small or large, black/grey shading or colorful ink. It is all in the discretion of the man or women purchasing the tattoo and of course, the tattoo itself plays a big part in the deciding factor. When the Germans were tattooing identification numbers on the Jews in the concentration camps it doubtfully they were real concerned of the beauty of the tattoo, moreover, the controlling factor of the Jews that were imprisoned. When sailors were getting tattoos of their ships, girlfriend/wife, snakes, knives or anchors, they were primarily grey scale with a tad of color and much more cartoonish than they tattoos the tattoo artists are artistically doing today. Even a flower, such a rose, for a sailor, might be flat lacking the depth and shading.
The definition of a tattoo according to Wikipedia is, “A tattoo is a form of body modification, made by inserting indelible ink into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment. The first written reference to the word, "tattoo" (or Samoan "Tatau") appears in the journal of Joseph Banks, the naturalist aboard Captain Cook's ship the HMS Endeavour.”

Flowers with meaning tattoos can be a variety of flowers. Roses, Jasmine, Cherry Blossom, Hibiscus, Sunflower, Lily or any flower that represents the person you are.
There is no rule about tattooing it can be a single flower, group of flowers or a flower entwined with vines. Flower tattoos are OK for men too. Many times men will get a tribal tattoo and incorporate a floral design. It is also common practice to have a flower and a cross or dagger design.

Up the Side Tattoo:

With this flowers and meaning tattoos, it is a large tattoo going from breast to hip. For the young woman it means, “I got the roses for their beauty and their strength. It’s a reminder that I’m a strong and beautiful Christian woman. There is a verse from Romans intertwined in the vines. The verse talks about not being quick to anger. I use to have a temper and was quick to anger the verse reminds me to keep my self in control and not to let my anger control me.” 

Tattoos from Wild Streak

Flowers with meaning tattoos, according to this middle-aged woman; “I got my tattoos when I was 30 years old. I was definitely old enough to make that decision and hopefully knew what I was doing. I found out that even as an adult you don’t always make wise decisions. My husband and I went thru a bit of a wild streak and I ended up with 5 tattoos in 2 years. I now go to church but they are ok with the artwork. I don’t regret the tattoos however, I would have made them smaller and I would have picked things that had meaning to me instead of what looked good at the time. My daughters were at least 20 and wanted to get tattoos. I didn't tell them it was a bad idea. I told them that if they were going to get them to at least make them small, make sure that the tattoo had some significant meaning to them, and because they didn't no what there careers were going to be to place the tattoos in places that clothing could cover them if they needed to dress more modest. I am now 16 years older and if I were to do anything different it would be the advice that I gave my daughters”

Shoulder Tattoo

Flowers with meaning tattoos, according to this woman; “It really doesn’t mean anything. I wanted a tattoo, and thought it was pretty and would be neat to have my name in the ribbon. I wished I would have had the boys names added on.”

Lower Back Tattoo

Flowers with meaning tattoos for this young woman, who happens to be the author’s daughter; "For me, getting a tattoo was about honoring my name, family, and becoming an adult. I have always loved my unique name. Some how my mom knew at birth that it would suit me perfectly throughout my life. I am fortunate enough to have an artist for a brother, who at the time was also doing tattoo art. So the minute I turned 18 (my mom said no ink before then) we got to it! I love my tattoo and will cherish it, my family, and my name forever."
According to the gardenguides.com Jasmine means, “Use Jasmine as a religious offering or altar decoration. It is the symbol of divine hope in the Hindu religion. The Balinese people plant jasmine in their public and private temples. Also, the Siwaratrikalpa, an ancient Javanese text, states that jasmine should be used as an offering to Ciwa, the native Javanese name for God. A common girl's name, it comes from ancient Persian and means, "gift from God."”