Skip to main content

Paige's Highlight(s)

I've decided to post a highlight or two based on cool things I've found over the week.  Trying to find 5 cool things ended up being a bit much and I'd just not post!

Edible Landscaping.  This is definitely a topic I've discussed before, but here is an awesome blog by Rosalind Creasy on the topic.  She wrote an article for Mother Earth News, and it linked me to her blog.  It's a great resource with beautiful pictures--definitely an inspiration for form AND function.  Who says the vegetable garden can't be as pretty--or prettier!--than the average flowerbed!  To be honest, I've noticed that people who inserted edibles into their landscape tend to have better and more beautiful gardens.  Rather than having your attention divided by the pretty beds and the functional beds, you have both in one.  And, I've found that you're drawn in by the allure of delicious tomatoes, and you stay a little longer because it's aesthetically pleasing to the eye.   Think of anywhere you might use an ornamental and an edible can substitute.  Wisteria on a pergola--grapes and hardy kiwi.  Ferns--think Asparagus (there's a reason it's called asparagus fern!).   Broad leaved hostas--go for rhubarb!  That terrible poky red-leaved shrub that every landscaper has a fascination with (can't remember the name)--blueberries, please.  Mums--think cabbage and colored cauliflower.  Ornamental cherry--go for the real deal.  Marigolds--nasturtiums are edible!  Am I going to  completely toss out my hydrangeas and clematis and hostas and ferns, no.  But where able, I'd like to get a little more bang for my buck!


Popular posts from this blog

Looking back and Looking On: 2016 reflections and 2017 dreams

The blog has been quiet these days, but we've been busy behind the scenes.  At times, it feels like I get nothing done but keeping the kids alive and us semi-fed with healthy food, but we have been steadily plodding forward.  Here's where we've been. The Year of Simplify: 2016This past year really had me getting serious about taking stock of my life-how I spent my time, what was important to me, what I actually wanted to see and bring into my house.  I was getting pretty exhausted from working my 5th (yikes!) year on night-shift, raising two small children (with a third on the way!), and having "to-do" or "should-do" lists as long as my arm.  My home felt cluttered and overwhelmed as we were in-between two places for the past few years.  The extra space between two locations hadn't reaffirmed the "stuff purge" as I felt like I always had more space.  All in all, was juggling too much; I felt overcommitted--with work, with hobbies, with to-d…

Where have we been?!?!?!

Yes, blogging land, it has been a while.There's been a lot of transition for us in our little homestead, and nearly a year ago, we returned to the suburban life for the current time.Have we given up on our dreams of wide open spaces and green acres?  Certainly not.Is homesteading still something we love or would love to do? Definitely.Here's the thing. Homesteading is what you make and how you define it.  If you expect me to be a purist, you are far from mistaken about me.  My life is far from purist.  Bits and pieces of life are combined into a recipe that is of my own making and best suited to my own life priorities and goals. Do things sometimes get a bit mis-mashed and messy?  Yes.  But it is always worth re-tweaking and making something unique, beautiful, delicious.It's all in your priorities and goals.
 For me, having a manageable sized garden and quantity of produce is high.  Along with short commutes. And less stress.  And possible early retirement.  And extra time …

Taming the Consumerism Beast: My Minimalist Christmas

As we enter the holiday season, I have consciously been trying to be more mindful of the choices that I'm making and the example I'm setting.  Unfortunately, the holiday season has become part and parcel with excess--excess food, excess buying, excess debt, excess stress.
I want to do better.
The past year or two, I've been gradually shifting towards simplification and minimizing my life.  My schedule has been too busy, my home too cluttered, and my life just too stressed. And if we're honest, the holidays are no exception. We are consumer-minded, we don't budget for generosity, and we are wildly selfish, but carefully disguise this as generosity to our already well-provided for families, friends, and children (global perspective, people). 
I want to teach my children better.  And the only way I can accomplish this is to lead by example.
I want my children to learn that Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude, not over-indulgence. 
I want my kids to remember that Chr…