"He causeth the grass to grow for food, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth a man's heart." ~Psalm 104: 14-15


Thankful Giving: Autumn Potpourri - A DIY Mason Jar Gift

 I was thinking about how special some people are in our lives. They sacrifice their time, money and effort to prepare for us. Whether that's our mother & father raising us up in the fear of the Lord, our friend baking us a batch of cookies for a treat, someone stopping on the side of the road to give our car a jump-start, or a pastor's wife bringing hot soup when we're not well... we can probably each think of sometime in our life when we've been cared for and blessed by someone else's sacrifice.

Photo Credit: BHS

 When I think of the sacrifice someone has made for me, I want to likewise bless them. It's not always possible. But sometimes - it IS.  Let's create a little something this year to thank our hostess next time we are graced with an invite to a meal, or even to go out to coffee and enjoy the relaxation of a cordial conversation. It doesn't have to be to a great Thanksgiving Day Feast. But it can be. Let's do this!

Photo Credit: BHS

 You can whip a these together for just a few bucks and without a big time hassle. (The supplies can be found at dollar stores or craft stores, and the DIY part only takes a short time.) I love that, because then I can invest more into the spices for my projects, and even make jars for several of my dear friends!

  Join me over at Bulk Herb Store Blog for the rest of this project - I've shared three scrumptious potpourri recipes, as well as some links, and step-by-step instructions on how to make your own

scentsational holiday gift jars!

Photos Credit: BHS

 And one last thing. Since this post is all about thanking people who've shared their lives or given from their time, I'd like to state my thankfulness the precious ladies at BHS Blog for sharing their talent and beautiful photos!

What ways do you show your thankfulness for those who've sacrificed for you? 

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Another Awesome Autumn Link List (Nov '14)

Autumn must be my favorite time of year...this is the fourth round-up style post on the subject! (You can see the other round-up posts on the Links & Lists page.)


Awesome Autumn Activities

 Gift Jar Ideas:

      More Fall Foods

      ~ Edibles?

      Pretty Fall Things

      Will have to edit later...battery about to go out! Posting this without any photos-sorry guys!

      Enjoy your November and the rest of this Awesome Autumn!! 

        Sharing over at: The Art of Home-Making Mondays, Tuesday with a Twist ...


        Warm & Cozy Fall Foods & Recipes Oct 2014 Round-up

        Since we've had so much interest in our Autumn 2013 round-ups, we decided to share some of our new favorite seasonal links with y'all this year!  This month we'll focus on seasonal foods and recipes. Here are about 50 links that should help you stay warm and cozy ~ Enjoy!

        Round-up Oct '14

        Hot Drinks & Spices



        Pumpkins & Squash


        We've gathered recipes, crafts, and outdoor adventure ideas on our Autumn pinbarod, but keep an eye out for another Autumn list coming to the in November.

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        This post was featured on Natural Family Friday

        Which is your favorite to cook with: Apple, Pumpkin, or Roots? 


        What I didn't Know About Bats ... until they moved in!

        There are a few reasons I'm sharing this post, mostly because of advice I've heard since finding out that bats were apparently the culprits, not mice, in the incidence of squeaks in my ceiling... Said advice almost never took into account that these bats had been living in my house while I was sleeping in there. The significance of this will be noted below, but it's Rabies Awareness Day ... please be informed!

        4 Benefits of Herbs in Your Home with Your Daughters

        Did you know it can be simple to spend less than an hour to inspire and enjoy your daughters?  You sure can! Including your girls in a special herbal project time can be very beneficial. 


        How I Used an Hour in My Home: Herbs with One of the Girls

        We spent an hour -or less- on this project. Started by looking through an herbal recipe e-book, picked a recipe that would help us that day, and then got out the herbs we found in the recipe. Celeste helped me mix up that herbal tea...

        I let her have the fun of measuring and mixing; she really liked that! She made sure to double check amounts as she went on, using a separate dish to measure into - just in case - and then combined everything together by adding to our little jar, lidding and shaking.

        Celeste helped me put together this tea blend from Herbal Nurturing.
        Get the e-book by Michele Augur (of Frugal Granola), for details on amounts and herbs.

        Four Benefits of Working with Herbs in My Home with one of the Girls:

        1. We got to spend some quality time together, working on a productive activity.
        2. She experienced accomplishment in a small-scale, fun way.
        3. She now has this sweet memory of working with herbs.
        4. Bed-time was easier for the little girls, knowing they'd get to taste "her" tea! 

        "Her" tea to share with the little girls before bed.

        Have You Spent a Great Time With Your Girls on an Herbal Project? Share in a comment below!

        NOTE: see Tuesday's post for my list of "bed-time" herbs.

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