Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Mrs. Frankenstein and her nettles.....

The things that excite me..:).....

P.S. My water kefir grains are very promiscuous, and keep multiplying :). I am happy to share....

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Autumn is in the air.............

Though it is still hot here, my garden is telling me it is preparing for autumn.

It is as if the tomatoes, cucumbers, tomatillos, and nasturtiums are losing their sizzle; all the plants are going within.

It is the time of year I look outside and wait for the chill :). I also want to follow my plants' lead an go within :)...hibernate.

I will begin to set seeds for our wintergarden. Lots of greens & salad.

If you are not on my facebook page, check out the short film my son made with salad in mind at

It has inspired a donation of salad for his garden from Alison at Peas & Harmony.



Monday, September 6, 2010

The morning after......

Today I wanted to share with you what happens several weeks AFTER I post pics....It seems there are always wonderful resources online to start things, but it never shows how they are supposed to look like.

Mine things may not be as they are "supposed" to, but at least you will have a visual. So, enjoy.

A few bottles of water kefir, flavored. Our favorites so far: Cistus tea (a rock rose, it would be the pinki. The one next to it has vanilla extract and cinnamon, and the third bottle has sarsasparilla :). So good...and fizzy good enough for the kids to think "soda".

This is my peach Scrap Fruit Vinegar. Not quite ready to dump it, but tomorrow :).
Compare it to .........

The plum vinegar! It is a beautiful ruby color. In about two weeks we will be enjoying wonderful plum essences in our salad :).

And last, but not least, the trick for all those chaotic Goddeses like me :). I put coffee filters with rubber band on top to keep the flies out and the air in. When I make vinegar, I put the date the the filter, so I know when I have to strain it, etc.