Herbal Momma's School of Domestic Arts
Herbal Momma, aka, Kristine Farley loves everything herbal, but has an infinity for all domestic and home arts.
This blog is a journal of family and domestic art activities that will be published in her forthcoming book,
Herbal Momma's School of Domestic Arts.

September 19, 2014

We Grew Melons!!!

First of all I need to say that I have been missing in action on this blog.  Why?
Camping with Kids & Grandkids, canning, garden picking, 
swimming in the lakes and more food preservation...
 because the garden has been bounteous this year!

It has been unbelievable what we have been able to grow and harvest
Never have we been able to grow melons, oh we have grown vines, 
but never any fully ripe melons.

Now they aren't very big, but they are delicious!

Noir Des Carmes Cantaloupe is a sweet melon that doesn't really look much like a cantaloupe on the outside, but is the normal soft orange color inside.  The seeds came from Caleb Warnock's  Renaissance Seeds 

My only regret is that I didn't save the seeds from the biggest one.  Caleb says, "The best self-seeding cantaloupe on earth, as long as you don't let other cantaloupe pollinate it."  Thank goodness I didn't plant all of them this year. Renaissance Seeds is in Utah County, Utah.

As you can see this watermelon is just smaller than a dinner plate.
Blacktail Mountain Watermelon from Jackie Clay's Seeds 
I figured if they can grow them in Minnesota with a short season, 
I can grow them here.
Well, it worked!!!

Tonight I had Fruit Salad, Cottage Cheese 
and lightly Roasted Almonds for dinner.

Don't you just love summer?  It still is summer for a few more days!!!

August 12, 2014

Treasure Hunt

This morning teasures were waiting to be found.  On my teasure hunt I found; a box worth of green beans, a huge armload of summer squash, 6 tomatoes (now this is really "happy"), a dozen or so carrots, and a gallon of berries.  Then a spent time canning up a few quarts of beans and 10 quarts made from rest of the veggies were a mix of my booty.

Love the summer harvest!

August 6, 2014

Roses for Health, Healing and Pure Pleasure

Be it the season or that roses are just plan beautiful, they "Gladden My Heart"!!!

Our family has experienced some losses of loved ones in the past month and Roses are good for grieving.  These losses have also caused us to ponder about other dear ones that have passed on.

Additional things to make and enjoy with ROSES:
Eat more roses, make Rose Infused Honey

August 4, 2014

August 1, 2014

A Day of First's

It's August 1st with some other "first's".  A very exciting day!!!

The first Blackberry's, about 2 1/2 quarts and 4 Tomatoes.  And my first bee, small wasp, sting :(

Stupice Tomatoes win again.  This is the second year that Stupice has been the first to ripen.  They are a small sized fruit.  I started these, from seeds saved last year, in the middle of February.  It is a great variety for the Northwest.

We are very blessed to have wild Blackberry's in the perimeter of our property that are prolific.  We have to work to keep them out of the garden and yard.

Tonight's dinner will be fresh Green Beans and Onions from the garden, cooked with ham, Corn Bread....and for dessert, homemade Vanilla Custard Ice Cream topped with...Blackberries.  Yum!

I treated the Bee/Wasp Sting, immediately, with Plantain leaf. I macerated it, chewed up and placed right on the sting sight.  I applied the plantain twice and the "stinging" was gone with NO swelling.  

Cornbread  Makes 8” pan
We love cornbread with soups, salads, chili, and even cold for breakfast with milk and a little sugar. Try to use freshly ground cornmeal and whole wheat flour for a fresher taste.

1 cup cornmeal
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup oil
½ cup honey or sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk

Grease 8” square pan.  Mix dry ingredients thoroughly.  Add remaining ingredients.  Stir quickly and pour into pan.  Bake at 375’ for 20 minutes.