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3 Ways to Preserve Basil

3 Ways to Preserve Basil

An Abundance of Basil – Have you ever bought a bundle of fresh basil for a recipe or garnish and been left with a profusion of the aromatic green leaves? Have you ever grown basil and learned that the more you pick the more it […]

Re-purposing an Old Garden Hose

Re-purposing an Old Garden Hose

  My old garden hose died.…. …and I hate throwing away big jumbled things like 100 feet of cracked, kinked useless old garden hose. I imagine how junk like that would end up…. wrapped around something that doesn’t want to be wrapped up…. clogging something […]

Oh Dear! My Rusty Pruning Shears

Oh Dear! My Rusty Pruning Shears

Let’s face it….it happens. Gardening season is here and you can’t wait to do some trimming. You hunt for your clippers, only to find rusty pruning shears that were put away without proper care. Ugh! Normally I take all the steps to care for my […]

What’s new in Little Marigold Shop?

What’s new in Little Marigold Shop?

Earrings and Hats! That’s what! My Little Marigold Shop at Etsy is brimming with new things. Click on any of the pictures when you are ready to go straight to my shop! I have some sweet little dresses, and right now I’m working on more! […]

Crocheted Hearts – making little love tokens

Crocheted Hearts – making little love tokens

These little crocheted hearts are my latest in crochet projects to obsess on.  They are fast, easy, super cute and just in time for Valentine’s Day.  I want to share this how-to with you, because I know that once you get started making them your […]

Quick Fix for Summer Sandal Feet: DIY 5 minute Foot Scrub

Quick Fix for Summer Sandal Feet: DIY 5 minute Foot Scrub

Now is the time of year when we are the not-so-proud wearers of dry, cracked, end of summer, flip-flop feet. We have gone barefoot, worn sandals and have probably even done the unspeakable, wearing shoes without socks. Our poor mistreated paws! But fear not…..There are […]

Crocheted Dresses in my Etsy Shop

Crocheted Dresses in my Etsy Shop

Little Marigold Shop at Etsy I am now putting all my new stuff in my Little Marigold Shop at Etsy!  So I want to be sure you get to see the latest. I am currently adding these darling hand crocheted dresses in sizes that fit a […]

Hot and Sour Soup – for whatever ails you

Hot and Sour Soup – for whatever ails you

This hot and sour soup is a recipe I have been making for ages. It is my favorite thing to make for people who feel crummy. And I don’t mean just sick, but also down in the dumps or just blah. It warms your belly, gets […]

Dandelion Greens: 4 healthy reasons to eat them

Dandelion Greens: 4 healthy reasons to eat them

  Dandelions are everywhere! Their cheery yellow flowers are popping up in every yard, park and field to welcome our almost forgotten sun. That’s how it is in my part of the world anyway. And since I first decided to post about dandelion greens I have seen numerous […]

Recipe: “Not exactly traditional” Irish Soda Bread with gratitude

Recipe: “Not exactly traditional” Irish Soda Bread with gratitude

As the ever popular St. Patrick’s Day celebration approaches, I have been thinking about Irish Soda Bread as something I would like to enjoy in observance of the day. I have made it before, but somehow misplaced the recipe I used…..hello Google. In my search for a similar recipe […]

Healing Gifts of Roses: for the body and the spirit

Healing Gifts of Roses: for the body and the spirit

Roses definitely get extra attention in February when the almost standard gift for Valentine’s Day is roses.  The symbolism of a perfect bud representing new love, or the intoxicating scent of a fully open rose to proclaim intense passion are ways we have always linked love to […]

The Healing Kitchen – a reference chart with 10 common ingredients

The Healing Kitchen – a reference chart with 10 common ingredients

Our kitchens are home to many ingredients that possess amazing healing properties. When we need help with minor ailments, we need to look no further than our own cupboard. I have created a chart that includes 10 fairly common kitchen ingredients, their healing properties and a little bit […]

Online Course – Herbal Materia Medica

Online Course – Herbal Materia Medica

In pharmacology Materia Medica is the science of drugs, how they are prepared, their properties, uses and effects. It is basically the same in using herbs, but referring instead to plants and herbs. In learning about herbs we realize the importance of collecting and organizing all the information […]

Winter Solstice – and Sunny Orange Jelly

Winter Solstice – and Sunny Orange Jelly

As we leave the darkness of winter behind,  we celebrate Winter Solstice and the return of the suns warming light. The darker days of winter have their purpose as they encourage us to withdraw, reflect and hibernate in a way. These days give us a chance, […]

Craft Project: Winter Snowflake Stencil

Craft Project: Winter Snowflake Stencil

My winter snowflake is here as an idea for a quick little project that you can make as a gift or just a fun winter craft. It’s great for all levels of experience with painting and stenciling. I have included some extra touches you can do […]

Recipe: Immune-Boosting Mushroom Chai Latte

Recipe: Immune-Boosting Mushroom Chai Latte

Yes….I did say mushroom chai latte. Traditionally chai (which means tea) is a type of Indian tea, made  by boiling tea leaves with milk, sugar, and cardamom. It has been greatly embellished over time to include a variety of ingredients, including other warming spices such as cinnamon, star […]

Great gifts are here!

Great gifts are here!

Now that The Everything Jar is finally all built I have been busy making things for the Little Marigold Shop. there’s more on the way, but.. Check out the what’s in the shop NOW for great gifts! Cowls for the stylish ones… Lemon balm for the stressed out […]

Nature walk: Mushroom Heaven

Nature walk: Mushroom Heaven

Public walks and trails were the plan for my “Nature Walks”

Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is ridiculously easy to make and very rewarding.

Cutting Board Care + recipe for board cream

Cutting Board Care + recipe for board cream

There are many choices of types of cutting boards