Your Soul Knows The Way…

The unknown can be an exciting adventure. At the same time, this mysterious place can be extremely scary. Not knowing what the future holds means we must trust and embrace the unknown, leaving our life in the hands of the universe. It is during these times that we allow the universe to be our guide. As difficult as it may be, take a deep breath and trust…


One thing is for certain, the unknown will always bring lessons. We learn lessons and gain knowledge from each situation life offers. Some are beautiful lessons and some are painful. Regardless, they’re all lessons that encourage us to blossom and grow.

Embrace the uncertainty…

Welcome the unknown…

Trust your soul, it knows the way…

Love Yourself… Embrace Yourself… Just Be You

Roda

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Lovely Blog Award

Thank you to Keith at  https://myinstructionmanual.com/2017/09/06/getting-love-giving-love-and-seven-facts-about-me/  for the Lovely Blog Award.  Keith writes about living a happy, healthy and productive life.  I so enjoy his blog and the powerful messages he shares.  Enjoy!img_2374

Here are the Rules:

• Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and link their blog in their post.

• They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.

• Must add 7 facts about themselves.

• Nominate up to 15 people for the award!

Seven (7) facts about Roda

  1. I love tea!  I do not like coffee…Wifey loves coffee.  She does not speak before coffee.  She always says, “No talkie before coffee”.  I wonder if that statement is directed at me?!  Coffee runs through her veins, I swear.  I, on the other hand, enjoy a beautiful cup of tea, in this very classy tea cup…
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    OX and I hang out every morning together!

    2. My personality type is INFJ.  Jess, over at https://jessicabakkers.com/category/all-about-infjs/ writes some amazing posts about INFJs…we are special critters! Want to learn more?  Check out her posts!

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    3. I have a passion for tiny things: insects, mushrooms, rocks, flowers…  Mother Nature’s gifts bring me so much joy!

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    Sitting in the gardens, waiting for this beauty to allow me to photograph her… amazing!

    4.  I enjoy creating swags and wreaths, when we prune the conifers and cut back the flowers for the season.  It is so hard to put these items in the compost pile…

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    5.  I wear a size 10 shoe!  Shoe shopping is not an easy task!

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6. I am 5′ 10″…although I believe I am shrinking just a bit!

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7. This picture is for 6 & 7.  This is my girl, Velvet!  She is one beautiful creature inside and out!

Growing Self – Roda’s Nominations

I understand that not everyone chooses to be a part of the award nomination process.  By nominating the following blogs, I am able to show thanks and appreciate for the joy these individuals have brought to my life.  I have included some beautiful new discoveries and a few old friends! If you choose to take part, that is fantastic!   If not, no worries!  Just keep writing…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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Magnificent Moon

Last night, the moon was magnificent!  On the eve of the Harvest Moon, the sky was filled with wispy clouds, as Luna shined with brilliance.

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Another cycle is about to take place tonight, when the Harvest moon will shine with grandeur, blazing brightly throughout the sky. The full moon reminds us of life’s cycles.

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August 7,  2017

Almost one month ago, on August 7, the Sturgeon moon lit up the sky, flawlessly.  Today, as you reflect on the past month, celebrate all of your accomplishments. Harvest your blessings and share your gifts with others.  Find balance, as life settles to a slower pace and summer’s adventures dissipate. Most importantly…

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Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda

~Dedicated to my dear friend Julia, who is truly a magical moon goddess!♥

If You Build It They Will Come: Part VII

It was Spring 2015 and time to plant the potager for the first time!  We were so excited to watch our young, organic garden grow!  It was difficult to believe that in just a few months we would have our first harvest at Indigo Acres!

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Creating the planting beds and grass paths…
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It was time to move the seedlings out of the greenhouse for planting!
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Our little grape vines looked healthy and strong!
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Within no time, the grass paths were thickening and the baby plants were taking off!
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We tried the straw and cage method for growing potatoes!  Looks like our 8 towers made for a successful harvest!

As the garden plants grew throughout the season, so did the animals!  The baby ducks grew up into big ducks, in no time!  They began laying eggs at about 24 weeks of age.  Once you have tasted a duck egg, you will never go back!

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The ducks love lettuce and kale from the garden!
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The tomatoes, onions and pepper plants were making nice progress!  Our first tomato harvest was a success… We canned almost 100 jars of salsa and sauce!

We did find that Mother Nature has her very own sense of humor!  There are magical tomato unicorns and scary tomato vampires!

These beautiful tomatillos would soon make the most wonderful salsa verde!

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I love the fact that they appear to be mini hot air balloons!  When their paper casing turns light brown and splits, it is time to harvest.

We also enjoyed making strawberry and raspberry jam!  It was such a treat to not have to purchase berries from the local farmers’ market!

I love using red and black beans in soups and salsa.  We had never grown shell beans before, so we thought we would take a risk!

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We could not believe how easy it was to grow red and black beans!  Once the shells were dry, we pulled the plants and picked off the pods.

The big question…who was going to shell all of those beans!?  My oldest son entered the conversation and seemed to think it would be a quick and easy chore.  He offered to take on the task for $5, thinking it would take him less than an hour!  I smiled at Wifey, with a wink and a devilish grin and told him that he was hired, handing him the very large black trash bag, filled with dried shell beans!  5 hours later, he finished!!  That was the best $5 ever spent!  Granted, none of the kids have offered to shell beans again!

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I store the dried beans in mason jars.

The herb garden was prolific!  Nasturtium and basil are two of my favorite herbs to use when making pesto.

Check out this link for my nasturtium/basil pesto recipe! It is quick and easy to make and freezes beautifully!

https://growingself.blog/2017/04/28/basil-nasturtium-pesto/

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The baking pumpkins lined the upper deck.  I used some for decorating, but baked most of them.  The pumpkin puree was frozen in freezer containers to use throughout the season.  Check out this link for one of our favorite pumpkin cookie recipes!

https://growingself.blog/2017/08/25/pumpkin-everything/

Pickles!! I can’t think of a better way to use dill and cucumbers!  Shadow was so tired from all of the canning, that he found the closest bed to take a nap!  I tried, but I could not fit in the box!  If you missed yesterday’s post, all about growing and harvesting dill, check it out!

https://growingself.blog/2017/09/05/harvesting-dill/

Peas are not a favorite in our family, unless they are in chicken fried rice!  But, the kids do enjoy snap pea pods!  These little ones are super easy to grow!  Our season, in Michigan, is long enough that we are able to replant pea pods at least three times.  These tender pods are not a fan of too much heat, so early Spring and Fall planting are the most successful.

I saved the best for last!  Brussels Sprouts!  These amazing balls of goodness do not get nearly enough credit!  If you asked me 5 years ago, I would have told you they were disgusting! My only prior knowledge of Brussels Sprouts was from eating the canned mushy ones, as a child.  No one likes mushy vegetables!  Then, I had a moment of awakening…  I had the opportunity to try them prepared properly and they were OUTSTANDING!  Balsamic-honey-bacon…what is not to love!?  I was determined to not only recreate the recipe, but grow them!  This is a recipe you will want to try!  Take a risk, you wont regret it!

https://growingself.blog/2017/04/21/for-the-love-of-brussels-sprouts/

Overall, it had been a successful first harvest!  We learned so much and would carry that knowledge into our next growing season…

Do what you love…Love what you do!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda

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Carrot People!

A few more links to past posts…

https://growingself.blog/2017/04/17/the-exquisite-eggshell/

https://growingself.blog/2017/03/28/hard-boiling-farm-fresh-eggs/

 

Harvesting Dill

Dill is one of my favorite herbs to grow. It has wonderful flavor and is a beautiful gift to the bees!  Yesterday, we spent much time harvesting the 4-5 foot dill plants from the herb garden. I love that I smell like a walking dill pickle!!

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I apologized to the bees for taking their food away, but I waited as long as possible.  They understood and headed right over the borage patch!

The Magical World of Dill

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The dill flower head… Once the flower head is dried, seeds can be stored for next year’s planting. Seeds and leaves also add a nice flavor to many fish, seafood and egg dishes.
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Dill leaves
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I store the dill heads in a large brown paper bag, in a cool dry place. Once completely dry, I gentle shake the bags and the seeds fall to the bottom of the bag.  The heads can be composted and the seeds saved for future cooking and planting.
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Murphy was a great helper!
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Dill leaves are rinsed and left out to dry.  Once completely dry, they are also stored in brown paper bags, in a cool dry place.
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Dill is widely known for use in making homemade dill pickles, yet it has so many more gifts!  It is a wonderful digestive aid and can be used as a colic remedy in infants.  Dill leaves also make wonderful veggie dips. Enjoy this whimsical herb!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda

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